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VISTA Members End Year of Service

Ecolibrium3 AmeriCorps VISTA members dedicate a year of service to help eradicate poverty by building the capacity of the organizations they serve. Two amazing VISTAs are wrapping up their service this month: Jared and Sophie. We are so grateful to them for their commitment to service!

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Flamingo Fest 2024: Lincoln Park Goes Pink!

Flamingo Fest is the annual Fully Fabulous Neighborhood Glam Challenge, featuring music, prizes, and decorations throughout the district. This fun summertime promotion brings birds of a feather to flock together in our neck of the woods.

Passion Guides VISTA Projects

Eco3 VISTAs are placed at positions that best suit their skills and experience. During their service, many VISTA members also take time to work on a passion project of their choice. This month, three of our current VISTAs took time to share their passion projects with us.

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Family Fun at the Farm

Things have been busy at the Eco3 Urban Farm! On Saturday June 1, we had special visitors at the Farm; a small herd of goats and some adorable baby chicks. See what’s growing at the Farm and plan your visit!

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New Staff Feature: Tracy Bibelnieks

We have welcomed two new staff members! Tracy joins our staff as Special Projects and Data Strategy Coordinator. Tracy brings decades of experience in using data science to support programs and projects targeted at disparity reduction, environmental justice, and community resilience.

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New Staff Feature: Starr Brainard

We are also welcoming Starr to our staff! Starr joins our staff as Farmer in Residence. She has farmed all over the world, has experience with community programs and restorative agriculture practice, and even runs her own diversified vegetable farm.

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Announcement: Eco3 Energy Training Corps

Ecolibrium3 is pleased to announce that we have been awarded an AmeriCorps State and National Grant to build an Energy Training Corps. This crew of 25 will help weatherize homes for residents while learning job skills for future careers in energy efficiency.

From VISTA to Vocation

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is designed to benefit communities; it also helps VISTA members get experience and make connections. Over the past year, we’ve been catching up with former Eco3 VISTAs. See what they’ve been up to since their year of service!

Eco Award Recognizes Excellence in Sustainability

At the Business Sustainability Luncheon on Earth Day, April 22, Ecolibrium3 presented the first annual Eco Award for excellence in regional sustainability. This year’s recipient is Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) and Executive Director Marianne Bohren.