Daniel Burnham Sustainability Conference

Dear Friend of the Forest Preserve District:


The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is proud to present its Daniel Burnham Sustainability Conference, in partnership with the University of Illinois and the Conservation Design Forum, Inc. This conference commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Burnham Plan, which envisioned the creation of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County as the first system of its kind in the nation, now the largest urban conservation preserve in the country. The purpose of this conference is to share ideas and formulate strategies that enable Cook County to host the most sustainable forest preserve system in the nation.  Please see attached flier.


Dates:                    September 21, 22, 23 2009

Times:                    September 21: 7 pm, September 22: 10am -3:30pm, September 23: 10am-noon

Locations:            September 21: Brookfield Zoo, September 22 & 23: Chicago Botanic Garden

RSVP:                     Please call (708) 771.1511

Website:               www.soclose2you.org


We seek the participation of people familiar with the Forest Preserve District at this workshop so that, together, we can:


  1. Share ideas and formulate strategies that will enable the District   to become the most sustainable forest preserve system in the nation.

  2. Create a model that can be adopted by other preserve systems.


Please join us at the conference kick-off reception at Brookfield Zoo on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. David W. Orr, an internationally renown expert in sustainability, will be the special guest speaker!


On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 22 and 23, we’ll meet at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, to share ideas and formulate strategies. Your ideas will make a real difference here.


All events are open to the public, however, space is limited. If you have not RSVP’d please do so by calling (708) 771-1511.


Registration:  If you have already registered for the conference through the District (Tracy McIntyre), you are confirmed and you have a place at the conference. You need not re-register. Those who have not yet registered should contact Tracy McIntyre at:  (708) 771-1511, or tmcinty@cookcountygov.com.


Facilitator Request: Some of you received an email calling for volunteers to act as facilitators and scribes during the Small Group Break-out Sessions on Tuesday. These sessions are the goal, objective and implementation strategy-setting. Your help to act as a facilitator or a scribe is important and greatly appreciated. Please contact me, John Kersh, at kersh1@illinois.edu if you’re interested in volunteering, or if you have questions about this.


We trust this will clear up any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at the conference.



John Kersh



Cathy Geraghty

Forest Preserve District of Cook County

536 N. Harlem Ave.

River Forest, IL 60305


PH:  708-771-1097

Fax: 708-771-1360

We look forward to seeing you there!

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