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April / May 2022 Net Impact Chicago Newsletter:

Earth Day and #InvestInOurPlanet

Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary & Piping Plovers (image credit: Chicago Ornithological Society)

Hello to everyone from Net Impact Chicago!

Wishing everyone a happy Earth Day and also an early Asian Pacific Heritage Month for May!

EARTHDAY.ORG, the global organizer of Earth Day, announced that the theme for Earth Day 2022 will be “Invest in Our Planet.” Earth Day 2022 is focused on accelerating solutions to combat our greatest threat, climate change, and to activate everyone – governments, citizens, social sector, and businesses – to do their part. “Everyone accounted for, and everyone accountable”. 

Many faith traditions are celebrating their holidays this Spring.  We would also like to express our sympathies with the victims of war and displacement in Ukraine
 and elsewhere.  Please read on for events and articles of interest to you, our Net Impact Chicago Community. 

Saturday, April 23rd from 9am-12pm - Rain or Shine!!

Join Net Impact Chicago at Mary Bartelme Park (115 S Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607) for an Earth Day clean-up to help our Chicago Parks!  This park is in the West Loop and convenient to Public Transit

Sign Up Here

Upon site arrival, look for the Net Impact Volunteer with a blue Net Impact logo button and/or green bag.


If sign-up is closed, you are still welcome to participate, but consider bringing your own bags / gloves Can't make it to West Loop for park clean-up? Check out these other location clean-ups as well! (here

A Career of Impact: Investing in Yourself and Your Community

Join Net Impact Central on April 27th at 12pm CT for an in-depth, multi-workshop event exploring how you can create positive social impacts and support regeneration through your career, your investments, and the ways in which you network and build connections with others. You're welcome to attend just one or all sessions.

Session 1: Investing for Impact
Session 2: Social Impact Career Landscape & Workshop
Session 3: Career Networking & Connection Building

RSVP here

Net Impact Chicago is planning an outdoor-friendly Members Networking Brunch on Saturday June 4 at Noon CT at a central location TBD. This event will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other members of Net Impact Chicago!

Please indicate your preliminary interest hereWe will send additional details once finalized!

Each attendee will be responsible for purchasing their own food and drinks

Not a member yet? 
Join here.

Join One Earth Film Festival & the City of Chicago for more powerful films and discussions in a weeklong celebration of Earth Day from April 18-24. Watch top-notch films and participate in engaging conversations that will help you understand topical issues and move toward concrete actions to mitigate climate change, address environmental justice and more.

More Info & Register for Virtual Watch Parties Here

May 14th, 11am-4pm

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated by tens of thousands of people in dozens of countries each May. For fifteen years, Chicago Fair Trade has organized the largest World Fair Trade Day in the U.S.

On Saturday, May 14, Chicago Fair Trade’s member businesses, organizations and allies are hosting multiple events throughout the city to showcase how they support economic and environmental justice.

More Info Here

Open positions: 

Benefits of joining the Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team:

  • Networking: Meet and work closely with leaders in the impact space

  • Professional eminence: Influence the direction of Net Impact Chicago by getting involved in our strategic planning for 2022 and beyond

  • Resume-builder: All current leadership team members point to instances where their Net Impact work positively impacted their careers, such as transitioning to impact-focused careers

  • Global Connections:  The Net Impact Network spans six continents and hundreds of chapters. Chances are that your next opportunity may only be a few degrees of separation away! 

Apply now!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Contact our Leadership Team at with any questions!

    Surge for Water is looking for individuals to serve alongside a team of like-minded leaders to further Surge's critical mission of bringing sustainable safe water, sanitation and hygiene solutions to global communities in need.

    Please reach out or apply at:
    The application deadline is April 30th.


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

      We are currently working on our chapter planning for 2022, and would love to hear ideas and feedback from our members! Let us know at


      What We're Reading:
      • City of Chicago 2022 Climate Action Plan (link)
      • Thousands of low-income Chicagoans are drowning in water debt - WBEZ (link)
      • It’s time to comment on climate risk disclosure - GreenBiz (link)
      • Cities need to be redesigned for the climate crisis. Can they make us happy, too? - The Guardian infographic (link)
      • Climate change: IPCC scientists say it's 'now or never' to limit warming - BBC (link)
      • Impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on climate change policy - Columbia U (link)
      • A deeper dive into 24/7 carbon-free energy - Canary Media (link)
      • Greener warehouses amidst soaring demand for them? - NY Times (link)
      • To tackle inequality, start with changing Wall Street - Next City (link)
      • Learning from 2021 and signals for 2022 - Future Today Institute (link)
      What We’re Attending: Upcoming Events (RSVP required, most are FREE unless $$ indicated)
      • 04/18 - Naturally Chicago, 'Regenerative Farming and the CPG Companies Embracing It' Online (RSVP)
      • 04/19 + 26 - Chicago Impact Investing Showcase 2022 by Impact Engine Online  (RSVP)
      • 04/19 - Preserving the Value of Our Ocean by Preventing Plastic Waste Online (RSVP)
      • 04/20 - IL Green Alliance Webinar - Understanding Sustainability Credential Alphabet Soup (RSVP)
      • 04/20 - IEC webinar 'What Happened to the Chicago Department of Environment?' Online (RSVP)
      • 04/21 - 04/22 - UToronto Reach Symposium 'Resilient Together: Pathways for Sustainable Development' Online (RSVP)
      • 04/21 - Investing in Sustainability Webcast from Environment + Energy Leader Online  (RSVP)
      • 04/21 - The Century Foundation 'Economic Justice is Disability Justice' webinar Online (RSVP)
      • 04/22 - Chicago Emerging Minority Developer Initiative (CEMDI) 2022 Summit Online (RSVP)
      • 04/23 - Net Impact Chicago Park Clean-up Volunteering @ W. Loop (RSVP)
      • 04/24 - Peace Coalition webinar - 'The Ecology of War' Online (RSVP)
      • 04/25 - Illinois Tech Sustainable Systems lecture 2022 features Erika Allen @ Chicago Bronzeville or Online (RSVP)
      • 04/26 - Public Space and Climate Change talk @ Wicker Park (RSVP)
      • 04/27 - Net Impact Central Career of Impact Workshops Online (RSVP)
      • 04/28 - Council of the Great Lakes Region ‘Transitioning to Clean Energy’ Case Study (RSVP)
      • 04/28 - Nasdaq Panel: Moving Mountains with Money Online (RSVP)
      • 04/28 - United Way ARC of COVID Recovery webinar Online (RSVP)
      • 04/29 - IHMA webinar with Dr. Riane Eisler on Partnership, Online (RSVP)
      • 05/02 - AAEN Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Kickoff @ Chicago North Side (RSVP)
      • 05/12 - DWeb Collaborative webinar:  ‘Mutualism as a frame to redesign the economy’ Online (RSVP)
      • 05/12 - CHM  ‘Night of Ideas 2022:  Where are we going?’ @ Lincoln Park (RSVP)
      • 05/18 - PoliticoLive 2022 Sustainability Summit Online (RSVP)
      • 05/19 - DePaul U 2022 Purpose Pitch Presentations @ Chicago River North (RSVP)
      • 05/21 - Plant Chicago (fire)House-warming Celebration (RSVP $$) @ Chicago Southside
      • 06/01 - Mazarine Ventures webinar:  'Water challenges as data challenges?'  Online (RSVP)
      • 06/04 - Net Impact Chicago Networking Brunch in person  @ Central location (Venue, RSVP, cost $$ details TBD by mid- May, indicate preliminary interest here)

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