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Current Projects


Shared Air/ Shared Action

Developing a community-led air pollution monitoring program.

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Delta Ventures


Rebuilding Exchange

Creating a market for reclaimed building materials.

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Urban Wood Market Development

Creating a sustainable market for wood from felled urban trees.

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P2E2 Center

Credits for farmers who reduce environmental impacts of their fertilizer practices.

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WE SERVE OUR CLIENTS AND PARTNERS BY:

Identifying strategic solutions.
Developing sustainable markets.
Convening diverse stakeholders.
Informing better policy.
Designing and implementing model programs.

Featured Video


Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse Webinar with Eve Pytel

Learn about deconstruction and building material reuse with Eve Pytel, Programs Director at Delta Institute. Eve will introduce you to deconstruction for government, economic development professionals and other practitioners, and she will share an overview of Delta Institute's recently released deconstruction tool guide.

Publications


Demystifying Potential Midwestern Building Material Markets

Construction and demolition (C&D) waste comprises a significant portion of the waste stream in the Upper Midwest. C&D material represents economic opportunity when it is able to enter the market as raw material, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that recycling C&D material generates creates more jobs, wages, and taxes than any other material stream. With support from the EPA, Delta Institute, in collaboration with the Building Material Reuse Association, has worked to identify end markets for reusable and recyclable building materials in the Upper Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin); provide an estimate of the volume of material that can be managed; and provide an estimate of economic opportunity afforded by the potential markets using economic indicators (e.g. jobs, wages).

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St. Louis Deconstruction Market Assessment

Delta recently completed the St. Louis Deconstruction Market Assessment report with support from SLDC and the Missouri Environmental Improvement and Energy Resources Authority (EIERA). The assessment found that the City of St. Louis and the surrounding region have a significant opportunity to scale up deconstruction programs and strengthen building material reuse markets. This report will inform St. Louis stakeholders throughout the deconstruction contractor training and pilot project in summer/fall 2019, and help to scale building material reuse markets in the area.

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Economic Benefit Targeting For Development Tool

This tool is for practitioners seeking to target the impacts of programs, policies, development and other investments to specific needs. This tool can be used to verify the extent to which a project, initiative or redevelopment can be used to secure a specific type of benefit.

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People and Profiles


Martin Brown

Martin Brown
Specialist, Programs

Martin provides technical and programmatic support and GIS expertise for Delta’s waste and ecosystems projects. Native to the Washington D.C. region, Martin holds a B.A in Environmental Studies with minors in Architectural Studies and Art from Ithaca College. In Martin’s free time, he can be found on the pool deck coaching for the Chicago Dive Club at Northwestern University.

mbrown@delta-institute.org

Kevin Dick, LEED AP O+M

Kevin Dick, LEED AP O+M
Program Director

Kevin oversees and implements Delta’s energy and buildings strategy, which includes managing Delta’s green building portfolio and residential and commercial behavioral energy programs. Kevin’s passion is finding new, innovative connections, and technology-based solutions that make permanent market change and enable partners and clients to be leaders in sustainability innovation. Born in Atlanta and raised in Cincinnati, Kevin has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a M.A. in Geography & Environmental Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. In his spare time, Kevin plays four musical instruments, cooks, gardens, goes on nature excursions, designs software, takes photographs, writes short stories, and occasionally keeps bees.

kdick@delta-institute.org

Caitlin Dillon

Caitlin Dillon
Assistant, Policy Analysis and Research

Caitlin supports programmatic work across Delta’s objective areas. Before joining Delta, she worked as a Lab Operations Associate at Accugen Laboratories, aiding in quality control for a diverse set of industries. Caitlin holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago with a minor in Communications. While at Loyola, she aided in research surrounding farming conservation and pollination practices as well as urban agriculture. When she’s not in the office, Caitlin enjoys writing poetry, crafting homemade cards, and exploring Lake Michigan's shoreline, even in Chicago’s winter.

cdillon@delta-institute.org

Jack Eskin

Jack Eskin
Senior Specialist, Programs

Jack Eskin manages projects in Delta Institute’s Green Infrastructure portfolio and provides programmatic support for the Resilient Communities initiative area, including urban redevelopment and brownfield revitalization projects. Prior to joining Delta Institute, Jack served as the Deputy Director of Redevelopment for the City of Gary, Indiana, where he oversaw land use planning, green infrastructure, brownfield redevelopment, and transportation projects. Jack holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master’s in Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, Jack enjoys hiking, biking around town, exploring restaurants, listening to music, and being a dad.

jeskin@delta-institute.org

Sidney Freitag-Fey

Sidney Freitag-Fey
Director of Development and Communications

Sidney Freitag-Fey has over 10 years of development and fundraising experience. He comes to us from multiple Director and Manager level development positions at organizations such as Chicago Cares, Heartland Alliance, Center for Economic Progress and most recently Food Animal Concerns Trust. Sidney has a BA from Saint Louis University in Communications and English and an MA from Loyola University in Social Justice.

sfreitagfey@delta-institute.org

Helen Hardy

Helen Hardy
Director of Finance & Operations

As Director of Finance and Operations for Delta, Helen is responsible for all of the financial, administrative and operational aspects of the organization. She brings more than 15 years of experience in a leadership capacity in accounting and administration in the nonprofit, government, and private sectors. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Helen holds a B.S. in Accounting from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and M.S. from Keller University in Accounting and Financial Management.  In her spare time, she loves football (GO STEELERS!), traveling, and playing with her dog.

hmhardy@delta-institute.org

David LeZaks

David LeZaks
Lead, Regenerative Food Systems

David is a Programs Ecosystems Lead in the Ecosystems practice here at Delta where he manages a portfolio of projects that focuses on building a more regenerative economy. David holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources and an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Michigan State University. Before his days as a Deltoid, David was the Managing Scientist of the Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Collaborative at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he also led the Agricultural Innovation Prize. David was born and raised in the Mitten State and spent his childhood exploring the natural wonders of the Great Lakes. When David isn’t training to be the next Captain Planet, you can find him with his family in Madison, WI gardening, beekeeping, cooking, woodworking, and participating in any number of silent sports.

dlezaks@delta-institute.org

Olga Lyandres

Olga Lyandres
Senior Specialist, Land Stewardship

As ecosystems specialist, Olga utilizes analytical approaches and data analysis and visualization to facilitate the development and implementation of projects in Delta's ecosystems portfolio. She leads projects that connect innovative solutions and measurable outcomes on the landscape, particularly in freshwater ecosystems. Prior to joining Delta Institute, she served as the Research Manager for Alliance for the Great Lakes, providing analytical and research support for policy work and managing the academic network for the organization. Before the position at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, she conducted photo-catalysis research at Northwestern University in the Environmental Engineering Department. Olga holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Olga grew up in Russia, and has lived within two blocks of Lake Michigan shoreline since moving to Chicago in 2002.

olyandres@delta-institute.org

Mackenzie Manley

Mackenzie Manley
Senior Assistant, Finance & Operations

As Finance & Operations Assistant, Mackenzie provides interdepartmental support to Delta staff, specializing in HR, accounting, operations, and executive assistance. Prior to joining Delta, Mackenzie worked for a financial management services company that specialized in real estate investment. She has a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Sciences with a certification in Professional Event Management from Texas A&M University. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys camping and tries to visit at least one national park a year. She also enjoys hanging out with her dog, Quincy, eating Mexican food, and traveling home to visit her family in Texas.

mmanley@delta-institute.org

Mila Kellen Marshall

Mila Kellen Marshall
Lead of Policy, Analysis, and Research

Mila is Delta’s Lead of Policy, Analysis, and Research—our newest focus area. She is a PhD candidate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS from Chicago State University in Environmental Biology, Geography, and Chemistry. If Mila isn't working to solve environmental challenges, she is teaching yoga or spending time with her children.

mmarshall@delta-institute.org

Patrick Murphy, CFRE

Patrick Murphy, CFRE
Senior Specialist, Development

Patrick T. Murphy, CFRE serves as Delta Institute's Senior Specialist, Development. Patrick is a PhD student in Public Policy and Administration at Walden University. He holds a MS in Nonprofit Management from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Learning and Leadership and a BA in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago.

pmurphy@delta-institute.org

Eve Pytel

Eve Pytel
Director of Programs

Eve leads Delta’s communities portfolio which seeks to empower communities to solve legacy environmental challenges while maximizing economic and community development opportunities. She has 15 years of urban planning experience and is a subject matter expert in waste, green infrastructure, and social enterprise. Prior to joining Delta Institute, she served as the Director of Environmental Initiatives at the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.  Eve has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received a BA in liberal arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. She serves on the board of the Building Material Reuse Association, is a parent to 10 year-old twins, and practices Jiu Jitsu.

epytel@delta-institute.org

Margaret Renas, PE, LEED AP O+M

Margaret Renas, PE, LEED AP O+M
Lead, Community & Brownfield Revitalization

Margaret is an environmental engineer responsible for project management, implementation and development of sustainability-related projects in the Resilient Communities initiative area.  Her work focuses on community-based vacant property and brownfield redevelopment (from initial site acquisition and investigation through site cleanup, interim reuse, and permanent redevelopment), working with local communities to assess air quality, stakeholder relationship/partnership building, and community engagement.  Margaret received a B.S. in Mathematics from Purdue University and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Margaret plays the violin, loves volunteering at By the Hand and has two adorable house rabbits.

mrenas@delta-institute.org

Emily Rhodes

Emily Rhodes
Specialist, Programs

As Program Specialist, Emily manages projects in the Communities portfolio and provides programmatic support for Delta’s work on community development and urban infrastructure. Prior to joining Delta, Emily worked as a Senior Project Manager at the New York City Economic Development Corporation where she oversaw planning projects focusing on goods movement and the industrial sector. Emily is a native Michigander and holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Kalamazoo College, and a Master of Urban Planning from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Policy. When Emily is not at Delta, she can be found exploring neighborhoods in her new hometown, tending to her houseplants, and hanging out with her cat, Taco.

erhodes@delta-institute.org

William Schleizer

William Schleizer
Chief Executive Officer

Bill Schleizer is the CEO of Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on thriving communities and landscapes. He drives strategy, development, and engagement while collaborating with communities across the Midwest to solve complex environmental challenges. He has over 18 years of experience in systems and policy analysis, environmental science, ecosystems and consulting and serves on the Advisory Board for Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies from Tulane University and his master’s degree in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University. He hails from Stevens Point, Wisconsin and is a trivia champion who loves a challenge.

wschleizer@delta-institute.org

Katherine Schultz

Katherine Schultz
Finance & Operations Specialist

As Finance and Operations Senior Specialist for Delta, Katherine is responsible for administering the financial and operational aspects of the organization and assisting with grant management and I.T. She has worked in non-profits for her entire career, including a family foundation, a university, and smaller programmatic organizations, totaling 15 years of experience in the field.  Katherine grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and stayed in Chicago after receiving her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago. She loves spending time with her husband and their dog, doing DIY projects, and catching up on TV and movies.

kschultz@delta-institute.org

Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith
Lead, Land Stewardship

As a Programs Ecosystems Lead, Ryan leads projects in Delta Institute’s ecosystems portfolio, including the areas of climate, agriculture, water, and forestry. He is instrumental in fostering new projects and partnerships, particularly around green infrastructure, agriculture, conservation finance, watershed prioritization and environmental markets. Prior to joining Delta Institute, he served as the Operations Manager for Cardno, managing the environmental and ecological restoration division for the Illinois office. Prior to Cardno, he worked 12+ years for the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District in Hamilton, Ohio implementing conservation best management practices in the agriculture and urban arena. He is a Certified Conservation Planner and holds a Bachelors in Earth and Environmental Sciences from Wright State University. When he is not saving soil, Ryan enjoys spending his time exploring Chicago and is on the hunt for the best chicken wings in the City.

rsmith@delta-institute.org

Megan Walton

Megan Walton
Associate, Programs

As Programs Associate, Megan Walton works on projects related to waste reduction and resilient communities. Prior to joining the programmatic team, Megan worked on the Finance and HR team at Delta Institute. Megan holds a B.A. in Art History from Trinity University in San Antonio and an M.S. in Public Service Management with a graduate certificate in Metropolitan Planning and Development. Out of the office, Megan enjoys reading, riding her bike, and traveling, and particularly enjoys exploring the Great Lakes region.

mwalton@delta-institute.org

Delta Institute FY19 Revenue


$2,930,091

FY19 Revenue