“Public participation in the planning process is key to creating successful and implementable plans. Unfortunately, the term often conjures up images of angry residents, stifling-hot rooms in old buildings with dim fluorescent lighting, and a group of people that simply cannot agree.” –ICA Program Director Seva Gandhi, The ToP Focused Conversation: A Facilitation Tool for the Planning Process, APA PAS Report 595
“What value does your work bring to the Uptown community? How do you contribute to the unique culture of Uptown?” asked ICA Program Coordinator Samantha Sainsbury to a group of enthusiastic women crowded into the Global Guild Suite at ICA GreenRise on the morning of June 7th for the Uptown Women’s Networking Mixer.
Meida Teresa McNeal is a performing artist with Honey Pot Performance, Arts & Culture Manager for Chicago Park District, and a self-described “artist-administrator-educator”. She grew up in the Fifth City neighborhood of East Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side, where her parents participated in ICA’s Fifth City community development project in the 1960s.
ICA is working with the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and the Illinois Environmental Council on a small series of community conversations as part of the Listen. Lead. Share. (LLS) campaign. LLS events are an opportunity to engage Chicago residents in clean energy education, provide context to the upcoming Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA), and gather input from residents on how this act/clean energy can provide opportunities for them.
Chief Operating Officer Lesley Showers joined 30 other community leaders for a North Side meeting with the soon-to-be-Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
On May 14th, 2019, a new plaque was installed on the facade of ICA GreenRise, a physical display of the building’s status as a Chicago Landmark. It reads:
Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, a citywide grassroots coalition organized by ICA, gathered for the second meeting of 2019 on the evening of May 16th. The venue was The Plant, a “collaborative community of small food businesses” housed in a 93,500 square foot facility that was once a meat packing plant.