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FREE: Managing Stormwater Through Sustainable Landscape Solutions-STILL ON

This event is an opportunity to learn more about managing stormwater on your property through sustainable landscaping techniques. For City of Chicago residents, it's also one last chance to receive instant rebates valued at $40 off the price of a RainReserve rain barrel and $42.40 off a compost bin. The Sustainable Backyards Program for rain barrel and compost bin cash rebate ends Jan 31st, 2014. Rain barrels and compost bins will be available for sale at the event or online @

Bryant Moroder of RainReserve, a US manufacturer and distributor of innovative rainwater harvesting systems will introduce the benefits and how-to’s of installing a rainwater harvesting system.

Josh Ellis, Program Director at the Metropolitan Planning Council, will explore results and lessons learned from the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor, a Logan Square-focused grant program that has funded 14 green stormwater infrastructure projects on public and private property. Shawn Sinn, Director of Sustainability at ENVIRONMENTS STUDIO, built several of the projects supported by the Milwaukee Avenue Green Development Corridor and will share before/after transformations of landscapes in Logan Square, examining how combinations of stormwater management and landscaping practices, from rain barrels to rain gardens to porous paving, can work to provide greater ecological impact and aesthetic value.

This event is free and open to the public, but we do ask that you register in advance by RSVP'ing here -

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  • AnnaMaria L.

    Other resources they mentioned for pervious pavers was Lake Street Building Supply and FinePavers. Also, another interesting thing.. for 1000sf of roof surface with 1" rainfall = 600 gallons of rainwater that could be harvested. So cool. And there has been work going on for the last 6 years with the Illinois Plumbing Association to possibly change some rules regarding using grey water and rainwater. Currently we cannot use roof collected rainwater in edible gardens and lots of regulations against grey water usage but hopefully all of that will change this year. Cross your fingers!

    January 28, 2014

  • AnnaMaria L.

    They had a nice presentation of different projects that were done in Logan Square. The rain barrel they showcased was very sturdy, and the diverter kit had an excellent design. One of the things I learned was that the regular spigots on most retrofitted or current market rain water barrels really cut down the efficiency of flow because it is a bent spigot. The connector nozzle they showed was straight out of the barrel and water will shoot water out 6 feet! That is great pressure and really going to help out in the garden.

    January 28, 2014

  • AnnaMaria L.

    Hi, Everyone: I confirmed with the event coordinator at Green Exchange and the event is still going on despite the weather. See you there!

    1 · January 28, 2014

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