Monthly archives: May, 2014

Solar Chicago: Residential Solar Discount Program

Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it is too expensive?  Solar Chicago is here to help.

Solar Chicago is a residential solar group program being undertaken by the City of Chicago (City), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Vote Solar, a non-profit organization working to bring solar energy into the mainstream.

The City was recently designated the Earth Hour Capital of the United States by WWF for its sustainability efforts, including its focus on lowering costs for residential solar systems.

Launching June 2014, Solar Chicago will continue these efforts to help expand the local solar market by making solar easy and more affordable than ever for homeowners in the Chicago metro area.

Next Steps:

  • A Request for Proposals will be issued to the solar contractor community the week of May 12th. Once proposals are received (early June), a volunteer evaluation committee will review and score the proposals, selecting one or more installers for the program.
  • Once an Installer(s) has been selected (early June), the Solar Chicago program will provide them with your contact information. The Installer will then contact you to schedule a no cost / no obligation site evaluation and provide you with a proposal specific to your home.
  • The selected contractor(s) will need 12 months of detailed electricity usage data to accurately size a system for your home’s energy needs. Please begin to gather this helpful information to expedite your proposal.

Note: We hope to make solar available to both single family and multi-family homeowners through Solar Chicago. Until the selection process is complete, however, we do not know the specific range of services solar contractors will offer program participants. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

What is Solar Chicago?
Solar Chicago pools the purchasing power of the community to make solar more affordable. More participants means a better deal for you and more clean, reliable solar power for the Chicago metro area. Please help us spread the word about Solar Chicago to your co-workers, friends, family and neighbors! Should you have any questions, please contact us at

Will solar work on my home?
The two biggest factors are the amount of sunlight you get throughout the day and the amount of open roof space. The selected Installer(s) will provide you with an assessment by looking at satellite photos of your property to determine if your home is good for solar. It is that simple! If your roof looks good, the selected Installer with schedule a no cost / obligation solar consultation to evaluate if a solar power system will fit with your home’s architecture and meet your energy needs.

More information about this exciting program can be found here.

Rebuilding Exchange Development Internship

Development Intern

The mission of the Rebuilding Exchange (RX) is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through our retail warehouse, by promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, by providing education and job training programs, and by creating innovative models for sustainable reuse.  Rebuilding Exchange is a project of the Delta Institute. 

RX is seeking a volunteer intern for the summer of 2014 to work approximately 20 hours a week.  The candidate must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Nonprofit Management, Environmental Studies, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, or related field and have a passion for environmental stewardship. The development intern will be directly involved in donor research and development as well as the implementation of marketing strategies. This position is ideal for students looking to gain more knowledge and experience in the field of nonprofit management, fundraising and environmental stewardship. The intern will have the opportunities to gain exposure to areas of nonprofit management, donor research and communications, marketing, and insight into a social enterprise. The intern will report to the Executive Director.



·         Conduct donor research and make recommendations for grant proposals

·         Assist with grant writing

·         Develop and manage donor tracking system

·         Organize written communications with donors

·         Support the development of messaging, content and strategy for marketing materials

·         Engage in strategic discussion and planning to help meet yearly fundraising goals

·         Special projects, ad hoc assignments and other administrative duties as needed

·         Other responsibilities as they develop, based on intern interest and organization needs



·                     Current college student or graduate

·                     An excellent communicator with strong writing skills and research experience

·                     A self-starter with the ability to work successfully with little supervision on multiple tasks

·                     Proficient with Microsoft Office including Word and Excel

·                     Proficient in Social Media apps and platforms.

·                     Enthusiastic, detail-oriented and eager to learn

·                     Has a positive and helpful attitude

·                     Interest in environmental stewardship and non-profit management



The position will start June 23, 2014 and end September 19, 2014.

This is an unpaid internship position.

TO APPLY: Forward resume and 3 references (name, email, phone) to Heather White, Director of Community Outreach and Communications. Applications are due by June 10, 2014.