What's going on at Delta
and who's helping make it happen
Welcome to our Driven Doer series! Each month, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help advance Delta’s mission of achieving a resilient Great Lakes environment and economy.
This month, we’re introducing you to Eve Pytel, Programs Director at Delta Institute. She’s been a Chicago resident for almost 20 years and loves to run. She ran her first race, the Cape Anne Challenge in Massachusetts, at age 12!
I am a director at Delta Institute focusing on projects around economic development, environmental improvement, and social innovation. I am also a parent to twin nine-year-olds and an avid runner.
I’m inspired by the idea that on some level we already have what we need to realize the change we need to make. Barack Obama’s statement captures this: “Change will not come if we wait for some person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change we seek.” I believe that by valuing underappreciated people and materials we can support positive change in our communities.
In 2003, I took a position at the LEED Council (now North Branch Works) to conduct outreach in the North River Industrial Corridor for Clean Air Counts (CAC), a campaign launched by Delta as an outcome of its Regional Dialogue on Clean Air and Redevelopment. LEED Council was an on-the-ground partner recruiting industrial businesses to commit to implementing voluntary air quality improvement strategies. Since then, I collaborated with Delta on projects prior to joining the staff in 2012.
Abuzz, curious, gritty, pal
Hard to say. The Great Lakes region is really large with so many extremely different places. But, I think everyone should see the Statue of the Republic, AKA the Golden Lady, in Jackson Park in Chicago. This statue is a smaller replica of The Republic of the Columbian Exposition. I have run the Chicago Half Marathon three times and the finish line is just behind the statue.