Busy, Busy, Busy…

Its been a very busy couple of weeks for SETF. We started things off by co-hosting the Environmental Justice forum at the Zone on Sept. 21st. The Environmental Justice forum was born from the collaboration of SETF, the Sierra Club, the 10th Ward Community Service organization and People for Community Recovery, and was attended by well over 160. It featured a panel of speakers including Kim Wasserman of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), Peggy Salazar of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, Cheryl Johnson of the People for Community Recovery, and Victoria Persky, an Epidemiologist with the University of Illinois. The forum was just the first in a series of community outreach activities the Environmental Justice Alliance of Greater Southeast Chicago has planned to help initiate and foster a green economy on Chicago’s Southside.

Vounteers Kevin Kuhn and John Pastirik

Kim Wasserman from LVEJO

Becki Clayborn of the Sierra Club with Cheryl Johnson of People for Community Recovery

Karen Roothan of Tress R Beautiful

David Holberg of the Calumet Area Industrial Commmission with Peggy Salazar of the Southeast Environmental Task Force

Map of Existing Local Industry

Robert instructing participate on how to interact with data gather program.

Audience listens to presenters.

Victoria Persky, M.D. with University of Illinois

On Sept. 24th, SETF held its annual Fall Fundraiser at the Green Olive; a great time was had by everyone in attendance. SETF thanks the Green Olive staff for being such gracious hosts. We look forward to having more events there soon, events like our upcoming Enviro-holics fundraiser in November. SETF would also like to extend a very special thank you to Friends of the Parks, the City of Chicago Dept of Environment, and the Field Museum for their generous donations of gifts for our door prizes and raffles. Congratulations go out to SETF members and friends: the Earnshaws who won a “Behind the Scenes Tour of the Field Museum”, Natalie Salazar winner of the rain barrel, and Preston Medrano, winner of our Wine Basket. And to everyone else for taking home some great prizes from our raffles.

Things are going to remain busy  as SETF and Friends of the Park are hosting the Bike the Calumet event planned for Oct. 16th (see side panel).