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UHC Lecture Series 2009 10) Notes towards the Definition of an Urban Ecology

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 · 7:00 PM

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Lecturer: David Thompson, Integrated Sustainability Solutions
Date/time: Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00pm
Location: Lincoln Park Branch of the Chicago Public Library
1150 W. Fullerton Avenue, 60614 (map)

Lecture summary

A presentation on the Chicago Center for Urban Ecology, by its multi-talented executive director, David M. Thompson.

This new ecological center project introduces residents of underserved communities to environmental science, sustainable practices, and the green economy, in addition to providing locally-farmed fresh produce. Conceived of as a portal to environmental education and activities, rather than as a simple point of production, the center enlarges the scope of the urban farm, in order to achieve the broadest possible social and economic benefits.

Multiple organizations with expertise in cultivation, distribution, consumption, and waste recovery have come together to contribute to the establishment of the Center for Urban Ecology. In addition, however, to providing new food-system infrastructure in communities such as Woodlawn, Washington Park, and Englewood, the center also provides opportunities for area residents to develop saleable skills, from constructing computer models to project management.

Archeworks, WeFarm America, Purple Asparagus, and the University of chicago have all partenered to provide support for the Chicago Center in it’s early years. We hope that you, too, will support this amazing project by attending Wednesday’s presentation!

Speaker biography

David M. Thompson is currently the Executive Director of the Chicago Center for Urban Ecology. Previously, he was Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law.
From 2004 to 2007, David was Associate Dean for Planning & Programs in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago, in which capacity he supervised communications, arts programming, facilities, community partnerships, and capital projects.

David also worked as Associate Director of Gift Planning in the University of Chicago, and as an associate attorney with the firm of Sachnoff & Weaver. After completing his master’s degree at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship, David completed his Ph.D. in comparative literature at the University of Chicago and his J.D. at Northwestern University.

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