Webinar: Great Lakes Priorities for Congress & How You Can Help in 2019
Jan
24
11:30 AM11:30

Webinar: Great Lakes Priorities for Congress & How You Can Help in 2019

This month marks the beginning of a new Congress, which brings new opportunities for the Great Lakes. Although things are messy in DC right now, we're working to make sure clean water is a priority. Join us at 11:30am CST on Thursday, January 24th for our webinar, Great Lakes Priorities for Congress & How You Can Help in 2019.

We’ll cover our priorities for the new Congress to protect the lakes and the communities that depend on them. We’ll also share how you can get involved.   

Join me, Alliance President & CEO Joel Brammeier, and Policy Director Crystal Davis for this briefing on our 2019 Great Lakes Priorities for Congress. We’ll talk about the current political landscape in DC, what it means for the Great Lakes, and what it’s going to take to protect the lakes in 2019.

We’ll also leave plenty of time to answer your questions. I hope you can make it!

Sincerely,
Molly Flanagan
Vice President for Policy

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IAEP Student Career Seminar at DePaul University
Jan
26
9:00 AM09:00

IAEP Student Career Seminar at DePaul University

Take charge of your future career in the environmental professions by attending a FREE student career seminar presented by DePaul University and the Illinois Association of Environmental Professionals. 

Today’s job market is very challenging. You need to to separate yourself from the crowd. 

At this event, you will have the chance to meet working professionals and hear about how you can prepare for your career.

Pre-Registration is Required: http://www.iaepnetwork.org

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Environmental Chicago: Industry Night
Jan
28
5:30 PM17:30

Environmental Chicago: Industry Night

You are invited to the only networking event that bridges the gaps between the environmental sectors in the Chicago area. We have representatives from the for-profit, academic, non-profit and everything in between!

This might be the most interesting speaker ever. Keisha Glover, of Independent Recycling Services, will grace us with her presence and knowledge of the recycling industry in Chicago. Why is something recyclable? Not because it's able to be recycled.....but because the market is there for it. The inner workings of how and why our things are being recycled here in Chicago will be revealed. Wear a poncho 'cuz we might blow some minds.

This is a free event at the Dovetail Brewery tap room. Beer is available for purchase and it's a bring-your-own-food establishment. Parking is free and easy breezy but please use the just-as-convenient public transportation options just blocks away.

To learn more about Environmental Chicago please visit EnvChi.org.

Facebook - Group Page 

Eventbrite - Tickets (You can show up without, but it is helpful to know group size ahead of time)

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Energy Policy in the New Congress
Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Energy Policy in the New Congress

  • pin Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago - EPIC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As the 116th Congress takes its seat, the dynamics around U.S. climate policy are potentially more interesting than at any time in nearly a decade. Incoming Democratic members have promised to propose a Green New Deal that they claim would support job growth and reduced carbon emissions. Meanwhile, House leadership is considering revisiting cap-and-trade legislation passed in 2009 that narrowly failed in the Senate. And, despite Republicans’ historical opposition to most climate policies, nascent support for a carbon tax by several members in the Climate Solutions Caucus was one of the few bright spots in U.S. climate policy in 2018.

But how strong is voter support for strong action on climate change—particularly carbon pricing? Vulnerable Republican members who support climate policies risk electoral challenges, and even progressive Washington State failed to pass a ballot initiative introducing a carbon price in 2018. In short, what are Americans willing to pay to fight climate change?

Join EPIC and a distinguished panel of political and policy leaders as we discuss the dynamics at play in the new Congress.

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Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum on Food & Environmental Justice
Jan
30
6:00 PM18:00

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Forum on Food & Environmental Justice

Hear how mayoral candidates would promote a comprehensive vision of Food and Environmental Justice that includes:

- Building community wealth through supporting food entrepreneurship in underserved communities,
- Supporting and expanding the Good Food Purchasing Policy passed by the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Parks Department,
- Driving sustainable urban and industrial redevelopment supports a community-based green economy while contributing to community health,
- And equitable access to healthy, sustainable, local, fair and humane food.

We will provide Spanish language interpretation.

This event is hosted by Chicago State University’s Honors College and the Chicago State Department of Geography, Sociology, History, African American Studies, and Anthropology.

Co-sponsors include: Chicago Environmental Justice Network, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, Chicago South East Side Coalition To Ban Petcoke, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Grow Greater Englewood, Ixchel, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Street Vendors Association of Chicago, Southeast Environmental Task Force, Chicago Southside NAACP, Urban Growers Collective and Urban Stewards Action Network.

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Chicago 350 Monthly Meeting - Chicagoland Utilities
Feb
2
10:00 AM10:00

Chicago 350 Monthly Meeting - Chicagoland Utilities

Intro to 350

Presentation - A representative from the ComEd and Peoples Gas Energy Efficiency programs will explain how consumers can take advantage of free and low cost measures to make their homes more efficient, lower their carbon footprint, and save money on their utility bill

Q&A

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Clean Water Open House
Feb
5
6:00 PM18:00

Clean Water Open House

At this Open House, Water Team members will discuss ongoing activities and opportunities for volunteers to get involved, including: Engaging in advocacy and political action for clean water protections. Participating in our Water Sampling program to monitor the health and pollution levels of local waterways. Planning educational events such as World Water Day. Organizing community engagement and stewardship events, like beach and river cleanups. This gathering will greatly help us plan our work and we want to hear from you! Join us for a fun evening and an engaging discussion. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

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2019 Winter Networking Night
Feb
7
5:30 PM17:30

2019 Winter Networking Night

The Illinois Green Alliance Emerging Professionals invite you to the 2019 Winter Networking Night! Join us for an evening of networking with a diverse group of professionals working to make our city, state and region more sustainable, vibrant and prosperous.

Agenda:

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Arrival & Networking
6:30 PM - 6:45 PM Introductions, Priorities, Projects & Getting Involved
6:45 PM - 8:00 PM Networking

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Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2019
Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2019

Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2019

Hosted by Impact Engine, Sponsored by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Showcase will highlight the work of impact investors in Chicago and their portfolio companies who are linking financial and social returns. The keynote address will be provided by Julia Stasch, President of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Other presenters include:

Erik Birkerts, Clean Energy Trust

Sara Chamberlain, Energy Foundry

Sridhar Deivasigamani, Intellihot

Rachel Kohler, NowPow

Feyi Olopade, CancerIQ

William W. Towns, Benefit Chicago

Will Tynan, Lotic Labs

Jessica Droste Yagan, Tasha Seitz, & Priya Parrish, Impact Engine

Agenda
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Check-In, Light Dinner & Drinks

6:30 to 8 p.m. - Presentations

Presenting Organizations

Benefit Chicago is mobilizing $100 million in impact investments to finance the growth of impact enterprises throughout the Chicago region.

Clean Energy Trust brings cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest.

CancerIQ's software identifies at-risk patients who qualify for genetic testing and delivers results alongside care plan recommendations.

Impact Engine is a venture capital and private equity investment firm focused on growing companies that generate positive outcomes in education, health, economic empowerment, and environmental sustainability.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.

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Science Riot at the Field Museum
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Science Riot at the Field Museum

Science Riot is an event series adapted from a popular UK program billed as "a thinking person's comedy night."  We give local experts a crash course in standup then throw them on stage to deliver their comedy talk! Want to see great amateur comedy and learn something new in the process? Get your tickets for our next show at the Field Museum below! 

Doors open at 7pm. 7-8pm lobby social hour. 8pm showtime.

Please only use the West entrance doors for entry into this special event at the Field Museum. Drinks will be available for purchase in the West Lobby. This show is for adult audiences only. Tickets are expected to sell out in advance.

Paid parking is available at Soldier Field's North Garage. Parking fee is generally $22 (special events at Soldier Field can cause prices to fluctuate) or you can use the SpotHero app. Please consider car-pooling or use public transportation (Roosevelt stop on the Green and Orange lines). Public bike racks are also available at the West Entrance.

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Chicago Gateway Green Presents: Wintergreen 2019
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Chicago Gateway Green Presents: Wintergreen 2019

Join Chicago's hardest-working group of young professionals, the Associate Board of Chicago Gateway Green, for an evening atop the dana hotel and spa at Apogee Lounge. Learn about the work Chicago Gateway Green does to continue to create and improve green spaces throughout Chicago and along its many expressways and get a sneak peak at our other upcoming amazing events - Gaming for Green and Green Tie Ball - while you enjoy beer, wine, cocktails, delicious passed appetizers, and sweeping city views. We will be raffling off tickets to this year's Gaming for Green event, a Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on July 18, 2019!

Since 1986, Chicago Gateway Green has planted 4,000 trees, 80,150 shrubs, 130,000 perennials, and picked up 1.35 million pounds of litter. Along with our public art installations, CGG develops and maintains sweeping landscapes which feature our sponsors, over 100 gardens along Chicago's busy Expressways.

This is a 21+ event. 100% of the proceeds go to support Chicago Gateway Green, a 501c3 organization. Questions? Email events@gatewaygreen.org or visit our website at gatewaygreen.org

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2019 Wild Things Conference
Feb
23
9:00 AM09:00

2019 Wild Things Conference

  • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The conference will feature over 100 Presentations, 60 Exhibits, and a multitude of Performances, Poster Sessions and Networking Opportunities celebrating this region’s nature and how people enjoy and protect it.

With our larger venue, Wild Things may host up to 3,000 attendees this year.

The 2019 Keynote speaker will be Gary Nabhan, noted ecologist and author of many books including Enduring Seeds (1989), The Forgotten Pollinators(1996), and Food from the Radical Center (2018). Mr. Nabhan’s talk is entitled: Restoring Nature, Food and Justice.

Once you purchase tickets on the Eventbrite website you will be given your own page on Sched, an app where you can build a personal schedule and find conference details such as session schedules and descriptions, speaker bios, and lots more. You can even use the Sched app on your phone to plan your schedule on conference day.

As in previous years, all sessions are first-come, first-served, but we do ask that you select sessions and create a schedule on Sched. This provides important information that will allow us to assign the largest rooms to the most-requested sessions.

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Citizen's Utility Board Presents - How to Save $ and Energy
Mar
2
10:00 AM10:00

Citizen's Utility Board Presents - How to Save $ and Energy

  • Chicago Public Library - Lincoln/Belmont Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cate York from Citizens Utility Board will visit with Chicago 350 and discuss how to save energy (and money!) by taking advantage of incentives for energy efficiency, solar panels, community solar, and real-time electricity pricing. Cate will also share a bit on EV's and new legislation proposals for renewable energy.

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100 Conversations for 100% Clean Energy
Jan
21
3:00 PM15:00

100 Conversations for 100% Clean Energy

With all of the news about electric vehicles, solar panels, and climate impacts, have you ever thought about what a 100% clean energy future would look like? What could that transition look like in Chicago?

We believe that community voices and values should be the foundation of that collective movement, so lets get together and discuss a promising and intentional future! Join us for one of our upcoming community dialogues this month as we explore ideas and perspectives about Chicago's clean energy future.

Please RSVP here: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z0000027LItQAM

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NAEP Webinar, Ethics for the Environmental Professional
Jan
16
2:00 PM14:00

NAEP Webinar, Ethics for the Environmental Professional

Led by Richard Burke, CEP and Timothy Perry, Esq.

This webinar is designed to provide environmental professionals with a deeper understanding of how to ensure ethical behavior in today’s world. Attendees will have a chance to learn the bases for ethical systems, appropriate ethical behavior toward our environment, and best practices for preventing unethical conduct in the workplace. To increase awareness of ethics across practices, examples of ethical codes used in the engineering and legal profession will be compared with those established in NAEP’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Environmental Professionals. Sufficient time will be available so questions can be discussed and participants can learn how to apply what is presented to their professional lives. 

This session will offer professional credits!

Pre-Registration is Required: http://www.iaepnetwork.org

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2nd Wednesday Lecture: Sustainability in the City
Jan
9
6:00 PM18:00

2nd Wednesday Lecture: Sustainability in the City

A New Year calls for new resolutions, actions, and opportunities. We welcome you to join us as we are educated, enlightened, and empowered by ways we can create positive impact while minimizing our ecological footprints – all while still living “on the grid”!

Stephanie Katsaros is a cultivator of positive environmental and social change in Chicago and beyond through her company, Bright Beat. Stephanie also leads the Chicago Sustainability Task Force, is on the boards of the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and iHeartMedia Chicago, and is a new mother!

From successful Zero Waste programs that engage us at events and facilities, to finding inspiration and partners that activate our best intentions, and consistently communicating how we can all be involved – attendees are in for a real treat!

FREE and open to the public. RSVP’s encouraged - click the link to be directed to the RSVP page. 

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Sierra Club - Monthly Water Team Meeting
Jan
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sierra Club - Monthly Water Team Meeting

The Chicago Water Team advocate for, hold educational events about, and foster the enjoyment and health of lakes, beaches, and rivers. All volunteers and clean water supporters are welcome to attend. At our meetings we discuss and plan upcoming events, advocacy and efforts. All experience levels are welcome. 

Use the Contact feature of this website if you would like to be added to the Water Team listserv and receive ongoing updates from the Water Team. 

 

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Ready For 100 Chicago Collective Kickoff
Dec
4
5:00 PM17:00

Ready For 100 Chicago Collective Kickoff

Get to know the Ready For 100 Chicago Collective! We're a diverse coalition of Chicago area groups organized by Sierra Club's Ready For 100 as a unified group seeking a commitment and path forward for our great city to be powered by 100-percent clean energy. Environmental, labor, justice groups and more share resources, networks and skills to assist in forging the road to renewable energy — electricity, transportation and all energy. Chicago can lead this charge with other cities to benefit health, equality and sustainability for residents now and generations to come.

Our kickoff celebration comes at the perfect time to incorporate the live stream of Climate Reality Project's "24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves." Hosted by former Vice President Al Gore, the global broadcast will sound the alarm on the clear and present danger that fossil fuels and climate change pose to the health of families and communities across the planet. Our watch party might even be included in the international live stream!

We'll listen in to this broadcast and host some of our own entertainment and speakers, which will include a big toast to Chicago, named one of Bloomberg Philanthropy's American Cities Climate Challenge $70 million-dollar program grantees! Chicago will be part of a two-year acceleration program that provides the city with powerful resources and access to cutting-edge support to help meet or beat near-term carbon reduction goals.

More details — exact Chicago location and our MC (wait for it...) — are forthcoming. But for now, save the date and plan to celebrate with us to show your support for a renewable Chicago. RSVP ASAP with your firm reply so we have enough space for everyone who will help us BUILD MOMENTUM for the Windy City!

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Greenbuild 2018 - Chicago
Nov
14
to Nov 16

Greenbuild 2018 - Chicago

The green building industry event of the year.

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.

Renowned speakers

Hear from industry leaders on their vision about the future of green building.

Engaging sessions

Greenbuild offers LEED workshops, education sessions, green building tours & summits.Learn more »

Invaluable networking

Connect with green building experts at our Signature Events, and exchange strategies and solutions.

Interactive exhibit hall
Greenbuild is where you can learn about the latest green products, services and technologies to take your building projects to the next level. 

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Webinar: Plastic-Free Great Lakes
Nov
8
12:00 PM12:00

Webinar: Plastic-Free Great Lakes

Want to make a difference in the fight against plastic pollution in the Great Lakes? Tune in on Thursday, November 8th at 12pm CT to learn how you can take action in your community.

On the webinar, we’ll talk with experts and advocates to:

  • Understand the Great Lakes plastic pollution problem,

  • Learn how communities have taken action to reduce plastic pollution, and

  • Explore tools to help you become a plastic-free Great Lakes champion in your community.

And, we’ll give you a first look at our new resource, Plastic-Free Great Lakes: An Advocacy Toolkit to Make a Difference in Your Community.

With more than 22 million pounds of plastic entering the Great Lakes every year, people like you are taking action to stop this pollution. I’m excited to share our toolkit with you and answer your questions to help you be a champion for plastic-free Great Lakes.

Hope you can make it!  

Nate Drag
Water Project Manager

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3911672439321176588?source=Email

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Environmental Chicago Presents: Environmental Industry Night
Oct
29
5:00 PM17:00

Environmental Chicago Presents: Environmental Industry Night

Facebook - Group Page & Invite

Eventbrite - Tickets 

You are invited to the only networking event that bridges the gaps between the environmental sectors in the Chicago area. We have representatives from the for-profit, academic, non-profit and everything in between!

It's Halloween and what's scarier than politics?! With November looming like a disgruntled Frankenstein's monster, we will arm you with the information you need to be ready for voting!

We are tickled to announce Jennifer Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council, as our headlining speaker. IEC is the Illinois partner for the League of Conservation Voters. Just FYI - We have a hard start time for our speaker of 6pm sharp. Other speakers to follow.

Come! Be informed!

Also, costumes encouraged.

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Conversation on Clean Water
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Conversation on Clean Water

Sierra Club's volunteer Chicago Water Team invites our community to participate in a conversation about clean water.Taking place along the shore of the Chicago River at Metropolitan Brewery, Sierra Club leaders and guests Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore and former Senior Adviser to the Administrator of EPA Cam Davis will discuss the current and future states of Chicago Area Waterways. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn how to get involved locally and hear about Sierra Club activities - including our campaign to invest in clean water infrastructure.

Cost: This event is free. Metropolitan Brewery will be open and selling their beverages.

Signup Restrictions: Space is limited. Please RSVP

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Chicago Idealist Grad Fair 2018
Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

Chicago Idealist Grad Fair 2018

  • University of Illinois, Chicago, UIC Forum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Are you considering graduate school, or do you know someone who is?

We are writing to invite you to our annual Idealist Graduate School Fair on Thursday, Oct. 4, presented by Columbia University's School of Professional Studies.

Featuring hundreds of programs, the fair is free to attend and great for anyone interested in a socially-minded career path, or looking to advance in the nonprofit or public service sectors.

Register now for more details and see the full list of schools that will be in attendance.

RSVP NOW

This fair is generously hosted by the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Additional thanks to our sponsors: Marquette University, University of Wisconsin- Madison and the College of Mount St. Vincent.

If you have any questions about the fair, please contact us or visit Idealist Grad Fairs. 

We hope you can join us!
The Idealist Grad Fair Team

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"On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" with physicist Martin Rees
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

"On the Future: Prospects for Humanity" with physicist Martin Rees

World-renowned scientist Martin Rees offers his look at the future of humanity and science in this talk based upon his new book 

On the Future: Prospects for Humanity. Rees argues that humanity's future is bound to the future of science, and our prospects hinge on how successfully we harness technological advances to address the challenges to our collective future. 


If we are to use science to solve our problems while avoiding its dystopian risks, Rees shows how we must think rationally, globally, collectively, and optimistically about the long-term future. Advances in biotechnology, cyber technology, robotics, and artificial intelligence -- if pursued and applied wisely-could empower us to boost the developing and developed world and overcome the threats humanity faces on Earth, from climate change to nuclear war. Rees offers fascinating insights into cutting-edge science and technology while providing a unique perspective on the critical issues that will define the future of humanity on Earth and beyond.

FREE but registration is recommended here.


Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium open at 5pm; seating is available first come, first served. The event is free but registration is recommended. Books are available for purchase from Seminary Co-op Books and the author will autograph books at the conclusion of the program.

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Public Library

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Mighty Earth's Chicago Clean Water Campaign Launch!
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Mighty Earth's Chicago Clean Water Campaign Launch!

Care about clean water? Please join us for Mighty Earth's 'McWholeFoods' Campaign Kick-Off Meeting!

We will be located in the Lincoln Park Library (large meeting room)

Industrial meat production is the leading cause of water pollution in the United States. Much of the corn and soy grown at an industrial scale to feed livestock pollutes waterways with excess fertilizer, depletes the soil, and contributes to the destruction of prairie landscapes. 

We can live in a world with clean drinking water. A few simple practices can dramatically reduce pollution and improve soil health: decreasing fertilizer use, diversifying crops, and managing manure responsibly. If we get large companies like McDonalds and Whole Foods to demand better practices from their suppliers, the entire meat and feed industry will change for the better. 

Join other concerned residents and local organizations Thursday night for a fun event to learn more about the campaign, help us strategize how to win, and take action! 

RSVP to let us know you can make it, and bring a friend: 
https://goo.gl/forms/AZYRbmePEBE02CGF2

To learn more about how you can get involved before the meeting, please contact:
Victoria Higgins, Chicago Field Organizer 
victoria@mightyearth.org

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Little Village Toxic Tour with LVEJO
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Little Village Toxic Tour with LVEJO

  • Semillas de Justicia community garden (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Take a Toxic Tour through Little Village with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO)

The Climate Reality Project — Chicago Chapter and Sierra Club Illinois want you to learn about the environmental injustices taking place at a near neighborhood of our city.

The Little Village Environmental Organization runs a 'Toxic Tour' through their neighborhood to show the negative effects of the fossil fuel industry and others on their residents. We've lined up a special walking tour for our group and all interested — if we get enough interest.

There's a cost of $25/person donation for the tour which should be paid in cash on the day of the event.

RSVP here

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Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice Action
Sep
8
12:30 PM12:30

Rise for Climate, Jobs, & Justice Action

On September 8, we’re planning thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that puts people and justice before profits.

No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for a fast and fair transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

https://riseforclimate.org/

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"Ready for 100" Renewable Energy Community Dialogue
Aug
10
6:30 PM18:30

"Ready for 100" Renewable Energy Community Dialogue

  • Chicago Shambhala Meditation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Last year, the City of Chicago announced that all municipal buildings will be powered by 100% clean renewable energy by 2025! Is Chicago ready to join the league of more than 70 cities committed to a 100% clean energy future? How do we ensure that the transition is equitable and affordable for all Chicagoans? Join Sierra Club and members of the Shambhala Community for a community dialogue space to explore these ideas about how to ensure an equitable and inclusive energy transition.

Expect a 90-120 minute interactive event in which you will have the opportunity to discuss energy policies and questions. You'll learn a lot, meet great people, and become part of a new, inclusive conversation about how energy and environmental policies can benefit all communities. 

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The Climate Crisis and How You Can Help Solve It
Jul
15
3:00 PM15:00

The Climate Crisis and How You Can Help Solve It

Come hear Cynthia Linton, a volunteer speaker trained by Al Gore and his Climate Reality Project to give an updated version of his slide show, made famous in An Inconvenient Truth. Linton, a retired journalist and college instructor, was inspired to get involved in the climate issue by concern for what life could be like for her grandchildren in the decades to come. She will talk about the basics of climate change, how its impacts are already being felt, and ways that we can make a difference. After, join in a reception with environmental groups including the Climate Reality Project, Sierra Club, and Citizens Climate Lobby—and be part of a movement to spark lasting change.

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Families Belong Together - Chicago March
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Families Belong Together - Chicago March

Rally to show the Trump administration how much opposition it faces for their border policy. Hosted by Indivisible Chicago and Chicago Resistance to Family Separations

On June 30, we'll be joining together to protest this administration's cruel policy of separating kids from their parents. Families belong together, and we need to end this -- NOW.

If you can't make it to Chicago, go to FamiliesBelongTogether.org for more information on local events across the country. 

Sponsoring organizations include: 
ACLU, Chicago Women Take Action, Gather Activism, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Illinois, Our Revolution Illinois, PASO, Women's March - Illinois

Note: By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage.


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Environmental Chicago Presents: Environmental Industry Night
Jun
25
5:30 PM17:30

Environmental Chicago Presents: Environmental Industry Night

Facebook - Group Page & Invite

Eventbrite - Tickets 

You are invited to the only networking event that bridges the gaps between the environmental sectors in the Chicago area. We have representatives from the for-profit, academic, non-profit and everything in between!

Amazing speakers announced now!

Tomas de'Medici - Analyst in the solar game and founder of The Chicago Sustainability Series

Macy Gould - Field Organizer at Elevate Energy

Almost ready to announce a member of Zero Waste Chicago....still need hard confirmation. But soft confirmation is there!

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Alliance for the Great Lakes - Great Blue Benefit 2018
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Alliance for the Great Lakes - Great Blue Benefit 2018

We invite you to join us for a night of drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and live music in support of the Alliance for the Great Lakes' work to protect our region’s most precious resource.

Proceeds help ensure a healthy Great Lakes and clean water for people and wildlife.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Rudinsky at crudinsky@greatlakes.orgor (312) 445-9736. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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Clean Energy Reading and Discussion
Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Clean Energy Reading and Discussion

Join members of Sierra Club Chicago and Chicago 350 as we discuss a variety of readings related to a just and equitable clean energy transition. Please feel free to join and participate even if you have only read one or a few of these: 

The first four chapters of "Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions," edited by Denise Fairchild and Al Weinrub: 
https://islandpress.org/books/energy-democracy

Jemez Principles: http://www.ejnet.org/ej/jemez.pdf

Climate Justice Alliance Just Transition Principles: http://www.ourpowercampaign.org/cja

ICN — “Chief Environmental Justice Official at EPA Resigns, With Plea to Pruitt to Protect Vulnerable Communities”: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09032017/epa-environmental-justice-mustafa-ali-flint-water-crisis-dakota-access-pipeline-trump-scott-pruitt

The Atlantic — “Environmentalism Was Once A Social-Justice Movement”: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/12/how-the-environmental-movement-can-recover-its-soul/509831/

EPA Environmental Justice 2020 Action Agenda: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-05/documents/052216_ej_2020_strategic_plan_final_0.pdf

Please RSVP at https://sierra.secure.force.com/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000002Ar2IQAS&_ga=2.11320564.1388564912.1525353086-752498957.1511021223

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Social & Open House for New Volunteers
Jun
4
6:00 PM18:00

Social & Open House for New Volunteers

Interested in knowing more about the Sierra Club and how you can get involved? Please join us at our June 4th Social & Open House for new volunteers! We look forward to seeing you there, and helping you find ways to work on issues you care about.

The Sierra Club is the country's oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organization. If you interested in knowing more about the Club and how you can get involved, please join us at our Social & Open House for New Volunteers on Monday, June 5th.

You will have the opportunity to meet and talk with our volunteer leaders and learn about the many important projects our teams are working on in communities throughout Chicagoland. And you will learn how you can begin working on environmental issues you care about -- right away. 

The Social will kick-off at 6:00 pm with drinks, light snacks, and the chance to meet and get to know other Sierra Club volunteers.

RSVPs are not required, but they are very helpful. We hope to see you there! 

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IL PPC - Healthy Bodies & a Healthy Planet
Jun
4
2:00 PM14:00

IL PPC - Healthy Bodies & a Healthy Planet

Let's join with the IL PPC!
Monday, June 4 focused on ecology and health care - healthy bodies and a healthy planet.

More details to come. 

Find out more information about the IL Poor People's Campaign through their FB page https://www.facebook.com/IllinoisPoorPeopleCampaign/

Better yet, sign up for their mailing list! 
https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/

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Illinois EPA VW Outreach Sessions
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Illinois EPA VW Outreach Sessions

  • James R. Thompson Center Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Illinois EPA will host three public outreach sessions (1 in Chicago) on its draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan to use the state's $108 million allocation from the Volkswagen Settlement. Agency representatives will give an overview of the Settlement and draft BMP, and answer questions and accept public input from attendees.

If you have questions about the outreach sessions or Illinois’ draft BMP, please contact:

Brad Frost

Manager, Office of Community Relations

217-782-7027

brad.frost@illinois.gov

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The Chicago River Clean Sweep 2018
May
19
1:30 PM13:30

The Chicago River Clean Sweep 2018

DO YOU WANT TO KAYAK? 
DO YOU WANT TO GREEN-UP THE CHICAGO RIVER?

Please join your pals at TODO x Kayak Chicago for the 2018 Chicago River CLEAN SWEEP! We'll provide the boats, bags, safety gear, and safety guides so that you can LOVE THE RIVER!

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2018, 1:30 - 5:30PM
WHERE: Kayak Chicago - Goose Island (1220 W. LeMoyne)
WHAT: A Chicago River Green-up...ON KAYAKS!
WEAR: Dress to get a little wet from the splash of your paddle

****PLEASE NOTE***

It's FREE!
RAFFLE PRIZES FROM OUR SPONSORS - Patagonia, Moosejaw
LIVE MUSIC!
Paddlers will launch in groups - no need to arrive right at 1:30P!
Paddlers under 18 years require guardian to sign liability waiver
Paddlers under 12 must paddle with an adult
Paddlers 12 years or older can paddle in a solo kayak
Paddlers must abide by all Kayak Chicago safety guidelines

Please stay tuned to TODO's website and social media for updates regarding the people, places, and sponsors who help everyone come together for one of the best days of the year!

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Spring Forward to Fossil Free - Nationwide Day of Action
May
14
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Forward to Fossil Free - Nationwide Day of Action

From Beta Coronel - 350.org

All around the country, people will gather at their local city halls to call on local elected officials to commit to building the just, 100% renewable energy-powered world we need

Together, we can demonstrate the power and urgency of our demands to elected officials and the public. This isn't just about resolutions in our cities and towns; it's about changing the standard of climate leadership for the better. Sign up here to host a May 14 Spring Forward to Fossil Free event at your local city hall.

Spring Forward to Fossil Free will be a united day of action across the country -- but events can take different forms in different places, depending on what best suits your local context. If another day in the week of May 14 works best for your campaign, that's all right. Here are some suggestions to help you start planning:

  • Meet at City Hall (or your target’s location) to canvass local community members.

  • Meet at City Hall for an action (ie: rally, press event, etc)

  • Meet at City Hall to take a photo with campaign volunteers and signs with your demands.

The more visual and creative your Spring Forward to Fossil Free event is, the more engaging and successful it will be! We’ll support you every step of the way to plan and execute a powerful day of action, and we’ll send you an art kit to help you create a visually appealing event.

Click here to register your May 14 Spring Forward to Fossil Free event.

Fossil Free is about people power. By raising our collective voice, we can send a clear message to elected officials that we are powerful, organized, and ready to fight for an end to new fossil fuel projects and a just transition to 100% renewable energy. Working together, we can raise the bar on what it means to be a real climate leader and force elected officials to take bold action.

Whether in the smallest towns or the biggest cities, each new Fossil Free Resolution campaign brings more weight to our demands for an end to new fossil fuel projects and a just transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

We've made our demands clear to politicians. We've spoken about them to our neighbors and brought them on board. Now it's time to amp up the pressure. Are you ready? Sign up now to host a Spring Forward to Fossil Free event on May 14.

PS - If you haven't already, check out our map to see if there's an active 350 local group or events near you.

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Chicago Science Expo 2018
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Chicago Science Expo 2018

  • 1871 and MATTER Chicago (Merchandise Mart) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Chicago Science Festival's main "expo" day will feature a day full of exciting science talks and interactive demonstrations aimed at curious people like you! You'll learn about robots & chimpanzees, the latest in allergy research, about brains on music and concussion, whether empathy for others is innate or learned, climate change as studied in both the Arctic and in local trees, muon research with a multi-ton magnet, about autopsies, how lucid dreaming happens and more. 

Expo tickets get you access to ALL the talks by fascinating Chicago-area scientists - visit as many as you like. In between talks you can visit an array of cool demonstrations, or test-drive an electric car! Here are some of the great speakers and demos you'll see:

SPEAKERS

  • Clayton Brown & Monica Ross, Science Documentary Filmmakers, 137 Films

  • Joan Cook-Mills, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Northwestern Medicine

  • Ruchi Gupta, MD, Allergy expert, Northwestern Medicine

  • Lydia Hopper, PhD, Primate expert, Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Nina Kraus, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology & Physiology, Northwestern University

  • Peggy Mason, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, University of Chicago

  • Rahel Osofsky, Physicist, Fermi National Laboratory

  • Christine Rollinson, PhD, Forest Ecologist, Morton Arboretum

  • Mark C. Serreze, PhD, Director of National Snow & Ice Data Center, author, "Brave New Arctic"

  • Matthew Spenko, PhD, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT

  • Sadie Witkowski, Sleep researcher, Northwestern University

  • Eimad Zakariya, MD, JD, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner, Cook County

DEMOS All Day

  • Do-It-Yourself Synthetic biology with ChiTownBio

  • Prosthetic Limbs with the Center for Bionic Medicine, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

  • Augmented Reality Kinetic Sandbox

  • Learn about entomophagy and try some edible insects

  • IIT's Formula Electric Race Car

  • Test drive a Nissan LEAF (licensed drivers only)Chicago Science Expo 2018

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