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):
The Prairie State Network will discuss GREEN PROCUREMENT as a topic during the upcoming September 16 PSN meeting. One of our very own members, Scott Tess (City of Urbana) has agreed to present on his work creating Urbana’s procurement policy. Scott has graciously agreed to take the time to build slides and present on this topic. I hope you can join us as we hear from Scott and discuss ways in which concepts of sustainability can be introduced into a government procurement policy.
There will also be an update on the USDN affiliation process. All supporting documents regarding the USDN affiliation program can be found on the PSN site here.
Facilitator: Laura Oakleaf, Cook County
Below are the supporting documents and internal PSN presentations concerning the USDN Regional Affiliate Program.
Download PSN_USDN_Affiliation Review - Internal PSN presentation about affiliation
Download USDN Regional Networks Partnership Pilot Program - Detailed information about affiliate program that was written by USDN
Download USDN Partner Network Scope - High-level summary of: (1) the services PSN will receive from USDN and (2) expectations from USDN on the tasks that PSN will perform while in affiliate program
Download USDN Workbooks - Examples of the USDN workbooks that PSN will work through over the course of the next 12 months to help PSN mature and evolve.
Download PSN LetterofIntent USDN Regional Networks Pilot Program 9.15.15 - Letter of Intent submitted to USDN that shows PSN is committing to the Partner Level along with some other basic information requested by USDN.
Download RN Welcome Letter Prairie State 093015 - Welcome letter from USDN accepting PSN into their affiliation program. Includes background information on affiliation program and what support USDN will provide to PSN.
This month, the Prairie State Network will have an important discussion regarding the future direction of the network. PSN has an opportunity to join the USDN Regional Network Affiliation Program. During this meeting we will have a presentation that reviews not just the benefits of affiliation with USDN, but also what commitments PSN will have to make and how the network would change if affiliation takes place.
Catherine Hurley and Dan Hughes will present this information to the network based on recent presentations and discussions with USDN staff. Q&A and an open discussion will follow the presentation.
I encourage all network members to attend the call as the network must decide on affiliation by mid-September.
Facilitator: Catherine Hurley, City of Evanston
USDN Regional Affiliation Program information:
New Member information: