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COVID-19: Times are tough, but our communities are tougher. Learn more about how you and your neighbors can play a part in tackling community challenges.

The  Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) connects community leaders to collaborate and build a stronger collective voice for sustainable communities in Chicago. The network is part of the accelerate77 program, facilitated by The Institute of Cultural Affairs.

The campaigns below are collaborations among three or more CSLN members participating in a pilot crowdfunding partnership with ioby to receive training and support. They forward the network's vision of holistic community sustainability: inclusive and just communities of civically engaged residents working together to address social disparities and promote environmental health, human well-being, and community vitality for present and future generations.

  • We Keep you Rollin'

    Our community services will help keep "your" bike wheels rolling, from neighborhood to neighborhood,

    as we strive to live healthier lifestyles.

    NEEDS: $0 of 399 + Volunteers
  • Chicago Demonstration Gardens

    We're promoting the use of easy-care flowerbeds, wildflowers, and edible landscapes by creating demonstration gardens, including participation by community volunteers and job reentry training programs.

    NEEDS: $0 of 944 + Volunteers
  • Rides to Transform Communities

    We'll ride bicycles to build community and shift perceptions of local sustainability efforts in a series of 4 rides in 4 Chicago communities during the month of September.

    NEEDS: $0 of 910 + Volunteers
  • Home Sharing for Happier Living

    Interested in home sharing but where and with whom? At facilitated community gatherings, you will meet others wondering the same thing. Licensed professionals will help you to evaluate your housing options wisely.

    NEEDS: $0 of 1,279 + Volunteers