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Leading a New Age of Sustainable Action

October 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Registration will remain open until the start of programming on Thursday. If registering anytime Thursday, please pay online and show your registration at the door. Cash accepted, no cc.

The ILASLA chapter invites you to Leading a New Age of Sustainable Action. In this talk, we’ll explore both inaction and action in four parts-hearing multi-disciplinary perspectives of some present needs affecting the Midwest region and how we can address those needs in a way that equitably manages its social, environmental, and financial capital while ensuring adequate resources are available for future generations.

Who Should Attend: Everyone is Welcome!

Where: In-Person at Jay Pritzker Pavilion Stage, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Ben Helphand, Executive Director, Neighbor Space
Stephanie Skora, Associate Executive Director, Brave Space Alliance (BSA)
Nué, Poet
Sarah White, ASLA, Lakefront Planning Coordinator, Chicago Park District and Camille Applewhite, ASLA, Project Manager at site assigned to the CDOT Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program

Special Event: Ink Factory, will be recording the event with visual notes, live! Learn More!

LA CES:  1.5 Pending

Cost: $20 Members and Non-members | $10 Students

Served: Snack Boxes, Soft Drinks, and Water 




COVID-19 Protocol: To keep our community healthy and safe, we will require proof of full vaccination status or proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event for all attendees, vendors, and volunteers for this event. You will need to show that you had the full dose as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer and it has been at least 14 days since your last shot. Masks will also be required inside the event space. Masks may be removed while eating or drinking (pending any CDC guideline changes). You will need to share your proof of vaccination with us at the registration desk. We will offer a refund to anyone who is exhibiting symptoms or has a positive test 14 days before the event, as you will not be permitted to attend. Ticket holders may request a full refund up until October 7, 2021, @ 11:59 p.m. Following that date, requests may be partially granted or denied. Mask required per Chicago’s indoor mask mandate.


Our Speakers

Ben Helphand, Executive Director of NeighborSpace
Pronouns: he/him

Ben Helphand has a more than 20-year career focusing on mechanisms for communities to have a direct hand in the creation and stewardship of the built environment. Helphand is the Executive Director of NeighborSpace, a nonprofit urban land trust dedicated to preserving and sustaining community-managed open spaces in Chicago. NeighborSpace shoulders the responsibility of property ownership for a network of flower, vegetable, and prairie gardens across the City, so that community groups can focus on gardening and community building. Helphand came to the organization in 2007 and has grown it from 52 to 125 protected community spaces. Helphand is also the co-founder and president of the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail (FBT). Helphand has also served as a board member of the Active Transportation Alliance, the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee, in 2012 was awarded a Chicago Community Trust Emerging Leader Fellowship, and was part of Next City’s 2018 Vanguard class. In 2019 Helphand was Appointed to the Board of the Chicago Community Land Trust.


Stephanie Skora, COO, Brave Space Alliance (BSA)
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Stephanie Skora is a writer, educator, speaker, organizer, and non-profiteer based in Chicago, Illinois. She lives as a femme lesbian, trans woman, and working-class anti-Zionist Ashkenazi Jew, and mobilizes her identities to work in solidarity with Palestinians, to queer Jewish spaces, and to fight for justice and liberation for all trans people. Stephanie is currently the Associate Executive Director of Brave Space Alliance, serves as Board President for the Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, and is the author of the “Girl, I Guess” Progressive Voter Guide. When not working or organizing, Stephanie can be found enjoying the pleasures of life for a Virgo: food, love, and being right.


Nué, Poet
Pronouns: they/them

Nué is a poet that was given to us from the hoods of the far south of Chicago. They have been deemed the Louder Than A Bomb indy winner for the year of 2020 and currently is the 2020-2021 Youth poet Laureate. Their work has been showcased for a number of events and organizations, including but not limited to Pitchfork Music Festival, Nike, BBC, The Aids Foundation & The Poetry Foundation. They are currently finishing their debut collection of work with Haymarket Books, soon to release their first chapbook.


Camille Applewhite, ASLA, Consultant to Chicago Department of Transportation’s Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program
Pronouns: she/her/hers

With roughly nine years of professional experience, Camille has worked in planning offices as well as private landscape architecture firms and multidisciplinary firms. As the co-founder of BlackSpace Chicago and chair of the ILASLA Service committee, she enjoys spending her time collaborating and advocating. Camille currently serves as a project manager to the livable streets program as a consultant to the Chicago department of transportation.


Sarah White, ASLA, Chicago Park District as Lakefront Planning Coordinator
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah White is a landscape architect and an urban planner. Since she was a child growing up in suburban Minneapolis, she has felt a keen connection with “place,” and when in college she realized there was a whole profession that dealt with genius loci she was hooked. Since then she’s spent time building a career as a planner and landscape architect in Chicago (a city with genius loci to spare!). Sarah has a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (go Badgers!) and a MUPP from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her professional landscape architecture license in 2013 and has been a certified planner since 2012. Sarah currently works at the Chicago Park District as Lakefront Planning Coordinator, is mom to a super toddler, and is thriving on the excitement of living in and working to improve a city she loves.


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October 21
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago,IL60601United States
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