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November/ December 2023 Newsletter:  Winter is Coming!

And just like that, happy November and December! The holidays of many faith traditions are almost upon us, but November also brings with it Native American Heritage Month, and also COP28: The 28th climate change conference of the United Nations. This year’s message is ‘Action[ism] – Climate Action Now’. Follow along with the global conversation and join the COP28 action campaign here. We have some local news as well! Read on for more…


We're pleased to announce two new members of our Chicago Professional Chapter Leadership Team!

Fiona Montie, Events Chair

Fiona Montie is curious and passionate about all issues at the nexus of climate change, public health, and human impact. She is currently a Customer Success & Marketing Manager at Winnow, a tech company that uses Artificial Intelligence to help the hospitality industry cut its food waste in half. She was first introduced to Net Impact in grad school at University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she studied public affairs with a concentration in business, environment, and social responsibility. Please reach out to Fiona on LinkedIn!
Rini Cherian, Secretary & Communications Chair
Hailing from Mumbai, India, Rini Cherian brings over 4 years of experience in the non-profit sector, dedicating herself to enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of urban service delivery. With a focus on clean water, sanitation, healthcare, and education, she collaborates with government agencies in India, contributing to advocacy for a sustainable and equitable urban future; particularly emphasizing efficient healthcare policies in conflict resolution contexts. Beyond her professional pursuits, she looks forward to immersing herself in the vibrant city of Chicago. Reach out to her on LinkedIn!


ClimateCAP MBA Academy: Impact Beyond Financial Return (Online)
December 01, 2023 at 11am ET (10am CT)

Explore the intersection of climate and business in this virtual learning series, ClimateCAP MBA Academy: Understanding the Business of Climate. In this session Yusuf George, Co-Head of Active Ownership and Engagement at TCW, delves into creating impact beyond financial returns, active ownership investing, and the influence of investors on corporate governance. In conversation with Witold J. Henisz, Vice Dean and Faculty Director of the ESG Initiative at Wharton, this series equips you with insights to navigate climate risks and opportunities in the future.
Event Cost:  Free!
Click here for more information

Chicago Council on Global Affairs: The Global Energy Transition (Hybrid)
December 12, 2023 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm CST

The global energy system has changed a remarkable amount over the past decade, and this pace of change looks likely to continue. A wide range of domestic and geopolitical dynamics are shaped by the reliability, availability, and climate impacts of energy. Invenergy Founder and CEO Michael Polsky joins Ivo Daalder to discuss this changing energy landscape and its effects on the globe.
Event Cost:  Free!  But RSVP and early arrival are recommended.
Location:  Chicago Council Conference Center, 130 E Randolph Street
Details and RSVP


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  • Chicagoans: voice your inputattend events on Environmental Justice issues
  • Read ‘Climate Displaced Persons Act’ bill, reintroduced with an aim to establish a national strategy for equitable immigration and vital support for those displaced by climate change



    Curated event list in date order.  Free and In-Person unless denoted otherwise and by “$$”.  Inclusion in this list does not always imply endorsement.   More info at the respective links.  Please observe any applicable health and safety precautions.

    November 2023

    Fri. 11/24
    - CIV - OECD webcast [How can the social and solidarity economy help refugees along their journey?] Livestream
    Sun. 11/26
    - BIZ - Chicago Vegan Test Kitchen returns to Logan Square for an afternoon of vendors, popups, & all things Vegan.  RSVP

    Tue. 11/28
    - CIV - Metropolitan Planning Council and the Office of Equity and Racial Justice talk on the state of our racial equity movement @ Loop.  RSVP
    - CIV - Online launch of Emergency Battery Toolkit, a free resource from Shareable and People Power Battery Collective.  RSVP
    Wed. 11/29
    - BIZ - Loyola U Financial Policy Conference 2023 [Recent Turmoil in Banking Markets] @ Gold Coast.  RSVP
    - BIZ - The Impact Collaborative (TIC) Webinar [2024 Trends emerging for your portfolio and the world].  RSVP
    - BIZ - Webinar [Capturing the Diversity Benefit - Workforce Diversity Linked To Financial Performance] by As You Sow.  RSVP

    Thu 11/30
    - BIZ - IL Diversity Council 2023 Employee Resource Group Roundtable @ W. Loop.  RSVP $$
     - CIV - New America Foundation Webinar [Planetary Politics:  Human Rights in the Digital Age] RSVP
     - BIZ - IL Green Alliance hybrid panel talk @ Loop [Decarbonization Through People: Intersections of Sustainability & Wellness] RSVP
     - BIZ - GreenBiz webinar [The Future of ESG: Use AI to Transform Reporting and Meet ESG Goals] RSVP
     - CIV - Capital Institute Webinar [The Daily Grind is a Double Bind: Living in the Polycrisis] RSVP
     - CIV - Chicago United for Equity, State of the 'CUE-nion' Hybrid talk @ Loop.  RSVP

    December 2023

    Until Sun. Dec. 24 - CUL Chicago Fair Trade Museum and Pop-Up shop spotlights fair trade info and products @ Lincoln Pk. More info
    12/01 - 02  Pre Kwanzaa + 12/26 - 27 Kwanzaa Celebrations @ S. Side.  More info

    Fri. 12/01
    - BIZ - ClimateCAP’s MBA Academy webinar [ Understanding the Business of Climate Presents Business Beyond Financial Returns ].  RSVP

    - CIV - UChicago Symposium [Black Womens’ Work ] @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP ($ only if seeking CEU credit)
    - CIV - Lighthouse Foundation [World AIDS Day Commemoration ft. HIV and the Journey Towards Zero] @ Bronzeville. RSVP

    Tue. 12/05
    - SOC - Conscious Capitalism Chicago Mingle & Jingle mixer @ W. Loop. RSVP $$
    Wed. 12/06
    - CIV - CCGA panel [Rising Voices, Lasting Impact: Meet Global Next Gen Changemakers] hybrid talk @ Loop.   RSVP

    Thu. 12/07
    - BIZ - IU Webinar [ Greenwashing and ESG Investing at a Crossroads ].  RSVP
     - CUL - Chicago Architecture Center Open House and Holiday Reception. RSVP w/ suggested donation ($)
     - BIZ - UChicago Panel Talk [Opportunities in the AI Era] @ Downtown.  RSVP
     - BIZ - Women in Product hybrid workshop- Career and Jobs in 2024 @ W. Loop.  RSVP ($)
    - SOC - Urban Rivers Holiday Party @ Lincoln Pk.  RSVP

    Sat. 12/09
    - SOC - EcoShip is partnering with The Unwaste Shop for a "Grab or Wrap" gift wrap reuse/ supplies event @ W. Loop.  RSVP
     - SOC - REbuilding Exchange Fundraiser/ Winter Market ($$) @ Bucktown.  RSVP
    Tues. 12/12
    - BIZ - CCGA hybrid talk [Michael Polsky on the Global Energy Transition] @ Loop.  RSVP
    Wed. 12/13
    - SOC - Chicago Area Public Affairs Group Holiday Party @ Loop.  RSVP $$
    Thu. 12/14

    - EDU - USGBC Talk [The future of LEED: LEED v5 discussion and overview ] @ Loop.  RSVP
    - SOC - IL Green Alliance & Partners Holiday Party 2023 @ Loop.  RSVP $$
    Sat. 12/16
    - CIV - Climate Action Workshop for musicians and music fans - with songwriter/climate activist Vienna Teng @ Evanston, IL.  RSVP

    January 2024

    Weekend of 01/12 - 15
    - CIV - Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and Service Projects at various venues. 2024 Details TBD. Links:
    Thu. 01/18
    - CNU Midwest Webinar [ New Year, New Urbanism] Details
    Thu. 01/25
    - Climate Techies/ 4WardVC. Networking MeetUp @ W. Loop.  RSVP

    February 2024

    Wed. 02/07
    - CIV - CCGA panel [Rising Voices, Lasting Impact: Meet Global Next Gen Changemakers] hybrid talk @ Loop.   RSVP

    Sat. 02/23
    - CUL - Chicago Fair Trade celebrates the fair trade community and leaders @ Gold Coast.  RSVP $$ & Details TBD


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