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The Searle Funds of The Chicago Community Trust Renews Funding for Green Healthy Neighborhoods in Action Initiative

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Searle Funds of The Chicago Community Trust Renews Funding for

Green Healthy Neighborhoods in Action Initiative

CHICAGO (July 2015) - The Searle Funds of The Chicago Community Trust has provided a second year of funding for the South East Chicago Commission’s Green Healthy Neighborhoods in Action (GHNA) initiative. This program works to implement the City of Chicago’s Green Healthy Neighborhood (GHN) Land Use Plan at the neighborhood level in the Woodlawn and Washington Park neighborhoods.

 “The Chicago Community Trust is investing in plans and policies that will guide decision-making and investments for years to come. Woodlawn and Washington Park are two of the priority areas of the Green Healthy Neighborhoods (GHN) strategy, which is intended to target public and private resources in the most efficient and effective way.” said Wendy Walker Williams, SECC Executive Director.

With the first round of funding, SECC hosted sustainability educational workshops, fostered relationship-building with ‘expert’ resources, and distributed over 1,000 “Actions You Can Do for a Green Healthy Neighborhood” toolkit magnet. The new grant will allow SECC to conduct the following activities:

>Energy Efficiency Workshops and Assessments for Businesses: In partnership with the Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program, the SECC will offer free workshops and free energy efficiency assessments to businesses in Woodlawn and Washington Park communities. Business that complete an assessment and apply for additional assistance may receive small reimbursable upgrade grants.

>GHNA Advisory Council: In partnership with other sustainability organizations in the region, GHNA will form an Advisory Council that will meet quarterly meetings to create partnerships and projects that have direct effect on target business corridors and engage the community.

>Rain Garden Demonstration Project: The rain garden demonstration project will implement one of the recommendations, storm water management/green infrastructure, made in the GHN Land Use Plan. Rain garden workshops will be held on site at the garden.

Please contact the South East Chicago Commission at 773-324-6926 or via email at to learn more about the GHNA Initiative.