When it comes to technology, the prevailing image is likely the smartphone, that glossy gadget capable of streaming vast quantities of information on the go. The internet-connected phone has undeniably come to dominate cultures across the world by allowing users unprecedented access to information and to one another.
It may be surprising, then, that when Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) members came together for Community Tech on November 10th, 2018, it was a mostly screen-free event in a church basement...
For many, words like sustainability and environmental justice conjure familiar images: solar panels glimmering on rooftops, recyclables tucked neatly in bins, fish freed from plastic soda rings. Nourish (comm)Unity, a series curated by Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, aims to bring less familiar images into focus.
Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) connects grassroots leaders from communities across the city to collaborate, share resources, support each other’s work, build a stronger collective voice, and nurture equitable and impactful relationships with policy makers. CSLN meetings take place bi-monthly at different locations throughout the city to highlight different member neighborhoods and buildings.
Within all of its geographies, ICA aims to create collaborative spaces for individuals, organizations, and communities that are striving towards similar goals. Since 2012, ICA has been using its community development methods to organize the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN), a multidisciplinary network of grassroots sustainability leaders seeking to create a more sustainable and inclusive Chicago.
The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN)met on February 23rd to reflect on the work of 2016 and plan for a productive 2017. 2016 was a substantial year for the network, as seen in theYear in Review. Most notably, members wrapped up two substantial collaborative projects: a Smart Grid education project and a collaborative partnership with the City around recycling.
On July 21st, CSLN members gathered for the summer bi-monthly meeting at Alliance for the Great Lakes. The space was beautiful and overlooked Millennium Park. Many thanks go to our gracious hosts! 36 people attended the meeting, 13 of whom were new to the CSLN. The meeting began with a light Mingle Bingo game to help members learn new things about one another.
ICA hosted the Midwest site of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference from June 8th thorough 10th at ICA GreenRise. As a multi-site conference, INSS encompassed seven different regions across the US and UK. The intent of the conference was to convene academics and practitioners working across the broadly defined arena of social sustainability. Over 65 people participated at the Chicago site, and 150+ were engaged across all the sites.