ICA has been busy in the past couple months building partnerships to engage Uptown residents at the GreenRise and in the community. To support the 5th annual One Earth Film Fest, ICA hosted two films & discussions on Saturday, March 5th. ICA’s films were strategically selected to connect festival attendees to current ICA initiatives.
In the morning, ICA screened Catching the Sun, a documentary that explores the opportunities and threats associated with the growing solar industry. Resource people from Cook County Community Solar and Illinois Solar Energy Association discussed ways for audience members to follow up on the film’s message. Damien Blanchard, ICA Facilities Manager, also shared information about the solar installation at the GreenRise and led a tour of ICA’s solar array.
OEFF continued the conversation about community sustainability on Earth Day when they partnered with the City of Chicago to screen the film Growing Cities at the Adler Planetarium and Uptown’s Clarendon Park Community Center. ICA led the post-film dialogue in Uptown and presented at the pre-film Green Resource Fair with CSLN and Eco Up representatives. The event was full of interesting conversations with Uptown members looking to be more engaged around sustainability, some of whom previously attended ICA GreenRise hub events. The night concluded with stargazing hosted by the Chicago Astronomical Society, which was so popular that there will be more throughout the summer!
ICA’s engagement in Uptown is also extending this year to the Winthrop Historical Garden, a community garden for Uptown organizations and residents. ICA has been gardening at their plot since 2009, and this year ICA is coordinating all 16 plots at the garden. The Winthrop Gardeners kicked-off the season on Saturday, April 23rd with a community work day. 13 of the 16 plots were represented, and gardeners enjoyed meeting and sharing stories about Uptown with each other. The group is looking forward to more work days throughout the season to continue to cultivate a community within the garden.