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Addressing Eco-Anxiety: A Living History Series in 4 Parts


The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society is pleased to announce “Addressing Your Eco-Anxiety,” a new series of lectures and tours designed to highlight creative new responses to climate change. In four programs, RPWRHS will focus on important new environmental initiatives, some taking place in our own neighborhood. Don’t just worry. Come to learn about research underway to find solutions that mitigate and/or reverse the detrimental effects of changing climatic conditions, both globally and locally.

The series will adopt the four elements of Nature as its theme: EARTH, AIR, WATER, and FIRE

Earth: New Agriculture for the 21st Century

June 13 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Free Event. Must Pre-register. Capacity Limit: 20

Presentation/Tour by Kevin Erickson, Senior Sustainable Agriculture Manager

Loyola University School of Environmental Sustainability, 6349 North Kenmore Avenue, Chicago 60660

Visit the School of Environmental Sustainability at Loyola University and learn about the latest research in Hydroponics, Regenerative Agriculture, Mycology, Cannabis, and Soil Ecology from Kevin Erickson, the program’s Senior Sustainable Agriculture Manager. Discover the role this new research plays in addressing the effects of climate change, offering new hope for a sustainable future.

Upcoming Episodes in the Series

Watch for Announcements of Dates, Times and Locations

Air: Solving Power-Grid Issues


Presentation and Tour of S & C Electric, 6601 North Ridge Boulevard

The U.S. electric grid is an interconnected system of power plants, transmission lines, and connectors established in 1926, the centerpiece of our nation’s economy. Electric power production contributes 25% of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually, and modernization and decarbonization of the power grid are critical steps to reducing damaging GHG emissions. 

We are working on a program to highlight the critical role our neighborhood’s major employer and RPWRHS Sponsor S&C Electric plays in modernizing the grid, followed with a tour of selected areas within the company’s Ridge Boulevard facility. Details to be announced ASAP.

Water: Chicago’s Local Water Issues


Speaker: Dick Lanyon, former Executive Director, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Dick Lanyon returns to RPWRHS to give us his take on Chicago’s local water challenges. Changing climate conditions have put strain on the world’s water supply, but living next to one of the world’s largest surface freshwater ecosystems, we have not been as immediately impacted as other places. Closer to home, our water issues include quality, security, and accessibility. Learn about the current state of Chicago’s water system, issues that impact our drinking water, and the research and improvements being made today to make our water system resilient to climatic change in the future.

Fire: What is the Hydrogen Economy?


Presentation by Dave Rue, Institute Engineer, GTI Energy

In October 2023 the U.S. government invested seven billion dollars in grants awarded to regional Hydrogen Hubs designed to transform and decarbonize our economy. Learn why and hydrogen as a replacement for fossil fuels in industrial and agriculture applications can significantly reduce 33% our annual GHG Emissions from an expert in industrial efficiency and emissions research.