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 sustainability in faith communities Seeing how local congregations are currently engaging in sustainability efforts Connecting with resources through organization and peer-to-peer sharing Gaining new understanding of the challenges facing our earth Developing a personal or congregation action plan
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 connect with one another. Over 30 organizations spanned various services, including health, social justice, intentional community, and more. Prior to the event itself I also worked with ICA Staff to install raised beds on the rooftop. The installation was a joint effort with Greenroof Solutions.
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 themes. Read the Agenda here. The event ended with a remarkable speech from keynote listener Jamie Ponce of the City of Chicago and C40 initiative, capturing what transpired throughout the day, followed by a conversation reflecting on what participants felt were the key emerging energy…
(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 learn about the city’s plan to promote sustainability. Over 400 people attended the event with over 150 local organizations and initiatives showcasing their work. Sharing Approaches That Workcommunity interaction to learn from each other’s experiences Keynote AddressKaren Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago Connection…
The accelerate77.net/map was built using Google Fusion Tables. This free technology allowed for collaborative data entry and maintenance. The original team wanted to host on GIS, which while an extremely sophisticated tool, it also has a steep learning curve. Google Fusion Tables was the best option for a small, collaboratively run nonprofit. I presented this technology at numerous conferences including the Sharing Approaches that Work (2012) and GreenTown (2013). My mapping solution and database, designed to help community-based sustainability initiatives connect with each other, won the Delta Emerging Leaders Boost Award. Unfortunately, Google depreciated Fusion Tables at the end of…