MEET THE INSPIRATIONAL PHILHELLENE WHO HELPED MAKE CHICAGO’S GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE A REALITY

BY APHRODITE KOTROTSIOS, CO-PUBLISHER SPECIAL TO THE HELLENIC NEWS OF AMERICA

Catherine Greenspon, Chief Change Agent of Project Infinite Green, is changing the lives of school children in Greater Chicago, with an after school program she developed. It is a nonprofit organization created to educate public school children for a better and cleaner tomorrow. Project Infinite Green encourages STEM education by taking school children on a journey through U.S. energy sources. What does STEM mean? Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. “These subjects were gifted to us by the Greeks,” said Catherine.

The beauty of this program is that the children learn from Energy and Business experts. They learn to create clean energy business plans that are feasible, reasonable and sustainable. Currently, one student has created a portable collapsible bio digester prototype for emerging countries. “Unfortunately there are no public sewage systems in place in these countries and the water is contaminated. This is a problem because this is the water that people drink, cook and bath in. This is also a Global Issue! This contaminated water eventually leads into our oceans,” said Catherine. Catherine has partnered with Mariyanna Spyropoulos, President of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago. MWRD does something similar to keep their water clean, by filtering out all organic waste and converting it into energy. MWRD under the leadership of Mariyanna Spyropoulos has done wonders for Greater Chicago’s water systems. The children participating in Project Infinite Green have remarkable leaders to look up to and ask for advice for their own projects. Aside from the fact that Catherine has devoted her life to help and inspire children through their development, Catherine was the only Philhellene that made a notable donation to Chicago’s Greek Independence Day Parade. “It’s not the amount that our friend Catherine donated to the parade this year, but the gesture! She was the only Philhellene to make such a donation, and for that we thank her for believing in the Greek Community and what we stand for,” said Bill Mataragas, President of ENOSIS.

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