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SLN: Witnessing a Thriving Culture of Sustainability

The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (SLN) was launched in October 2013 by ICA as part of the accelerate77 project. SLN has become a key strategy to bring community leaders together to work collaboratively on a wide variety of sustainability and justice issues. Network members are currently working towards defining the details of how to accomplish their goals to strengthen and expand community-based sustainability efforts and increase collective impact.
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 An Urban Learning Lab 
ICA’s GreenRise Uptown Learning Laboratory began its exploration into the world of urban agriculture during the 2011 Summer Youth Program, when students were tasked with building a hydroponic window garden. The garden now runs as anaquaponic system, using fish in collaboration with plants to create a complete, self-sustaining food production system.

As the projects have evolved, so has the GreenRise. It now houses a greenhouse in the community kitchen, which both provides herbs and vegetables for the community and acts as a food waste hub. GreenRise aims to address environmental concerns through a variety of waste reduction methods with a focus on agriculture.
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 The ICA Global Archive Spring Sojourn is almost here! 
A new feature to this year's Sojourn is widespread online participation in addition to meeting at the ICA GreenRise. Below is the two week schedule. 
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May 3 - May 4, 2014

Community Development Intensive (CDI)
2 Day Training

ICA-USA is partnering with ICA Taiwan to offer a two day Community Development training. The training will focus on holistic community development through a lens of sustainability. Participants will learn new methods of engagement to use within the community context.


June 16 - Aug 8, 2014

Sustainable Community Development Intensive (SCDI)
8 Week Summer Training Program

This summer the ICA is offering the SCDI training to upperclassman and graduate students. Student time is split between academic work, methods training, and community action in a 1:1:3 ratio. The community action piece places students in Chicago non-profit grassroots organizations that are part of accelerate 77’s Sustainability Leaders Network.


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ICA Solar Unveiling - Fall 2014

After the installation of solar panels, ICA will host a celebratory event to share our success and story with the community! The ribbon-cutting for the ICA GreenRise rooftop solar panel project will occur in Fall 2014 on a date to be announced with City dignitaries, Uptown community members, and national stakeholders in attendance. Further celebration, reflections, and consideration of future implications will take place on the day afterwards with ICA colleagues.




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