"This is a wonderful vote of confidence in Accelerate 77 from Boeing,” said Terry Bergdall, President and CEO of ICA. "We are very grateful for their contribution toward bringing together the ambitious sustainable efforts from throughout Chicago.”
The goal of the Accelerate 77 project is to increase the role and positive impact of local communities in realizing objectives of the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Its underlying strategy is to identify current sustainability initiatives in all of Chicago’s 77 community areas; connect them with one another to inspire new ideas and practices through peer interchange; and engage residents in focused learning, planning, and collective action.
With the support of five Chicago universities, sustainability efforts in 55 of the city’s community areas have already been cataloged. ICA will be bringing all 231 project initiatives together at a "Sharing Approaches That Work” Conference on September 15, 2012.
Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing is the world’s leading aerospace company with 170,000 employees across the United States and in 70 other countries. The company focuses its community grants in five interdependent areas: environment, education, health and human services, arts and culture and civic engagement.