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.
Recap of February 23rd CSLN Meeting
The CSLN gathered for its first meeting of 2017 to recap the accomplishments of the last year and set goals for the coming year. Thanks to CSLN member Toni Anderson for hosting us at Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab!
We started off the meeting recapping the growth of the network, highlighting milestones and accomplishments from year one and year two before taking a deeper dive into year three, with a focus on events (INSS and Slow Roll Sustainable September), collaborative projects (ISEIF), and the policy working group.
With our reflections on past work in mind, the group set out to answer the question "What should we as a the CSLN focus on in 2017 to move forward our inclusive vision of sustainability in Chicago?" Each meeting attendee shared their ideas for the year, and the group categorized their ideas to create four working groups. The four groups were policy, converging cross-sector approaches, togetherness, and developing resources for members.
Ways to get involved before our next network meeting
Also: Share your events and opportunities to collaborate on the CSLN Facebook page.
Membership - Officially Join the CSLN
Do you call yourself a CSLN member or are you wondering what it means to be a CSLN member? Last year, the CSLN Shared Leadership team worked with the network to create a membership structure that works for CSLN members. We devised a semi-formal membership structure that offers three levels of membership for various levels of engagement with the network. There is not cost associated with membership. Instead, membership benefits correlate with the contributions, such as time and talent, that members receive.