Blacks In Green Meeting

Monday, February 22, 2010 · 7:00 PM

Lets think BIG and get GREEN

Founded by Naomi Davis, BIG is a Chicago-based organization to facilitate African Americans linking, leveraging, and leading in the emerging green economy.

Davis is a key player in the Chicago/Calumet Underground Railroad Effort, which seeks to transform the Jon Ton family farm in the Southside neighborhood of Riverdale into a cultural and eco-tourism destination. The organization is lobbying the city to redevelop the former Underground Railroad stop with a museum, a theatre, retail, dining and lodging.

Davis is also working with a local homeowners’ association in Riverdale. They envision local food production, job training in environmental remediation, canoe rentals and aquaculture in the lakes of the long-neglected Beaubien Woods forest preserve — all perhaps nurtured by a green TIF district.

BIG is also responsible for the new “Green Hubs in the Hood” initiative. Kennedy King College in Englewood and Our Lady of the Gardens school in Riverdale will function as the first “hubs,” neighborhood epicenters for environmental education and job training.

Where & When
Date/time: Monday, February 22, 2010 7:00 PM
Location: Backstory Cafe
6100 S. Blackstone
Chicago IL 60637