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March/April 2024:  Celebrating Women’s History & Earth Month  + In-person Events April 20 & 24!

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Spring into Action!

We trust you're basking in the sunshine, whether it's amidst the vibrant energy of Chicago or on a tranquil spring break getaway. As March heralds Women’s History Month and April dawns upon us with Earth Month, we're reminded of the significance of these occasions. Yet, against the backdrop of the warmest February on record, attributed to Climate Change, we confront the undeniable challenges our planet faces. Delve deeper below on some ways to address these issues, highlighted by TWO NIC in-person events that beckon your participation.


Join Net Impact Chicago volunteers and Friends of the Parks on the morning of Saturday April 20, 9am - 12pm  CT, for a fun outdoor park clean-up effort and coffee chat afterwards!

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What:  Park Clean-up as part of Earth Week/ Day efforts by Friends of the Parks and the Chicago Park District

When: Saturday, April 20, from 9am -12 pm Central Time.  Rain or Shine!

Where:  Joseph Higgins SMITH Park, West Town area of Chicago, IL,  60612.  The park's nominal address is 2526 W. Grand Avenue, but volunteers are to meet at park's Northeast corner, at Huron and Campbell streets at 9 AM).  This park is in the West Side and near Grand (65) and Western (49) bus routes and the Western Metra station.  Parking may be available.  More  location info here.

Upon site arrival, look for the Net Impact Volunteer with a blue Net Impact logo button and/or green bag.  For general questions, please contact Site Volunteer Captain Fiona Montie via .

Cost:  No Cost. Bring your own bag and work gloves if you do not RSVP by the deadline.  Dress appropriately for the task and weather.  Coffee afterwards is on your own.

RSVP here at this link: . And as a courtesy, please also let us know at this Google form as well.  The Chicago Park District volunteer waiver form is here.

If you bring a friend or family member, be sure to include them in the RSVP total.  Afterwards, join the crew for an optional informal chat at nearby Star Lounge Coffee, 2521 W. Chicago Ave, 60622, roughly at Noon.

Join Net Impact Chicago and Chicago Climate Connect on Wed. 04/24 for a panel and networking about Transforming our Food System!

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Date: Wednesday, April 24th
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm CT
Location: mHUB | 1623 W Fulton St., Chicago IL 60612 
(free parking on location)
Net Impact Chicago is co-hosting a panel and networking event for climate and social impact professionals in Chicago. The theme: Transforming our Food Systems for a Sustainable Future. We’ll be featuring local Chicago thought leaders and entrepreneurs. Beverages to be provided. Register here – hope to see you there!


Housing as a Human Right:  Building Alternative Futures
Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (CST)

Join UIC's Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the National Public Housing Museum to explore how people are building collective futures by reimagining the value of housing not as a commodity for individual profit but as a collective right to struggle for. Panelists Are:  Mary Pattillo (Northwestern Univ.); ShaDawn “Boobie” Battle (NPHM); Karen Leon (Pilsen Housing Coop); Ernst Valery (EVI Corp) and Moderator Lisa Lee (NPHM)
Event Cost:  Free!  
Location:  Hybrid event - attend Online or In-person at UIC Law School, Room 1210 (300 S. State St., Chicago)
Details and RSVP:  here

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  • Commentary: Chicago in a position to claim a new title: 'City of solutions' (
  • A major investment in hydrogen energy — and the Midwest — is met with hope and concern (Chicago Tribune)
  • Great Lakes Water Innovation is awarded up to $160 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant (Great Lakes RENEW)
  • Biodiversity data, AI combine into one financially lucrative sector: Nature tech (GreenBiz)
  • See this Map where some of your favorite brands may contribute to deforestation (Ethical Markets/ Fast Company)


An exclusive curated event list in date order.  Free and In-Person unless denoted otherwise as a webinar or online or virtual.  If payment is required, noted by “$$”.  Event type codes:  BIZ = Business/Career; CIV = Civic/Activism; CUL = Cultural/Arts; EDU = Education/Learning; SOC = Social/Entertainment .
Inclusion in this list does not always imply endorsement.  More info at the respective links, which are subject to change after publishing.  Please observe any applicable health and safety precautions.

---- MARCH 2024 ----

March is Women's History Month and 8th is International Women's Day
One Earth Film Fest begins and proceeds thru April: More information here.

Wed. 03/27
 - BIZ - PACE Capital panel [  Chicago Women in Digital Health ] @ W. Town.  RSVP
 - CIV - Tufts U Webinar [ How Local Governments Can Work with Grassroots Initiatives for Sustainability Transitions ] RSVP
 - CIV - NwU Policy talk [ Dr. Alondra Nelson on AI and society ] @ Evanston, IL | RSVP
 - CIV - UChicago hybrid talk [ Recoding America Book Talk with Democracy Fellow Jennifer Pahlka ] @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP
 - CIV  - League of Women Voters Dinner & Movie [ "Irresistible" ]  @ Wrigleyville.  RSVP $$

Thu. 03/28
 - BIZ - UChicago talk [ John Rogers of Ariel Capital Mgt. on Elevating the Black Community in Chicago] @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP
 - BIZ - ACP Webinar [ Women in Clean Power ]  RSVP
 - CIV - UChicago  talk [ Lessons from N. Ireland Conflict & Peace] @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP

Fri. 03/29
 - CIV - National Equity Atlas Fellows 2024 webinar.  RSVP
 - EDU - NwU Law hybrid Symposium [ Animal Welfare and Climate Change: Intersections and Parallels Symposium] @ Downtown.  RSVP
 - CIV - UIC film screening [ Women, Militarism, Migration, and Labor ] @ W. Loop.  RSVP

Sat. 03/30
- SOC - Chicago Market Co-op Fair Trade Tour/Tasting @ Uptown.  RSVP

---- APRIL 2024 ----

April is Earth Month.  One Earth Film Fest begins and proceeds thru April:

Thursdays in April:  DePaul U hosts free webinars [  Women in Entrepreneurial Leadership Workshop Series ]  Details and RSVP

Tue. 04/02
 - BIZ - Realized Worth webinar [ Power of Storytelling: Making Experiences Stick in Social Impact ]  RSVP
 - CIV - 1871 WMNtech Voices panel hybrid talk:  Women Leaders in Chicago @ River North.  RSVP
04/03 - 05
- CIV - Hybrid MidWest Climate Collaborative Summit @ Indianapolis, IN.  RSVP $$
Wed. 04/03
 - BIZ - UAz / As You Sow Livestream Debate [  ESG Now and in the Future: Is There Common Ground? ]
- CIV - Ashoka Fellows webinar [ Participatory Cities ] RSVP
- CIV - Hybrid UIC Law Talk [ Housing as a Human Right:  Building Alternative Futures ] @ Loop.  RSVP
Thu. 04/04
- CIV - BGA/ AWM Talk/Reception [ Ink + Impact: A Celebration of Journalism] @ Downtown.  RSVP
Fri. 04/05
 - CIV - UChicago Neubauer Collegium talks on Planning and Democracy @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP     [also 04/12 + 04/19]
 - CIV - Volunteer w/Redemptive Plastics to creatively reuse @ W. Side.  RSVP
Sat. 04/06
 - EDU -Scholars of Finance [ Chicago Symposium 2024 - Managing the Risks of Innovation]  RSVP
 - CIV - Faith in Place screening/reception [ Gaining Ground: The Fight for Black Land and Farmers ]@ Hyde Pk.  RSVP
Tue. 04/09 - BIZ - SPLC webinar [ Collective Healthcare Action to Reduce MedTech Emissions collaborative (“CHARME”) ] RSVP

Wed. 04/10
 - BIZ - IL Green Alliance Women in Green Building Luncheon @ River North.  RSVP $$
 - BIZ - NwU Kellogg Climate Conference 2024 @ Evanston, IL.  RSVP $$: 
 - BIZ - CAIA talk [ The Rise of the Total Portfolio Approach ] @ Loop.  RSVP
 - CIV - Housing Justice Symposium @ Rockford, IL.  RSVP
 - CIV - UIC Urban Conference 2024 @ W. Loop.  RSVP

Thu. 04/11
 - CIV - UChicago Symposium [ Documenting Persecution and Trauma: Advancing Asylum and Human Rights etc ] RSVP
 - CIV - Politico Webinar [  Climate Change and Global Health ]  RSVP
 - BIZ - CCLF talk [ Support LGBTQ+ Chicagoans through Equitable Local Investment ] @ Loop.  RSVP
 - BIZ - Chicago Innovation panel [ Celebrating Women in Innovation ] @ Navy Pier.  RSVP $$
 - EDU - IIT Design hybrid talk [ Designing For A More Equitable World with Systems Thinking ] @ Bronzeville.  RSVP

Sat. 04/13
 - CIV - Chicago Humanities talks [ Climate Change, AI, etc ] @ Loop.  RSVP $$
Sun. 04/14
- SOC - Earth-a-palooza 2024 eco-friendly family fun event @ Morton Grove, IL.  RSVP
04/16 - 17
- BIZ - Phius [ Passive Building ] Alliance Policy Summit Online.  RSVP $$

04/17 - 21- One Earth Film Fest 2024 @ various locations & online.
Wed. 04/17
 - CIV - Forth Workshop [ Design and Fund Equitable Electric Transportation For Communities ] @ S. Loop.  RSVP ($$ varies)
 - CIV - NPQ Webinar [ How to Change Our Stories about the Economy ]  RSVP
Sat. 04/20
- Time: 9 am to 12 pm Friends of the Parks Earth Day Park Clean-Up, followed by an Earth Day/networking chat at Dark Matter Star, a local coffee shop. RSVP
Sun. 04/21
- CIV - City of Chicago and One Earth Film Fest Action fair and Film screening @ Loop.  RSVP
Mon. 04/22 - Official Earth Day 2024
 - BIZ - NLEN [  North Lawndale Employment Network Sustainability and Clean Energy Jobs White Paper launch ] @ N. Lawndale.  RSVP
 - CIV - UIC conference [ Reflections of Mother Earth - Teaching about Water and Life ] @ W. Side.  Details

Wed. 04/24
- Chicago Climate Connect and Net Impact Chicago Co-Hosted Event. @ W. Loop.  RSVP

Thu 04/25
 - BIZ - DePaul U 2024 Hale Sustainability Summit @ Lincoln Pk.  RSVP
 - BIZ - UChicago Rustandy Ctr. talk [ Navigating Business Ethics in a Turbulent World  ] @ Downtown.  RSVP
 - EDU - UChicago Neubauer talk [ Prof. Stuart Russell on AI in society ] @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP
Fri. 04/26
- EDU - IIT Innovation Day Spring 2024 features student team innovations @ Bronzeville.  RSVP
Tue. 04/30
- BIZ - Voltus talks [ Future of Energy ] @ Loop.  RSVP

---- MAY 2024 ----
May is Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month
Wed. 05/01
- BIZ - Chicago Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kickoff & Business Expo @ Loop.  RSVP

Thu. 05/02
 - CIV - UofC Kreisman Symposium 2024 [ Housing & Climate] @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP
 - BIZ - AIA (Architects) Social  [ Design for Aging and Housing & Community Development ] @ W. Loop.  RSVP
 - CIV - UChicago talk [ AI, Energy, Economy and the future ] @ Downtown.  RSVP

Thu. 05/09
 - CIV - 2024 Green Drives Conference & Expo - Alsip, IL.  RSVP $$
 - CIV - Illinois Climate Action Lobby Day 2024 - Buses from various Chicago Locations w/ prior RSVP
 - BIZ - UWi Webinar [ Worker Co-op Findings from the 2021 Cooperative Governance Research Initiative ]  RSVP
 - BIZ - ComNetworkChicago (communications for good) Happy Hour @ Loop.  RSVP $$
 - CIV - Chicago United for Equity (CUE) Fellowship Showcase 2024 @ W. Side.  RSVP

05/10 - 11
- EDU - UChicago Conference [ Capitalism and Its Outside: Profit, Expansion, and the Necessary Excess]  @ Hyde Pk.  RSVP
05/16 - 17
- CIV - UofIL Conference [ Equitable Transportation for All ] 2024 @ W. Loop.  RSVP
05/17 - 19
- BIZ - Roots4Change Cooperative's Latina Maternal & Child Health Conference (also in Spanish) @ Madison, WI.  RSVP $$
Tue. 05/21
- BIZ - UChicago 2024 Social New Venture Challenge (SNVC) Finals  @ Hyde Park + Online.   RSVP


Have ideas for events / programming you’d like to see from Net Impact Chicago?
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