Green Exchange Gets it Right
Published: May 11, 2012
The next time someone asks what exactly LISC Chicago does, one good way to explain would be telling the story of the Green Exchange.
Oh sure, you could say LISC is an “intermediary” between funders and community developers. Or that it fosters the comprehensive recovery of challenged neighborhoods so they can reconnect to the metro region’s economic mainstream.
All true enough.
Our fourth Worklocal.org Networking Event was Thursday night at Green Exchange, and we had our biggest turnout ever. Over 100 people showed up to the event, far exceeding our expectation. The event was hosted at the airy, softly-lit Greenhouse Loft and beverages and a light buffet was catered by Goose Island Brewing. Job seekers networked with employers at Rainforest Learning Center (recipient of its first micro-loan for $100,000 through LEED Council’s federally funded small business micro-loan program), GreenChoice Bank, Coyote Logistics and Greenhouse Loft before the event began, shaking hands and swapping resumes and business cards.
Qixin Wang, a Medill Reports Chicago reporter, came out to our Networking Event and interviewed a job seeker who could benefit from "green" business at Green Exchange.
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Eco-minded businesses begin moving into Green Exchange. Blogger Judith Nemes interviews David Baum, co-developer of Green Exchange, for Crain's Business Chicago.
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Local Economic and Employment Development Council is launching its second free Home Energy Audtior Training program, designed to prepare individuals to become home energy auditors, on February 27. In partnership with eZing, one of Chicagoland's leading energy auditing firms, we are offering a program to get trainees ready to obtain the Building Analyst certification, developed by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and widely considered to be one of the "must-have" credentials for those wanting to break into the field. We have a number of slots left, but we're looking for high-caliber individuals who, ideally, are articulate, well-educated, committed to "green" endeavors, and experienced in the arena of residential construction. In order to register, prospective trainees must complete our intake process. To get your clients started, have them call Ebony McLaurin, Client Services Coordinator, at 773-929-5552 ext. 228. After completing a screening interview over the phone, prospective trainees will be asked to come in to complete the intake process. Please note that we ordinarily do not accept walk-in applicants. Again, applicants must complete a screening interview on the phone before attending an on-site information session.