2019 Sustainability Communal Calendar

Created at Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network meeting on March 14th

About this calendar:

        The 2019 Sustainability Communal Calendar was created at the Chicago Sustainability Leader Network (CSLN) meeting on March 14th, 2019 at Windsor Park Evangelical Lutheran Church. Each participant was invited to fill out an event card detailing the event name, host organization, location, date and time, key theme and activities, and atmosphere. These cards were brought together on the wall and described in turn, with presenters highlighting how others could attend, support, or partner with each event.

Instructions for using this calendar:

        This calendar is an open working document. Anyone is welcome to add their event using the format below. Additionally, feel free to add comments and ask clarifying questions of the events listed. Each entry has a contact person’s name linked to their email address. Additionally, you can request to join the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network Facebook group, or follow accelerate 77’s Facebook page.

        Share the calendar using the link: http://bit.ly/CSLNcalendar2019

Please include the following when adding your event:

Title of event:

Host Organization:

Where:

When:

Key Theme or Activity:

Describe Event Atmosphere:

Contact:

Looking for:


Partnership Opportunities

March/April

May/June

July/Aug/Sept

Upcoming Events

March

April

May


Event Details by Date

Ongoing

Title of event: Mesh Up the Internet

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, Chi Hack Night, Windsor Park Church

Where: South Shore, Uptown, and Pullman

When: Ongoing 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Build three pilot projects of neighborhood-based cooperatively-owned wireless mesh networks featuring a community communications utility that offers neighbors an internet-style platform for sharing everything from tools to tomatoes. It will also provide lower cost internet and be resident-owned.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Celebratory, wild cheers, and excitement

Looking for Collaborators to: Help with neighborhood organizing

Contact: Steve Ediger - steveediger@gmail.com 


Title: Backyard Victory Gardens

Host Organization: Windsor Park Gardening Hub

Where: In your backyard, with launch event at Windsor Park Community Garden

When: Begins April 27th, 2019, and continues all through the growing season

Key Theme or Activity: Learn to grow your own food no matter how much space you have. You don’t even need a backyard, a window sill is fine. Learn various container gardening methods.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Casual work atmosphere. Wear comfortable but durable shoes. Lots of fun in urban nature. Maybe meet some butterflies—hopefully monarchs!

Looking for collaborators to: Add your garden to the map with Green America

Contact: Nathan Williams - mapper225@gmail.com, Alvyn Walker - al.walker@leavenoveteranbehind.org


Title: Cheryl Ann Williamson’s Forest Garden        

Host Organization: Earth Reforestation Project

Where: Kenwood

When: Ongoing

Key Theme or Activity: Learn to grow your own food no matter how much space you have. You don’t even need a backyard, a window sill is fine. Learn various container gardening methods.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Edible Forest Garden

Looking for collaborators to:

Contact: Matthew Stephens - bluesoulstudios@gmail.com 


Title: Front Yard Garden Challenge        

Host Organization: West Side Bee Boyz

Where: All Chicago

When: Ongoing

Key Theme or Activity: Growing Food, Replace Lawns, Community Engagement

Describe Event Atmosphere:

Looking for collaborators to: Expand project into their areas/yards

Contact: Thad Smith - westsidebeeboyz@gmail.com 


Title: Greenhouse Gas Accounting for ICA        

Host Organization: Institute of Cultural Affairs

Where: 4750 N Sheridan Road (Uptown)

When: Ongoing

Key Theme or Activity: Totalling up GHG emissions for this large 8 story building. There are 30 different meters and 10 different accounts!

Describe Event Atmosphere: Math based :(

Looking for collaborators to: Help impart knowledge and direction!

Contact: Evan Baehr - ebaehr@luc.edu 

May

Title: Ready for 100 - Community Planning

Host Org: Sierra Club plus others

Where: Chicago

When: Spring/summer 2019

Key Theme or Activity: community dialogues/roundtables, encouraging aldermanic support for resolution, equitable transition towards 100% clean energy, meaningful community participation, identifying local residents working

Describe Event Atmosphere: collaborative, iterative, open

Looking for: partners for planning. community engagement/participation, identifying popular community values/goals

Contact: Kyra Woods - kyra.woods@sierraclub.org 


Title: Spring Awakening Celebration

Host Org: Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm

Where: 42nd and Calumet

When: May 4, 2019, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Key Theme or Activity: Eating, socializing, food buying, harvesting

Describe Event Atmosphere: Festive

Looking for: partners in monthly events over summer

Contact: John Owens at jocommunityorg@hotmail.com 

June

Title: Calumet Voices, National Stories

Host Org: Historic Pullman Foundation

Where: Visitor Center, 11141 S Cottage Grove Ave

When: June 2019

Key Theme or Activity: exhibit opening - food, exhibit, & more

Describe Event Atmosphere:

Contact: Mario Longoni?


Title: Climate Clinic

Host Organization: Chicago Wilderness, animalia project, National Park service,

Where: Indiana Dunes

When: June 19th 10am- 4pm

Key Theme or Activity: Climate change - understanding it, talking about it, doing something about it

Describe Event Atmosphere: Energetic, interactive workshops with hikes in the dunes, expert speakers, discussions with teachers and community leaders

Looking for Collaborators to: Share ideas + spread the word

Contact: Susan Ask - ask@animaliaproject.org 

July


Title: CSLN July Meeting
Host Org:
 Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network

Where: Openlands and Millennium Park

When: July 18th

Key Theme or Activity: CSLN business and mid-Summer celebration!

Describe Event Atmosphere: Summer celebration mixed with work

Looking for: Attendees!

Contact: accelerate77@gmail.com 


Title of event: ReCreate

Host Org: Matt Cardoni

Where: TBD

When: TBD (late Summer)

Key Theme or Activity: The goal is to generate money for artists by providing an interesting, dynamic, creative experience to support local artists with cold, hard cash. The long term vision is to give artists a platform to prosper and be heard, politically or otherwise.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Creative, fun, costumey, alluring with music and art performances.

Looking for Collaborators to: Help plan, market, and execute.

Contact: Matt Cardoni - mattcardoni@gmail.com 


Title of event: CSLN Collaborative Event Series: Intergenerational Connection

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network

Where: TBD

When: July 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Gardening, biking, and other activities that foster sharing across generations.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Fun!

Looking for Collaborators to: Partner and participate

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury - ssainsbury@ica-usa.org 


Title of event: 46th Annual Edgewater Glen Garden Walk

Host Organization: Edgewater Glen Association

Where: 1420 W Glenlake (6000N)

When: July 14, 2019 from noon to 5pm

Key Theme or Activity: View imaginative small & shady city gardens. Many of them also ‘Poison Free’

Describe Event Atmosphere: Joyful

Contact: www.edgeglen.com

August

Title: Intergenerational Connection re: Technology

Host Org: TBD

Where: TBD

When: late summer 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Sharing digital skills/experiences across generations

Describe Event Atmosphere: sharing, learning, fun!

Looking for: participants of all ages!

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury - ssainsbury@ica-usa.org 

September

Title of event: Uptown Garden Walk 2019

Host Org: Institute of Cultural Affairs USA

Where: Uptown

When: Sept 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Gardening, biking(maybe), and other activities soon to be announced!

Describe Event Atmosphere: Fun!

Looking for Collaborators to: Partner and participate

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury - ssainsbury@ica-usa.org 


Title of event: CSLN Collaborative Event Series: Intergenerational Connection

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network

Where: TBD

When: September 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Gardening, biking, and other activities that foster sharing across generations.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Fun!

Looking for Collaborators to: Partner and participate

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury - ssainsbury@ica-usa.org 


Title: Greenhouse Gas Accounting for ICA        

Host Organization: Institute of Cultural Affairs

Where: 4750 N Sheridan Road (Uptown)

When: Ongoing

Key Theme or Activity: Totalling up GHG emissions for this large 8 story building. There are 30 different meters and 10 different accounts!

Describe Event Atmosphere: Math based :(

Looking for collaborators to: Help impart knowledge and direction!

Contact: Evan Baehr - ebaehr@luc.edu 

March


Title: Climate Clinic for Educators

Host Organization: Openlands, Chicago Wilderness, animalia project and others.

Where: Amundsen High School 5110 N. Damen Ave (at Foster Ave)

When: March 26 and April 2, 4:30pm - 6:30pm, 2019

Key Theme or Activity: In this after-school series, learn about climate science, climate solutions, and how to make simple connections to your curriculum, the Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Standards. This series is designed for teachers, but others are welcome, too. Presented in partnership with Openlands, Chicago Wilderness, animalia project and others. Teachers will attend all three session to cover the same topics as are 1-day workshops.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Energetic, interactive workshops

Looking for collaborators to: Share w/ community leaders, teachers, informal educators

Contact: Susan Ask - ask@animaliaproject.org 


Title: Good Food Expo + Festival

Host Organization: Family Farmed

Where: UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60607

When: March 22 and March 23, 2019, All Day

Key Theme or Activity: FamilyFarmed's Good Food EXPO celebrates its 15th anniversary at Chicago's UIC Forum. Promoting local, healthy, sustainable food production and consumption.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Friday trade show + panels, Saturday festival, chef demos, food booths, kid-friendly!

Contact: Jamie Ponce - Jamie.Ponce@uilabs.org 


Title: Creating a more sustainable chicago - A community discussion

Host Organization: Plant Chicago, Citizens Utility Board, Sierra Club, Food and Water Watch and Illinois Environmental Council.

Where: Plant Chicago

When: March 30th, 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Connecting local groups with one another about local sustainability efforts. With spring around the corner, are you itching to get involved in some of Chicago’s sustainable initiatives? Join us for a panel discussion highlighting what local nonprofit organizations are doing to create a more sustainable Chicago and how you can get involved!

Describe Event Atmosphere:

Contact: Emily Rhea - rheaee@gmail.com 


Title: Chicago Community Gardeners Association (CCGA) 7th Annual Conference: Gardening and Adapting to a Changing Climate

Host Org: CCGA

Where: Breakthough FamilyPlex 3219 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

When: Saturday March 30th, 2019, 9am - 2:15pm

Key Theme or Activity: Workshops that share valuable knowledge, resources and skills with Chicago’s Community Gardeners at our annual conference where up to 150 to 250 community gardeners attend to network, attend workshops and actively visit the tables of our exhibitors as well. Educational Table for Kids

Describe Event Atmosphere: 

Contact: Julie Samuels - samjuels@yahoo.com 


Title: Techgirlz - Introduction to the Around Micro Computer

Host Organization: Windsor Park Evangelical Lutheran Church and Techgirlz

Where: 2619 E 76th St, Chicago

When: March 30th, 2019

Key Theme or Activity: Learn electronics by creating electronic circuits that will play a melody or operate a motor

Describe Event Atmosphere: Middle School girls creating circuits - electronics

Looking for collaborators to: Need Female Mentors

Contact: Alvyn Walker - al.walker@leavenoveteranbehind.org


Title: GreenRise Intentional Community Dinner

Host Organization: GreenRise Intentional Community

Where: 4750 N Sheridan Road (Uptown)

When: March 30th @ 7pm

Key Theme or Activity:  Community celebration! Those unfamiliar with “shared” living can get a close up look!

Describe Event Atmosphere: Light and friendly

Contact: Terry Bergdall - tbergdall@gmail.com 

April

Title: Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club Spring Open House

Host Org: Garfield-Clarendon Model Railroad Club

Where: Clarendon Park Community Center, 4501 N. Clarendon Ave Chicago, Illinois 60640

When: Sunday April 7th, 2019 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Visit the model railroad club and see it in action. Entirely handmade track.

Describe Event Atmosphere: You will be AMAZED! Over 70 years one of largest layouts in Chicago.

Contact: Melanie Eckner - melanie.eckner@gmail.com 


Title: Tour of Bronzeville Microgrid

Host Organization: Sierra Club

Where: IIT Campus (100 W 33rd St, Chicago)

When: April 12

Key Theme or Activity: Learn about the city’s microgrid followed by a community convo about Chicago’s energy usage.

Describe Event Atmosphere:

Contact: Kyra Woods - kyra.woods@sierraclub.org 


Title: Eating for 8 Billion

Host Organization: Plant Chicago and Whiner Beer Company

Where: Whiner Beer Company 1400 W 46th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

When: April 14, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM

Key Theme or Activity: Join us on Sunday, April 14th for a dinner focused on how we can make the world better through food. Featuring a delicious meal prepared by Chef Abra Berens of Granor Farm and ingredients from fellow tenants of The Plant: Emergy Labs, Closed Loop Farms, The Great American Cheese Collection, No Denial Foods, Rumi Tea & Spice, Tuanis Chocolate, and Whiner Beer Company. Composting services provided by The Urban Canopy. The main event will take place in Whiner Beer Company's taproom at The Plant from 1-3 pm. Regular tickets are $35, which will include the full meal and one drink ticket from Whiner Beer.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Immersive dinner with local chefs.

Contact: Emily Rhea - rheaee@gmail.com 


Title: Earth Day Celebration

Host Org: Clarendon Park Advisory Council, with Chicago Park District, and Friends of the Park

Where: 4501 N. Clarendon Ave Chicago, Illinois 60640

When: Saturday April 27th 2019 - 10am to 2pm

Key Theme or Activity: Making new compost 3-part bin. Helping Prep community garden. Kids activities. Clean up the park!

Describe Event Atmosphere: FUN, food, lots of volunteers for too little work,

Contact: Melanie Eckner - melanie.eckner@gmail.com