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Blog - August & September 2021


News, Events, and Resources from Net Impact Chicago

Theme:  Regenerating Connections 

Hello to everyone from Net Impact Chicago (NIC)

Join Net Impact Chicago for an in-person networking event! 

After many months of virtual events, let’s celebrate the end of summer in Chicago by reconnecting with the Net Impact community and enjoying the nice weather! We are excited to hear what everyone has been up to this past year! We will be meeting at a convenient downtown location close to transit and parking. This event is free but each attendee will be responsible for purchasing their own refreshments.

Where: Little Toasted (on the patio!), 300 S. Riverside Plaza, Chicago
When: Thursday, September 16, 2021, from 5 pm - 7 pm

COVID safety: This event will be outdoors. Wearing a mask will be optional. Since things change quickly, we will continue to monitor local and CDC recommendations and follow the latest guidance at the event.

You can provide your contact info and/or LinkedIn profile when you register for the event, and we’ll share everyone’s info with the group to make networking easier and hands-free! 

And instead of handshakes, we’ll be doing elbow or fist bumps :)

    RSVP here


    Are you looking for a way to connect with like-minded professionals and grow the awareness of Chicago businesses that use environmental & social issues as a force for good?

    The Net Impact Chicago team is accepting new volunteers and board members! Positions and skills are needed for events, marketing, and communications. Contact our Executive Team at for more information.


    "Building a Regenerative Economy: How Green Swans Can Achieve Impact at Scale"

    Net Impact is excited to launch the 2021-2022 event series, "The Regenerative Economy" on Tuesday, August 31 at 9:30 am PT / 12:30 pm ET featuring John Elkington, a corporate responsibility and sustainability authority and author of Green Swans, and a next-generation Green Swan innovator, Gary Sheng, founder of Civics Unplugged.

    "Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation"

    Join us on Tuesday, September 15 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET as we begin answering this critical question.

    Net Impact is honored and excited to host renowned climate change thought leader, activist, writer, and speaker, Paul Hawken! As part two of the kick-off "Regenerative Economy" series, Paul Hawken, and PBS journalist, Paul Solman, will deep dive into Hawken's just-released book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation



    Thank you to everyone who joined our June 23rd event! We heard from sustainable investing leaders Sylvia Panek (Investment Advisor & Financial Planner at Natural Investments, LLC) and Dan Nielsen (Head of Product Management, ESG Indexes at Morningstar).

    The panelists discussed ESG investing and how companies address environmental, social, and corporate governance issues. Below are ESG resources that were requested and we look forward to seeing you at our September Social!
    • Why ESG Investing is About More Than Feeling Good (Morningstar)
    • ESG Investing Comes of Age (Morningstar)
    • 4 Easy Steps to Finding a Suitable ESG Fund (Morningstar)
    • How to Build an ESG Portfolio (Morningstar)
    • FSA Credential through SASB (FSA)
    • The Little Hedge Fund Taking Down Big Oil (NYT)


    What We're Reading

    Upcoming Virtual Events

    • 08/31 - Position Your Sustainability Career  (ISSP-NYC)
    • 09/21 - 2021 Annual Luncheon Better//Together: Ingredients for an Equitable Recovery (Metropolitan Planning Council)
    • 09/24 to 10/10 - Regenerative Communities Summit (Transition US)
    • Archived Webinar Integrating ESG into Business Strategy: Lessons from the Leaders  (GreenBiz)

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