Partnering for a Sustainable Chicago–or Sustainability Partners–is an environmental network facilitating the circulation of knowledge and the building of community connections on Chicago’s South Side. Inspired by Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Edible Arts movement, and such allied recent movements as the Leave No Child Inside Initiative, we are developing new opportunities for bringing the humanities to bear on the urgent questions of how to connect to our communities and to nature in ways that promote peace, friendship, and justice. Seeking to foster philosophical reflection and a larger sense of justice and non-violence grounded on sustainability, food awareness, environmentalism, and biodiversity as well as social diversity, we are committed to promoting creative and effective educational tools to help both young and old learn about these matters and their ethical importance–tools that include such innovative transformations of public space as the Timuel D. Black Edible Arts Garden on the grounds of 5710 S. Woodlawn. Members of our network will have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and support each other’s efforts by sharing information and resources through

–An email listhost; please join at https://listhost.uchicago.edu/mailman/listinfo/sust-partners

–A website with an online calendar, moderated blog, and directory of our network

–A series of discussion forums at which experts and community members can exchange information and action strategies on various topics

–Various action initiatives designed to help local planting projects and the green belting of Chicago, such as the design and building of the Timuel D. Black Edible Arts Garden

–Creative educational activities, such as “tree ins,” environmental art creation and appreciation, and “Green biking,” designed to help combat “nature deficit” disorder by bringing adults and children together and getting them outside to appreciate the potential or our urban ecology

–Specially designed and supported adult education courses, offered through the University’s Graham School of General Studies, that will offer professional development credit

We invite you to join us in working together to make Chicago a more sustainable place for all of us to live in.

If you would like to join our network and be added to our listhost, please fill our Network Directory Form and email it to rschultz@uchicago.edu!

To explore some of the CKP’s other programs, please visit Civic Knowledge Project website!

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