Urban Experiential Learning

The Chicago Climate Festival, to be held in October of 2016, is a grass-roots initiative designed to shine a spotlight on the UN COP22 climate talks, global warming in general, local environmental justice issues, and the need for cooperation among diverse populations. The festival will also help build greater awareness of the leading role that Chicago is playing in enacting the environmental principle “Think globally, act locally.”

We invite college and university partners, Chicago schools, community groups, and local residents to develop performances, exhibitions, and educational initiatives that engage and inform the Chicago community about the profound challenges and opportunities we face as a result of climate disruption.

We see environmental justice and civic identity as ongoing processes or practices, and we are committed to cultivating the habit of social awareness and community engagement. Although we plan to use some private institutional venues and resources, most events will be open and advertised to the public in the spirit of community outreach and collaboration.

Some of our Community Partners

  • DePaul University
  • Columbia College
  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Climate Cycle
  • Chicago 350
  • Environmental Graphiti
  • Marwen