Wednesday, September 17th

Last updateMon, 19 May 2014 4pm

Check in with the Chicago Sustianability Leaders Network:

Thank you to everyone who came out to Benton House! It was wonderful to see many of you again and also to welcome new faces into the room. On behalf of the CSLN, thank you to our Benton House colleagues (Elise, Megan, Shiri and Ty) for welcoming us into their home and sharing their stories and passions with us. Thank you also to Dialogue and Deliberation for Civic Engagement in Chicago for sponsoring the evening.

In true CSLN style, a "name and organization" introduction turned into everyone sharing our passions about sustainability. We wish we had recorded this! Chris Patterson from ONE Northside captured the spirit of the group aptly when he defined sustainability as "creating a culture of care." It was clear that everybody in the Mural Room at Benton House was passionate about caring for each other and the earth. 

Announcements and updates about CSLN activities are detailed below.  Please remember to fill out your member profile and email a photo to Caitlin Sarro.


Join CSLN Outreach Efforts

Attendees at this gathering were passionate about continuing to expand the table and invite new faces into the room.  This reinforces the importance of focusing efforts on outreach to broaden and diversify the sustainability conversation in Chicago! 

Please email Jennie Flores Broadhurst to let us know if you want to join outreach efforts to any of the following target groups. Based on member demand, we are focusing outreach to:

  • Faith-based groups
  • West side
  • Southwest side
  • Social justice groups
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Artists

CSLN Hub Activities Launch

Earlier this year, CSLN members developed a set of guidelines for planning and hosting collaborative CSLN activities.  The idea behind hub activities is that community-based organizations have the expertise and the capability to function as sustainability experts in their own communities. A hub activity is a way to bring together a diversity of perspectives and create a space to learn, grow and collaborate.

We are excited to announce the first CSLN hub activity will bring together the the Chicago Time Exchange
Eco-AndersonvilleICA and Mutual Aid Networks to screen the film, Fixing the Future on September 12, 6pm at the ICA GreenRise, 4750 N Sheridan Road - click here to register! The screening will be followed by a discussion about alternative economies, including a presentation by MAN.





CSLN Hub Activities

Screening of Fixing the Future & Discussion (at ICA GreenRise
September 12th (Friday), 6:00pm-8:30pm Click here to learn more and RSVP!
Join Eco-AndersonvilleChicago Time Exchange, ICA and Mutual Aid Networks (MAN) for the FIRST OFFICIAL CSLN HUB ACTIVITY!  Watch the film, participate in a riveting discussion and learn how to get involved in alternative economies in Chicago. 

"Is It Just Space?" Interactive Panel Discussion (at ICA GreenRise
October 7th (Tuesday), 5:30pm-7:30pm Click here to learn more and RSVP!
CSLN members and activists Melanie Eckner (Uptown) and Orrin Williams (South Side) join Sustainability Studies Professor Michael Bryson (Roosevelt University) and Professor of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning Julian Agyeman (Tufts University - via Skype) to reflect on the relationship between justice and space and the implications for community action in Chicago. In partnership with the Center for Humans and Nature and ICA

Other Upcoming CSLN Member Activities

Olive in Motion: Pop-up Park and Market (at 5626 N Clark St)
August 29th (Friday), 4:00pm-10:00pm Click here to learn more!
Eco-Andersonville is taking over Olive Street and turning it into the neighborhood’s newest public park; complete with plants, trees, games, food, public art, live music and whole lot more.  We will be highlighting some of the area’s tremendous local businesses while bringing a little fun to the way we all think about public space.

Potluck Dinner for Great March for Climate Action (at ICA GreenRise
September 6th (Saturday), 6:30pm-9:00pm Click here to learn more and register!
Hundreds of climate patriots set out from LA to Washington DC, peacefully rallying for climate action. Welcome them as they stop in Chicago with a celebratory potluck at the ICA GreenRise.

UIC Urban Forum: The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy (at UIC Forum)
September 18th (Thursday), 8:00am-5:00pm Click here to learn more and register!
The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions.

Uptown Broadcast of Preparing for Climate Change (at ICA GreenRise)  
September 18th (Thursday), 6:00pm-8:00pm Click here to learn more and register!
Join this live broadcast of a panel discussion featuring WGN TV Meteorologist Tom Skilling, Climatologist Dr Donald Wuebbles, Chicago's Chief Sustainability Officer Karen Weigert, and former EPA Administrator Mary Gade. 

Communicating Sustainability in a Polarized Society: Workshop (at ICA GreenRise)  
September 19th (Friday), 9:00am-12:00pm Click here to learn more and RSVP!
Brought to you by animalia project and ICA, join climate change communication's expert, George Marshall, for a witty, insightful, and groundbreaking take on one of the most urgent questions of our time: Why, despite overwhelming scientific evidence, do we still ignore climate change? 

Walk for Peace (at James "Pate" Philip State Park, Bartlett, IL)
September 21st (Sunday), 11:00am-3:00pm Click here to register! 
Join Play for Peace in Bartlett, IL on the United Nations International Day of Peace for a walk for peace, food, activities and more! 

Uptown Share Fair & ICA Solar Launch (at ICA GreenRise)
September 24th (Wednesday), 10:00am-3:00pm Click here to learn more and register! 
Come to the ICA GreenRise to learn about GreenRise and Uptown community-based organizations and celebrate the installation of 483 photovoltaic solar panels on the ICA GreenRise rooftop!