Tenggren wins NAR’s EverGreen Award

Tenggren_Christopher_F2015_RAFVChristopher Tenggren, vice chairman of the 2016 IAR REALTORS® Political Involvement Committee (RPIC) and a broker for RE/MAX Great American North in St. Charles, will receive a 2015 EverGreen Award at the NAR REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Diego on Nov. 14.

This year, Tenggren and another EverGreen Award recipient from Texas will be honored at the EverGreen Reception, and it will be conducted jointly with ABR® and SRES® designees.

Tenggren, who joined the RPAC Hall of Fame in 2013, participated in the first NAR Green Designation program in 2009. He has been an active member of the NAR Green REsource Council and played an important role in making the MLS green through his work with the Midwest Real Estate Data’s MLS Green Committee.

He works with builders in the western suburbs of Chicago, encouraging them to use green practices with new home construction and remodeling projects. He also lives in an Energy-Star-Certified Home custom-built for his family in 2006.

Tenggren has served on numerous IAR committees since 2003. In 2016, he’s on seven committees including RPIC.

So you think you know how to save energy?

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According to a video by House Logic, your efforts to close room vents and keep fans running in empty rooms may be for naught. “The Tip Jar: Energy Saving Myths That Are Costing You More,” disputes common energy saving misconceptions homeowners might appreciate, too.

  1. Turn off fans when you leave a room because fans cool off people, they don’t change the air temperature.
  2. Open vents in all rooms because closed vents can cost up to 15 percent more.
  3. Program thermostats to let room temperatures go up 10 to 15 degrees when you’re sleeping or gone to save up to 15 percent of costs.

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Longevity of Earth Day shows public interest in ‘green’

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Illinois REALTORS® know what’s good for the environment is good for business, so recognizing the 45th anniversary of Earth Day can help you connect with potential customers.

Not only are consumers interested in recycling, preserving resources and reducing their “carbon footprints,” an entire “green” industry has been created. Consider some of the following resources for Earth Day and every day:

IAR donates $53K to Kidzeum Green Home Exhibit in Springfield

The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is donating $53,000 to the Springfield Kidzeum of Health and Science to fund the Green Home Construction Exhibit within its Healthy Community gallery.

“The Illinois Association of REALTORS® is excited to play a role in educating young people about the opportunities homeownership brings,” said IAR President Jim Kinney, ABR, CRB, CRS, GRI, Wednesday. “It’s important to raise an awareness early on of how sustainable living and finding the perfect place to live are not mutually exclusive. We look forward to sharing this information with future Illinois homeowners.”

Part of the Kidzeum’s stated mission is to teach visitors how to reduce their carbon footprint and to learn green practices such as recycling, using energy-conserving light bulbs or reducing the time spent in the shower. Families will learn how solar, wind and hydroelectricity reduce dependency of fossil fuels.

According to information from the Kidzeum, organizers have purchased nationally registered historic buildings at 412, 414 and 416 East Adams St, with a mission to teach children of all abilities about health and science through discovery and play. When the facility is complete, it will feature 25,000 square feet of exhibit space over three floors.

“Laura Ingalls Wilder said it best when she said, ‘Home is the nicest word there is,’” said Kidzeum Board President Rachael Thomson. “Because of the generosity of the Illinois Association of REALTORS®, Kidzeum will have a Green Home Construction Exhibit that will teach kids how to incorporate energy saving and conservation practices in their own homes to make them even nicer.”

Through October 2013, the Kidzeum has raised $5.4 million of its $6.8 million goal. For more information, visit kidzeum.org or its Facebook page.