September Adopt-a-Beach
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

September Adopt-a-Beach

People all over the Great Lakes — and all over the world — are cleaning up beaches on September 21st.  Will you join us?

Every year, around 15,000 volunteers participate in Adopt-a-Beach cleanups across all five Great Lakes. Volunteers remove tens of thousands of pounds of litter from shorelines and contribute data on what they find for researchers to use worldwide.

September Adopt-a-Beach is the largest single-day Great Lakes cleanup — and it’s right around the corner on September 21st. Thousands of volunteers come out to clean up beaches across the region after a busy summer. And the Adopt-a-Beach program teams up with groups around the world as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. 

Last year, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers picked up more than 36,000 lbs. of beach litter, and more than 89% of it was plastic. We need your help to beat that number this year, so let’s hit the beach together.

Find a cleanup near you today, and join us for a global day of action on September 21st.

See you on the beach!

Tyrone Dobson
Senior Volunteer Manager

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Environmental Chicago: Industry Night
Jun
24
5:30 PM17:30

Environmental Chicago: Industry Night

Hello friends!!

Thank you to everyone that came out last month and learned about the Chicago River with our speakers Maggie Jones of the Friends of the Chicago River and Chelsey Grassfield and Josh Ellis of the Metropolitan Planning Council. Everyone had so many great questions for our guests! If you missed it - don't worry! Catch the convo on our shiny new YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/u-AYLpCOeK8

In June we will tackle Climate Action....emphasis on ACTION. Two speakers lined up so far:

- Vanessa Perkins a fellow with Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) designing a community electric vehicle (EV) charging program for urban residential neighborhoods of Chicago. 

- Rebecca Ratliff & Grace Dobbyn with Citizens' Climate Lobby. A non-profit, non-partisan grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. 

Eventbrite is live. Additional superstars to be announced soon. 

http://bit.ly/EnvChi26

In the words of Ms Ratliff: "If you ever feel hopeless or worry there's no solution that fits the scale of the problem, this is one talk you won't want to miss."

See your lovely faces in June.


Beth Holaday
Founder, Environmental Chicago

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Webinar: Green Is The New Black: Our Water, Our Future
Jun
13
2:00 PM14:00

Webinar: Green Is The New Black: Our Water, Our Future

Fifty years ago, Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River was so polluted it caught fire. This ignited a national movement to reclaim clean water, pass the Clean Water Act, and establish the U.S. EPA. Today, life has returned to the Cuyahoga River and it is a thriving waterway at the heart of Cleveland’s downtown. But our waters face new threats: agricultural runoff pollution and harmful algal blooms.

Join us for a conversation about the river burning, the clean water movement that followed, and how we can carry that legacy forward over the next 50 years. You’ll hear from Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Cleveland Chief Sustainability Officer Matthew Gray, Alliance President & CEO Joel Brammeier, and Alliance Policy Director Crystal M.C. Davis. Less

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Science Expo Day 2019
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Science Expo Day 2019

Illinois Science Council invites you to the fifth annual Chicago Science Festival —a week-long celebration of the wow-inspiring, mind-expanding, human-benefiting awesomeness that is STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the Chicago area.

http://www.illinoisscience.org/chicago-science-festival/

ON Saturday May 18th come for a day full of exciting science talks and interactive demonstrations for people like you! Science Fest features hourly talks by Chicago-area scientists; between talks, you can visit our demo tables.

Check back soon as more events, information, and ticket opportunities are being added regularly. You don’t want to miss out on this!!

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Chicago River Day at LaBagh Woods
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Chicago River Day at LaBagh Woods

Sierra Club's Chicago Group has adopted LaBagh Woods for Chicago River Day. This beloved annual volunteer day has an immediate impact and collectively brings about long-term improvements in the health of the Chicago River. LaBagh is one of over 60 event sites on Chicago River Day which span the river’s 156-mile system. There are many ways for people of all ages to get involved. Join us to help remove unsightly and harmful litter, restore miles of river-side trails, plant beautiful native plants, and much more.
Signup Instructions: Please register at https://bit.ly/2EJf27T

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The Green New Deal, Tackling Climate Change & Inequity
May
2
11:00 AM11:00

The Green New Deal, Tackling Climate Change & Inequity

Please join us Thursday, May 2 for a forum hosted by SIERRA magazine Editor in Chief Jason Mark in conversation with leaders in the growing movement for a Green New Deal. Hear strategies for achieving state and local policy wins, building awareness and momentum, and shaping the content of this bold plan to tackle climate change and inequity at the scale and speed that justice and science demand.

Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 11:00am PT / 12:00pm MT / 1:00pm CT / 2:00pm ET

Hosted by
Jason Mark
SIERRA Magazine Editor in Chief 

Kerene Tayloe
Director of Federal Legislative Affairs,
WE ACT for Environmental Justice​​

 

Varshini Prakash
Sunrise Movement Co-founder​
 

Ben Beachy
Director, A Living Economy,
Sierra Club

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Climate change and inequity are two of the biggest crises we face, and the Green New Deal takes aim at both. Climate change magnifies systemic injustices -- the same working class families and communities of color who have to grapple with low wages and toxic pollution are now also getting hit hardest by climate-related storms, wildfires, and flooding. Join us to learn about the economic policy transformation that unites communities fighting pollution, workers fighting for good jobs, and frontline groups fighting for racial and economic equity.

We’d love to hear from you in advance of the forum, and welcome you to submit your questions beforehand.

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Drive Electric Earth Day - Skokie
Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Drive Electric Earth Day - Skokie

Come enjoy warm weather and celebrate Earth Day with Chicago4EVs at the Emily Oaks Nature Center! We encourage anyone interested in electric cars to come learn more about sustainable transport and ownership, and take test rides in a Tesla Model 3 or a Chevy Bolt! Our event is a sub-event within the Emily Oaks Nature Center Earth Day Celebration, and we will be positioned directly outside the front gate. Unfortunately due to lack of space, we will only be able to accommodate the two cars we have, and cannot allow attendees to showcase their personal vehicles. Feel free to come and go between 12:00 and 4:00PM, April 28th, and be sure to check out everything else going on at Emily Oaks! 

From Emily Oaks: 
"Join the call for Eco-Heroes! Find out how these unsung heroes use their powers for the good of the Earth and discover your own special eco-powers, as well, while participating in engaging activities along the Nature Center trails. Earth-friendly foods will be available for sale. Purchase native wildflowers and grasses ready for planting."

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Earth Day Celebration at Montrose Beach
Apr
27
12:00 PM12:00

Earth Day Celebration at Montrose Beach

Chicago Group of the Sierra Club & Truman College Environmental Club have adopted Montrose Beach and invites members and friends to help clean up Montrose Beach, Chicago's nicest sandy shoreline, to honor Earth Day.This is a fun, relaxed clean-up of the biggest beach in the city. There is always a LOT of debris washed up on the beach from winter storms. And who knows what errant junk was trapped under all that ice over the winter? We cant help finding lots of birds, mammals and interesting plants.

Bring: For dress for the weather (it may be cold!), wear a hat and sunscreen, bring a filled water bottle and work gloves if you have them. Snacks, hot chocolate, coffee and water will be provided, but please feel free to bring a treat to share.

Additional Directions: Dogs are not allowed on Montrose Beach or in the nature preserve.

We'll be near the boathouse. If using GPS, searching for "The Dock" (the beachfront grill) works great.

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 2019 New Horizons in Conservation Conference
Apr
24
to Apr 26

2019 New Horizons in Conservation Conference

  • Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

REGISTER NOW for the 2019 New Horizons in Conservation Conference!

This conference is an annual gathering of students and young professionals who are from underrepresented backgrounds in the environmental field and/or those who are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field. It gives the opportunity to connect with peers, network, engage in hands-on workshops and training, and hear from a diverse range of leaders and visionaries.

 

Features of this year’s conference include:

More information about registration, agenda, travel, and lodging is located on the website and will be continually updated as planning continues. Is your organization interested in exhibiting at the career fair? Learn more about the structure and what types of exhibitors we are looking at here.

Please feel free to share this message, conference flyer, and website with others in your network.

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THE HUMAN ELEMENT; A Film Screening and Discussion
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

THE HUMAN ELEMENT; A Film Screening and Discussion

350 Chicago is proud to partner with Uri-Eichen gallery in the screening of “The Human Element.” This film by James Balog examines the role human activity has played in altering the natural world, and the changing ways in which we, in turn, are being affected by it. It features often-overlooked victims of climate change through the catastrophic effects of each of the four elements. The film closes on a hopeful note that the fifth element, the Human Element, can restore the balance. 

Light refreshments will be served

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Hope to see you there!

350 Chicago

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A Celebration of Clean Energy Jobs with Congressman Sean Casten
Apr
19
8:30 AM08:30

A Celebration of Clean Energy Jobs with Congressman Sean Casten

Clean energy is a major employer in Illinois with over 120,000 jobs, the second-highest total in the Midwest region. Join us in celebrating the growth of the clean energy economy in our state with U.S. Congressman Sean Casten. Hear from the Congressman about opportunities for clean energy policy advancements at the federal level that will bring continued clean energy expansion to Illinois.

Register Here

About the Speaker:  

Congressman Sean Casten is an American entrepreneur and Democratic politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 6th congressional district. The district includes many of Chicago's inner western suburbs, such as Wheaton, Palatine, and Barrington. Sean has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and masters’ degrees in engineering management and biochemical engineering, which helped inform his career in science and business. Before entering politics, Casten had an extensive career as a clean energy entrepreneur. From 2000 to 2006, he served as the president and CEO of Turbosteam Corporation, a manufacturer of custom-build combined heat and power plants. In 2007, Casten moved to Illinois to co-found Recycled Energy Development (RED), with a mission to profitably reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the recovery of otherwise wasted energy.

About the hosts: 

E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for smart policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital.

Clean Energy Trust brings cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest. Structured as a nonprofit, Clean Energy Trust makes seed investments and provides patient, hands-on support to help entrepreneurs scale and succeed. To date, Clean Energy Trust has invested in 27 companies across the Midwest. is a nonprofit that supports early-stage cleantech entrepreneurs with direct investment, venture growth services, and ecosystem development. Learn more at www.cleanenergytrust.org or follow us on Twitter at @cleanenergytrst.

TechNexus Venture Collaborative finds, funds and grows technology ventures in partnership with entrepreneurs and enterprises. We’re a force multiplier for ventures and enterprises alike. We help corporations engage the venture ecosystem as a source for optionality and growth, and invest in and accelerate ventures to commercial engagements. Over the past decade, we have incubated over 400 ventures that have raised $450M+ in capital with us, and worked with dozens of corporations to help them Rethink Growth. 

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Forum on Racial Justice in Solar
Apr
17
3:00 PM15:00

Forum on Racial Justice in Solar

Solar energy is crucial for achieving 100% clean energy -- but did you know that nearly half of African-American neighborhoods lack any solar installations, nearly twice that of any other racial or ethnic group?

I was surprised by this and other alarming findings from a new study on racial disparities in rooftop solar adoption published recently in Nature Sustainability. The study is a reality check on racism for the clean energy industry and the climate movement. Communities of color who have been impacted first and worst by pollution and climate change need to have access to the benefits of a fossil-fuel-free future.

This Solar Education Week, join us for a powerful webinar diving into a groundbreaking new study showing how racial inequality is holding back solar across the country and what we can all do about it.

RSVP

Kyle,

Solar energy is crucial for achieving 100% clean energy -- but did you know that nearly half of African-American neighborhoods lack any solar installations, nearly twice that of any other racial or ethnic group?

I was surprised by this and other alarming findings from a new study1 on racial disparities in rooftop solar adoption published recently in Nature Sustainability. The study is a reality check on racism for the clean energy industry and the climate movement. Communities of color who have been impacted first and worst by pollution and climate change need to have access to the benefits of a fossil-fuel-free future.

Please join me and the Sierra Club's Ready For 100 campaign on Wednesday, April 17 for a Forum on Racial Justice in Solar.

We will be holding a powerful discussion about the findings of this study. Hear from three important voices in this movement -- the study's lead author, Dr. Deborah Sunter, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University; Melanie Santiago-Mosier, Access and Equity Program Director for Vote Solar, who is a leading voice in equitable solar development, and Jamez Staples, President and CEO of Renewable Energy Partners, one of the nation's most visionary social entrepreneurs.

Event Details:

  • WHO: YOU and people across the country who are ready to take the next step in working towards a just and equitable transition to 100% clean energy in their communities!

  • WHAT: Forum on Racial Justice in Solar

  • WHEN: Wednesday, April 17, at 1pm PT / 2pm MT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET

  • WHERE: Online -- this webinar will be hosted on Zoom and livestreamed on Facebook

  • HOW: RSVP to join the live webinar and/or to receive a recording afterwards

  • QUESTIONS? Contact me, Kelly, at 617-291-2443.

This country needs a new kind of conversation about clean energy and justice.Our work to reach 100% renewable energy will only be successful when the clean energy economy belongs to everyone.

Let's start the dialogue. RSVP to join us for this webinar and submit your questions for the panelists now!

Sincerely,
Kelly Lynch
Senior Campaign Representative, Ready For 100

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Carbon Removal - A New American Agricultural Product
Apr
10
12:30 PM12:30

Carbon Removal - A New American Agricultural Product

Farm lands can absorb significant global carbon emissions if farmers adopt agricultural practices that remove carbon from the atmosphere and store it in the soil. 
 
Thanks to the collaboration of E2 and a broad coalition of agriculture and environmental partners, along with the crucial support of Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the 2018 Farm Bill enacted last December includes an important new provision to reward farmers for improving soil health while reducing atmospheric carbon.
 
The Soil Health Demonstration Trial program provides tools and funding to incentivize American farmers to adopt smart soil management practices, as well as establishes metrics that will quantify their carbon reduction impacts.  This creates a potential new revenue stream for farmers to sell credits through carbon markets or participate in other climate mitigation programs - all while reducing operating costs and improving soil fertility and crop resilience.
 
Please join E2 and some of our Farm Bill coalition partners for this month’s national webinar on this new soil health pilot program and the value proposition to fight climate change by rewarding farmers for carbon performance.


Speakers:

Ron Wyden, Senior Senator from Oregon
Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee

David Kolsrud
South Dakota Farmer
President, DAK Renewable Energy


Claire O'Connor
Director, Water & Agriculture, Water Division, Nature Program, NRDC

Paul Zorner
CEO, Locus Agricultural Solutions
Adjunct Professor of Horticulture, North Carolina State University


Moderated by Nicole Lederer, E2 Co-Founder and Chair

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The Green New Deal & IL Clean Energy Jobs Act
Apr
6
10:00 AM10:00

The Green New Deal & IL Clean Energy Jobs Act

At the April 6th meeting, attendees can expect two 20-minute presentations, one on the Clean Jobs Coalition's work on the Clean Energy Jobs Act and another on the Sunrise Movement's work on the Green New Deal. The presentation will consist of the four pillars of the CEJA: jobs and economic opportunity, 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, electrification of the transportation sector, and decarbonization of the power sector by 2030. Additionally, the presentation will cover the politics of CEJA and actions we can take to promote the bill.

Sunrise will talk about their work to promote the Green New Deal, the policy details of the GND, political strategy going forward, and actions we can take to support the legislation.

Please join us Saturday April 6th, 10am - 11am at the Edgewater Library 6000 N Broadway.

350 Chicago will also hold a new member info session prior to the 10am meeting. We will meet at 9:15am at Metropolis Coffee, 1039 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660. Afterwards, we will walk as a group to the Edgewater Library.

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Building a Sustainable Chicago
Mar
25
6:00 PM18:00

Building a Sustainable Chicago

  • 358 West Ontario Street #3W Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

City Intel's inaugural community event focusing on building a sustainable Chicago. Enjoy a panel of 3 of Chicago's leaders from public, private and civic sectors.

Speakers:

1) Ugo Okere - Previously one of Chicago's youngest aldermanic candidates.
Background: https://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/40th-ward-candidate-for-alderman-ugo-okere/

2) TBA

3) TBA

Opening Remarks: 6pm

Panel- 6:05-7:15pm

Refreshments & networking - 7:15-8pm

Sign up for our email list to receive our bi-weekly newsletter covering topics of sustainability, transit and smart city development.

https://mailchi.mp/cityintel/subscribe
$10 a person

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E2 Webinar: Clean Energy Jobs in America 2019
Mar
20
12:30 PM12:30

E2 Webinar: Clean Energy Jobs in America 2019

Clean energy now employs about 3.3 million Americans.

That’s more Americans than work as school teachers, as waiters and waitresses - and about three times as many Americans than work in oil, gas, coal and other fossil fuel industries.

Please join E2 to learn about the findings of the recently released 2019 US Energy Employment Report (USEER) and E2’s new 2019 Clean Jobs America report, which is based on the USEER findings.

In addition to learning about state rankings and industry breakdowns for jobs in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean vehicles, energy storage and other sectors, you’ll learn new details about demographics and salary information for these positions, along with hiring predictions and other relevant information.

We’ll also discuss the importance of state and federal policies to keep these jobs growing, and how E2 is using this data to help advance policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment on Capitol Hill and in state capitals across the country.


Speakers:

David Foster
Distinguished Associate,
Energy Futures Initiative (USEER co-author)


Philip Jordan
Vice President & Principal,
BW Research Partnership (USEER co-author)


Pat Stanton
Director of Policy,
E4 The Future


Moderated by Bob Keefe, E2 Executive Director

About the Speakers:

Philip Jordan is the executive director of the Economic Advancement Research Institute and the vice president of BW Research Partnership. Phil has authored numerous reports, including national solar labor market studies, regional renewable energy and green construction analyses, and comprehensive reports on industry clusters from healthcare to technology. He previously served the director of the San Diego and Imperial Region Center of Excellence, where he provided training and skill gap analysis to the nine community colleges in his region. His research focused primarily on healthcare, information and communications technologies, and green industries. Prior to managing the Center, Phil was a consultant for Mass Insight, a private consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, and was an Associate at Bingham McCutchen where he practiced real estate, environmental, and aviation law. Phil lives in Massachusetts and has offices in Wrentham, MA and Carlsbad, CA.

 David Foster served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz from 2014-2017 on energy, environmental, climate, economic development, workforce development and labor relations issues. During that period he designed and implemented the creation of the Department of Energy’s Jobs Strategy Council, an initiative that linked the department’s technical and financial resources to a wide group of external stakeholders including state and local governments, private sector energy and manufacturing businesses, non-profits, academic institutions, and labor unions. Prior to working at the DOE, Dave served as the founding Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA), a strategic partnership of 14 of America’s most important unions and environmental organizations with a combined membership of 14.5 million. Dave has spoken extensively on the subjects of climate change, economic development and the transition to a low carbon economy to audiences of business, labor, environmental and government policy makers around the world.

Pat Stanton is a nationally recognized, award-winning expert in regulatory policy analysis and advocacy who works tirelessly to improve public policies related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, and the full range of demand resources. Among other initiatives, she is leading E4TheFuture's Faces of EE campaign. Prior to E4TheFuture she served as policy advocacy lead at CSG (2003-2015) and led a consulting service for Clean Energy Markets participants. Before CSG, she was Deputy Commissioner at Massachusetts Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER). Pat earned master’s degrees from Harvard University’s JFK School of Government (Public Administration) and MIT (Civil Engineering). She is also a power knitter and a cyclist in the American Lung Association’s Trek Across Maine the past few years.

Bob Keefe is E2’s Executive Director, overseeing E2’s work across the country and coordinating E2’s staff and chapters stretching from Boston to San Diego. Bob speaks regularly about the economic benefits of smart environmental policies; the clean energy economy; jobs and related issues, and has been widely quoted in publications nationwide. Prior to joining E2 in 2011, Bob spent more than 20 years as a political, business and environmental journalist. 

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E2 Webinar: The Clean Energy Jobs Act
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

E2 Webinar: The Clean Energy Jobs Act

Just last week, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition released the details of the Clean Energy Jobs Act at seven press conferences across the state. The legislation aims to move Illinois towards 100% clean energy, dramatically expand energy efficiency programs, decarbonize the power sector and increase electric vehicle penetration. 

Join us on March 18th to learn how the Clean Energy Jobs Act will bring new jobs, investment and renewable energy development to our state.  Then find out what you can do to support this exciting legislation.


Featuring
Senator Cristina Castro, 
22nd District, Illinois State Senate
Andrew Barbeau, President, The Accelerate Group

Moderated by Micaela Preskill, E2 Midwest Advocate


 Register Here


If you have questions, please contact Micaela Preskill at mpreskill@e2.org 

About the Speakers:

State Senator Cristina Castro is Chief Co-sponsor of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. She has served in the Illinois State Senate since January 2017. Castro represents the 22nd district, which includes parts of Cook and Kane County Northwest of Chicago. Castro has a marketing and communications management background and has held positions in both the public and private sector. Her career in elected public service career began in 2008 when she was elected to the Kane County Board.

Andrew Barbeau is president of The Accelerate Group, a Chicago-based company working to accelerate civic transformation. Through The Accelerate Group, Mr. Barbeau has helped companies, governments, and not-for-profits working to advance clean tech, innovation, education, health, good government and economic development projects at a local and global scale. He previously served as managing director and co-founder of Illinois Institute of Technology’s Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation. He also co-founded the Illinois Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster, a collaborative effort by more than 200 entities to make Chicago a global hub for smart grid economic and technology development. 

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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.

Facebook link

Meetup link

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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.

Facebook link

Eventbrite link

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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

Eventbrite link

Facebook link

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Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2019
Feb
19
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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Better Batteries & Beyond
Feb
13
5:30 PM17:30

Better Batteries & Beyond

Please join E2 Midwest as we explore new technologies, the policy landscape for energy storage and the formation of a Chicago-area pilot for community electric vehicle charging stations.Batteries play a critical role in increasing clean energy from storing renewable energy to powering electric vehicles. With cutting edge programs at Argonne National Labs and the state legislature considering policies that support the development of energy storage, Illinois is at the center of harnessing battery technology to create greater economic opportunities.


Featuring:

George Crabtreee – Director, Joint Center for Energy Storage (JCESR)

Senator Don Harmon – 39th District of Illinois

Mark Nabong – Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Vanessa Perkins – Fellow, 1Hotels Fellowship at E2

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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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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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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

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

Energy Policy in the New Congress

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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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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.

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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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