Monday, March 19th

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.



Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network

March 2018 Meeting Reminder

Tuesday, March 20th

5:30 - 7:30 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave

Join CSLN as we celebrate the return of spring with burgeoning initiatives and continued growth.

Welcome and Introductions

·     Hear from the Garfield Park Advisory Council and Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

CSLN Overview and Membership Updates

·     Network membership information and how to foster collaborations.

Working Groups

·     Collaborate with the Policy, Collaborative Publications, and Nourish (comm)Unity Event Series working groups.

Harvesting and Upcoming Events

Share your upcoming activities and opportunities!


Working Group Updates



Sustainability Change-Makers: Tell Your Story

Planned by Collaborative Publications


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The upcoming Collaborative Publication will be nimble and accessible while providing a directory of the individuals and relationships that make up the CSLN. This working group aims to:

·     Enable CSLN members to tell their stories.

·     Share the story of the CSLN.

·     Broadcast our collective stories to the Chicago community and further our impact.

The working group is close to finalizing the process for collecting CSLN member stories.

If you are interested in telling the work of your individual passion, organization, or CSLN collaboration, please let us know! Contact Caitlin, the group organizer.



Nourish Comm(unity): Eco-Justice

Event planned by Collaborative Projects, hosted by Uptown Coastal Initiative


Saturday, March 31st

2:00 - 4:30 pm

Clarendon Park

Community Center

4501 N Clarendon Ave


The Collaborative Projects working group has made planning headway in three main sub-groups:

·     Marketing team is creating flyers and other marketing materials for outreach and PR.

·     Impact Planning, Evaluation, and Structure team is creating the impact measures and evaluations for the events.

·     Community Outreach team is connecting to partners for the events and contributing to event design.

Theworking group is excited to announce the first event in the Nourish Comm(unity) event series:

Eco-Justice: an Expansive View is a joint venture between the Uptown Coastal Initiative and the Nourish Comm(unity) series. The event focuses on the intersection of Eco-Justice and the coast, exploring the way human engagement along the coast intersects with justice and health for our communities and our planet. We are delighted to be partnering on this session with the American Indian Center. Learn more on their website and be sure to check out their Indigenous Science Days Facebook page, too! Additional partners to be announced.



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.