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The Chicago Urban League is a leader in addressing employment equity in renewable energy in Chicago. We know that jobs are only one aspect of our communities’ clean energy and water inequities. From health to housing and economics to education, SUMMIT 2023, themed Equity in Clean Energy and Water, is a daylong series of discussions and a keynote luncheon that explore the roles of corporations, government, and community in advancing solutions toward environmental justice and sustainability.


Full Day Access $300

Lunch Only Access $250


8 am Registration

9 am Opening Plenary

10:30 am Breakout Sessions

12:00 pm Summit Luncheon

2: 00 pm Breakout Sessions

3:30 pm Closing Plenary

Breakout Sessions

Solar Project Development and Financing

This session will provide insight into bringing residential, commercial, and large-scale solar projects from conception to financing to construction. We will focus on purchase Power Agreements and the Legal Process, the Interconnection Process, Financing Options, Tax Credits, and the energy components of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Federal Contracting Process

The U.S. Department of Energy has more than $60 billion to invest in clean energy initiatives, with a focus on communities of color. This session will provide insight on how to navigate the federal contracting landscape.

Green Banks

Green banks are an innovative tool to facilitate private investment into domestic low carbon, climate resilient (LCR) infrastructure and other green sectors such as energy and water and waste management.  This session will provide insight into understanding the green bank model, recent green bank development initiatives, and perspectives from public and private SMEs, and Equity Investment Eligible Communities, Equity Eligible Persons, and Equity Eligible Contractors.

Private Sector Engagement to Address Climate Change and Promote Green Growth

This session will provide insight into the private sector benefits of addressing environmental issues (e.g., cost savings, tax credits, and reduced risks), understanding and addressing the barriers to engagement on environmental issues, promoting sound business models, and adopting a holistic approach that includes support for the policy environment for investment and business.

Demystifying Decarbonization in New & Existing Construction

Building decarbonization is an industry trend, talking point and hot topic. This session will define, demystify and deconstruct building decarbonization.

Equity, Sustainability and Resilience Project Opportunities for Public Water, Wastewater and Infrastructure

This session will explain how cities, municipalities, towns, and villages acquire federal, state, and economic development dollars to execute sustainable water/wastewater/infrastructure projects.