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Dear Illinois and Chicago Area Local Food and Urban Agriculture Leaders:

GreenTown Chicago on Oct 14 at Columbia College is offering a unique Local Food Track of 3 sessions on different topics and projects related to growing urban agriculture.  Please join us and forward to your colleagues and partners!  Registration information is below.  Thank you.

Vertical Farming: Reusing Industrial Space in Chicago
An Overview of Vertical Farming Technology, Recycling and Industrial Reuse at The Plant

Presenters: John Edel, Developer/Owner, The Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center
Blake Davis, Adjunct Professor of Urban Agriculture, Illinois Institute of Technology


Urban Farming: The Fresh Food Movement Grows
A Panel Discussion of the Role of Urban Agriculture in Chicago’s Emerging Green Economy

Moderator: Richard Steele, WBEZ Radio
Panelists:     Robert Pierce, Growing Power
Ken Dunn, Founder, City Farm Chicago
Karen Lehman, Executive Director, Chicago Fresh Taste Initiative
Jeff Spitz, Professor, Documentary Film, Columbia College

Fresh From the Farm Teacher Training (special registration for this 4-hour training session)

A Session Training Educators on the Fresh from the Farm Curriculum and the Growing Rationale for Healthy Eating Programming in Schools
Trainer:       Melissa Tobias, Fresh from the Farm Education Coordinator, Seven Generations Ahead
Presenters: Dr. Philippa Norman, Author, Feed Your Brain
Sandy Noel, State of Illinois Golden Apple Teacher Award Winner
Laura Coury, R.D., Walsh Nutrition Group




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Global to Local; Cousteau to Connect Critical Water Issues in Great Lakes, Gulf Region

From global to local, Philippe Cousteau continues his family’s legacy of protecting water and inspiring others. Through his work at EarthEcho International, a non-profit environmental education and conservation organization, Cousteau teaches students and adults the importance of the planet’s most precious resource – water.

Did you know that nearly 1,000,000 gallons of oil were spilled into the the Kalamazoo River in Michigan? Though roughly one-fifth of the amount leaked into the Gulf Coast, this event caused over a hundred households to avoid drinking their water and even evacuate their homes.

Water quality issues and shortages are becoming increasingly important, and are beginning to impact us directly. Philippe Cousteau will extend that connection by detailing his focus on critical water issues from water access and runoff pollution to factory fishing, bottled water and the future of our water.

$100 for Municipalities, AIA-Illinois, APA and IL-ASLA members

Whether you are a city manager, public works director, park district representative or economic development director, GreenTown enables you to network with other communities and discussion actionable solutions with like-minded individuals. Attendees from municipalities are eligible to register for the entire event for only $100. GreenTown is filling up fast, so register today!

GreenTown is also offering the discounted registration rate for members of AIA-Illinois, APA and IL-ASLA. Attendees from these groups will also be eligible to receive up to three (3) continuing education credits for attending the event.


Register for GreenTown

Sponsor information


On October 14, GreenTown Chicago will bring together Philippe Cousteau, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Mayor Richard M. Daley (invited) and hundreds of public and private sector attendees who are working together to make communities greener, healthier and
more prosperous.

The afternoon program at GreenTown will feature seven tracks, including the following sessions:

– Changing the Face of Waste Reduction: San Francisco’s       Residential Compost Collection Program
– Innovation in Building Material Waste Reuse & Recycling
– Schools on the Path to Zero Waste
– Blazing New Trails in Community Biking, Walking
and Public Transport
– The Future of High Speed Rail in the Midwest
– Leading a Car-Free Life: Public Transit, Car Sharing and More
– Rethinking Community: How the Addison Area in Chicago is       Going Green
– Green Communities: Case Studies of Planning
and Implementation
– CMAP Go to 2040 Comprehensive Regional Plan: Strategies for       Making It Come Alive in Chicago Area Communities
– Urban Farming: The Fresh Food Movement Grows
– Vertical Farming and Industrial Reuse: The Plant Chicago
– Fresh From the Farm Teacher Training
– Sustainable Urbanism: Case Studies in LEED-ND
– Reinventing Sustainable Campus Design and Operation
– Sustainable Sites Initiative: Connecting the Land to the Building
– From Green Infrastructure to Ecological Restoration: Case       Studies on a Healthier Outdoor Environment
– The Future of Alternative Energy: Perspectives of
Wind and Solar
– Recycled Energy: Is the Future Right in Front of Us?
– From GreenTown to Green Economy: Translating Sustainability       into Economic Development
– Succeeding at Championing Municipal Sustainability: A Forum       for Sustainability

Who is attending GreenTown?

 – Mayors
– Elected Officals
– City Managers
– Public Works Directors
– Park District Directors
– School District Representatives
– College and University Leaders and Students
– Economic Development Directors
– Zoning and Code Officials
– Engineers
– Planners
– Architects
– Landscape Architects
– Developers
– Builders / Remodelers
– Community Stakeholders

GreenTown Chicago will be held on October 14, 2010, in downtown Chicago at Columbia College’s Film Row Cinema. Pre-conference sessions will be held during the afternoon of October 13.

Columbia College – Film Row Cinema
1104 South Wabash, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60605

For directions and accommodation information, click here.


Register for GreenTown

Sponsor information


To sponsor/exhibit at GreenTown, contact:
Charles Colley, a5 group inc. 314.993.0902 / ccolley@a5inc.com

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Community Sponsor:

City of Chicago Logo


Host Sponsor:

Columbia College Chicago Logo


Leader Level Sponsor:

Unilock Logo


Sustainer Level Sponsors:

Architectural Roof   Solutions, LLC
Christopher B. Burke   Engineering, Ltd.
Emerald Site   Services
Green Roof Solutions
Leopardo   Companies


Mortenson   Construction
Peoples Gas
Pizzo & Associates,   Ltd.
SPACECO, INC. Veolia   Environmental   Services


Exhibitor Level Sponsors:

AVA Power


Underwriter of Networking Breaks:

Elara Engineering

Underwriter of Carbon Credits:
Viability, LLC

Community Supporter:
Recycle the Raindrops


Film Screening at GreenTown

October 13, 2010 – 7:00 pm

Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema – 8th Floor
1104 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605

Carbon Nation

Carbon Nation is a documentary film about climate change solutions. Even if you doubt the severity of the impact of climate change or just don’t buy it at all, this is still a compelling and relevant film that illustrates how solutions to climate change also address other social, economic and national security issues. We meet a host of entertaining and endearing characters along the way.

Note: Tickets for the event will be $5 –           available online and at the door.

GreenTown is also pleased to offer continuing education credits for:

– Architects (AIA)
– Landscape Architects (ASLA)
– Planners (AICP / APA)
– Teachers (CPDUs)

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GreenTown is produced by a5 and Seven Generations Ahead


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