Legacy Project

Greenbuild 2018 is a tremendous opportunity for Chicago to showcase local projects and expertise, while also bringing attention to issues of particular importance to our region. While Greenbuild is an event of national and international sustainability stakeholders, our goal is to leverage the event to engage the local community throughout the year leading up to the event and into the future.

This year’s Legacy Project will support Project Exploration’s Science Giants.

Project Exploration is a science education organization dedicated to making science accessible to youth from communities historically underrepresented in the sciences, especially girls and students of color.

They provide high-quality out-of-school time programs to Chicago public middle and high school students, through which they engage in authentic science experiences and work alongside mentors and STEM professionals.

Science Giants immerses high school students in environmental sciences and science outreach. The six-week summer program targets 15 students of color. Youth will build a garden bed and harvest for Inspiration Kitchens, a neighborhood restaurant that employs and serves homeless and previously incarcerated community members.

History of the Legacy Project
Past conferences sponsored projects that continue to serve their communities long after the attendees from Greenbuild have departed. These projects include a space to create and problem solve utilizing S.T.E.A.M. curricula while reusing discarded safe manufacturing materials in Los Angeles, an interactive playground in Philadelphia, a new urban food studio in Washington, D.C., and a green building technology training program for young people considering trades work in Boston.