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We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

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INSIGHT: What Did You Miss?

Peter Nicholson

Singing the Unsung: Karen Weigert
Navigating bureaucracies requires fortitude. It’s not an activity to which I’m well suited. But I have an abiding respect for those who are. It can be a challenging, low-gratitude, high-impact vocation. Last week, my friend and former board member Karen Weigert announced her resignation as the City of Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer after 4.5 years in the role. Having managed a diversity of projects through the corridors of City Hall, she deserves our gratitude. Much of the push toward greater sustainability isn’t sexy, but rather involves persistent, diplomatic, behind-the-scenes initiatives to shift operational status quo. Karen inherited a quagmire and brought order, competence and direction to more than one difficult situation, be it recycling bins, energy efficiency, bike sharing, or community resilience, among others. Ninety percent of her efforts most people won’t ever know. But rest assured, our city is better off for them.