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What Does The Future Energy Jobs Act Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

On behalf of ComEd, The Chicago Community Trust has issued a request for proposals to help build a job training pipeline program to meet the anticipated demand for an expanded and qualified solar PV installation workforce. Signed into law last year, the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act is expected to drive a significant increase in solar installation across the state. But what does the Future Energy Jobs Act even mean?

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How Will We Rise?

Peter Nicholson

In Memory of Bryant Williams (1978-2017)
Work waits. The news came from left field, mid-meeting Tuesday morning: my sustainability co-conspirator and friend, Bryant Williams, had died. The abundant succession of condolence posts on Facebook reflect the wide breadth of his friendly warmth, love for people and range of activities. Bryant believed in the potential of those he met, and in the organizations for whom he worked and on whose boards he served. I first met him during a tour of Calumet with the Southeast Environmental Task Force, an entity with which he’d long been involved. Environmentalists of Color, The Plant, Cook County, and the Rebuilding Exchange, amongst others, benefitted from his involvement. I am not yet ready to mourn, but rather am left staring, along with many others, at this fresh, too-soon absence. Habit propels me back into the daily routine which I reluctantly resume, if only to begin, in some small way, to realize and honor the legacy of this bridge-builder, father, comrade. 

What Does Service Design Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Hosted at IIT’s Institute of Design, the first national Service Design Network conference occurred last week in Chicago. Insights filled my twitter feed and explored everything from improving the navigability of the citizenship process for immigrants to inciting behavior change through gamification. But what does service design even mean?

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This Week In History

Peter Nicholson

Most of the world celebrates Labor Day on May 1, commemorating the nationwide strikes of 1886 that culminated in the Haymarket Affair in Chicago. Although this legacy falls outside of mainstream American historical memory for ideological reasons, the strikers’ then-radical demand for an eight-hour workday contributed to a more humane and just society.