After much anticipation, this past Wednesday, September 24th, ICA GreenRise celebrated the launch of 483 solar panels with a fun filled event that included over 30 Uptown organizations, local food trucks and the Old Town School of Musics jam band. The day commenced with notes from GreenRise building manager Lesley Showers, an impassioned address by ICA Executive Director Terry Bergdall, and words of affirmation and congratulations from City of Chicagos Chief Sustainability Officer Karen Weigert, and Alderman James Cappleman.
Each speaker shared a unique perspective on the event, capturing the significance of the solar project for the ICA's mission through reducing the energy dependence of a landmark building and setting an example of sustainable possibilities within Uptown and Chicago.
After the ribbon cutting, guests and Uptown organizations connected at the share fair. Over 30 organizations spanned various services, including health, social justice, intentional community, and more. ICA staff has already been informed of new collaborations sparked by networking at the event and anticipates many more relationships to follow.
The rest of the day, ICA's office space was open for tours which featured various plant life around the building, a view of the rooftop garden and solar installation, and some of the great conference spaces ICA has to offer. Folks gathered outside for some great food and conversation during the lunch hour, and colleagues and staff celebrated the day with reflection and watching segments of the panels on the evening news!
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ICA GreenRise was alive with music through the morning. Thanks to the Old Town School of Folk Music and Fifth City Preschool for joining the community together in song!