Global Philanthropy Partnership Projects


Since 2005, Global Philanthropy Partnership has worked with partners including the City of Chicago, Chicagoland headquartered corporations, Chicago universities, and local, North American, and global non-profit organizations to coordinate adaptation and mitigation strategies regarding climate change.

Chicago is taking a leadership role in environmental issues building a stronger, more resilient city.  “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 Rahm Emanuel

The Sustainable Chicago Action Agenda represents Chicago’s vision to make our city more livable, competitive, and sustainable.  The plan, which launched in 2012 with GPP support, outlines 7 themes, 24 goals, and 100 concrete actions that comprise a clear commitment to leadership, partnership, and positive impact. The plan also offers a roadmap for how residents and businesses can contribute to Chicago’s ambitious sustainability goals. 

Click here to learn more about Chicago’s climate focus:  Sustainable Chicago 2015

Click on the partnership project links below for more on how GPP is supporting climate initiatives around the world.


GPP is building the Chicago Global Action Network to better link the locally-based and globally-engaged community through a networking website, a tool for NGOs and the donors who support them.  Goals include connecting non-profits in Chicago to encourage collaboration for impact; and sharing experiences and best practices around implementation issues as well as leveraging geographic overlaps.

Stay tuned for details!


Current Partnership Projects

Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Education - ARCH
Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Education

The Alliance to Retrofit Chicago Higher Education launched in the fall of 2012 after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Green Ribbon Committee highlighted the role of higher education in the City’s climate reduction efforts. Eleven Chicago Universities with a diverse portfolio– upwards of 850 buildings, totaling 75+ million square feet of space, with combined annual utility spend exceeding $150 million — came together to share sustainability efforts.

The ARCH network provides an increased opportunity for networking and communication across institutions, introduces new ideas; makes connections to funding and contractors, provides access to key city managers, delivers tailored technical assistance, leverages external resources (including local utility companies) to enhance investment in energy efficiency and resiliency on campuses, and develops mechanisms for higher education to coordinate their activities to amplify their effectiveness.

Due to the success of ARCH program in Chicago, the concept of having a local energy and sustainability cohort of colleges and universities has expanded to the cities of Milwaukee and New Orleans.

Environmentalists of Color
Environmentalists of Color

Environmentalists of Color (EOC) is an interdisciplinary network of leaders who are passionate about the environment and promoting diversity in the environmental sector. EOC was initiated in Chicago, IL in 2013 as a support network to address the shared challenges of developing and sustaining a flourishing career as a person of color in the environmental sector. EOC looks at an array of critical environmental issues, ranging from habitat conservation to environmental justice.

Environmental complexities affect all communities and the need for increased staff and leadership diversity will be imperative for a broadened and deepened impact of programs across the region. By working together, EOC hopes to inspire current and emerging leaders who are prepared to address professional and social complexities in the environmental sector.

The Illinois Agri-Food Alliance logo

The Illinois Agri-Food Alliance
Illinois Agri-Food Alliance

The Illinois Agri-Food Alliances (formerly FARM Illinois) is a statewide association organized to develop and implement a comprehensive and integrated 21st-century strategic plan for food and agriculture in Illinois. Released in May 2015, the association’s foundational roadmap pairs the innovation and global access of the Chicago region with the fertile soils and production capacity of Illinois. Its goal is to establish leadership statewide and regionally in sustainably meeting the challenges of food supply and demand, both locally and globally.

Illinois Agri-Food Alliance is an independent, multi-stakeholder initiative working to harness the strengths of Illinois’ food and agriculture sector by convening and connecting stakeholders to catalyze and champion actions that will grow the economy, support community health, and sustain the environment. Through a collaborative network, Illinois Agri-Food Alliance partners are joining forces to align strategic priorities, spark innovation, improve coordination, catalyze new collaborations, increase visibility, and build trust. Illinois Agri-Food Alliance is creating the enabling environment to ensure Illinois’ food and agriculture sector continues to be a driver of the state’s economy while also addressing environmental and societal challenges.

Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange
Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange

The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange is a practitioner network that supports communities seeking to grow green stormwater infrastructure programs by accelerating implementation through peer learning, innovation, partnerships and advocacy. The Exchange develops, hosts and shares resources to advance the benefits and viability of green infrastructure.

Green stormwater infrastructure includes a range of soil-water-plant systems that intercept stormwater, infiltrate a portion of it into the ground, evaporate a portion of it into the air, and in some cases release a portion of it slowly back into the sewer system. Key programs and initiatives include the Exchange Work Groups, Annual Meeting, and Collaborative Grant Program.

GIEx members are GSI program managers or lead GSI implementers from municipal governments or municipal water utilities.


LUCKI (Land Use & Climate Knowledge Initiative)


Although our use of land for farming, timber extraction, and many other purposes has been one of the largest influences on our changing climate, humanity still has a poor grasp on understanding how to manage land in ways that contribute to our climate goals. The Land Use and Climate Knowledge Initiative (LUCKI) helps to overcome these challenges by cultivating a shared understanding of land use and climate issues among stakeholders — with a focus on building sensible and informed solutions that contribute to international climate goals. LUCKI curates and shares knowledge to build collective understanding among diverse interests, with the aim of promoting cooperation and win-win solutions. The Initiative brings a substantial network, rigorous analytical capacity, and robust on-the-ground experience to bear on these persistent challenges.

SCORAI - Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative
Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative

SCORAI is a multi-regional assemblage of networks with independent groups in North America, Europe, China, and Israel. SCORAI networks are made up of academics and practitioners to forge connections and work together to address challenges at the interface of material consumption, human fulfillment, lifestyle satisfaction, and macroeconomic and technological change. Each affiliation provides critical support and facilitates meaningful impact in their region. Members are either actively involved in research or avid practitioners who are driven to translate research on sustainable consumption into practical action.

Southeast Sustainability Directors Network - SSDN
Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative

The Southeast Sustainability Directors Network (SSDN) is a professional, member-driven network of local government sustainability officials in the Southeastern United States, and one of the regional networks connected to the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. SSDN collaborates to accelerate the adoption of sustainable best practices in the region and the nation, and leverage the knowledge and experience of members to advance and model innovative policies and programs.

SSDN strives to support members in their work, influence sustainable policies and programs at the local and state levels, and lead the advancement of regional sustainability.