Summer Sustainability Communal Calendar

Created at Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network meeting on May 22nd

About this calendar:

        The Summer Sustainability Communal Calendar was created at the Chicago Sustainability Leader Network (CSLN) meeting on May 22nd, 2018 at the UIC Latino Cultural Center with host UIC Heritage Garden. 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.

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Please include the following when adding your event:

Title of event:

Host Organization:



Key Theme or Activity:

Describe Event Atmosphere:


Looking for: (if applicable)

Volunteer Opportunities



Partnership Opportunities



September & October


WHCW Radio: Earth Stories, Daily News, PSAs 

Foresight Design: Chicago Summer Sustainability Intern Lunch Series

Upcoming Events




Event Details by Date


Title: Earth Stories / Daily News / PSA’s/ Community Sustainability

Host Organization: WHCW Harper Radio

Where: Studios in Palatine, field recording anywhere, broadcast across Chicagoland, streaming worldwide

When: Weekly on Wednesdays, 2 pm - 5 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Productivity calendar, sustainability, communications, community, transformational change, democracy, science, health, society, sustainability planning

Describe Event Atmosphere: Free form radio, interviews, public events, speeches, forum, festivals, music, art, dialogue

Looking for: Partners interested in interviews and events coverage.

Contact: David Silverman -

Title: Chicago Summer Sustainability Intern Lunch Series

Host Organization: Foresight Design Initiative

Where: Hosted by different host organizations every week.

When: Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: These are lunches, intended for interns in the sustainability sector in Chicago (but all are welcome), hosted by different sustainability organizations across Chicago every Friday. These lunches are meant to be a time for interns to come together, learn about amazing change-making organizations, and explore potential career pathways in the sustainability sector. Sign up here to be on the mailing list. RSVP here for our first event on Friday, June 8th at Openlands.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Business casual, networking & career development opportunity. *Bring your own lunch!*

Contact: Marie Lachance - 


Title: Summer Movie Club

Host Organization: One Earth Film Fest

Where: Work from home.

When: June through September.

Key Theme or Activity: Review films for March 2019 Film Fest.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Watching great movies.

Contact: Dick Alton -

Title: Urban Field Day

Host Organization: Advocates for Urban Agriculture with Bronzeville Neighborhood Farm and other community gardens and organizations.

Where: 4148 S Calumet Ave, and others to come.

When: June 9th, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and others to come.

Key Theme or Activity: Group volunteering days at different grassroots community gardens and farms all season long. Goal is to provide people power and build and strengthen community.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Vibe: synergy, labor, community, joy, fun!

Contact: Nick Lucas -

Title: Trees: Chicago’s Invisible Hedgerow

Host Org: Lurie Garden

Where: Chicago Cultural Center

When: June 14, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Trees and bee pollination with Chicago Honey Co-op and Bike-a-Bee.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Lecture and honey tasting.

Contact: Yaritza Guillen -

Title: Volunteer Days

Host Org: UIC Heritage Garden

Where: UIC Latino Cultural Center - 803 S. Morgan St.

When: Tuesday, June 12, 10:00 am -12:00 pm; Thursday, July 12, 10:00 am -12:00 pm; Tuesday, August 6, 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Gardening.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Gardening.

Contact: Sarah Hernandez -

Title of event: Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

Host Organization: Shareable, Steve Ediger

Where: ICA GreenRise - 4750 N Sheridan

When: Monday, June 25, 2018, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Presentation and discussion about a new book by Shareeables and the urban sharing economy.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Happy, meetup, networking, learning

Contact: Steve Ediger -

Looking for: You to spread the word


Title: Tech mentoring program for middle school girls

Host Org: Windsor Park Lutheran Church

Where: Windsor Park Lutheran Church - 2619 E 76th St

When: Late July

Key Theme or Activity: Mentoring and supporting middle school girls in tech to nurture their interest.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Relaxed, soft mentorship in a workshop format.

Looking for: Partners with tech programs, input into agenda and activities.

Contact: Alvyn Walker -

Title: CSLN Policy Team Meeting with City Sustainability Staff

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network and Office of the Mayor

Where: Unknown but lovely CSLN organization space.

When: July 2018, exact date TBD

Key Theme or Activity: Update on Resilience Plan and community engagement between CSLN, Mayor's Office, and other City offices and agencies.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Working meeting and exchange of ideas.

Looking for: Meeting space, input on discussion topics.

Contact: Melanie Eckner -

Title: Wall-E Film Screening

Host Org: One Earth Film Fest

Where: Full Moon Film at Millennium Park

When: July 31

Key Theme or Activity: Film screening followed by action tables and audience discussion.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Part of City of Chicago movie program.

Contact: Dick Alton -

Title: Network Meeting
Host Org:
 Net Impact Chicago

Where: Central Location TBD

When: July or August

Key Theme or Activity: Re-convene and re-emerge chapter through summer social with returning and potential partners.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Social, gathering of ideas for fall programming on “triple bottom line” issues.

Looking for: Host space, collaborative partners, and content area experts

Contact: Nurul Eusufzai -

Title of event: Climate Reality Bi-Monthly Meeting

Host Org: Climate Reality Chicago Chapter

Where: REI - 1466 N. Halsted

When: Sunday, July 8, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Topic in climate change presentation, carbon pricing, climate resiliency planning.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Organizational meeting of learning, discussion, and action planning.

Contact: Lucia Whalen -

Title of event: CSLN Summer Outing

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network and Lurie Garden

Where: Loop location, near Millennium Park

When: Wednesday, July 18th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Tour of Lurie Garden, 5th anniversary event planning, networking, music.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Participatory, energized, chill and social, get to know each other

Looking for: You to come and spread the word! Your ideas for our 5th anniversary celebration!

Contact: Caitlin Sarro -

Title of event: The Pollination of Native Plants w/ Heather Holm

Host Org: Lurie Garden

Where: Chicago Cultural Center

When: July 19th

Key Theme or Activity: Insect Pollinators: who they are, what they do, how they interact with plants in our landscape, and how we can support them.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Lecture with interactive tour and discussion.

Contact: Peter Slothower -

Title of event: Reducing Food Waste and Composting 

Host Org: Dill Pickle Food Co-op

Where: Dill Pickle Food Co-op - 2746 N Milwaukee Ave

When: July 18, 7pm

Key Theme or Activity: Easy ways to start composting, no matter where you live.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Highly interactive workshop with an expert speaker.

Looking for: Collaborative partners.

Contact: Brock Auerbach-Lynn -

Title of event: Farmers Market/Stand

Host Org: The Urban Canopy

Where:                                                                                                                  When:




Columbus Park

La Follette Park

North Lawndale


4700 S. King Drive

5900 W. Chicago

76th and Racine

500 S. Central

1333 N. Laramie

3419 W. Ogden

200 W. 109th

7/08, 9/16, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm

7/12, 9/13, 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm

7/07, 9/15, 10:00 am-2:00 pm

7/08, 9/16, 2:00 pm -7:00 pm

7/11, 9/12, 2:00 pm -7:00 pm

8/14, 10/9, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

8/29, 10/24, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Key Theme or Activity: Vendors, food demos, music, and tabling.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Fun and family friendly.

Looking for: Partners interested in tabling.

Contact: Joseph Taylor -


Title of event: Worker Ownership in an Equitable Food System

Host Org: Chicago Food Policy Action Council

Where: Open Center for the Arts - 2214 S Sacramento Ave

When: Tuesday, June 26th, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Key Theme or Activity: Addressing economic equity in the food system

Describe Event Atmosphere: Networking, panel presentation

Looking for: Presenters, collaborative partners, location in Pilsen area

Contact: Brenda Rodriguez -

Title of event: Nourish (comm)Unity: Community Biking Event

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, possibly: Pedal to the People, Working Bikes, Slow Roll

Where: TBA

When: August or September

Key Theme or Activity: Talking and hands-on activities.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Learning and connecting.

Looking for: Additional partners from bike community.

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury -

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, in partnership with Bronzeville Alliance, Harambee Garden, GlennArt Farm, & Barrelhouse Bonni

Where: Harambee Garden, 500 N. Waller Ave., Chicago 60644

When: August 4, 11:00am–1:00pm

Key Theme or Activity: Intergenerational connection through hands-on learning

Describe Event Atmosphere: Would you like to be able to better connect with and understand your family and neighbors from different generations? Join us at Intergenerational Connectivity to learn about different approaches to bridging the generation gap! Organizations from Austin and Bronzeville will share their expertise, including:

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury -

Title of event: The Art of Flocking

Host Org: Chicago Park District

Where: Burnham Wildlife Corridor: Sankofa for the Earth, La Ronda Parakata

When: August 11

Key Theme or Activity: Latino and African American Civic Arts traditions, featuring Hector Duarte.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Gallery and party.

Contact: Mario Longoni -


Title of event: Nourish (comm)Unity: Civic Technology

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, Windsor Park Lutheran Church, Chi Hack Night, Kola Nut Collaborative

Where: Windsor Park Lutheran Church - 2619 E 76th St

When: October or November

Key Theme or Activity: TBD

Describe Event Atmosphere: Exploring connections.

Contact: Samantha Sainsbury -

Title of event: CSLN 5th Year Anniversary

Host Org: Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network and partners TBD

Where: TBD

When: October

Key Theme or Activity: Sharing information and resources, building momentum forward.

Describe Event Atmosphere: Celebration, collaboration, leaving with new connections.

Contact: Caitlin Sarro -