POPS (privately-owned public spaces) are spaces that, in exchange for zoning concessions, are available for public use, but owned and managed by private property owners. In other words, real estate developers can build bigger buildings if they allot some of that space for plazas, atriums, small parks, etc. However, cities have had to be vigilant… Continue reading POPS
During the month of January, I learned a lot about recycling in Chicago. I first learned about recycling Christmas trees, the theme of my January Post. Then I attended an Environmental Chicago Industry event where the theme was… recycling! Two individuals who work for Independent Recycling Services, a privately-owned waste and recycling company, came to… Continue reading More on the World of Recycling
While visiting California for the holidays, I noticed some eager folks kicking their tree to the burb December 26th. In the Sacramento neighborhood that my mom and step dad have lived in for the past few years, I’ve always known you can leave your Christmas tree (I absolutely want to be culturally sensitive, but do… Continue reading Chicago Turns Christmas Trees into Mulch
When I was asked by a colleague to check out what phone applications existed for Great Lakes issues, I wasn’t sure what I would find. After some research, I am pleased to report that there are a lot of folks in the region who have come up with some really useful apps around these issues.… Continue reading Great Lakes Apps
This month I began an internship with the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC). I had the pleasure of working with them through a course at the Harris School of Public Policy while at the University of Chicago, last winter. My team and I were tasked with proposing three governance and finance models that could successfully implement… Continue reading Our Great Rivers
Water is often on a Californian’s mind. Californians know to turn off the tap while brushing their teeth, let their lawns go brown, and (the diehards) even flush every other time they pee. Since the move to Chicago, I have come to find that this water consciousness is a part of who I am, as… Continue reading Water
I have been volunteering a great deal this summer, as I search for a new career. Twice now, I have had the pleasure of volunteering with The Nature Conservancy/Chicago Park District/Cook County Forest Preserve. Each time I have sighted some amazing wildlife, right in the middle of Chicago!