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Oct. 23rd: Resource Lunch
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Oct. 23rd @ 11:45AM Lunch with Resource Providers

This segment of the day is where attendees can self-select to eat lunch and chat with organizations about their available resources. This is an attempt at building stronger interpersonal relationships and a mini Q&A of sorts with the resource provider. Note: The cost of lunch is covered in your ticket cost!

Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church: The purpose of the Conference is to make disciples who, empowered by the Holy Spirit, will make a difference in the world—by equipping its local faith communities for a ministry of witness, justice, hope and love, and by providing a connection for mission beyond the congregation.

Archdiocese of Chicago: Office for Peace & Justice: Built on the seven principles of Catholic Social Teaching, the Office for Peace & Justice of the Archdiocese of Chicago prayerfully engages the Catholic community in justice as a unitive force in the Church and the world. Our vision invites all Catholics to build strong relationships and work collectively in their parishes, communities, and the world to advance Christ’s love through social and systemic change.

WindFree Solar: Transforming How We Power Our Lives - We believe in a better way to power our homes and businesses at a lower cost that  contributes to creating a healthier planet. Our team includes professional sales, project managers and installers with nearly 40 years of solar, wind, and electric vehicle infrastructure expertise. Our team members with master’s degrees in environmental management, sustainability, and business, bring added value to every project. Our business partners include a LEED Certified and certified women owned architectural and design firms, licensed and bonded city electrical contractors, city and state certified installers, and minority owned suppliers. 

We search for the best available products, equipment, and services required to put the power of solar and wind energy in your hands. Our vast experience with solar, over 280 installations, familiarity with small to large projects, and our commitment to renewable energy makes us the best choice for your project. The Windfree Foundation has provided renewable energy grants to local schools and worked with teachers to develop curriculum around these technologies and put solar and wind power into the hands and minds of the next generation of energy users. We are committed to transforming how we think about and make power. From our perspective it’s how we will thrive in the future. 

  • Chicago Sustainability Interfaith Partnership (CSIP): CSIP was founded to help not-for-profit religious
    organizations: (1)Save money on energy and water (2) Maintain the charitable water fee exemption in the City of
    Chicago and (3) Benchmark (track) energy and water use for further conservation benefits. All not-for-profit houses of worship in the Chicagoland area are eligible to participate. Incentives vary by location. 

  • Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN): We envision inclusive and just communities of civically engaged residents working together to address social disparities and promote environmental health, human well-being, and community vitality for present and future generations. Join us - we are a diverse, intergenerational group working on issues in communities across Chicago. 

  • Chicago ROAR (Regional Organizing for AntiRacism): A social justice organization which provides organizing, training, and consulting to institutions. Regional organizing empowers institutions in a specific geographic area to pool resources and work together toward antiracist transformation in their greater community. This is vital because isolated institutions cannot be fully transformed until their community — and ultimately society — are also transformed. Sharing Crossroads’ philosophy, values and training methodology, our Regional Partners organize to advance the deeply interconnected racial justice movement.

  • Elevate Energy/CNT: Elevate Energy is a community of thinkers and doers who believe that everyone should have access to the resources that enable more efficient energy use. We design and implement efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. This “triple bottom line” approach—and the holistic solutions that result—makes us unique.

  • Faith in Place: Faith in Place inspires religious people of diverse faiths to care for the Earth through education, connection, and advocacy. Since 1999, Faith in Place has worked with over 1,000 houses of worship throughout Illinois to protect our common land, water, and air. With outreach staff working across the state and offices located in Chicago, Lake County, and Central Illinois, Faith in Place inspires faithful people to care for the Earth through our four program areas: Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy.

  • Gaia Movement: Our mission is to create awareness about the plight of the environment, to educate the public about caring for our planet, humanity and the environment, to run recycling operations and to support environmental projects and programs locally and globally. Gaia is collecting gently used clothes, shoes and other items thus diverting it from the landfills while saving on the resources, reducing greenhouse gasses and providing good clothes for hundreds of thousands of people. Through our green drop off bins we provide a convenient way for people in local communities to drop their unwanted clothes and other items. Through our green bins we constantly make people aware of the need to act environmentally conscious.
  • One Earth Film Festival: The Midwest's Premier Environmental Film FestivalStimulate, energize and activate Midwest communities through deep involvement in the One Earth Film Festival, maximizing citizen reach and expanding the movement beyond “greenies.” Movies are shown in various locations in Chicago and surrounding communites such as Oak Park and River Forest.

  • Technology of Participation (ToP): ToP provides structured facilitation methods to help groups think, talk and work together. The methods (1) Recognize and honor contributors (2) Deal with more data in less time (3) Pool individual contributions into useful patterns and (4) Welcome diversity; minimize conflict.