Tuesday, May 21st

Last updateMon, 10 Dec 2018 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.

The Plant
Thursday, May 16th
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) meets again on Thursday, May 16th at The Plant, a "collaborative community of food businesses looking to revalue their 'waste'". Thank you Plant Chicago for hosting us!
Come learn about this hub of innovative and sustainable projects and the work of Plant Chicago. Then help the seeds planted in our March meeting sprout into new collaborations and initiatives!
Recap – CSLN March Meeting Brings Spring Energy
CSLN's first meeting of the year carried a sense of new energy with a host of familiar names and faces among the 24 who gathered for our March meeting at Windsor Park Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Our host, Alvyn Walker, has been deeply involved and active in CSLN for years, just as Windsor Park Church is deeply involved in the life of the South Shore community it calls home. To start the meeting, Alvyn gave a tour of the church, explaining both the challenges and opportunities of maintaining such a community anchor...


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:


Collaborative Projects Group



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

Discussion: The group is working on developing ideas for an intergenerational event series as a follow up to last year's Nourish (comm)Unity series.

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.a.



Collaborative Publications Group



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.

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..



Policy Group



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

Discussion: The group is identifying strategies for engaging with an incoming mayoral administration, as well as with aldermen at the ward-level.

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.