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January 12, 2011

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


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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)
Begin the year better informed and empowered to help create a more sustainable Chicago! Come to this popular annual event to gain a broad perspective from local leaders. Leave inspired with ideas about how you can get involved in issues that will influence Chicago in the coming year.


Randy Blankenhorn, Executive Director
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Under his leadership, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) developed and is now guiding the implementation of GO TO 2040, metropolitan Chicago’s first comprehensive regional plan in more than 100 years.  The plan’s four themes -- Livable Communities, Human Capital, Efficient Governance, and Regional Mobility -- address the fundamental challenges that shape residents' daily lives.  Randy and CMAP staff work closely with seven counties, 284 municipalities, and scores of stakeholder groups to implement the plan’s strategies for aligning public policies and investments, which will maximize the benefit of scarce resources as the region adds more than 2 million new residents in the next three decades. With GO TO 2040’s integrated approach to transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues, CMAP is dedicated to strengthening the region’s communities and ensuring economic prosperity.  Prior to joining CMAP in 2006, Randy was Bureau Chief of Urban Program Planning for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), coordinating activities of the 14 metropolitan planning organizations across Illinois.

Jack Darin, Director
Illinois Sierra Club
Jack Darin has worked for the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter since 1989, and been its Director since 1992. His position entails working with citizens, volunteers, public officials, business, and labor across Illinois to find and advocate for solutions to environmental problems threatening Illinois communities, and leading efforts to strengthen the membership and work of the Sierra Club in Illinois. He has been appointed to numerous study, advisory, and working groups and task forces by various public agencies seeking to craft strategies to protect Illinois' environment. As a volunteer, Darin is the Vice-President of the Ridgeville Park District in Evanston, Illinois.

Ben Helphand, Executive Director
NeighborSpace is a nonprofit urban land trust dedicated to preserving and sustaining community managed open spaces in Chicago. Ben is also the Board President of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, a community group that advocates for the conversion of an elevated rail viaduct on Chicago’s NW Side into a multi-use linear park. Prior to working for NeighborSpace Ben worked as the Pedestrian Program Manager and Director of the Civic Footprint at the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, Ben came to Chicago to pursue a master's degree in the history of religion from the University of Chicago and then went on to Northwestern  University's Medill School of Journalism. In his spare time Ben gardens at his home in Logan Square and co-creates the Election Day Advent Calendar, a democracy themed countdown calendar.

Karen Lehman, Director
Fresh Taste Initiative
Fresh Taste is a collaboration formed by several Illinois foundations and the City of Chicago to relocalize Chicago’s food system and improve equity of access to good food.  Karen comes to Fresh Taste with 30 years of food system experience.  She directed both the Food System and Regional Economy programs at The Minnesota Project; co-founded and was co-director of the Youth Farm and Market Project in Minnesota; and directed the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Food and Agriculture Program. Karen held the Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota and consulted for the Ford Foundation on rural development in Mexico.  She attended Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government as a Bush Foundation Leadership fellow and subsequently was a Senior Associate at Cambridge Leadership Associates.

Graciela Robledo, Organizer, South Chicago New Communities Program
Claretian Associates
Graciela is a recent Chicago Conservation Corp (C3) Leader graduate which teaches environmental conservation to the general public.  She is starting her 3rd year as the lead coordinator of the Annual 10th Ward Green Summit which educates the community about the importance of being green. The success of this communitywide collaboration has expanded to support workshops, events and activities through 85 local green partners. She is now currently leading neighboring block clubs in expanding the Green Summit into the 7th Ward.

Kathryn Tholin, Chief Executive Officer
Center for Neighborhood Technology
Center for Neighborhood Technology is a Chicago-based “think-and-do” tank that works nationally to advance urban sustainability. Tholin directs and oversees the research agenda, demonstration projects and policy development for CNT and its two affiliate organizations—CNT Energy and I-GO Car Sharing. Tholin has more than 25 years experience in program management, policy development, and research on a wide range of community development, environmental and energy issues.

In addition to her many years at CNT, Tholin has served as Executive Vice President of the Woodstock Institute in Chicago, and is a founder and board member of the Chicago Community Loan Fund. She has a B.A. in sociology from Beloit College.



5:30-8:30pm Socializing/Networking
5:45-6:15pm Power Networking (optional)
6:45-7:45pm Panel Discussion
7:45-8:30pm Socializing/Networking

Action Item
The Center for Neighborhood Technology has published a set of 22 policy recommendations (344KB PDF) that make a case for how Chicago’s next leaders can apply sustainable development principles to strengthen the city’s economy. The report argues that investing in strategies that make the city more sustainable will also make the economy more productive and resilient. The recommendations in the CNT report would help save residents money, create jobs, conserve resources, and combat climate change.

At Green Drinks, meet Kathryn Tholin, CEO of CNT, and learn how to host a house party for a municipal candidate to discuss sustainability issues.

Important Notes

  • **Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist here.**
  • 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.


$7 General Admission, $4 students/low-income, $20 Friends of Foresight Donation



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