There will be no monthly conference call in August 2016.
Our monthly calls will resume with the September 21st call at 3:00 pm - topic/speaker TBD.
Our next monthly conference call will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at 3:00 pm.
The July call will cover the final USDN workbook chapter - Annual Work Plan Development Guide.
Please review the meeting materials below prior to the call, focusing on the questions on page 2 in the Annual Work Plan Development Guide.
Our next conference call will be on Wednesday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm (instead of June 15th, as originally planned).
The call will focus on the next topic in the USDN workbook: Membership Guidelines, and will also feature a short presentation on the Greenest Region Compact 2, from guest speaker Edith Makra from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.
Our next conference call will be on April 20th at 3:00 pm.
This call will focus on the next topic in the USDN workbook: Annual Meeting Planning Guide. There will be no guest speaker or additional topic for this call.
Please think about the questions below prior to the meeting.
Worksheet 4 Questions – Annual Meeting Planning
This month, the Prairie State Network is pleased to have guest speaker Michael Steinhoff from ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA.
Mike is the Program Director for Tools and Technical Innovation at ICLEI and will be discussing the Compact of Mayors. The Compact is the world’s largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change by pledging to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, tracking their progress and preparing for the impacts of climate change. Michael will share greater detail on what the Compact is, who the partners are, what it asks of cities and why they should join. He’ll also briefly describe the two available reporting platforms for the Compact, CDP and Carbonn, as well as share how ICLEI’s greenhouse gas inventory tool, ClearPath, works with Carbonn to support city reporting for the Compact.
Laura Oakleaf, Cook County
This month, the Prairie State Network will focus on the third exercise for the USDN Regional Network Partnership Program - Communications. If possible, please review the materials prior to the meeting.
We will also have a summary of the Powering Safe Communities Grant Program from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, and a guest speaker from the National Safety Council.
Scott Tess, City of Urbana
This month, the Prairie State Network will focus on the first two exercises for the USDN Regional Network Partnership Program: 1) Purpose & Vision, and 2) Governance & Leadership.
In lieu of a full presentation, there will also be a Q & A Session for the Leading STAR Community Indicators project.
KC Doyle, Lake County
In order for this conference call to be effective, please review all of these materials BEFORE the call.
This month the Prairie State Network will focus on planning PSN activities for the upcoming year.
Instead of a guest speaker discussing a sustainability topic, this meeting will be a member-driven discussion on the desired topics, speakers and activities that the network should prioritize during 2016. This meeting will include discussion and planning around the USDN affiliation program along with more traditional topics like monthly meeting topics and the annual in-person meeting.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, please email me your ideas and thoughts on what PSN should prioritize over the next year. Otherwise, I hope to speak with the rest of you soon concerning the network’s future!
Meeting Facilitator: Cecilia Govrik, Kane County
The Prairie State Network will discuss GREEN FLEET MANAGEMENT as a topic during the upcoming October 21 PSN meeting. We will be joined by Samantha Binghman, Environmental Policy Analyst at CDOT and is the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Coordinator for the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.
In her role as Clean Cities coordinator, Sam encourages local fleets to use alternative fuels, alternative fuel vehicles as well as clean vehicle technologies to reduce petroleum dependence and improve air quality. During her 9 year tenure at the City, Sam has obtained over $50 million in grant funding for green fleet incentive programs in the Chicago region.
There will also be an update on the USDN affiliation program. All supporting documents, including the Welcome letter, regarding the USDN affiliation program can be found on the PSN site here.
Facilitator: KC Doyle, Lake County
Kane County Green Fleet Seminar information (July 2015):