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April 2023 Newsletter: Earth Month / Day

We hope everyone had a great March and Spring holidays that various faith traditions observe!  We are looking forward to celebrating Earth Month 2023 —  See below for some great related events!


'Chicago Women Take Action' Talk with IL Environmental Council

Given recent local elections in Chicago, Joliet, and elsewhere, it's important for us to let our elected and appointed officials know that People and Planet are priorities!

On March 21st, Net Impact Chicago joined a hybrid audience at Elevate NP in the West Loop and online to hear guests Iyana Simba of the Illinois Environmental Council and Sarah Moskowitz of the Citizens' Utility Board.

We learned of recent Environmental policy victories, the status of ComEd Franchise agreement with the City of Chicago, and ways to get involved in current legislative and policy efforts.
We thank event hosts Chicago Women Take Action’s Climate Change & Environmental Justice and Health Committees, Elevate NP, and the League of Women Voters for an informative evening!


Karen Y. Johns has been named CEO of Good Institute, the parent nonprofit organization of the Net Impact global network. Karen is a seasoned professional in the education and nonprofit arena with expertise in fostering business development and philanthropy and has assisted a wide variety of organizations, from the Gates Foundation to the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. Karen is an alumna of Tufts University.
On behalf of the community of the Net Impact Chicago chapter, which is one of 300+  global chapters, we’d like to welcome Karen to her new role!


HOW ON EARTH: Artists Address Climate Change
April 14 -16
River North + Navy Pier

Join EXPO Chicago art show and NRDC for ‘HOW ON EARTH: Artists Address Climate Change’ via talks/ displays/ performances by local Chicago artists grappling with environmental issues in their own practices.  It often takes more than facts and figures to spark feeling, thought, and action in people.  Arts are powerful to reach a broad audience.

Event cost: Free, but EXPO exhibitions are paid
RSVP and more info

One Earth Film Fest Action Fair
Saturday, April 22nd
West Side and Loop

Join One Earth Film Fest #OEFF2023 and partners for one or several Earth Day events.  Start with volunteering for outdoor clean-up duty and lunch at Columbus Park on Chicago’s West Side, and proceed to the beautiful Cultural Center in the Loop for an Action Fair, film screening and more!  As spaces are limited, be sure to RSVP!

Event cost: Free
RSVP and more info


  • What Chicago’s new mayor means for environmental justice (Grist)
  • A Clean, Green Ramadan (Yes Magazine)
    Podcast: SVB, the banking crisis and climatetech (Canary Media)
  • Illinois among states considering ban on cosmetics containing PFAS (Chicago Sun Times)
  • Microsoft abandons project mapping Chicago’s air pollution (MuckRock)
  • Prioritize Environmental Justice in Chicago (NRDC)
  • There’s an extra 50 home runs in an MLB season thanks to climate change, a new study found (Chicago Tribune)
  • Electric vehicles are gaining traction in Chicago (Axios)
  • Chicago pollution varies by neighborhood (Northwestern University)
  • Chicago’s Health Department Does Little To Deter Repeat Polluters, Report Finds (Block Club Chicago)

Free and In-Person unless denoted otherwise and by “$$ “.

Multiple dates in April:
One Earth mini-Film Fest Earth Week 2023 features virtual and in-person screenings in Chicago and Suburbs and online on themes of environment, climate, and people. Free and paid options. More info and RSVP

Wed. 04/12
Kellogg Future of Cities 2023 Conference (KFOC)  How might we make cities engines of economic growth and holistic, sustainable well-being for everyone?"  @ Northwestern University, Evanston, IL ($$$). More info

Thu. 04/13
- "Eating on Earth, 2050": Panel talk @ IIT Bronzeville campus. RSVP
- Conscious Capitalism community meet & greet @ Carnivale in West Loop ($$). RSVP
- VC A to Z: Demystifying the venture capital fundraising world ] @ West Loop. RSVP

Fri. 04/14
- 'Creating Justice' 2023 symposium & dinner on arts and social justice  @ Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL. RSVP
- American Education Research Association (AERA) Reception on SF, CA's DreamKeeper Initiative @ Mag. Mile area ($). RSVP

Sat. 04/15
- B Local Illinois: "Better Business. Better Coffee" social-impact networking event @ Metric Coffee @ W. Loop ($$).  RSVP

Tue. 04/18
- Foodways and Food Justice in the African Diaspora talk/reception at UIC (West Loop). RSVP

Wed. 04/19
- UIC Urban Forum 2023: City data’s promise and challenges @ W. Loop ($$).  RSVP
- Mission Moen™ Spring Gala celebrates upcycled fashion & Friends of the Chicago River @ River North.  RSVP
- ICNC Hatchery "Mission and Margin – Small Business and Social Entrepreneurship" @ W. Loop ($$).  RSVP  
- Chicago Climate Connect meetup @ River West.  RSVP

Thu. 04/20
- The Great Lakes Region ESG Landscape in Context webinar. RSVP
- Cannabis Innovation 2023 @ 1871 (River North) and Online.  Munchies served but no inhaling.  RSVP
- UIC CUPPA IRPP talk: Shawn Ginwright, PhD, on 'A Pivot to Healing Centered Leadership: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves' @ W. Loop.  RSVP

Fri. 04/21
- "Revitalizing Chicagoland: Helping Business Owners Become Transition Ready" Community Conversation presented by UBS @ Rosemont, IL. RSVP

Sat. 04/22 EARTH DAY
- Rotary Club Grant Park Clean-up Volunteering @ S. Loop.  RSVP
- Friends of The Parks volunteer park cleanup @ Multiple City of Chicago Locations.  RSVP

Sun. 04/23
- Chicago Fashion Week FBC Eco Friendly & Sustainable Show @ Mag. Mile ($$).  RSVP

Thu. 04/27
- "Information Justice in Digital Communities - data colonialism and policing"  @ Loop.  RSVP

Mon. 5/01
- Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) hybrid Kickoff/ networking @ Bronzeville.  RSVP
- UChicago's Kreisman Housing Law and Policy Initiative Annual Symposium on building and preserving “middle housing” and affordabilityRSVP

Fri. - Sun., 05/05 - 07
- Asian Pacific Islander Desi Arts (APIDA) Fest @ Downtown.  RSVP

Thu. 05/11
- Design Chicago - Community Led, Design Followed: Rebuilding Exchange @ Bucktown. RSVP

Thu. 05/18
- Book talk - Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable  @ Loop.  RSVP

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