ICA News & Events
FIRST ANNUAL UPTOWN GARDEN WALK ENJOYED BY ALL!
After four months of planning and collaboration, the First Annual Garden Walk successfully engaged 100 residents on July 16th. The tours were free and accessible throughout the day, and the weather was perfectly 78 degrees and sunny. Sparked by a planning workshop at the February Seed Swap & Hub Day, ICA staff organized the event with members of Eco Up, a community-based environmental action group for residents of Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and surrounding communities.
The walk showcased 24 public and semi-private gardens throughout the day to highlight the community’s green infrastructure. In a community with relatively few single-family homes and personal green space, the focus on public green space supported an image of Uptown as a community with many shared assets.
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INTEGRATED NETWORK FOR SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY (INSS) CONFERENCE A SUCCESS!
The ICA hosted the Midwest site of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference from June 8-10th at ICA GreenRise. As a multi-site conference, INSS encompassed seven different regions across the US and UK. The intent of the conference was to convene academics and practitioners working across the broadly defined arena of social sustainability. Over 65 people participated at the Chicago site, and 150+ were engaged across all the sites.
The conference sessions included on-site presenters as well as cross-site virtual presentations. The format for the on-site sessions was informed by the Permaculture flower design. Each session highlighted unique perspectives from academics, policymakers, and community practitioners on one of the 7 domains, or petals, of the flower. By giving a platform to diverse perspectives, participants were able to create a holistic and nuanced view of social sustainability in 7 different arenas to more fully understand the breadth of a particular area. Click to learn more...
2014-2015 ANNUAL REPORT RELEASED
ICA’s work in 2014 and 2015 gave shape and form to the vision and momentum from our 50th anniversary in 2012. The past two years showed ICA’s capacity to appreciate and learn from the wisdom of our past while working on behalf of the future. We transitioned our leadership and made a significant mark on our history that will be visible for a long time to come. In these years we accomplished a tremendous amount.
We are extremely grateful for our supporters, volunteers and cheerleaders, without whom our reach would not have been as wide, and our impact could not have been as significant. Thank you! Click to review two years of accomplishments...
Peer Sharing in Zimbabwe Strengthens ZIM50
In March, ICA-USA collagues and ICA-Zimbabwe hosted a regional collaboration session as part of The Zimbabwe 50 Communities project (Zim50). Zim50 is a five-year project that intends to do 50 yearlong HIV/AIDS campaigns in 50 communities in and around Harare. ICA Directors from ICA Tanzania, ICA Kenya and ICA Zambia traveled to Zimbabwe for a few days to learn about the Zim50 project and discuss the potential of replicating the project in other countries. Continue the story...
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