Announcements

  • Funding Opportunities for Local Governments

    The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation is offering grant programs that may be of interest to local governments.

    Net Zero Energy Building Program

    The Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Building Program awards grants to new construction or retrofit projects that achieve site net zero energy performance or better. Buildings must offset all their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. Grants of up to $2,000,000 are available. The next deadline is July 18, 2019.

    See https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/energy-program/net-zero-energy-building-program for details.

    Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Program

    The Foundation’s Net Zero Energy Wastewater Treatment Program awards grants to wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) committed to achieving and maintaining energy neutral performance. Plants must maximize energy efficiency and offset all of their energy consumption with on-site generation from renewable resources. The goal of the program is to encourage WWTPs to take a holistic approach integrating energy efficiency, renewable self-generation, and best practices. Grants of up to $2,000,000 are available. The next deadline is July 18, 2019.

    See https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/energy-program/net-zero-energy-wastewater-treatment-plants for details.

    First Responder Resilience Pilot Program

    The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation has launched a pilot program to improve the resilience of critical infrastructure through the installation of solar photovoltaic/energy storage systems. Grants are available to first responders and public agencies supplying water.

    Photovoltaic (PV) panels with battery energy storage (BES) can provide electricity during power outages and emergencies. Facilities providing critical services can dramatically increase their resilience and ability to continue operating during emergencies if they have a PV/BES system in place. During non-emergency periods, the PV/BES system can reduce electricity purchases from the grid and utility demand charges; in some cases, PV/BES systems can also participate in the demand response and frequency regulation markets.

    Eligible applicants can receive up to $0.50/Watt for the PV system (or 60% of PV system cost, whichever is less) and up to $400/kWh for the battery energy storage system. The next deadline is August 27, 2019.

    See https://www.illinoiscleanenergy.org/energy-program/first-responders-resilience-pilot-program for details.

     

     

  • It's Here - The CPRE Exam Prep Series!

    Are you CPRP-certified and looking for additional advancement opportunities? Look no further than IPRA's fall CPRE preparation course. Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is a national certification program through the National Park and Recreation Association, and it establishes a national standard for managerial, administrative, and executive park and recreation professionals. CPRE certification places you in the company of an elite group of park and recreation managers and executives and connects you to the latest trends and information. 

    CLICK HERE for further details about the program and to register for this wonderful career advancement opportunity! The first class in this two-part series is Monday, September 17th, so don't wait too long or you'll miss out. We hope to see you there!
  • 2019 Park & Recreation Compensation Survey

    Now in its second year, this survey was specifically created for the park district and special recreation industry and will report compensation data for 69 positions in Administrative Services, Facilities, Parks, Recreation, Food & Beverage/Concessions, Education, Rentals, HR/Finance, IT, and Membership/Marketing.

    With the help of a special committee coordinated by the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA), numerous park district and special recreation association contacts volunteered their time to identify and define additional jobs that should be included in the publication. New this year, you’ll find Food & Beverage Manager, Food & Beverage Server, Inclusion Aide, Before & After School Supervisor, Athletic Officials/Referee, Personal Trainer, Swim Instructor, Cashier, and many more. The survey is also adding a new compensation breakout category by geographic region. This will allow park and recreation agencies to compare compensation rates within a distinct geographic area.

    Participation Window:  August 28 – October 12

    Individual participation links allowing each organization to submit compensation data online or via a downloadable spreadsheet will be sent out soon, and participation will be open until October 12, 2018.

    To ensure that your organization receives a participation link, please visit our survey participation page or send us a quick note (including your contact information) to surveys@hrsource.org.

    As a reminder, all survey participants will receive a complimentary copy of the final report, regardless of membership status with HR Source. The final report is scheduled to be released in 2019. It will also be available for purchase to non-participants. More details on participation dates and purchase prices can be found on our survey calendar. 

    Thanks in advance for your support and participation in this growing survey. If you have questions, please contact us at 800-448-4584 or email surveys@hrsource.org.
  • IPRA Board of Directors & Section Board Applications Due Monday, August 27

    Board of Directors
    Currently the IPRA Board is seeking potential candidates for the positions of Chicago Metro Representative and Southern Region Representative. In accordance with the bylaws, the Governance Committee will review and interview the candidates identified to determine eligibility, then make a recommendation to the Board for the slate, for election by the members. Opportunities to participate on the IPRA Board of Directors come annually in conjunction with the end of terms or as vacancies occur which may be filled in the interim per the bylaws.

    Board Candidate Applications are due Monday, August 27, 2018, at 5:00 PM to Debbie@ilipra.org.

    Section Boards
    The Section Boards of Administration and Finance, Communications and Marketing, Diversity, Facility Management, Parks and Natural Resource, Recreation, and Therapeutic Recreation all have current openings within their five-person boards. Please review each section’s application for specific positions currently available as well as candidate requirements, term limits and the election timeline.

    Section Board Candidate Applications are Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM to Matt@ilipra.org.
  • Com Ed Energy Efficiency Webinar

    Com Ed is offering an Energy Efficiency Webinar for park districts on August 14th, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST. CLICK HERE to learn more information and be directed to the registration page. There is no cost to participate in the webinar. Park district managers, buildings and grounds directors, facilities managers, maintenance professionals, sustainability officers, planning professionals, finance managers, and business managers are encouraged to participate.

    For additional questions, contact Brian Tomkins (Metro Region) at 312-201-4508 or btomkins@mayorscaucas.org.
  • IPRA Board Seeks Candidates for Positions

    The Illinois Park & Recreation Association Board of Directors is seeking leaders from the field who are dedicated to IPRA’s mission.

    Currently, the IPRA Board is seeking potential candidates for the positions of Chicago Metro Representative and Southern Region Representative.

    In accordance with the bylaws, the Governance Committee will review and interview the candidates identified to determine eligibility, then make a recommendation to the Board for the slate, for election by the members. Board Candidate Applications are due Monday, August 27, 2018 at 5:00 PM to debbie@ilipra.org.
  • ProConnect Mentorship Program: Early-Bird Deadline Reminder

    Looking to expand your professional network? Look no further than IPRA’s nationally-recognized ProConnect Mentorship Program, which is a unique, multi-tiered program that places professionals in a three-part mentoring team designed to facilitate professional development.  Regardless of your current position or years of experience in Parks and Recreation, this program is designed for you and will help enhance your career. The Early-Bird Deadline is rapidly approaching, so get that application going and take that next step of growing your career!

    Early Bird Fee ($75) Deadline: July 12 
    Regular Fee ($90) Effective: July 13
    Applications Due: August 1