Savage Smith

920 N. Franklin Street

United States

PLACE. A Chicago Sustainability Series Dialogue

The Chicago Sustainability Series

Wed, September 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


The Chicago Sustainability Series inaugural season continues with PLACE, featuring Molly Meyers (Omni Ecosystems), Dan French (Brownfield Listings), Meegan Czop (Great Lakes Yard), and Ericka Wright-Hill (Teen Living Programs) as they situate us within the built environment.


Dan French was one of the first people I met with when originally building out The Series, so it’s pretty exciting to see that we are now at The PLACE Dialogue.

He will speak on the challenges + opportunities of Brownfield Listings, The City + Cook County’s fund for industrial cleans up + Industrial Growth Zones, as well as how digitization is a tool for sustainability.

Meegan will incorporate her background as a contractor, her six years starting and running The Rebuilding Exchange, and how it all coalesced into her founding and running Great Lakes Yard, a sustainable lumber yard that has worked with Bell’s Brewery and the Savage Smyth space.

Molly Meyer, a biogeochemist & Bosch Fellowship recipient, will discuss how her time in Germany studying best practices in green roofing led to her founding Omni Ecosystems & the incentives within the city.

For Place, we are partnering with Teen Living Programs, Inc., a non-profit that addresses youth and young adult homelessness through transitional housing, job & life skill training, and food services. A part of TLP for almost six years now as both a case manager and Drop-In Center Manager, Ericka Wright-Hill, will provide insight into the sometimes invisible aspects of how people experience Our City through homelessness and TLP clients.

Hosted by Savage Smyth, a new interactive space focused on showcasing the city, marked by reclaimed materials that bring with them stories, including lumber sourced from the clubhouse of the Hell’s Henchmen, and materials from the roof were converted into a restaurant project.

Continuing our partnerships with Healthy Soil Compost & Chicago Votes, food + food waste will be composted and transported by bike, and voter registration will be available.

If you are able to, please donate $10 at registration, as all proceeds will go to support the Drop In Center of TLP, the access point for youth in need seeking assistance. 

All are welcome, and the event space at Savage Smyth is wheelchair accessible. Please contact me at if you require additional accommodations to make The PLACE Dialogue a better experience for you. 


All Chicago Sustainability Series Dialogues are recorded and released as podcasts, and because storytelling is augmented through media, photos, videos, and gifs will be taken / created, and all attendees consent to this media being shared by The Series.

tl;dr: this is public, and by attending you are cool with being a part of video, photos, gifs, a podcast, etc.

–Tomás de’Medici, Founder



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