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ICA's Su
stainable September and Solar Launch!

After much anticipation, on 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 perspectiveon 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, aview 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!




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!



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ICA Solar in the Press

CBS 2 News visited ICA on September 22 for the 5AM news! Clips are featured below!

CBS News: Green is the Thing at Institute of Cultural Affairs

CBS News: Green is the Thing at Institute of Cultural Affairs

CBS News: Institute of Cultural Affairs Goes Green

CBS News: Institute of Cultural Affairs Goes Green



 WTTW came to the ICA and released a full report on our solar project. Read about it here: Solar Power in the City       WGN did a fly-over coverage of the project the night of the launch - Many thanks to them! 

Complete listing of Press Coverage:

DNA info, Solar Panels Coming to Uptown Landmark in $600,000 Project


09/17/2014 WBEZ 91.5, Morning Shift, Who's responsible for our global warming crisis?


09/22/2014 CBS 2 Chicago

o   Institute of Cultural Affairs Goes Green

o   Institute of Cultural Affairs, Friend of the Environment

 o   Green is the Thing at Institute of Cultural Affairs

WGN 9 Evening News (Skycam), 500 Solar Panels Unveiled


Uptown Update, 500 New Solar Panels Now Live On Top Of ICA Building


09/30/2014 Gapers Block, Uptown Weclomes $600,000 Solar Panel Project



·         09/30/2014 Chicago Sun Time[Re: Gapers Block]


·         10/01/2014 WTTW Chicago TonightSolar Power in the City



10/06/2014 Uptown In Chicago [Re: Gapers Block]


·         10/24/2014 Institute of Cultural Affairs

o   E-News [5,000+ Subscribers], ICA Solar Launch & Share Fair

o   Promo Video, ICA Solar Launch & Share Fair

THANK YOU to all the Social Investors and Donors


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