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Blog - August & September 2021


News, Events, and Resources from Net Impact Chicago

Hello to everyone from Net Impact Chicago (NIC)!

October Theme:  Sustainable Development


November / December Virtual Event

Stay tuned for an upcoming event in November or December regarding the newest Clean Energy Jobs Act update and what that means for Illinois!

SPECIAL PARTNER EVENT:  United Nations Day in Chicago

UN Day in Chicago is October 20th!

The United Nations Association of Chicago is hosting an online event to celebrate individuals across Chicago who dedicate their lives to furthering the 17 Global Goals, also known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The award winners will be honored for their creativity and commitment.
Details and RSVP
Check out the highlights from the 2021 Sustainable Development Goals Action Zone!


- Click on the headline for more info/ to RSVP!

"Leaders for the Built Environment:  Highlighting leadership in the mass timber sector"

October 19, 2021, 11:00am to 2:00pm CT (12:00pm to 3:00pm ET)

Recent wildfires and other forest health challenges highlight the need to collaborate on innovative solutions that invest in technology within the built environment that supports more resilient forests and climate mitigation strategies. Speakers include: 

  • Randy Moore Chief, USDA Forest Service
  • Jennifer Cover | President & CEO, WoodWorks
  • Kathryn Ferholz | President & CEO, Dovetail Partners
  • Gretchen O'Hara | VP US AI & Sustainability Strategy, Microsoft
  • Edie Sonne Hall | Founder, Three Trees Consulting
  • and more!

"Building a Regenerative Economy Together:
Inspiring Stories and Community Connection"

November 18, 2021, 11:00am - 12:30pm CT (12:00pm - 1:30pm ET)

Inspiring stories and community connection: The Regenerative Economy is co-created by people like you - aspiring and successful social change leaders and entrepreneurs from all walks of life who care deeply about the state of our world and want to make it better for generations to come. This event will give you the opportunity to:

  • Hear and learn from the perspectives of BIPOC social entrepreneurs
  • Learn more about social entrepreneurship
  • Build connections among attendees, share your experience, and highlight our common work
  • Learn ways to carry ideas forward and take action
  • Find opportunities to develop new insights into your own social change pathway


Thank you to everyone who joined our September 16th in-person NIC networking event! It was a beautiful day to spend outside meeting new and seasoned members we have only seen this past year through Zoom events!


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.


    What We're Reading/Viewing
    • Can Urban Food Incubators Accelerate Adoption of Plant-Based Diets? (Next City
    • Be Your Own Boss: More Co-op Businesses Are Returning Workers’ Power (Mother Jones
    • We can’t build our way out of the environmental crisis (The Guardian
    • ReMothering the Land (Patagonia Films)
    • Muni Bond Issuers Seek Equity, Inclusion Disclosures from Bond Issuers (Bond Buyer)
      Upcoming Events

      10/16 - World Food Day at Lo Rez Brewery (Advocates for Urban Agriculture)
      10/20 - UN Day in Chicago 2021 (United Nations Association of Chicago)
      10/20 - 22 - Decidim Fest 2021 on Democracy, Tech, and Global Justice (
      10/21 - October Networking Event: The Future of Plant-Based Eating (The Hatchery
      10/26 - Supplier Diversity Webinar  (IL B Corps)
      10/28 - People's Policy School, The Power Session (Chicago United for Equity
      10/29 - Great Lakes Carbon Collaborative Kick-Off (The Council of the Great Lakes Region)

      11/01 - Discovering Your Purpose Webinar (Be Social Change)
      11/12 - GlobalFest 2021 Fundraising gala (Chicago Fair Trade

      11/14 - How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Collaborate Better (Be Social Change)
      12/02 - Holiday Fundraiser: Good Mood Foods, Gutsy Trends (The Hatchery)

        Green your Halloween!
        Make sure your pumpkins don't end up in landfills where they contribute to methane emissions. Bring them to Pumpkin Smash 2021 at one of many Chicagoland locations to be composted! Find your location at

        Questions or comments? Reach out to our Executive Team at  

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