CPS Goes Solar

Beginning in the last quarter of 2020, SGA began developing with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Director of Energy and Sustainability Sandrine Schultz the district’s new CPS Goes Solar! initiative, designed to:

  • • Maximize on-site solar on CPS buildings;
  • • Procure renewable energy from newly developed solar projects in Illinois toward meeting its goal of 100% renewable energy procurement
  • • Develop an energy road map that supports CPS in its ghg emissions reduction goal of reducing emissions by 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels; and
  • • Educate students on solar technology, the climate crisis and connect them to solar industry professionals

SGA is excited to be bringing together a partnership of for-profit and non-profit technical experts with Chicago Public Schools’ Energy and Sustainability Director and other CPS departments to initiate CPS Goes Solar, a district-wide renewable energy project.

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With over 600 schools, the potential for solar roof space cannot be ignored!

Our amazing team

Sandrine Schultz – Energy and Sustainability Director for CPS

Gary Cuneen – Executive Director of SGA

Mark Burger – Solar Consultant for SGA

Aaron Jospeh – President of Starfield Road LLC

Liz Wimmer – Green Schools Program Manager for the IL Green Alliance

Bridget Degnan – Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Commissioners

Amy Antoniolli – Cousel with Schiff Hardin LLC

Riana Caravette – President of Earth Wind and Solar Energy

Diane Vargas – Capital Creation Specialist with Ameresco

Vito Greco – Director of Solar Programs at Elevate Energy

Brian Imus – Executive Director of IL Green Alliance

Anne Evans – CEO of Elevate Energy

Zemriah Todd – Executive Director of Futurez, Inc.

Royce Cunningham – CEO of Architectural Services Group

Patty Lloyd – Director of Sustainability at Leopardo


The Plan

CPS Zero Waste

Building upon SGA’s work over the past several years to support food scrap composting system integration and education in to Chicago Public Schools (CPS), CPS Zero Waste is a collaboration between CPS and SGA to scale up composting and other waste reduction strategies across the district. SGA is working directly with CPS Director of Energy and Sustainability Sandrine Schultz and JLL Consultant Madeleine Sims on the initiative. SGA’s work is funded by Peoples Gas and Food:Land:Opportunity (Chicago Community Trust and the Kindship Foundation), and includes:

Contact us for more information or to support this critical work.

Gary Cuneen, Executive Director – gary@sevengenerationsahead.org