• Goethe-Institut Chicago (map)
  • 150 N Michigan Ave, Suite 200
  • Chicago, IL, 60601
  • United States

6:00-6:45pm VIP networking

6:45 Live performance, discussion and audience action

9:00-9:30 Closing networking reception

In 2013-2014 the Human Impacts Institute is partnering with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge Program of Germany to explore how we can make climate change personal to our communities and re-communicate climate issues to the American public in creative and engaging ways through our "Creative Climate" Human Impacts Salons series. Working with local partners in eight U.S. cities and in Berlin, this year-long tour bring together creative visionaries with community leaders, environmental experts, and activists in a salon-style event of performance and in-depth discussion to highlight local action, resources, and solutions to addressing one of the most pressing issues of our times.

This fall, we are traveling to the Windy City, where we will host an evening event dedicated to examining design strategies for a changing climate. We will explore how creative solutions to climate change are reinventing the urban landscape and how designers are transforming the way we produce, consume, and interact with the world around us. We will learn from the First Secretary on Climate and Energy Policy from the German Embassy how improved designs in engineering have put Germany on the map in global climate change leadership. Join us for an evening of engaging discussion from a diversity of Chicago's community leaders and thinkers and thought-provoking performances from local artists who are actively engaged in environmental issues. This event will be free and open to the public.

Panelists include:
Janet Attarian, City of Chicago, Department of Transportation
Charlie Catlett, Argonne National Laboratory
Katherine Darnstadt, Latent Design
Georg Maue, First Secretary of Climate and Energy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington
Matt Atwood, Algae Systems
Jenny Kendler, Artist and Environmental Activist
Elizabeth Moyer, Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Chemistry and Transport, University of Chicago

The event will include inspirational live performances and a cocktail and networking reception.

This salon is the fifth in a creative communication series in partnership with the Transatlantic Climate Bridge of the German Embassy. As leaders in renewable energy, Germany has incredible knowledge to share regarding successful energy policies and communication efforts. So far we have held salons in New York City, Atlanta, D.C., and Miami where we have highlighted Germany's efforts in solar technology and politics.