Chicago Green Drinks (Registration Required) **SOLD OUT**

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January 13, 2010

Jefferson Tap & Grill
325 N Jefferson St
2nd Floor
Chicago IL, 60661
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Annual State of Sustainable Chicago (& Power Networking)


In order to provide the best experience at this very popular Chicago Green Drinks, we limited the number of attendees by requiring pre-registration.

Power Networking (optional 5:45-6:15pm)
By popular request! Every month, we include a period of time for you to meet a number of other like-minded people in a structured, fast-paced format. Bring your elevator speech and business cards! Not in the mood? Spectators welcome as well.

Presentation/Discussion (6:45-7:45pm)
How will the events of 2009 impact us in 2010? Come gain a broad perspective from local leaders on topics ranging from green restaurants to environmental policy. Leave inspired with ideas about how you can get involved in issues that will influence Chicago in the coming year.


Tiffany Simons Chan, Education Coordinator
Eden Place Nature Center
Tiffany Simons Chan is the Education Coordinator for Eden Place Nature Center, a community-based nature preserve and educational center on the south side of Chicago that is run as a program of Fuller Park Community Development.  She received her B.S. in Cognitive Science from the University of California at San Diego, and she recently completed her Doctorate in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University where she studied how people develop and maintain commitment to environmental sustainability.  She is trained as a Chicago Master Gardener and has volunteered and worked as an educator at Garfield Park Conservatory, Prairie Crossing Learning Farm, and a number of other gardens and schools throughout Chicago.

Steve Frankel
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
Steve Frenkel is the Chief Policy Advisor at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency where he helps direct the state's climate change policy and oversees the agency's energy initiatives. Steve oversees implementation of the Illinois Climate Action Initiative, a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gases statewide, and the development of Illinois EPA's climate change adaption efforts. He represents Illinois in the development of the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, an economy-wide regional cap and trade program and the Governor's Climate and Forestry Task Force, an international effort among states to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation. Prior to joining Illinois EPA Steve served as the Deputy Chief of Staff in the Illinois Governor's Office where he directed the state's energy and environmental policy.

Margaret Frisbie, Executive Director
Friends of the Chicago River
Friends of the Chicago River is the only organization solely dedicated to the Chicago River. Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.

Friends’ work spans the entire 156-mile Chicago River system and its surrounding watershed. We focus on a greener river with healthy habitat, an accessible river that people can use and enjoy, and a river cared for by a broad group of supporters. Friends works in partnership with municipalities, businesses, community groups, schools, peer organizations, government agencies and individuals on projects that benefit the river.

We believe the river can be both ecologically healthy and a catalyst for community revitalization.

Henry Henderson, Midwest Program Director
National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Henry joined NRDC as Director of the new Midwest Program in January 2007.  He has a distinguished career as an advocate for environmental protection in the Great Lakes region.  Prior to joining NRDC, Henry was a partner with Policy Solutions Ltd. in Chicago, where he provided consulting and counseling to governments, not-for-profits, and others on environmental matters including water policy and Great Lakes governance.

Henry also served as Chicago’s first Commissioner of the Environment from 1992 to 1998.  He developed the mission and goals of the Department and created policies, budgets, and regulations related to solid waste regulation, water quality protection, and a host of other areas.  Since 1998, Henry has also been a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Chicago.  Henry was also a Senior Attorney in the Environmental Control Division of the Office of Attorney General of the State of Illinois, and he has worked in private practice.  Henry attained his J.D. from Washington University School of Law in 1982 and his B.A. from Kenyon College in 1974.  He also holds masters degrees in theology from the University of Chicago and Oxford University.


Harry Rhodes, Executive Director
Growing Home
Mr. Rhodes has been with Growing Home for seven years. He initiated the first year of growing organic food and training people in 2002, and has overseen the growth of the organization, helping it become a model transitional job program concentrating on urban agriculture. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Wisconsin.

Dan Rosenthal, Founder
Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op
Dan Rosenthal is the founder and President of The Rosenthal Group, Inc., owner and manager of fine restaurants in Chicago since 1988.  Restaurants in the Rosenthal Group portfolio include Harry Caray’s Restaurant, which Rosenthal created in 1988, Trattoria No. 10, Poag Mahone’s, and 5 Sopraffina Marketcaffès.

For the past several years, TRG founder Dan Rosenthal has been deeply committed to improving the sustainability of not only his restaurants but all restaurants in the Chicagoland area.  In 2007 he co-founded the Green Chicago Restaurant Co-op (, an organization that has grown to over 200 active and 150 associate members all dedicated to making their businesses more sustainable.  As a result of this undertaking, Rosenthal received the Illinois Environmental Council’s 2008 “Environmental Leadership Award”. In 2008, Rosenthal also founded Chicago Composts LLC to bring large scale commercial composting to Chicago.  In 2011, when the facility becomes operational, Chicago restaurants will be able to divert as much as 70% of their waste stream away from landfills.

5:30-8:30pm Socializing/Networking
5:45-6:30pm Power Networking (optional)
6:45-7:45pm Panel Discussion
7:45-8:30pm Socializing/Networking

*Cancellation Policy: All Foresight tickets and/or event registrations are non-refundable. If an event is canceled or postponed by Foresight, participants will be offered a full refund. Please contact us if a personal emergency keeps you from attending an event. At Foresight's discretion, a refund may be offered in these cases.



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