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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How green is your community?

Score sheet

On a scale of 1 to 6 - with 6 being best, our community............

1. Encourages development within or near the existing built-up area or close to public transportation?

2. Encourages development that is served by existing rather than new water and waster water facilities?

3. Encourages development in areas having no or limited endangered or other ecological impacts?

4. Encourages development that conserves water quality, natural hydrology, habitat - water bodies and wetlands?

5. Encourages development that seeks to preserve irreplaceable prime agriculture and unique farmhand?

6. Encourages development that seeks to preserve open space - forested and other habitat conservation lands?

7. Encourages redevelopment opportunities even if the site is complicated by environmental contamination?

8. Encourages development that seeks to reduce automobile vehicle use in favor of alternative transportation - walking, biking and mass transit?

9. Encourages housing development in close proximity to employment opportunities to reduce the number and length of vehicle journey-to-work trips?

10. Encouragers location of schools to facilitate physical activity - walking to and from school?

11. Discourages development of steep slope topography to minimize storm water erosion by preserving steep slope vegetation?

12. Encourages use of conservation design principles in new development that seeks to preserve open space to protect native habitat, wetlands and water features?

13. Encourages inter connection of existing and new development to promote sidewalk, pathway and street connectedness?

14. Encourages higher density development to promote mass transportation efficiency and greater walkability?

15. Encourages development that intersperses owner and renter occupied housing available to a wide range of household incomes?

16. Encourages development that orientates parking away for street frontages to increase pedestrian use of street frontages?

17. Encourages use of mass transit?

18. Has a plan for direct and safe pedestrian partway connections to local destinations, neighborhood centers and other regional communities?

19. Has to provide a variety of open spaces and recreational facilities close to resident work and home locations?

20. Encourages community participation in project planning by individuals most likely to be directly impacted by the project?

21. Encourages community -based local food production promoting direct access to fresh foods while reducing long-distance food transport?

22. Has requirements that limit construction activity pollution such as soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation?

23. Encourages energy efficiency and use of green building products for new construction?

24. Encourages low-impact landscaping techniques and rain gardens to reduce landscaping irrigations supporting water conservation and ground water recharge?

25. Encourages adaptive reuse of historic and other buildings including reuse of scavenged building materials when possible?

26. Encourages building designs that reduce heat islands that can effect the micro climate surrounding the building?

27. Discourages light pollution by limiting light-trespass and amount of light produced by luminaries?

28. Maintains a comprehensive plan describing the goals for future development of our community?

29. Provides a mechanism to educate the residents of the community of the goals to green the community?

30. Encourages community participation in events promoting the greening of the community?



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Send us your Results to Chuck Eckenstahler at

We will be posted them on

Printable Score Sheet

Monday, June 1, 2009

How Green is Your Community?

How Green is Your City?

Power Points (the one by Eckenstahler explains the Green Questionnaire)

Municipal Survey Form 

Results from the First Survey conducted at the International Clerks Conference in May 2009

You can use this material to self evaluate "How Green is Your City?"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

How Green is Your Municipality?

Seminar for the:

International Institute of Municipal Clerks Conference

Thursday May 21, 2009 10:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Palmer House Hotel Chicago, IL

Each participant provide approximately 20 minute presentation, followed by approximately 30 minutes Q & A.

Moderator Mary Haynes, Clerk, City of Peoria, Illinois


Presentors - in Order of Presentation

Charles Eckenstahler CEDc - Farm land & open space preservation, Green Checklist

Allen Morris Vice President, Teng Development - LEED, Public Buildings, building retrofits

Chris Setti, 6 Sigma Black Belt and Special Projects manager for the City of Peoria "Green Process", Peoria Urban Living Iniative

Craig Hullinger AICP - Green Land Planning, Sustainable Development, Economic Development


 Biographies of Presentors

Chuck Eckenstahler is a Senior Consultant with McKenna Associates a,Northville Michigna based municipal planning consulting firm serving clients in Micihgan, Ohio and Indiana. He is a 35 year veteran real estate and municipal planning consultant who teaches economic development subjects in the Graduate School of Business at Purdue Northwest, Westville, Indiana and serves on the faculty of the Lowell Stahl Center for Commercial Real Estate Studies at Lewis University, Oakbrook Illinois. He holds two Masters' Degrees, one from Governors State University and the other from the University of Notre Dame. He is an active writer, having more than 100 articles published on various economic development, land use planning and real estate development topics. He can be contacted at or by phone at 219-861-2077.

Allen Morris Vice President, Teng Development.  He has extensive experience in the planning and construction of major public buildings, and has participated inthe development of numerous with LEED and "green technology buildings. He has also worked on project planning and development. 

Chris Settis the Special Projects Manager for the City of Peoria.  He is a 6 Sigma Black Belt and formerly the City's Senior Economic Development Specialist.  In his current role at the City, Chris spearheads the City's energy efficiency efforts, including coordinating the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant.  Chris has also helped lead the Peoria Urban Living Initiative, an effort to increase home ownership in older neighborhoods in Peoria.  Chris has a Bachelor' degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration.

Craig Harlan Hullinger AICP, is the Economic Development Director for the City of Peoria, Illinois. He has developed numerous successful “Green” developments, and is currently guiding Peoria’s efforts to create new urban mixed use development in the downtown area along the Riverfront. Craig has a BA Degree in Public Administration and a Master's Degree in Environmental Planning. He can be contacted at 309 494- 8639 or More information can be found at


Presentation Summaries 

Green Land Planning, Sustainable Development

 Craig Hullinger Presentation

There has been an ongoing evolution in land planning to safeguard and improve the environment.  Over the past 40 years cities and counties have become much more sophisticated in requiring storm water retention, wetland conservation, open space, and pedestrian walkways and bikeways.

Planners have also become more sophisticated in trying to reduce traffic congestion, and improve connectivity among residential, commercial, industrial, and insitutional land uses. Minimizing the use of energy and the increased use of "clean" energy is also a trend. Hullinger will present these developments.


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