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Sustainable Choices for a Greener Chicago Region

Sustainable Choices for a Greener Chicago Region, the third panel of the "Reinventing Public Investment" series, will explore how federal energy,water, and land use policies have shaped decisions and development in the Chicago region and beyond.

Panelists will discuss opportunities to affect change in Washington, D.C. & through federal legislation on climate change mitigation, water infrastructure funding, and renewable energy in order to spur more innovative solutions closer to home, such as the Chicago Climate Action Plan and Milwaukee’s innovative green infrastructure systems.

Sustainable Choices for a Greener Chicago Region Panelists:
Henry Henderson, Director, Midwest Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
Kevin Shafer, Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
Peter Mulvaney, Sustainable Infrastructure Administrator, City of Chicago Department of Water Management

$15 for members of CAF, MPC, AIA, ASCE, and USGBC, as well as university students with valid ID. Registration is $20 for all others. Seating is limited, so pre-registration is required.

1.5 AIA-CES credit available.


About the "Reinventing Public Investment: Better Choices for a Better Chicagoland" series:

The Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Metropolitan Planning Council, in partnership with local chapters of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers, and U.S. Green Building Council, are hosting a lecture series during the summer of 2009, to begin answering these pressing questions with an eye toward future reform. The series will explore the historic connection between federal investment policies on one hand, and resulting patterns of development, land use, and building design on the other.

The lecture series will consist of panel discussions addressing how emerging federal policy could influence three topics: viable infrastructure, livable communities, and environmental sustainability. The series will examine the possible ramifications, both positive and negative, of federal reform initiatives. It is part of MPC’s work to reform the federal government’s investment strategies so that public money is transparently and accountably linked to the goals of social equity, environmental sustainability, and economic competitiveness. It also reflects CAF’s continued dedication to advancing public interest and education in the built environment.

For more information, contact Josh Ellis at (312) 863-6045 or


Program Partner

Metropolitan Planning Council

Since 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional ...

This program was offered on these dates:
Monday, August 17, 2009 noon to 1:30pm

Metropolitan Planning Council

Cost: Members: $15

Contact: Josh Ellis, Associate,(312) 863-6045


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