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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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Archive

The following is a list of Foresight Design Initiative's past, current and confirmed upcoming projects. 

2017 (upcoming)

Shedd Aquarium sustainability strategy

Northeast Ohio Resilience Partnership (NIRP)

Food and Agriculture Roadmap for Illinois (FARM IL) implementation initiative

Oberlin College sustainability strategy

On To 2050 Regional Plan: the Chicago region's energy future

2016

Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation: communications & events

MelqX: cooperative credit card processing service business model development

Sustainability in Pullman

Chicago Wilderness Confluence 2016: regional water expert convening

Northeast Ohio Resilience Partnership (NIRP)

Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC): Chicago Entry

Food and Agriculture Roadmap for Illinois (FARM IL) implementation initiative

Millennium Reserve/Calumet Bi-State Sustainable Development Collaborative project

Oberlin College sustainability strategy

On To 2050 Regional Plan: the Chicago region's energy future

On To 2050 Regional Plan: incorporating climate resilience

2015

Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation: Communications & Events

The Future of Bikesharing (Vancouver, BC)

National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC): IL Collaboration

Sustainable Solutions for Coahagan Island (Philippines)

Oberlin College Sustainability Strategy

2014

Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation: Innovation for Impact

Calumet Stormwater Collaborative (see Highlights)

Opportunities for Intervention: A Systems Analysis of Chicago's Water & Energy Efficiency Efforts

2013

Illinois Science & Energy Innovation Foundation (see Highlights)

Calumet Stormwater Collaborative (see Highlights)

Opportunities for Intervention: A Systems Analysis of Chicago's Water & Energy Efficiency Efforts

Foresight (Re)Source: Resell & Recycle

2012

Sustainable Impact Chicago (SIC) (2006-2012)
Evolving from regular meetings of organizations to coordinate public sustainability-related educational events, the Sustainable Impact Chicago program grew to eventually include three, multistakeholder entities: Sustainable Education Network, Sustainable Business Network, and the Sharing Economy Network. Convened and facilitated by Foresight, each network sought to improve communication between groups, to better coordinate parallel efforts, and to achieve a collective impact.

IGO CarSharing Celebrations (2011-2012)
Foresight drew upon its experience design and event management expertise to support IGO CarSharing (now Enterprise CarShare) with its annual brand building membership gathering, including its 10th Anniversary party. Working closely with its partner, Foresight created smoothly executed events, and lead up promotions, that effectively attracted and engaged more than 400 attendees.

2011

OneARK
An idea ahead of its time, this unrealized, collaborative project envisioned sustainably designing and constructing an Ark that would be paraded through Chicago’s Daley Plaza and possible other Loop locations, during Earth Day. This participatory event would have helped raise awareness around the unity of the environmental movement in Chicago, as well as connect the public with opportunities to take action. After Earth Day, the Ark was to exhibit at a roster of congregations in the Chicago area. The family-friendly action was designed to draw together Chicagoans, with varying ranges of knowledge on climate change issues. Chosen for its accessibility, the Ark is symbol that will resonate with diverse groups of people.

Alliance for Education Innovation
Partnering with the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago public charter school that cultivates international awareness and fosters environmental stewardship, Foresight undertook an exploration of how the school could propagate its compelling vision and mission. The Alliance for Education Innovation was conceived of as a platform for schools to collaborate and share best practices in order to implement a larger national evolution of the public education system.

Communicating Sustainability in Underrepresented Communities
Instigated from important revelations uncovered by a daylong “Healing the Ecological Divide” hosted in June 2011, by Faith in Place and the Illinois Environmental Council, the Communicating Sustainability Project sought to create a tool that not only distributed information more effectively, but also served as a way to both accentuate community assets and motivate action. The event was a platform that allowed those who are, by and large, left out of the environmental movement to voice their concerns regarding community struggles. The need for a more effective means of distributing sustainability-related information within underrepresented regions of Chicago emerged as a common theme from the gathering. A dearth of sustainability-related news was determined to be a significant hindrance to community members from being able to act on their concerns. Foresight’s team took this challenge and sought opportunities to identify and empower resident stakeholders.

Energy Efficiency
Working with Elevate Energy (then CNT Energy), the Foresight team analyzed the barriers to create greater buy-in for retrofitting older residential buildings. The value of retrofits produces indirect benefits on the quality of life in urban areas; one such benefit is the creation of more affordable housing through cost savings. Eventual recommendations included employing block-to-block community based marketing and educational initiatives on the benefits of energy efficiency retrofits.

Guide to Sustainable Office Build Out & Relocation
What questions should a sustainability-oriented foundation consider as it seeks to take advantage of a relocation to create an inspiring model "green" office? Tasked with answering this question, the Foresight team began researching a broad range of topics related to a sustainable office: certifications, technology, social impacts of spaces, office design and construction team identification. Based on this exploration, a guide was developed for the office search, build out, moving process and office operations. It divides the process into seven phases from creating a vision for the new office space to effective operation. Each phase provides important questions to consider, information and resources to review, and specific outputs that inform subsequent steps. The guide is intended for use by any organization planning an office renovation or relocation.

2010

Sustainable 47
Working in collaboration with the 47th Ward Alderman’s office, Foresight’s team set out to develop a sustainability plan for this district on Chicago’s north side. A review of many similarly focused neighborhood and citywide plans revealed a proliferation of ideas, but a common lack implementation methodology. Shifting its focus from a series of technical recommendations to process improvements, Foresight's “plan” detailed a more robust and holistic decision-making method that will produce resilient solutions that are socially, financially, and environmentally sustainable, no matter the nature of the content.

HUB Chicago
A global network of co-work offices dedicated to social entrepreneurs, The HUB provides a multitude of resources and connections to this burgeoning field. Foresight catalyzed an effort to establish a center in Chicago, eventually handing off the project to others to further explore and develop the potential business model.

City of Chicago Green Festival Pavilion (2010 & 2007)
Drawing upon its expertise with community based social marketing, experience and exhibit design, Foresight was commissioned to develop a prominent, compelling presence for the City of Chicago at this event drawing more than 40,000 visitors. The popular installation included multiple modes of audience engagement in order captivate and inform residents about Chicago’s many environmental initiatives.

Carbon Nation Celebration in Millenium Park
A dynamic, Chicago-produced documentary detailing viable and inspiring solutions to climate change, Carbon Nation was premiered in a large outdoor screening at Millennium Park. Foresight was contracted to organize the event, including audience engagement, and the VIP reception prior to the viewing that included a roster of prominent guests.

Mayor Daley's Green Works Awards

Green Hospitals Initiative

2009

Smart Home Project
Inspired by the Chicago Center for Green Technology, a model LEED Platinum office building, Smart Home Chicago explored creating a exemplary “green” home in East Garfield Park neighborhood that provide a compelling public example of latest technologies and design strategies. It would be open to the public and managed by students residing in an adjacent dorm structure.

New Chicago Public Market
Responding to a request from a Chicago Alderman, Foresight researched the feasibility of creating a year-round public market on Chicago’s north side. Examples of successful ventures in Seattle, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Boston, among others, were examined to determine prerequisite features and business models.

Firehouse Adaptive Reuse

Civic Innovation Engine

2008

Vital Lands Initiative (see Highlights)

Chicago Green Collar Jobs Research Initiative

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's "Lawn Nation" Exhibition (see Highlights)

Healthy Corner Store

2030 Communities Project

Sustainable Architecture Event

O2 Congress

2007

City of Chicago Green Festival Pavilion

2006

Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance (2006-2012) (see History)

Helping Hand Rewards

City of Chicago Green Business Search

Access Living User-Centered Information System Design for Lobby 

2005

Explorago Chicago Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

Sustainable Design Challenge

Foresight House Plan

2004

Chicago Sustainability Newsletter/Community Hub

Sustainable Design Challenge

Eco-Office 

2003

Foresight Green Drinks (2003-2012) (see History)

Green Line Chicago