Advisory Committee Meets to Discuss Phase III
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Posted by: Tom Wray
The Advisory Board for Accelerating Green Initiatives in Chicago's 77 Community Areas (Accelerate 77) met on December, 6, 2012 to discuss the start of the project's Phase III.
brought together the Advisory Board for Accelerate 77, community activists and
ICA staff members to discuss how to build on the success of the first two
phases of the project, which included the Sharing Approaches That Work
Conference at Truman College on September 15, 2012.
of Accelerate 77 is to accelerate green initiatives at the local level. By
engaging community-based leaders from each of Chicago's 77 community areas to
share and apply their green efforts on a larger scale, the project will build and
expand a tight network of collaborative leaders who will leave an invaluable
impact on every community involved.
III will encourage and accelerate local efforts while catalyzing follow-up work
in all of the city's communities during the next two years through networking,
planning training workshops, local share fairs, and new collaboration efforts between
neighborhood groups to build a common vision. The anticipated result will be
multiple local initiatives that will significantly accelerate their
contribution to the success of the Chicago Climate Action Plan by 2020.
Progress, learning and activities will be tracked, shared and managed by the
website co-created by university and corporate partners.
from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Retrofit Chicago Commercial
Buildings Initiative, the Edgewater Sustainability Project and Chicago State
University, among others, discussed implementation of methods of facilitating
change. The methods examined were the Community-Led Sustainability Roadmaps,
creating a Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, developing a Sustainability
Resources Database, using the "Greenrise Uptown Learning Laboratory” at 4750 N.
Sheridan Rd. in Chicago as a model and facilitating the intergenerational
learning and engagement in addressing local challenges. The database will be
the next three months, Accelerate 77 staff and volunteers will have community
gatherings in each of the three major geographical areas of the city: north,
south and west. The south side event is Saturday, January 26, 2013; the north
side meeting is Thursday, February 21, 2013; and the west side gathering is
Thursday, March 14, 2013. Locations and times will be announced closer to the
dates. For more information, go to www.accelerate77.net.