Category Archives: Planning

Glimpsing America’s Suburban Future

MIT Press has published an interesting new book on suburban planning and design entitled A Sequel to Suburbia: Glimpses of America’s Post-Suburban Future. Penned by  Nicholas A. Phelps, a professor of urban and regional development at University College London, the book … Continue reading

Posted in Planning, Schaumburg, Sustainability

Illinois’ New Clean Energy Bill

by Jim Lockafeer for SUST 240 Clean energy is very important when it comes to lessening our impact on the planet. It can generally be defined as an extremely wide variety of technologies and techniques that help to conserve and create … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Conservation, Economics, Energy, News, Planning, Students, Sustainability

Oak Park and River Forest Sustainability Plan: PlanItGreen

by Akilah Mitchell for SUST 240 Oak Park and River Forest are two of many western suburbs in the Chicago area on the rise toward becoming a sustainable community. They’ve currently have set in stone a 10-year plan to make their … Continue reading

Posted in Communities, Oak Park, Planning, Recycling, Students, Sustainability, Waste

Northbrook Sustainability Strategy a Model for Other Cities?

by William Wells for SUST 210 In 2011, the village of Northbrook, IL, partnered with the Park District to develop a strategy for strategic sustainability. The plan created a framework within which the community can adhere to create a more sustainable village. The … Continue reading

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JJC’s Quest for a More Sustainable Future

by Rebecca Strocchio for SUST 210 Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first community college, has developed a concern for sustainability in the past several years.  The college has worked to become more energy efficient with LEED certified buildings.  Every year its Sustainability … Continue reading

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Mitigating Flood Damage in the Water-soaked City of Des Plaines, IL

by Sophiya Soltys for SUST 210 The city of Des Plaines, Illinois, was named after the Des Plaines River, but little was known about what the namesake would imply. As of 2007, Des Plaines experienced 15 major floods in 60 years. … Continue reading

Posted in Communities, Des Plaines, News, Planning, Students, Sustainability, Water

Pullman Neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side Poised to Become a National Park Site

by Dominika Jedryczka for SUST 240 After roughly 135 years of highs and lows, the historic Chicago neighborhood of Pullman may soon be nationally recognized if and when President Obama designates the neighborhood as a national park following the Thanksgiving holiday, … Continue reading

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