Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA)

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) aims to dramatically increase investment in clean energy across Illinois, driving equitable economic development, fossil fuel divestment, and energy efficiency. CEJA is not the only energy legislation proposed in the Illinois General Assembly this fall, but it is unique in building upon a “grassroots movement of ideas from everyday…

Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS)

As a multi-site conference, INSS encompassed seven different regions across the US and UK. The intent of the conference was to convene academics and practitioners working across the broadly defined arena of social sustainability. Over 80 people participated at the Chicago site, and 150+ were engaged across all the sites. ​​ The conference sessions included on-site…

Faith & Sustainability Forum 2015

I was the main organizer of the Faith & Sustainability Forum where over 85 participants from communities ​​across the Chicagoland area gathered at the ICA GreenRise to meet like-minds and share approaches on faith based sustainability projects. Eco-Justice/Policy Urban Ag/Native Plants Energy Spirit Sharing Approaches That Work Tracks Event activities included: Hearing upcoming opportunities to increase…

ICA GreenRise Solar Launch

On Wednesday, September 24, ICA GreenRise celebrated the launch of 485 solar panels. We organized the event, ‘GreenRise Goes Live,’ included over 30 Uptown organizations, local food trucks, and the Old Town School of Music’s jam band. ​ This event was a more localized version of the Sharing Approaches that Work Conference, gathering Uptown organizations to…

The Future of Chicago’s Energy: Building Community Energy Strategies

This forum looked to bridge the gap in dialogue between grassroots community based organizations, resource providers, and policy makers. The day began with an imaginal exercise around energy. Participants then broke up into three different tracks: reduce, reinvent, and transform. Each track engaged participants through panels, ignite sessions, and facilitated dialogue around those three key…

(Sharing Approaches that Work) Share Fair 2012

The culmination of 18 months of exploring and uncovering sustainability initiatives was a Share Fair event that aimed to both showcase and connect initiatives, organizations, and individuals from each of the 77 communities. In this day-long event at Truman College, participants were able to network, learn about local and city-wide resources available to them, and…