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2022 Annual Accomplishments

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Launched our new website and newsletter platform with an ongoing information campaign on sustainability resources

  • Finalized new Strategic Intentions and policy platform goals

  • Launched our Community Resilience Workshop series, including a Summer Solstice event, a Wild Edible Picnic and Plant Walk, a Climate Action Plan workshop, an Herbalism workshop, a Mending Fair, a Pumpkin Smash, and a Community Disaster Preparedness and Mutual Aid event. Supported with a grant from the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and SSA #26

  • Launched our Parkways for Pollinators program with 30+ sites to transform public spaces into pollinator forage and habitats that can remediate soil and capture carbon

  • Diverted 4.6 tons of food waste from landfills with our third annual Pumpkin Smash composting event

Keep scrolling for monthly breakdowns, outreach stats, and financials.


JANUARY

  • Conducted our Annual Planning meeting to develop priority projects, actions, and initiatives

  • Organized with NorthCenter Recycling at 7 locations, collecting 1,382 pounds of holiday light to recycle

  • Began contributions as a community partner to the Community Air Research Experience (CARE) Project, a geoscience learning community that engages underrepresented undergraduates in local pollution research

  • Joined ICJC (Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition) & its Chicago Building Decarbonization Working Group

FEBRUARY

  • Joined a virtual Environmental Lobby Day with the Illinois Environmental Council

  • Kicked-off our new Advisory Committee

MARCH

APRIL

  • Reviewed Chicago’s 2022 Climate Action Plan draft as an organization

  • Introduced our Parkways for Pollinators program with 30+ sites to transform public spaces into pollinator forage and habitats that can remediate soil and capture carbon

  • Began our 2022 Osterman/Hollywood Beach & West Ridge Stewardship for weed and trash removal, native plantings, and habitat restoration

  • Volunteered under the Vedgewater project for Chicago’s Clean & Green Day of Service

MAY

  • Conducted our first free native plant distribution under the Parkway for Pollinators project

  • Entered into our 3rd year with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce providing a native planters program.

JUNE

  • Launched our new website and newsletter platform with an ongoing information campaign on sustainability resources, and updated our monthly meetings to be 6:30pm on the second Thursday of every month

  • Began providing fresh harvests to the Edgewater Mutual Aid Network’s free food distribution on Saturdays at Bryn Mawr and Kenmore

  • Conducted a Tree Identification and Meditation Walk

  • Celebrated the Summer Solstice at Meditation Point on the Kathy Osterman Beach with meditation, a history and ecology walk, and natural area engagement

JULY

  • Supported the ongoing Chicago Sustainability Forum to discuss sustainability in Chicago and its barriers and strategies

  • Conducted a Wild Edible Picnic and Plant Walk to explore responsible foraging practices and strategies for wild foods in Edgewater

  • Reached 300+ community members with our support and tabling at the farmers market at Broadway Armory

AUGUST

  • Hosted a Chicago Climate Action Plan workshop to reflect on climate change impacts in Edgewater, including creation of a vision plan for Edgewater, with a presentation from Kyra Woods with the city’s Sustainability team. Read Chicago’s 2022 Climate Action Plan here

  • Received a Treekeepers Tree Planting Grant from Openlands to facilitate canopy growth in Edgewater, which has been postponed until 2023 in the interest of resource distribution equity

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

  • Diverted 4.6 tons of food waste from landfills with our third annual Pumpkin Smash composting event

  • Advocated for the Vote Yes referendum to fund the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which passed on midterm elections

  • Led a Parkway for Pollinators Seed Saving event at Loyola’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability

  • Finalized new Strategic Intentions and policy platform goals

DECEMBER

  • Co-hosted the Community Disaster Preparedness and Mutual Aid event with the Edgewater Mutual Aid Network to provide practical tips for community safety, especially in winter months

  • Held a Winter Solstice Gathering annual holiday party to celebrate the solstice by reflecting on the new season and conducting a solstice ritual

  • Finalized our coalition’s new Policy Platform

OUTREACH STATS

  • Mailing List: 760

  • Facebook Followers: 931

  • Instagram Followers: 855

  • Twitter Followers: 65


RESOURCES

FINANCIAL OVERVIEW

Current bank balance: $5,556.01

Annual spend YTD: $2,993.12



All annual accomplishment summaries are linked and available on the "My Impact" page of our website.


Thank you to Katherine, Killian, and Renee for there efforts putting this year's together!



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