Tuesday, October 25th

Last updateFri, 14 Oct 2016 11am

 About the Project

In 2011, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) launched a citywide project called accelerate77, aimed at accelerating grassroots sustainability initiatives throughout Chicago’s 77 community areas. The project did this by identifying the initiatives and connecting them to one another, resource providers, and policy makers in a city-wide Sharing Approaches that Work Conference. The accelerate77 project has led to the formation of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN). As the organizing sponsor of the network, ICA is currently engaging members of the CSLN, a network of local activists and community organizations/organizers throughout Chicago, in collaborative change making efforts.



 Get Your Thoughts in on Recycling in Chicago

Wednesday, November 2nd

Thoughtworks Inc.
200 E. Randolph St.

Attendees must RSVP by October 31.


Recycling contamination robot

On November 2nd, the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) will be meeting to get ideas and insights from Network members and affiliates on how to help mitigate Chicago's current level of recycling contamination. This meeting will be a precursor to subsequent regional meetings across Chicago to be held on November 9th, 15th and 16th (locations and times listed below). Together Network members will brainstorm creative solutions to decrease contamination of recycling bins.
At this initial meeting, we will clarify the current reality of recycling in Chicago with representatives from Chicago's Streets and Sanitation Department and use CSLN member input to develop broad framework of ideas to present as a baseline at each of the regional sessions. The regional sessions will dig a bit deeper and talk about the applicability of these ideas in specific Chicago areas. 
We invite CSLN members and recycling-focused community organizations  to join us on November 2nd. We're opening up the invitation at the following regional meetings and encourage anyone who is interested to attend. CSLN members are encouraged to invite their community members to attend one of the following regional meetings -- use this flyer to share and print! Help us put our best foot forward to improve recycling in Chicago! 
Regional Meetings
All community members interested in recycling are welcome to attend the regional recycling gatherings. We will brainstorm creative solutions to reduce contamination in Chicago's blue bins. Share your insights to help improve recycling in Chicago!
Wed. November 9th, 6-8pm

Chicago Urban League
Chicago, IL 60653

Suggested transit: 47th Red Line, 47th Green Line or 29, 43, or 47 bus. Street parking available.
Tues. November 15th, 6-8pm

Inspiration Kitchens
Chicago, IL 60624

Suggested transit: Conservatory-Central Park Green Line or 82 bus. Street parking available on Lake.
Wed. November 16th, 6-8pm

Horner Park Field House
Chicago, IL 60618

Suggested transit: Rockwell Brown Line or 78 bus. Parking is available on site.





September CSLN Meeting Recap
Icebreaker to guess which Chicago neighborhood or landmark you are
On September 28th, the CSLN met at the Austin Public Library on Chicago's west side. There were a few new faces at the meeting, and many attendees represented west side neighborhoods. The meeting started off with an interactive icebreaker about Chicago landmarks and neighborhoods. While the game presented a challenge to some participants, it was fun to learn more about each other and Chicago.
The group's main task was to move forward the CSLN Recycling Initiative, an initiative supported by the City of Chicago to brainstorm creative ways to reduce recycling contamination. The CSLN will be hosting one central meeting and three regional recycling meetings in November in order to brainstorm creative solutions to lowering contamination rates of blue bins. If you are interested in getting involved in the recycling initiative, see the description above or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to learn more.


Get Involved in the CSLN Policy Group 

CSLN Policy Group is currently working on the following tasks in 2016:

  • Creating a document with sustainability contacts/point persons throughout city departments  (water, transit, water reclamation, etc) 
  • Creating a document that helps members have conversations with their alderman and local officials around sustainability planning and how links to violence prevention, job creation, and health
  • Assessment of where we as a network see different City sustainability policies. Whats working well/what areas are not getting the required attention. We want to work on this before we begin to think about what policy's we may be able to help draft. 

If you're interested in working on any of these items or learning more about the policy group, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.