Memorable Fall GreenRise Moments
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Posted by: Caitlin Sarro
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.
After the ribbon cutting, guests and Uptown organizations connected at the share fair. Over 30 organizations spanned various services, including health, social justice, intentional community, and more. ICA staff has already been informed of new collaborations sparked by networking at the event and anticipates many more relationships to follow.
The rest of the day, ICA's office space was open for tours which featured integrated plant life around the building, a view of the rooftop garden and solar installation, and some of the great conference spaces ICA has to offer. Folks gathered outside for some great food and conversation during the lunch hour, and colleagues and staff celebrated the day with reflection and watching segments of the panels on the evening news! Since the solar launch, the building has garnered even more attention. During the Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative Reception and Awards Ceremony, the ICA GreenRise was recognized for its solar installation. The following weekend, ICA GreenRise participated in Open House Chicago in the sustainability trail, and opened its doors to over 800 people. Guests were intrigued by the historic elevator doors, mail chute, and the 7th floor community.