Longtime regional advocate Ellen Shubart receives APA-Illinois' 2007 Distinguished Service Award - Metropolitan Planning Council

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Longtime regional advocate Ellen Shubart receives APA-Illinois' 2007 Distinguished Service Award

The Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) recently honored a longtime advocate for metropolitan Chicago and former manager of the Campaign for Sensible Growth Ellen Shubart with its 2007 Distinguished Service Award.

“While not a planner by training, Ellen’s professional and volunteer activities have provided great support to her community and advanced the cause of planning in the Village of Glencoe, the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and the State of Illinois,” stated the APA-Illinois Chapter in its recent 2007 Annual Report.

After a 20-year career in journalism, Shubart joined the Campaign in 2000. That year, she successfully launched the Campaign’s quarterly newsletter, Growing Sensibly, which quickly became a primary source of information for Chicago-area planning advocates and professionals. During her tenure with the Campaign, from 2000 to 2006, Shubart also wrote or edited many of the Campaign’s most popular publications, including the Building Sustainable Communities fact sheets, and the Sensible Tools for Healthy Communities and Planning 1-2-3 workbooks.

Shubart also forged relationships with local elected officials, developers, civic and nonprofit leaders, and state lawmakers to help advance sensible planning in metropolitan Chicago and Illinois . During her tenure, Illinois ’ Local Planning Technical Assistance Act was approved and the Local Planning Fund established to coordinate development decisions across communities and leverage state investment for transit, infrastructure, and economic development.

In her own community, Glencoe, Shubart has been a voice for sensible planning as a member of the Plan Commission from 1994 to 2003, chairperson of the Village Historic Preservation Commission, president of the Glencoe Historical Society, and member of the Affordable Housing Task Force. Since 2003, Shubart has served as Village Trustee.

MPC congratulates our friend and former colleague Ellen Shubart for this honor. Echoing the words of the APA-Illinois Chapter, “[Ellen’s] efforts stand as an example for citizen planners and professionals alike.”

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