The Community Imperative
About Joseph Clair:
Joseph Clair’s goal in life is to improve the quality of life for all. A product of a working class, Irish community on Chicago’s southside, Joseph sees the need balance visionary thinking with practical implementation when solving problems in a community setting. Through years of working with school districts, campus communities, and his own community, Joseph has seen value in taking the time to identify, discuss, and select community priorities through extended dialogue, but also understands that change requires action, and action requires determination and inspiration. As the son of a teacher and of an employee of a public utility, Joseph understands how infrastructure and human capital form the foundation for our communities, but through work and life experiences, he has seen how social capital makes all the difference in how those communities succeed or fail.
Joseph has spoken at several venues including Greenbuild (Boston), Illinois Library Association, and ComEd Energy Efficiency Expo. A lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Joseph has served as the Chair of the USGBC-Chicago and has spoken at community events across the state advocating smart-grid, green building, recycling and other community-based practices that people can use to improve quality of life.