Efficiency Through Higher Ed Collaboration

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Executive Summary – Driving EE

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Chicago philanthropist became aware of global issues at the family dinner table

Profile of GPP Executive Director in Chicago Business Journal.

Four reasons why Chicago is poised at the forefront of global philanthropy

Article from GPP Executive Director in Chicago Business Journal.

Higher Ed Institutions Commit to Reduce Energy Use

The City of Chicago announced that 10 local colleges and universities have joined Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (CBI), committing to reduce energy consumption by 20% in at least one campus building over the next five years.  See the press release here: ARCH

Building a Sustainable Region

Chicago corporations are making important contributions to local sustainability.  Read about their innovative ideas in this new report.

Chicago one of five urban winners in Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded Chicago $1 million for a SmartData Platform, the first open-source, predictive analytics platform – aggregating information in one place to help leaders make smarter, faster decisions and prevent problems before they develop.

Congrats also to USDN members from Providence (winning the largest award), Philadelphia, Houston, and Santa Monica.  Details about the innovative

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Lessons from the women who are leading the sustainable cities movement

Nice shout out to USDN!  Interesting series from Darby Minow Smith in Grist.  Read profiles of some of the women who are directing their cities’ moves toward sustainability.

Chicago a finalist in WWF’s Earth Hour Challenge

Congratulations to the City of Chicago, one of three finalists in World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour City Challenge. Read more here.

Sustainability Road Map for Chicago

“A sustainable Chicago is a city that spends less on energy use with each passing year, creates good-paying jobs in up-and-coming industries, responsibly maintains and upgrades its infrastructure, and ensures every Chicagoan has the opportunity to live a healthy and active lifestyle.” — Mayor Emanuel

Read all about it here.

City of Chicago wins Sustainability award from Siemens

Global Philanthropy Partnership’s Olivia Cohn accepts Siemens’ award for the City of Chicago. Congratulations to Chicago, Santa Monica and Purcellville, VA for your sustainability efforts.