How might we engage in healthier and more sustainable neighborhood development and housing solutions?
Our mission and vision
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.
What is a healthy home?
The idea of a healthy home seems so simple but what does it really mean? What should you be looking for when you go to buy your next home? What about your current home? How healthy is it? Where can you make it healthier? What should you consider when you renovate your existing home to make an educated decision about the impact the materials, design and systems you choose (or which were chosen for us) to operate your home? This also includes the products we buy to maintain our homes or keep them clean and down to the daily practices which becomes routine.
This is about breaking routine and becoming aware of where healthy improvements can be made from the simplest of changes to the more complex concepts which involve our homes, housing design, architectural standards, community and global standards, legislative and governing laws and how we all can be more connected to our roles as stewards of the environment – both our homes indoor environment and our community and global environments. Each decision and routine scales out to that level. I want to get my head around the choices we take for granted which can have major consequences on my health, the health of my family and my community and the entire global community…I want this blog to be a place where we can share ideas, resources, methods, links and tools for talking about but most importantly implementing topics related to a sustainable future of our healthy homes, offices, classrooms and communities.
If you're a like-minded individual or company please contact me directly. Let’s move this idea of healthy homes and healthy environments forward.