Longtime colleague Dick Alton celebrated his 70th birthday in grand style at ICA Friday, December 16th, 2011. About thirty people heard an update of ICA programs related to GreenRise 4750 (e.g., six new wind turbines on the 8th floor roof, total light retrofit, green roof) as well as the status of the Sharing Approaches that Work (SATW) Project which will celebrate sustainable initiatives in all 77 Chicago communities in September 2012.
Dick had many highlights for his past year. He shared one through photos taken of his trip to Nepal to work with ICA staff in preparation for the ICAI Conference there in October 2012. The second highlight was assisting his church in Oak Park to finance and install a new geothermal heating system. The third was his obtaining eighteen commitments from Chicago's sustainability leaders to be a part of the ICA Advisory Committee for its SATW - highlighting 231 sustainable initiatives, three from each community.
If you know Dick, you can imagine the stories, laughter and warm memories as people shared their experiences with him in the past decades. Mary Laura Jones and Bruce Williams led us all in walking down memory lane.
Dick's energy and commitments create a sign for everyone to live every minute fully—at any age—and be a part of creating the future that is before us.