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Beverly Parkway Tree Planting Day 1

TreeKeepers are needed to help plant 20 trees on the parkway around Barnard Park.

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Rain Gardens, Veggie Gardens, and Wildlife Habitat – Oh My (Backyard)!

Homeowner and green building professional Tim Heppner talks about his experience turning his own Chicago lawn into an organic, sustainable and functional wildlife habitat, rain garden, and vegetable & wild flower garden. Tim will discuss everything that he took into … Continue reading

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Roots and Routes to Grow: A Community Tree Planting Day

This event will bring together over 800 volunteers to plant young native trees within a 20-acre segment of the larger Burnham Wildlife Corridor currently under development. This new natural area, which will offer a woodland environment for both people and … Continue reading

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Chicago River Day

The Chicago River has come a long way over the years. On May 10, you can be a part of its continuing revitalization by joining Friends of the Chicago River for the 22nd annual Chicago River Day! Everyone can help out! Friends … Continue reading

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Chicago: Building a Livable, Competitive and Sustainable City

LunchTalks@CAF: Great Cities, Great Lakes, Great Basin Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago In fall 2012, the City of Chicago launched Sustainable Chicago 2015, An Action Agenda, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s roadmap to accelerate Chicago’s competitiveness, livability, and sustainability. The plan … Continue reading

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Trickle Up: The Scale of Water in Chicago

This discussion among some of the city’s leading thinkers on water will address our region’s greatest natural asset, the current climate crisis, and potential actions on multiple scales that can re-shape our understanding of the city and region. At one … Continue reading

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Where does the water go?: A visit with the water level wizards at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District

By Abby Crisostomo When it comes to water resources in Chicago, most people think immediately of Lake Michigan. But increasingly, the rivers, creeks, canals and channels that weave throughout the region are getting their day in the sun – from … Continue reading

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Unseasonable Chicago weather highlights need for resilient water infrastructure

By Abby Crisostomo If you’re like me, you may have woken up the last couple mornings to get ready for your day and been a bit confused about how to deal with the weather. Do I bundle up in my … Continue reading

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This is what 100-year-old pipes look like

By Josh Ellis As a I rode into work the other day on State Street, I noticed several large holes in the street, lots of large equipment, and plenty of workers diligently digging up some of Chicago’s thousands upon thousands … Continue reading

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Rain Check: Regional Solutions to Stormwater Management

MPC Research Assistant Matt Nichols authored this post Imagine a Chicago where a long-polluted river serves as a genuine second waterfront for residents to enjoy.  Think of what could be possible if every property owner captured and re-used the thousands … Continue reading

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