Archives for February 2011

Site Source Separation

Indigo Dawn is partnering with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (Iowa DNR) through their Solid Waste Alternatives Program (SWAP) and also Metro Waste Authority’s (MWA) Growing Green Communities, a 501(c)3 organization, to properly sort and manage construction waste.

I (Heart) Green

Years ago, I rented a section on the second floor of a very large three-story Victorian house in Evanston, Illinois. It wasn’t that long after grad school and I was still feeling very communal, but in an ‘I need space’ sort-of way.

The D.M. Renovation Boot Camp and its Resident Rehabber

More often than not, when I don’t see Steve Wilke-Shapiro at the Indigo Dawn office, I see him at Mars Café in the Drake neighborhood. When he mentions to me, as he did this morning, that he hasn’t seen me lately, it means he hasn’t seen me at Mars. And today he looks a bit different—he’s growing a beard. In true rehab fashion, Steve takes a seasonal approach to his temperature control needs, adding insulation layers on an as-needed basis.

Sustainable Design: G&M’s First Workshop

What do we mean by Green Design or Sustainable Design? It includes a variety of areas such as community design, energy efficiency, water-use efficiency, resource conservation and indoor environmental air quality.

Six-Part Education Series on Sustainable Renovation Begins Tomorrow

As part of the ongoing Green & Main education efforts, a six-part series on sustainable renovation will begin Friday, February 4th 2011. The first workshop will present a sustainable building overview while also providing tips on prioritizing a rehabilitation project, assessing existing projects, selecting a contractor, and staging for site preparation. The Center on Sustainable Communities (COSC) is providing the educational component for the series.