In 2022, Chicago Innovation polled its audience to ask “What is the biggest challenge of our time?” The #1 response was Climate Change.

From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. They affect every species on the planet.


Elevate Climate Change issues

by building awareness of climate change’s devastating impact

Promote Climate Change solutions

by identifying and amplifying solutions to climate change

Build a community of Climate Change innovators

by convening individuals and organizations around climate change innovation

How we do this

Climate Change Events that convene business, government, & innovation-minded leaders to discuss Climate Change issues

Climate Champion Award to identify and amplify regional companies tackling Climate Change by celebrating their innovations

Public Awareness on CTA, billboards, and WBBM newsradio

Interested in supporting the Climate Change Initiative?

Highlights from year 1

Climate Change Initiative promoted at all events

WasteNot Compost receives the People’s Choice Chicago Innovation Award

REUSO’s sustainable products used at events

Climate Change CTA bus ad campaign

REUSO receives Climate Champion Award

Climate Change panel at the Chicago Innovation Summit



Elizabeth Celio

Benjamin Lumpkin

Joanna Bratt

Donald Harrison

Lynne Creighton

Reven Fellars