On Friday, April 22, 2022, students from the Uplift Community High School, 900 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL, located in Uptown, in collaboration with the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA), will participate in a fun and creative “Scavenger Hunt” to celebrate Earth Day and underscore the critical role each member of Uptown plays in combating climate change. Eight teams of 6 students each will compete with one another using a new educational app developed by Civil Agents, a communications agency that designs digital tools to raise awareness of critical environmental, recycling, sustainability and waste management issues.
The student competition will culminate with a Happy Hour event hosted at the ICA’s GreenRise, 4750 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, from 5 pm to 7 pm. The GreenRise is itself a demonstration of how a vintage office building can become carbon neutral, relying, in part, on its solar array of nearly 500 panels, the second most in the city after the Shedd Aquarium. ICA was recognized as a member of the Mayor’s Leadership Circle for Outstanding Energy Efficiency for achieving a 23% energy reduction.
Uplift High School and ICA GreenRise have collaborated with Sarah’s Circle and Lakeside Towers Apartments to form the Uptown Carbon-Free Demonstration Building Project. The goal is to develop action research, training and collaboration with personnel from multiple buildings, organizations and government agencies to assist Chicago neighborhoods in moving toward being carbon-free by 2035. The Uptown Chamber of Commerce is a sponsor of the scavenger hunt along with other neighborhood businesses.
Participating organization’s websites:
Uplift Community High School - https://uplifths.cps.edu
Civil Agents - https://civilagents.com