The Chicago Climate Festival, to be held in October of 2016, is a grass-roots initiative designed to shine a spotlight on the UN COP22 climate talks, global warming in general, local environmental justice issues, and the need for cooperation among diverse populations. The festival will also help build greater awareness of the leading role that Chicago is playing in enacting the environmental principle “Think globally, act locally.”

We have invited college and university partners, community groups, and local residents to develop performances, exhibitions, and educational initiatives that engage and inform the Chicago community about the profound challenges and opportunities we face as a result of climate disruption.

We see environmental justice and civic identity as ongoing processes or practices, and we are committed to cultivating the habit of social awareness and community engagement. Although we plan to use some private institutional venues and resources, most events will be open and advertised to the public in the spirit of community outreach and collaboration.

To see planned events please visit our new website: http://chicagoclimate.org/


Marwen Students at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


Some of our Community Partners


Leadership Team (Qualifications)

Christine Skolnik

  • PhD in English/Rhetoric and MA in Urban Sustainability
  • 20+ Years Teaching Experience (California State; Penn State; DePaul)
  • Strategic Planning and Evaluation Committee member, various institutions and organizations
  • Faculty Advisor to the DePaul Institute for Nature & Culture
  • Founding and Contributing Co-Editor, DePaul Educational Blog, Environmental Critique
  • Author, 2011 State of Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council Annual Report (Sustainability Report)
  • Performance Art and Retreat Planning Experience



Norman Alexandroff

  • Director of Internal and External Partnerships Columbia College Chicago
  • Writer, Editor, Political and Community Organizer, and Marketing Professional with 30 (+) years working for a variety of non-profits, and administrative positions at Columbia College Chicago
  • Founding Director of the Chicago Center for Arts Policy, which explored the role of the arts in civic engagement and American life
  • Director of Wabash Arts Corridor projects and initiatives


Randall Honold

  • PhD in Philosophy
  • 30 years teaching experience, Philosophy and Environmental Science and Studies (DePaul)
  • Currently Assistant Dean of Academic Services in DePaul’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Founder and Co-Director of DePaul’s Institute for Nature & Culture
  • Many years of Experience with Students in Local Experiential Learning and Study Abroad Courses
  • Photographer with Various Connections to the Professional Arts Community in Chicago