Wednesday, September 19th

Last updateWed, 30 May 2018 11am

 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.



 

Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network
July 2018 Meeting Tomorrow

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Wednesday, July 18th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Lurie Garden
SE Corner of Millennium Park
 
This event is free and open to the public, with refreshments and live orchestral music!

Important NoteDue to the large RSVP number, during the meeting we will be moving into the Jay Pritzker Pavilion Choral Rehearsal Room (201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601). If you plan to arrive after 6:00 PM - please head directly to the Choral room.

 If you at any point get lost or need assistance, text or call Andrew at (651) 795-1472.

 
meeting with host Lurie Garden
 
  • Tour and learn about Lurie Garden!
  • Help create the vision for our upcoming 5th Year Anniversary event in October!
  • Catch the Grant Park Music Festival from the lawn at Pritzker Pavilion!
  • Connect with grassroots leaders!
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Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network
May 22nd 2018 Meeting Recap

On Tuesday, May 22nd, Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) members and newcomers gathered at the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center to create a collaborative calendar.

Learn how to attendsupport, and partner with events by following the links below!

Thank you to our host Sarah Hernandez of the UIC Heritage Garden!

Summer Sustainability Communal Calendar
 
Access and share at bit.ly/summersustainability
 
 
Help us share your sustainability event! Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network met at UIC Heritage Garden on May 22nd to create a shared calendar of upcoming events!
 
We invite you to continue the work of the Summer Sustainability Collaborative Calendar:
  • Share your event!
  • Attend, support, and partner with events!
  • Ask questions and leave comments!
  • Share the calendar using the link!
 

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..

 
 
 

 

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.