John Brophy

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability is an evolving discipline. Today, sustainability is focusing on opportunities in transportation, water, energy, horticulture, and product design to meet the challenges of localized pollution and global carbon emissions.

Sustainability is recognizing that everyone is on your team, even if they don’t know it yet. Sustainability is the ability to rapidly scale solutions to our generation’s biggest problems.

What has been your greatest experience working towards a more sustainable Chicago?

You need to celebrate your victories, because they don’t happen all the time, and even when they do, you are about 5% of the solution. To me, the rewarding part is the grind. Try to be creative, try to be strategic, try to include other people, and take three shots every day. I love Divvy and use it all the time, and getting a discount for our students and staff, as well as 10 stations at City Colleges locations make it very convenient to bike share to class on time. I’m excited that solar PV classes are starting this Fall at Olive-Harvey College, and helping to meet Chicago’s renewable energy commitment is gratifying. I’m honored to have been part of organizing stakeholders for electric vehicle deployment in Chicago. I’m happy when we plant trees at City Colleges, and that Wright College was named a Tree Campus USA for the eighth year in a row. My most rewarding experience is in working with our incredible students, teachers, staff, and practitioners in the field in pursuit of best practice.