Friday, April 27th

Last updateTue, 21 Mar 2017 2pm

 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.


CSLN UPDATE

 

Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network

March 2018 Meeting Recap

 

On Tuesday, March 20th returning CSLN members and newcomers gathered at the Garfield Park Conservatory to celebrate the return of Spring with continued growth in the Nourish (comm)Unity, Collaborative Publications, and Policy working groups.

Thank you to our hosts Karen Craig of the Garfield Park Advisory Council and Mattie Wilson of the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance!

 

 

C-S-L-N Leaves of the Tree

 

 

 

Members and newcomers introduced themselves by renaming letters of CSLN with their vision of the Network. The group reflected on CSLN's expanded definition and how each new word enhanced the value of our network.

 

Working Group Updates

 

CSLN gathers as a full group every other month with collaborative working groups meeting in the interim. No need to wait until May—you're invited to connect with a working group on current initiatives! See detail below:

 

Nourish (comm)Unity

Collaborative Projects Group

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Goal: Engage residents in holistic sustainability and grow peer-to-peer relationships through collaboration.

Discussion: The group finalized details of the upcoming Uptown coastal event, set the intergenerational connectivity event for May, and began planning outreach for the upcoming biking event. Also in the works is a civic tech event in October with Windsor Park Lutheran Church.

Next Steps: Update the outreach email for partners, share facilitator guides, and reach out to contacts on the West Side and bike-related organizations.

Get Involved: If you are interested in partnering on the upcoming events, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Samantha.

 

 

CSLN Storytelling

Collaborative Publications Group

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Goal: Showcase member sustainability work and resources and articulate the impact of CSLN as a network.

Discussion: The group agreed to focus on member-to-member connections with an asset-based lens, seeking what members need and have to share. The goal is to create a nimble database and timely connections.

Next Steps: The group will test current format and begin collecting stories, assets, needs, and more.

Get Involved: If you are interested in telling the story of your individual passion, organization, or CSLN collaboration, please submit your story today via our online form or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

In-Between Space

Policy Group

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Goal: Nurture the "in-between space" of collaborative governance where community initiatives intersect with municipal efforts for change.

Discussion: The group reviewed the agenda for the March 22nd Roundtable with City of Chicago representatives and discussed themes emerging from CSLN initiatives as models for community engagement.

Next Steps: The group will set the next quarterly Roundtable and explore areas of alignment between the City's plans and CSLN priority policy areas.

Get Involved: If you are interested in the policy group and would like to know more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Announcements

 

 

Comment Period Open: Ed Kelly Park Renaming

The Chicago Park District has received a request to rename Green Briar Park in honor of Ed Kelly. This notice initiates a period of 45 days to encourage input from the community. A proposed naming shall be effective only upon a majority vote of the Board Committee.

Comment period closes April 14th, 2018. To comment, call (312) 742-4762 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Request for Proposals: 2018 Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities

Application deadline is April 17, 2018 for the The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities 2018 grant, which calls for proposals from nonprofit organizations to develop programming in one or more of 19 prioritized Chicago communities. Eligible organizations must have annual operating budgets of no more than $500,000. Grants are made in awards of up to $10,000. See the full request for proposals.

 

 

Request for Collaborators: Dill Pickle Sustainability Workshop Series

The Dill Pickle Food Co-op is exploring the launch of a new sustainability workshop series and is currently seeking interested collaborators. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Request for Collaborators: Divvy for Everyone

Divvy, Chicago's bike sharing program, is planning for the year ahead and looking for anyone interested in connecting for membership (regular and D4E) and educational opportunities. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Invitation to Participate: Windsor Park Church Hoop House Build

Windsor Park Lutheran Church is hosting a 20' x 40' hoop house build on April 7th, 2018. Anyone interested is welcome to come attend and assist with the build or learn how it's done. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

CSLN Business Cards are Here!
Members at the meeting suggested that it would be beneficial to outreach on behalf of CSLN at community events. We created CSLN business cards to help with this exact situation! If you are hosting an event, networking, or talking to members of your community, we encourage you to use these printable business cards to invite others to learn more about and join the CSLN.