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ICA and the CSLN Awarded Grant for Smart Grid Education

Tuesday, January 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Caitlin Sarro
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In partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the ICA and three community organizations that are members of ICA's accelerate77 Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN)--the Chinese American Service League(Chinatown),Centers for New Horizons (Bronzeville), and Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab (Bronzeville)--have been awarded a $250,000 grant from ISEIF, the Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation, to integrate Smart Grid consumer education into ongoing efforts to become neighborhood-based sustainability hubs. All partners are trusted community educators with extensive experience working on sustainability and strong cultural ties with diverse, low- to moderate-income communities.

 

Smart Grid education will become part of their holistic approach to engaging constituents in energy work, which involves addressing energy as it relates to people's everyday lives and priorities, e.g., through housing, youth development, senior, nutrition, and other programs. Interns from UIC will be trained and assigned to work with community partners. They will also conduct their own on-campus Smart Grid project with UIC students. Work will start in January 2015 and conclude at the end of the year.


Check out the official ISEIF press release here!