Chicago Node news: January 2014

Our previous attempts at spurring procurement reform in Chicago have not born fruit. Based on what we learned at the ODI summit about how UK IT procurement procedures were changed, we are going to try a new approach.

We are continuing to work on a prototype for crowdsourcing tenant energy use data in the City of Chicago. Our goal is to show the "TrueCost" of renting — rent + energy — in order to motivate landlords to retrofit their buildings. We were part of a team that won a recent City of Chicago energy hackathon, which secured us a place in a "Chicago Clean Web Challenge" competition with winners of other sustainability hackathons.

During the ODI Summit, we connected with CarbonCulture, a sustainability startup incubated in the ODI offices. We've had a couple of conversations since and are exploring possible collaborations on energy use-related behavior change, opening up energy data, and finding ways to connect sustainability professionals internationally.

Continuing our education work we are researching possible topics for our next project.