My name is Elizabeth Arthur. I'm from Ohio. I go to Northeastern Illinois University where I am a Masters in Geography candidate, and I am the Records Coordinator at the Chicago Transit Authority.
What got you interested in sustainability?
Since I was a kid I recycled newspapers and delivered them by bicycle. In 2012 as a late-40 something intern, I conducted community outreach to map the sustainability activities of residents in Chicago's 77 neighborhoods. This experience convinced me that individual, local action can scale up to help protect the world's environment.
What sustainability, energy, and mobility issues are important to you?
I love to compost! My neighbors and I joined a compost club to create good, clean dirt from our food scraps. I'm passionate about public transportation, biking and following the adage "reduce, reuse, recycle!" I applaud incentives and policy that keep the fresh water of the Great Lakes fresh.
What exciting projects/research are you working on now?
I'm designing a research study to examine how Chicago area municipalities can improve the daily management of public electric vehicle charging stations that are located near shopping centers, multi-family apartments and train stations.
What are your plans for the next five years?
I will finish my MA degree, maintain a satisfying work-life balance, keep biking, practicing yoga, take dance classes, illuminate the CTA's iconic, historical records, drink local beer, eat local cheese, and remodel my kitchen. Not in that order. ;-)
What made you want to apply to SISE?
The opportunity to learn about the world's latest transportation and mobility activities in my Chicago backyard is irresistible. I believe these two weeks will help me develop my "signature voice" and trust my leadership skills. I'm currently reading a book titled "Own the Room."
What are you most looking forward to doing in the city?
- Attend neighborhood street festivals like Hot Dog Fest (8/11-13) and the Bud Billiken Parade (8/12)
- Eat ice cream at Margie's Ice Cream (1960 N. Western)
- Take the Chicago Water Taxi from Ogilvie Station to Michigan Avenue to go to the Billy Goat Tavern (430 N. Michigan Ave). Look at the news articles on the walls, drink the house lager (brewed near Monroe, WI) or a coffee. The keepsake paper cup has a drawing of the infamous Billy Goat!
- For nature in the city (birds and dunes) go to Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary
Do you like cats? If not, are you willing to learn to like cats?
Yes, I like cats. See attached photo of my cat, Mandy.