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As we slip-slide into December, the Illinois Recycling Association is proud to announce a new series of events called “Net Zero Networking.” And what better place to launch these gatherings of friends and colleagues in the realm of sustainability than at The Plant in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood?
The Plant is home to Plant Chicago, a not-for-profit engaged an outrageously ambitious experiment in “closing the loop”–developing a circular economy of food production, energy conservation and material reuse, while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient. As they say themselves, “The best natural resource is the one that has already been extracted. Our work begins where others’ consumption ends, where energy would be otherwise lost to landfills or abandoned.”
On Wednesday, December 7, you’ll get a first-hand opportunity to see this philosophy in action. The Net Zero Networking event at The Plant features a tour of part of the 90,000 square foot facility, including a look at the anaerobic digester now under construction that will eventually process about 30 tons of food waste per day. The tour also features a look at closed-loop tech demonstration projects like an aquaponics farm and algae bioreactor, as well as food production spaces for tenants, including a brewery, mushroom farm and more.
Speaking of breweries, after the tour you can hang out, meet IRA board members, geek out on recycling policy and practicality and schmooze to your heart’s content in the brand spanking new Whiner Beer Company bar, while you sip one of their delicious craft beers, brewed on site. The award-winning Pleasant House Bakery, which prepares bread and pastry on site, is supplying sandwiches for the evening.
And it’s the last great bargain in America–only $35!