Monday, May 21st

Last updateTue, 21 Mar 2017 2pm

 About the Project

In 2011, the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) launched a citywide project called accelerate77, aimed at accelerating grassroots sustainability initiatives throughout Chicago’s 77 community areas. The project did this by identifying the initiatives and connecting them to one another, resource providers, and policy makers in a city-wide Sharing Approaches that Work Conference. The accelerate77 project has led to the formation of the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN). As the organizing sponsor of the network, ICA is currently engaging members of the CSLN, a network of local activists and community organizations/organizers throughout Chicago, in collaborative change making efforts.



Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network
May 22nd 2018 Meeting Coming Up!

 

Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN)meets next Tuesday, May 22nd at the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center with host UIC Heritage Garden

Tuesday, May 22nd, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, UIC Latino Cultural Center, 803 S Morgan StFree event with light snacks!
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  • Check out the Heritage Garden space outside the Latino Cultural Center.
  • Learn about new events and share your own with a collaborative calendar of local sustainability events.
  •  Learn unique approaches CSLN members use to design successful community events.
  • Connect with grassroots leaders and find areas of collaboration.

 
 

Working Group Updates

 

CSLN gathers as a full group every other month with collaborative working groups meeting in the interim. No need to wait until May—you're invited to connect with a working group on current initiatives! See detail below:

 

Nourish (comm)Unity

Collaborative Projects Group

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Goal: Engage residents in holistic sustainability and grow peer-to-peer relationships through collaboration.

Discussion: The group finalized details of the upcoming Uptown coastal event, set the intergenerational connectivity event for May, and began planning outreach for the upcoming biking event. Also in the works is a civic tech event in October with Windsor Park Lutheran Church.

Next Steps: Update the outreach email for partners, share facilitator guides, and reach out to contacts on the West Side and bike-related organizations.

Get Involved: If you are interested in partnering on the upcoming events, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">Samantha.

 

 

CSLN Storytelling

Collaborative Publications Group

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Goal: Showcase member sustainability work and resources and articulate the impact of CSLN as a network.

Discussion: The group agreed to focus on member-to-member connections with an asset-based lens, seeking what members need and have to share. The goal is to create a nimble database and timely connections.

Next Steps: The group will test current format and begin collecting stories, assets, needs, and more.

Get Involved: If you are interested in telling the story of your individual passion, organization, or CSLN collaboration, please submit your story today via our online form or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

In-Between Space

Policy Group

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Goal: Nurture the "in-between space" of collaborative governance where community initiatives intersect with municipal efforts for change.

Discussion: The group reviewed the agenda for the March 22nd Roundtable with City of Chicago representatives and discussed themes emerging from CSLN initiatives as models for community engagement.

Next Steps: The group will set the next quarterly Roundtable and explore areas of alignment between the City's plans and CSLN priority policy areas.

Get Involved: If you are interested in the policy group and would like to know more, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 
 
 

 

CSLN Business Cards are Here!
Members at the meeting suggested that it would be beneficial to outreach on behalf of CSLN at community events. We created CSLN business cards to help with this exact situation! If you are hosting an event, networking, or talking to members of your community, we encourage you to use these printable business cards to invite others to learn more about and join the CSLN.