ECCo Trains Community Organizations to Link Energy Efficiency to Climate Action
A Roseland resident displays collard greens growing in his organic garden. Photo: Lori Baptista
ECCo collaborated with three Energy Action Network sites in Roseland to help them work with their communities both to identify what “green” means to residents and to become demonstration sites for climate action. The demonstration sites highlight green office practices and nature-based climate programs. The Roseland sites particularly focus on urban gardening as a strategy for addressing quality of life issues in the community, including intergenerational relationships, healthy eating, job opportunities for young people, and strengthening connections between residents and nature. ECCo featured this work in our sixth rapid inventory for the Chicago Department of Environment to engage Chicago communities in the Chicago Climate Action Plan.