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Kankakee Community College Sustainability Week

Thursday, April 24, 2008 · 5:30 PM
Conference Hall, Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, IL

Organization: Kankakee Community College
Event: Kankakee Community College Sustainability Week
April 21-26, 2008
Presenter: Dave Hampton, Urban Habitat Chicago
Topic: “Deconstruction Opportunities in Kankakee”

An overview on deconstruction: its relevance, how and why it works, examples of projects large and small (local and elsewhere), challenges and possibilities for implementation, and the true motivation for advocating for deconstruction.
Also included is an update on local deconstruction progress.

Deconstruction experts from The ReUse People of America, OBI Development, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be on hand to help answer questions and discuss relevant projects.

This version of the presentation is geared towards design professionals and further includes:

1. Economics - example of a typical profit-generating residential deconstruction
2. Benefits to clients and design professionals.
3. Example deconstruction projects (large, medium, small)
4. Suggested policies for implementing deconstruction
5. Policy precedents from Chicago for deconstruction (C&D Waste ordinance, Chicago Building Code, Environmental Action Agenda)
6. Examples of design for disassembly and design with reused/reclaimed materials and components.
7. Easily implementable steps towards deconstruction.

Summary of the event from the KCC website:

“Learn what sustainability means and how subtle lifestyle changes can make a big difference in the future of our planet.
Conversations with national experts will focus on topics such as global warming, climate change, and sustainable food supply, building “green” and alternative fuels.
Screening of segments from National Geographic’s Planet Earth series will be shown.
Additional discussions and activities for students and the community are in the planning stages.”

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