Chicago Green Drinks
January 23, 2008
Jefferson Tap & Grill
325 N. Jefferson
Chicago IL, 60661
The State of Sustainable Chicago
Spend an hour or two at Green Drinks and walk away with a broad overview of current Chicago sustainability-related issues. A diverse group of eight organizations have been invited to provide brief summaries of the state of sustainability in our fair city from their particular perspectives, as well as to explain ways the public can get involved. Begin 2008 better informed and empowered to help create a more sustainable Chicago!
Amanda Espitia, Executive Director
Illinois League of Conservation Voters
The Illinois League of Conservation Voters (ILCV) is the political arm of the environmental movement in Illinois. Through elections, we actively support candidates who promote sustainable economic development and oppose candidates who vote for anti-environmental legislation.
Laureen Blissard, Chair of Board of Directors
U.S. Green Building Council - Chicago Chapter
USGBC –Chicago is the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a national non-profit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, healthy places to live and work. The Chicago Chapter furthers the work of USGBC and its LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building rating system through its nearly 100 programs, events, educational and research initiatives, advocacy outreach, and resources for the local green building community.
John Gaudette, Legislative and Outreach Director
Illinois Environmental Council
The eyes, ears and voice of the environmental community in Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Council represents groups from around the state on legislation and policies by lobbying and organizing statewide support.
Stacy Meyers-Glen, Policy Coordinator
Openlands, founded in 1963, is a non-profit, conservation organization that protects, expands and enhances public open space - land and water- to provide a healthy natural environment and a more livable place for people. Openlands focuses on the advocacy, planning, implementation, education and community involvement necessary to preserve open space and protect the state's natural resources.
Arline Welty, Director of Development
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, founded in 1985, aims to improve the bicycling environment and thereby the quality of life in the region. With more than 5,000 members, CBF does this by promoting bicycle safety, education and facilities, and by encouraging use of the bicycle as an energy-efficient, economical and nonpolluting form of transportation and as a healthful and enjoyable form of recreation.
Gary Arnold, Public Relations Coordinator
A non-residential Center for Independent Living for people with all types of disabilities, Access Living provides services that promote the independence and the inclusion of people with disabilities in every aspect of community life. It follow the independent living philosophy that calls for community-based, consumer-controlled service and advocacy programs that emphasize a cross-disability and self-help approach.
James Thindwa, Executive Director
Jobs With Justice
The mission Chicago Jobs With Justice (JWJ) is to improve working people’s standards of living, fight for job security, and stand up for workers’ right to organize. JWJ’s core belief is that in order to be successful, workers’ rights struggles have to be part of a larger campaign for economic and social justice.
This month's Green Drinks has been generously sponsored
by the City of Chicago Department of Environment.
$5 Requested Donation; $2 students/low-income; Support Green Drinks with a $20 "Friend of Foresight" donation.
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