Core members

Invest the most time in the network and receive the most benefits.

Ally members

Similar types of activities as core; however, their less frequent involvement results in fewer benefits.

GrassTops members

Primarily interested in collaborating with the network as an institutional partner.

Core Members

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Melanie Eckner
Northside CSLN Liaison Clarendon Park Advisory Council

Melanie is an editor, communications strategist, and consultant who specializes in community-based sustainability initiatives, multilingual publications, and communications coaching. She is an active volunteer with the Clarendon Park Advisory Council and was a co-founder of the Uptown Coastal Initiative, a 3-year educational and planning effort funded by Illinois Coastal Management Program grants and designed to raise awareness of and engagement in assets for sustainability in the Uptown neighborhood.

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Steve Ediger

Steve works in facilitation, strategic management, information technology management, civic tech, and development of a commons-based economy. A veteran of sustainability efforts since the first Earth Day in 1972, he has expanded his concept of the word to encompass personal, community, and economic aspects, and understands that sustainability cannot exist without justice for race, gender, ethnicity and culture. Steve lives in the ICA GreenRise Intentional Community. 

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Terry Edlin

Terry’s passion for joyful community living and shared housing has evolved since 2008, when she founded New Community Vision and launched its website and blog. She believes that safe, secure, affordable housing is ground zero for sustainability. No one can do their important work unless they are securely housed. Terry has been involved in the National Association of Housing Cooperatives, the National Housing Conference, the Center for Cooperative Housing Development, the Chicago Fair Housing Alliance, and more. She graduated from the GoodCity Chicago Fall 2015 cohort. She has a BBA in Economics from Loyola University of Chicago.

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Nurul Eusufzai

Nurul is a program, project, and change management practitioner with extensive business process design and improvement experience in the private sector. He is also a leader within Net Impact Chicago, a local chapter of the global network that brings together professionals from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Nurul is invested in creating a positive environmental, social, and economic impact across local, regional, and global communities by volunteering and building alliances. His interests include cultural and educational events, travel, and international food and culture.