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It’s Our Future is ready to take action

Since winning the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy Big Idea pitch in March, Seven Generations Ahead has been coordinating all the components of the education, engagement and empowerment initiative that’s designed to raise up the next generation of sustainability leaders. It’s Our Future’s had a public kick-off on Sept. 17 at the Oak Park Main Library, […]

It’s Our Future

It’s Our Future (IOF) is a youth-driven program that empowers Chicago area high school students to advocate for climate solutions and their futures. It’s Our Future was developed by Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) in collaboration with community partners, and engages youth from Oak Park/River Forest, Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. We meet monthly via zoom […]

COP27 November 6th Dispatch: It’s Compli

By Gary Cuneen It’s an odd experience being here in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – a gorgeous coastal beach resort at the bottom of the Sinai Peninsula by the Red Sea – and attending the 27th Conference of Parties (COP) UN Climate Summit. Over 100 heads of state and just shy of 200 countries are descending […]

Meet our COP27 Delegates!

It’s that time of year again! We’re headed to this year’s UN Climate Summit, COP27, in early November, and we’re bringing a great crew! Five Chicagoland students representing It’s Our Future, and one Chicago teacher, will travel to Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt to observe the climate negotiations and report back. Get to know this fantastic team […]

It’s Their Future: Farewell, IOF Seniors

IOF Seniors with the delegate from Tongva at COP26 The 5 students who attended COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland have graduated from high school and from It’s Our Future!  We are so proud of their accomplishments and grateful for their voices in this important work.  Sophie Ball will be studying International Relations at King’s College in […]

It’s Our Future steps onto the world sta Fresh from the UN Climate Conference in Madrid, OPRF senior Roz Beile stood before a packed room and described what the experience was like for her. It was a whirlwind, exhilarating week, filled with meetings and eye-opening interactions with people from around the globe, she said. The high point, though, was getting to participate in […]

Meet Our Team

Mark Burger Consultant, Renewable Energy   Diane Chapeta Illinois Farm to School Program Manager   Heather Kundert Interim Operations Manager   Amy Lee Finance   Liz Lukehart Communications Becky Brodsky Zero Waste Schools Program Manager   Gary Cuneen Founder & Executive Director   Jen Nelson Director   […]

For Amy Bartucci, sustainability is simp...

Living as sustainably as possible matters a lot to Amy Bartucci. The practice is so much a part of her life that she found a job built around it. In early September, Amy joined Seven Generations Ahead as its new sustainability program associate.  Taking action The journey began about a decade ago, when Amy seized on […]