Foresight Green Drinks

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May 15, 2012

Jefferson Tap & Grill
325 N Jefferson St
2nd Floor
Chicago IL, 60661
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Redefining Refuse - Toward a Zero Waste Chicago


**Pre-Registration Required. Register Here.**

Waste is a failure of design…or so we learned early in our sustainability studies! The next in Foresight's ongoing sustainable civic innovation series, this month's Green Drinks explores three different efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. John Edel's "Plant" is seeking to create a closed loop system supporting a variety of companies who will put food (and drinks) on your table. Chicago's Waste-to-Profit network is helping businesses connect their waste streams with partners for whom the materials are raw materials, creating value and diverting tons of resources from landfills in the process. Finally, everyone's favorite topic, residential recycling, is getting renewed attention under Mayor Emmanuel. City Program Director - Recycling, Chris Sauvé, has been invited to share the latest about efforts to expand collection and reduce costs, as well as discuss what you can do to support a more robust local system, outside of consuming less, of course!


Libby Allen Augustine, Project Manager, Chicago By-Product Synergy
US Business Council for Sustainable Development
Libby manages the Chicago Waste to Profit Network, and has been a part of the Network since its inception in 2006. She has been integral in the development, implementation and project coordination for the region-wide sustainability program, and managed accounts for both small businesses as well as Fortune 500 member companies. After becoming the program Director in 2009, Libby managed the creation of greater than 150 by-product synergies resulting in the diversion of more than 200,000 tons of industrial and commercial waste bound for landfill and the avoidance of more than 130,000 tons of greenhouse gasses through beneficial reuse. Libby assisted member companies in implementing projects that created a profit improvement of more than 20 million dollars over three years. This year marks the relaunch of the Network under the US Business Council for Sustainable Development’s National BPS Program.

John Edel, Director
The Plant
In addition to Director of The Plant, John is owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, which is a green business supporter in the Stockyards Industrial Corridor. He was able to transform the facility from an empty building to a highly energy efficient and non-toxic facility that combines vertical farming designs with innovative closed-loop energy engineering. John helped make this building what it is today with a group of volunteers dedicating their time and materials. Previously, he worked as a teacher in computer graphics, directed art for video games, designed sets for broadcast television, and worked as a chef on private railroad cars.

Chris Sauve, Program Director
City of Chicago, Streets and Sanatation
Bio forthcoming!


5:30-6:45pm - Socializing/Networking
5:45-6:15pm - Power Networking (optional)
6:45-7:45pm - Panel
7:45-8:30pm - Socializing/Networking

Important Notes

  • **Pre-registration required. Register Here.**
  • Cancellation Policy: All Foresight tickets and/or event registrations are non-refundable. If an event is canceled or postponed by Foresight, participants will be offered a full refund. Please contact us if a personal emergency keeps you from attending an event. At Foresight's discretion, a refund may be offered in these cases.


$9 General Admission, $5.50 students/low-income, $20 Friends of Foresight Donation



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Foresight's team has undertaken sustainability related projects from large public exhibits, to reconsidering (and understanding) complex systems.

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