Bringing Green Down to Earth

Get useful knowledge, skills, solutions and connections to set your city, suburb, county or neighborhood on the path to a more sustainable and livable future.

Who should attend? Local government officials including mayors, county board members and other elected officials; city managers; directors of public works and parks; community and economic development staff; planners; city and all officials responsible for infrastructure and environmental programs, as well as private-sector environmental and business leaders and contractors or potential contractors.

Who you'll hear: Experts from the University of Illinois and other institutions, agencies and businesses  who will share specific, cost-effective green ideas and strategies.

About what? Energy, green building, stormwater management, sustainable landscaping and solid waste, with 15 workshops to choose from.

And you'll take home: "Shovel-ready" ideas, contacts with other local officials and resources from the deep, wide knowledge of the University of Illinois.  

Conference Details


September 30, 2009


The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus
2815 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL
(630) 990-5800
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Certification Maintenance
Andrew Winston

Keynote Speaker

A sustainable community needs a strong economic base. Green business expert Andrew Winston, author of the soon-to-be-published "Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top," will speak on how it can be done, and every attendee will receive a copy.

Learn more about Andrew Winston.

General session: Round-table panel discussion

“Leading Your Community to a Green Recovery: Tools, Technical Advice and Funding to Regenerate Your Town or Village”

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO)
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
University of Illinois Extension
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region V

Funding provided in part by the Cook County Cooperative Extension Service.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office at (630) 445-3216.