A Greener Indiana

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Jack Given
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  • Valparaiso, IN
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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,
At 11:09pm on September 21, 2009, Carl Lisek said…
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.

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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