Category: Bronzeville

Smart Grids, Microgrids and Batteries

Smart Grids, Microgrids and Batteries
Smart grid conference began with the tour of S and C electric.  I wanted to catch the sponsored bus tour to S and C electric as a first stop. This is a home grown business in operation for 125 years. S & C has a great model of a microgrid on display complete with light... Read more »

“B” in IBEW Does Not Mean Black For Future Energy Jobs Act

“B” in IBEW Does Not Mean Black For Future Energy Jobs Act
I never considered my self an angry black woman but I may have to don a baseball cap with ABW!!! emblazoned on it. I’ve marched. I’ve protested starting way back with the Viet Nam war and Earth Day. On the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. M.L. King, Jr. I quietly hoped somethings had... Read more »

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?

Have You Ever Felt Like You’ve Been Threatened? Or is the Bronzeville Microgrid that Serious?
I never thought that would be a question that I would have. Threatened? OK, the grammar school bully might have been pretty scary and maybe you had a run in with some ruffian who wanted to snatch your cell phone. That’s being a kid and later that’s living in the city but this is different. ... Read more »
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David and Goliath in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed

David  and Goliath  in Bronzeville or BUD v Com Ed
Full disclosure- The author of this blog is a founding member of the not for profit discussed herein. There is a teeny-tiny grassroots not for profit in Chicago specifically dedicated to economic and sustainable education and development in the Bronzeville community. This is the “David” of the story. On the opposing team is “Goliath” or... Read more »

More Brains Needed to Promote Healthy Earth/Focus on STEAM Education

More Brains  Needed to Promote Healthy Earth/Focus on STEAM Education
A few years ago I was inspired to write a blog. I was full steam ahead about sustainability. I had completed a course with V.P. Al Gore and couldn’t wait to share how “green” needed to be in my community of Bronzeville. I knew climate change was real. This past week Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee... Read more »

Trump Invaded my Morning

Trump Invaded my Morning
This morning I was watching the snow fall out side our windows and sipping an espresso that my husband brewed for us. It was a nice start to the day. I was avoiding Facebook and wasn’t  too sure I was going to read emails, at least not until after football. Then Trump invaded my morning.... Read more »
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Where the Sun Don't Shine part 1 Illinois Solar

This past week I attended the Solar Power /PV Conference in Chicago. Anything but boring and for multiple reasons. Let’s start with the fact that the show started on November 9th. Anyone remember what happened on November 8th? Every panel was prepared to put solar in the ring with Trump. Oddly solar stood up pretty... Read more »

Little Black Pearl School of the Arts at Dyett High School Site

Little Black Pearl School of the Arts at Dyett High School Site
South siders have been exceedingly proud of Little Black Pearl and founder, Monica Haslip for 18 years. Monica started the school out of her own home on Drexel Avenue. Through hard work and an abiding love for the children of our community, to quote Monica, No gift is as precious as the potential of a... Read more »

Mariano’s Market and Chicago Politics

I attended a meeting yesterday at the CHA offices. The heads-up went out by email from several quarters of the community late in the afternoon prior to the meeting. The topic that drew so many of us to 60 East Van Buren was the proposed Mariano’s Market on the old Ida B. Wells housing site... Read more »
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And They’re Off.. The Race to the Obama Library

In case you missed the announcement, The Barack Obama Foundation has released the request for qualifications to build the library memorializing our first black president. Competition is fierce. Hawaii is claiming their native son.  Sorry dunkoffs, Kenya is not under consideration.  Colombia University in New York would like to snag the bid to honor one... Read more »