The Mission: Accelerating Sustainable Initiatives in Chicago’s 77 Community Areas
Community-based sustainability initiatives are taking place across the metropolitan area of Chicago. These, however, are often relatively isolated activities with limited interaction between them. Though many organizations, foundations, companies, and government agencies have programs and resources to assist local sustainability efforts, many communities are unaware of these opportunities or unfamiliar with ways to access them.
The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) is the organizing sponsor of “accelerate77” and created the program in order to increase the role and positive impact of local community actions. Our underlying strategy is to IDENTIFY current sustainability initiatives in all of Chicago’s 77 community areas; CONNECT them with one another to inspire new ideas, practices, self-consciousness and motivation through peer interchange; and COLLABORATE with residents in systematic learning, planning, and collective action.
It is anticipated that the project will thereby ACCELERATE sustainability in a bottom-up fashion driven by practical action, expanded imagination, and greater organizational capacities among local groups. A key part of the accelerate portion of the mission is the emerging Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) which is a diverse, intergenerational group working on a wide vareity of issues in communities across Chicago who are passionate about learning from one another and working across communities for widespread, lasting change.
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CSLN established a Shared Leadership team to help begin the transition of leadership in the network from ICA to the network itself. The team's first priority is to establish a membership structure that serves the needs of the network and allows us to grow. Please take a few minutes (should take between 10-15 minutes).
Get Involved in the CSLN Policy Group
CSLN Policy Group is currently working on the following tasks for the first quarter of 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 it 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.