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Living Green Expo - 3rd Annual at Butterfield Pavilion

September 25, 2010 all day
Porter County Builders Association is presenting the 3rd annual LIVING GREEN EXPO on September 25 at the Butterfield Pavilion in Valparaiso. This year, in addition to the builders, service providers and product suppliers in the green ecology movement, the EXPO is being expanded to include re-cycle and re-purposing artisans. If you're making yarn from cat or dog hair, furniture from pallets, blenders from hammocks, or actively involved in a product or service that helps keep things in use, not…See More
Aug 3, 2010
Mike Anderson left a comment for Jack Given
"Hi Jack, Please let me know if you have any other activities coming up!! great to see other NWI residents on this site!! All the best, Mike"
Dec 16, 2009
Jack Given left a comment for Don Parker
"Hi Don - I apparently "lost" your number and I think you called about having a Sierra Club booth as a non-profit at the Living Green Expo. If you are interested in that, give me a call this weeek (219)241-0425. PCBA is a non-profit and IVY…"
Oct 27, 2009
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NW Indiana 2nd Annual Living Green Expo at IVY TECH - Valparaiso Campus - east of SR 49

November 6, 2009 at 5pm to November 8, 2009 at 5pm
The Porter County Builders Association, in conjunction with IVY TECH , Valparaiso campus, is sponsoring the 2nd annual PCBA Living Green Expo November 6,7,8, 2009 at the IVY TECH campus located in Valparaiso, IN.In addition to having Ron Jones, of Green Builder Media and Bob Geswein of Harrison REMC, who also is an instructor for the Realtor Association, GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), the EXPO is promoting webinars throughout the state via the IVY TECH network on various aspects of green…See More
Oct 1, 2009
Carl Lisek left a comment for Jack Given
"Jack, Thanks as discussed we would still like you to participate in our upcoming Sept 29th event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, In"
Sep 21, 2009
Jack Given is now friends with Bill Silva and Leah DiMaria
Sep 13, 2009
Bill Silva left a comment for Jack Given
"Hi Jack, Are you a train engineer also? They would ask me what drive I ran when I told someone I was an engineer. My dad was on Carter's energy commission many moons ago. I get involved in many areas of the "greener" world. Some of…"
Sep 8, 2009
Jack Given left a comment for Dianna J. Salzer Marschke
"Thanks for your response and comments. Frankly, not being a landscaper, I don’t have the answer to your questions. However, I will forward the question to Christine Livingston from Save the Dunes who is our storm water management person and…"
Sep 6, 2009
Dianna J. Salzer Marschke left a comment for Jack Given
"I'd be very interested to find out how "green" their landscaping procedures are. In my experience landscape companies and nurseries are anything but green. How the plant material is grown and maintained, ie. herbicides, fertilizers…"
Sep 5, 2009
Jack Given and Mann Plumbing Inc. Solar Energy are now friends
Sep 4, 2009
Mann Plumbing Inc. Solar Energy left a comment for Jack Given
"HI Jack Thanks for the info - I will check out the website and get back with you - sounds like a great event and opportunity!"
Sep 2, 2009
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Sep 2, 2009
Jack Given commented on John Hillenburg's group Greener Construction Techniques
"As a member of Greener Indiana and a NWI resident, I thought you might be interested in the PCBA Green Homes on Parade in the first NAHB Certified Green Community in the country. Go to www.pcbaonline.com for more information. While at that site,…"
Sep 2, 2009
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Greener Construction Techniques

It is interesting that the construction of houses has remained largely unchanged over the years. In this group the purpose is to discuss some of the new techniques that are coming down the pipe.See More
Sep 2, 2009
Jack Given commented on myhomegreenpages.com's group Green Business Network
"As a member of Greener Indiana and a NWI resident, I thought you might be interested in the PCBA Green Homes on Parade in the first NAHB Certified Green Community in the country. Go to www.pcbaonline.com for more information. While at that site,…"
Sep 2, 2009
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Green Business Network

IGBCA – “Think Local First” is a membership organization whose purpose is to engage Indiana residents to support local businesses in order to build economically self-reliant and healthy communities that secure prosperity to our familiesSee More
Sep 2, 2009

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About Me:
I'm an NAHB CGP (National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional). As a part of our association, PCBA (Porter County Home Builders), I have been an integral part of our professional green council and various events and activities.
Not exactly a newby to the field, I had a solar energy business back in the late 70's - the Jimmy Carter era - before Ronald Reagan became president and energy concerns took a back seat.

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At 11:04pm on December 16, 2009, Mike Anderson said…
Hi Jack,

Please let me know if you have any other activities coming up!! great to see other NWI residents on this site!!
All the best,
Mike
At 11:09pm on September 21, 2009, Carl Lisek said…
Jack,
Thanks as discussed we would still like you to participate in our upcoming Sept 29th event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, In
At 1:26am on September 8, 2009, Bill Silva said…
Hi Jack,
Are you a train engineer also? They would ask me what drive I ran when I told someone I was an engineer. My dad was on Carter's energy commission many moons ago.
I get involved in many areas of the "greener" world. Some of them might fit in with your business as far as energy savings, chemical reduction, etc.
At 2:45pm on September 5, 2009, Dianna J. Salzer Marschke said…
I'd be very interested to find out how "green" their landscaping procedures are. In my experience landscape companies and nurseries are anything but green. How the plant material is grown and maintained, ie. herbicides, fertilizers etc. have an effect on the soil of the homes where they are installed. The types of plants, their placement, irrigation systems and maintenance requirements can have an effect on the environmental rating of a "Green" build and the environment of the Village and Porter County in general.
Do you know who the landscape company is? Has anyone checked out their practices? Some easy ways to know if they have a clue is how many trucks of sod are estimate for the project as a whole. How many gallons of gas will your Village use to cut the grass? Are the trees the best varieties to absorb carbon and do well along your Village streets? How much water do the varieties of plants need to do well? When the grading is done, what kind of backfill is being used around the foundations? Is that backfill alive and can it sustain plantings without a ton of fertilizer?
As a landscaper that is how I look at Green.
At 1:34pm on September 2, 2009, Mann Plumbing Inc. Solar Energy said…
HI Jack
Thanks for the info - I will check out the website and get back with you - sounds like a great event and opportunity!
At 9:03am on September 1, 2009, Larry L. Burr said…
Thank you for the info Jack. I will check it out
At 1:33am on September 1, 2009, Dave Ellis said…
Please give me some more info...I certainly am interested.
At 10:04am on August 31, 2009, Fred Bamesberger said…
Hi Jack,
thanks for the message. I'll try to attend both.

Fred
At 7:20pm on August 30, 2009, Christine said…
Thanks Jack. Glad to be able to help. I think you guys are doing some innovative things!
At 3:40pm on August 30, 2009, Patricia Chrenka said…
Thanks! That looks interesting. Can I get more info on the Ivy Tech piece? I teach 7th grade and is there anything that might be helpful for them?
 
 
 

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