HYDE PARK BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS (HPBP)
2016 – Present
HPBP aims to continuously support and partner with businesses and organizations in Hyde Park in order to integrate and advocate for sustainable practices. Along the way, students will practice environmental consulting—implementing green practices in their community.
THE SITDOWN SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
We designed a three-tiered sustainability plan based on the goals of the Sitdown Café in Hyde Park, including advising a cost-effective alternative to single-use utensils.
We assist our partners in their sustainability needs through individualized plans, guides, and events.
TRUE NORTH PARTNERSHIP COORDINATION
We coordinated a partnership between the True North Café and Healthy Soil Compost to ensure coffee grounds were put to productive use rather than going into a landfill.
THE UPSCALE SALON STUDENT EVENT
We brought in The UpScale Salon to provide subsidized haircuts and styling to PSI members in preparation for PSI Formal. This event promoted the ease of no-heat hairstyling and eco-friendly hair products.
Our members bring thoughtful analysis and innovative solutions to our partners, targeting four main categories: water conservation, energy sourcing, food procurement, and waste management. We assist our partners by connecting them to waste collectors, providing insight on energy use practices, replacing single-use materials, conducting waste-audits, helping with grant proposals, and more.
Bakery Recycling Consulting
We worked with downtown female and minority-owned business Sugar Bliss Bakery to help develop educational materials for proper recycling practices for Sugar Bliss’s upcoming cookie product line to be sold at Walgreens.
In 2021, we applied to the James Beard Foundation Grant for the South Side businesses Bot Bakery, Conscious Plates, and Demera Ethiopian.
The grant supports businesses that are majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals, and aims to support and rebuild an independent restaurant industry to be more sustainable and resilient post-COVID-19.
We continued our grant-writing work in 2022 by drafting an Amber Grant application for Saucy Porka. The $10,000 grant emphasizes sustainable, women-owned businesses. We also provided a list of sustainable utensils and soup containers for Saucy Porka.
Sustainable Grant Writing Support
Plant-Based Restaurant Week
We host an annual plant-based restaurant week featuring 10%-20% discounts on vegan or vegetarian menu items at various Hyde-Park restaurants.
University members who participate are eligible to win sustainable goods after uploading their receipts.
Past partner restaurants include: B’Gabs, Snail Thai, The Sitdown Café, True North Café, Litehouse Grill and Café 53.
Check out our 2022 flyer!