WBEZ | accelerate 77 http://www.wbez.org/tags/accelerate-77 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mapping Chicago's green groups http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/mapping-chicagos-green-groups-106125 <p><p>Chicago has no shortage of &ldquo;green&rdquo; organizations and advocates, but sometimes it can be difficult to see the forest from the trees. Since January 2011 a group called Accelerate 77 has worked to catalogue and connect the city&rsquo;s community gardeners, environmental justice groups, energy efficiency entrepreneurs and environmental initiatives of all stripes throughout Chicago&rsquo;s 77 designated community areas.</p><p>What can the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html/">Bridgeport farmers market</a> learn from Roseland&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.dcpchicago.org/">Developing Communities Project</a>? That&rsquo;s up to them to decide, but a crowd-sourced effort to map hundreds of neighborhood programs should help them connect.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/accelerate-77-map-screenshot.jpg" title="A screenshot of Accelerate 77's interactive map. Click through to explore. (Courtesy Acclerate77.net and Google Maps)" /></div><p>The group is currently holding meetings across the city, soliciting ideas from environmental organizations for ways to help the many disparate groups work together. A West Side meeting at Garfield Park Conservatory Thursday counted among its attendees West Garfield Park community gardeners, 29<sup>th</sup> Ward Ald. Deborah Graham and educators from <a href="http://ccaacademy.org">CCA Academy</a>.</p><p>The next meeting is Sunday March 17 at Morgan Park Seventh Day Adventist Church (Morgan Park Farms) at 1543 W. 110th St., from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.</p><p>They are planning follow up meetings on the North and Southwest sides for April. <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RSawz_0Jj3W-p18uGviFhyVvGina4PeOCCsYA4nPF4M/viewform">RSVP here</a>. Accelerate 77 is sponsored by the nonprofit <a href="http://www.ica-usa.org/">Institute of Cultural Affairs</a>.</p><p>View the map here: http://accelerate77.net/map/view-the-map</p></p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-03/mapping-chicagos-green-groups-106125