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Memorable Fall GreenRise Moments

After much anticipation, on September 24th, ICA GreenRise celebrated the launch of 485 solar panels with a fun-filled event. The event, 'GreenRise Goes Live,' included over 30 Uptown organizations, local food trucks, and the Old Town School of Music's jam band. The day commenced with notes from ICA GreenRise building manager Lesley Showers, an impassioned address by ICA Executive Director Terry Bergdall, and words of affirmation and congratulations from City of Chicago's Chief Sustainability Officer Karen Weigert, and Alderman James Cappleman.

Each speaker shared a unique perspective on the event, capturing the significance of the solar project for the ICA's mission through reducing the energy dependence of a landmark building and setting an example of sustainable possibilities within Uptown and Chicago. 

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Just Space in the City

On October 7th, members of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) and community members from across the city joined in engaging dialogue around the concept of spatial justice. The event, called 'Is it Just Space?', included an interactive panel discussion and small group conversations that discussed the relationship of space, public and private, to social justice issues.  The event was collaboratively planned by ICA and Center for Humans and Nature (CHN).

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Detroit is Rising with ToP and the Skillman Foundation

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The City of Detroit has two mottoes: Speramus Meliora, and, Resurget Cineribus, Latin for: We Hope For Better Things, and, It Shall Rise From the Ashes. A year after filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history, Detroit's communities are "rising from the ashes" from the bottom up, and Technology of Participation (ToP) is playing a role in promoting community ownership of renewal initiatives.


Earlier this year, the Skillman Foundation engaged Chicago ToP trainers, Dennis Jennings and Judy Weddle, to customize a ToP Facilitation Methods training for a group of partners and stakeholders working on a community renewal project in Southwest Detroit.


The group, Vista Partnership, seeks to address long-term disinvestment and economic decline in three neighborhoods spanning a 20-block area.  Recognizing residents as the key drivers of change in their own neighborhoods, the project is bringing them together and creating spaces where they can turn their hopes for their neighborhoods into reality. 

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