Healthy Homes Chicago: Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes
How might we make our homes and offices healthier? Healthy Homes Chicago is one answer.
Working hard towards a future of healthy, safe, sustainable and efficiently improved homes in Chicago.
Formed by a network of professionals, advocates, elected officials and socially responsible partners, businesses and residents committed to forwarding the mission of forging a future of sustainable communities in both existing and newly built environments, parks, schools and businesses throughout the region.
How might we engage and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better and more sustainable?
How might we communicate our mission to encourage, advance, support, enable and make aware the importance of healthy homes and communities throughout Chicagoland?
Our mission at Healthy Homes Chicago is to encourage, educate and engage communities and homeowner's towards healthy and sustainable homes concepts and educate them on how to make decisions to implement them into their homes.
The Healthy Homes Chicago initiative originated at the scale of the individual home. How can homeowners gradually implement healthy, sustainably-driven improvements and ideology into their home? We have expanded that vision and are now engaging partners and professionals interested in adopting the green principles at the neighborhood level. We are looking to engage your community and discover your specific vision for what a healthy and sustainable neighborhood might look like on your block. The direction is from the bottom up not the top down. We encourage the use of placemaking neighborhood decision making which comes from the community voice when it comes to revealing a sustainable community’s vision.
“Sustainable communities share a common purpose: places where people thrive to enjoy good health and create a high quality of life. A sustainable community reflects the interdependence of economic, environmental, and social issues by acknowledging that regions, cities, towns and rural lands must continue into the future without diminishing the land, water, air, natural and cultural resources that support them. Housing, transportation and resource conservation are managed in ways that retain the economic, ecological and scenic values of the environment. And they are communities where the consumption of fossil fuels, emissions of greenhouse gases, water resources and pollution are minimized.”
“’Placemaking’ is both an overarching idea and a hands-on tool for improving a neighborhood, city or region. It has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century.” -Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago
While the place is important, the “making” builds connections, creates civic engagement, and empowers citizens—in short, it builds social capital. As architect Mark Lakeman of Portland’s City Repair organization puts it, “the physical projects are just an excuse for people to meet their neighbors.” … The relationships that grow out of the “making” are equal to, if not more important than, the places that result.
Are you interested in hosting a meeting to discuss your company, neighborhood, block or homes Healthy Homes vision? We are organizing community events and hope to hear from you on how we can engage you and your community on how to integrate a vision that involves any and all of these sustainability missions.
It is an urgent matter and we have to start today.
Jim Gramata has a Masters of Architecture is the principle owner of The Gramata Development Corporation, a full service neighborhood real estate design/build/broker company. Originally founded in 1991 The Gramata Group is dedicated to deliver to the public innovative and unique architectural designs and high-quality, dependably built homes.
Jim is also the team leader of The Gramata Realty Group which is a full service real estate sales and marketing group ready to fully service all of your housing needs. The team has been trained on these same green sustainability principles and knows how to incorporate them into the sales and marketing of your green homes during the entire time of your ownership from buying to living in the home and making green upgrades to when the time comes to sell and market the home. We are your full service real estate provider.
Our builders mission is to renovate and build new, contemporary living spaces that meet the needs of our complex lifestyles. Our newly emerging focus has been to deliver sustainably built housing solutions to each phase of the life cycle of a home including sustainable materials choices, site orientation, systems and net zero energy options as well as understanding how to educate our clients and market and sell their homes using these same principles. We are currently renovating our first LEED for Homes project in Lincoln Park.
The Gramata Realty Group's residential real estate sales & marketing mission is to successfully apply our wide range of sales, marketing and management skills to every purchase or sale and to provide the highest level of service and customer satisfaction for each of our buyer, seller, developer and investor clients.
Jim Gramata, President of the Sheffield Neighborhood Association, lives and works in Lincoln Park and make the Sheffield Neighborhood his family home and place of business.