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Chicago Matters 2008 series, Growing Forward, explores sustainability

Over the next 10 months, this award-winning multimedia public affairs series will present the issues, challenges and opportunities of creating a sustainable Chicago region.

MPC was happy to join the Chicago Community Trust as it celebrated the launch of Chicago Matters: Growing Forward, on March 3, 2008.  Now in its 18th year, Chicago Matters annually brings together Chicago Public Radio, WTTW-Channel 11, Chicago Reporter magazine, and Chicago Public Library to delve into an issue from the perspective of each medium. The topic of this year's series is creating a  sustainableChicago region. 


The launch event provided a taste of programming to come and celebrated Trust-supported projects that have advanced sustainability . It also marked the culmination of months of hard work by the Trust in collaboration with MPC and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT).   For the first time in  Chicago Matters history, the Trust enlisted outside organizations to help frame the major issues for the media.  To this end, MPC and CNT jointly produced a panel discussion for reporters in December that featured experts on the topics of water, transportation, energy, and regional growth, as well as a follow-up reference guide for reporters that outlines the major sustainability issues in the Chicago region and provides contact information for experts on these issues.


For more information on Chicago Matters: Growing Forward, please visit the Web site:

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