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Chicago’s Next Mayor Will Support Green City Policies
  • Jan 18, 2011
Questionnaire Responses Show All Candidates Support “Green Growth Platform” of Leading Chicago Environmental Groups Chicago - All of Chicago’s mayoral candidates committed to improving Chicago’s environment through their responses to the Green Growth Platform issued by the…
What Our Water's Worth: Lollapalooza offers lessons in water conservation
In September, MPC and Openlands will launch What Our Water's Worth, a multi-year campaign exploring the many ways in which we use, manage and value water. The initial goal is to raise awareness about the need to invest in, protect and conserve our invaluable water resources, ultimately leading to…
Frank Benichou explains Veolia's new Water Impact Index
  • Video
  • Aug 10, 2010
Watch this video to hear Frank Benichou, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Veolia Water North America, explain Veolia's new Water Impact Index. The Water Impact Index moves beyond the basic volumetric assessment of water use to incorporate energy consumption, carbon emission,…
Frank Benichou: The difference between water footprints and carbon footprints
  • Video
  • Aug 10, 2010
Watch this video to hear Frank Benichou, Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Veolia Water North America, explain why it is important to understand the local impact of water use. Watch the first video in this series, in which Benichou explains Veolia's new Water Impact Index,…
Creating synergy between energy and development decisions
To pump, treat and deliver the 550 billion gallons of water metropolitan Chicago consumes annually, it takes as much energy as it does to drive nearly 4.9 million cars for an entire year. At an MPC-Openlands roundtable luncheon this past Tuesday, that statistic was one of many that drove home the…
Michael Webber on the energy-water nexus
  • Video
  • Aug 5, 2010
Metropolitan Planning Council and Openlands hosted a roundtable on Aug. 3, 2010, focused on the connections between energy and water use. This was the second event in our summer series, "Choosing our Water Future," and topics explored included: * The energy demands of water systems, and the water…
Down the Drain, Up in Smoke: Exploring the Water-Energy Nexus in the Chicago Region
  • Audio
  • Aug 3, 2010
Listen to this Aug. 3, 2010, event, the second in MPC and Openland's summer series, "Choosing our Water Future." This roundtable explores: The energy demands of water systems, and the water demands of energy production, The impact of energy costs for water consumption on municipal budgets in…
November/December Media Tips
  • Nov 23, 2009
Visit MPC’s new web site and blog @ www.metroplanning.org Are you looking for just the right stat on local housing foreclosures, or a fresh perspective on solving traffic gridlock? Do you need help understanding what the Obama administration’s policy shifts mean for this region’s…
New report tackles projected water shortages, quality issues in Illinois
  • Nov 20, 2009
Chicago, IL—Today, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and Openlands, both longtime advocates for sustainable water supply management, released Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies in Illinois, a joint report with recommendations for improving local and regional…
Before the Wells Run Dry: Ensuring Sustainable Water Supplies for Illinois
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  • Nov 19, 2009
This report recommends coordinated planning and implementation strategies that will capitalize on the work of the pilot regional planning groups, integrate regional plans with state and local practices, and ensure the long-term sustainability and efficient use of our finite, fragile water…

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