Closed Loop Forum & Fest Hosted by Plant Chicago this Saturday, July 28

Plant Chicagoʼs Closed Loop Forum & Fest 2018 is focused on cultivating local circular economies.

The Forum 9 am – 1 pm

Ideas on neighborhood production, consumption, and waste will be shared by local thinkers and organizations. Collaborate with neighborhood businesses and innovators within urban agriculture and sustainability.

9:30Waste and Opportunity
Moderated Introduction by John Mulrow
Dominic Brose, MWRD (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District)
– Shantanu Pai, ISTC (Illinois SustainabilityTechnology Center)
Mary Beth Schaye, Collective Resource

10:45 Production and Education
Moderated Introduction by Monica Eng
Susan Buchanan, PEHSU
Mollie Dowling, OAI
– Alex Enarson, Bubbly Dynamics
Jose Oliva, Food Chain Workers Alliance

12:00 Community and Consumption
Moderated Introduction by Emily
– Ratih Sutrisno, NASCO (North American Students of Cooperation)
Antonio Lopez, LVEJO (Little Village Environmental Justice Organization)
– Jahmal Cole, Keynote, My Block My Hood My City

Breakfast will be provided, $10 suggested donation for entry. Purchase your Forum tickets in advance and receive a free drink ticket (Whiner Beer or non-alcoholic option) for The Fest!

Poster Session 1-3 pm

The poster session will highlight some of the circular economy research happening at The Plant, local universities, and within Back of the Yards businesses and schools. This portion of the event is free and open to the public.

The Fest 1-7 pm

The fest is a place to learn new DIY skills and share resources while enjoying music and food from all around Chicago. General admission is $15. Children 12 and under enter free of charge. $5 discount offered for Back of the Yards/New City residents (60609 zip) email Kassie at for promo code.

Matthew Skoller Duo
Yuri Lane
Love Joy
DJ’s from After School Matters
Fox and Hounds
… and more to come!

Whiner Beer Company will be providing local brews for $5 and our friends from Top Note Tonics and Apologue Liquors will be whipping up cocktails for 21+ attendees.

Follow this event on Facebook for updates. Detailed event schedule coming soon. Email with any questions.

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1 Response to Closed Loop Forum & Fest Hosted by Plant Chicago this Saturday, July 28

  1. Melanie Blume says:

    Id love to check this out before the baby shower…


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