Growing Green -- Youth in Park Forest Planning for Sustainability
On Tuesday, July 12, 2011, the Village of Park Forest -- with help from CMAP LTA staff -- hosted a Young Adults Event as part of its "Growing Green" sustainability planning campaign. Held at Dining on the Green Banquet Hall, this interactive session engaged 120 residents between the ages of 10 and 25.
At the July 12 meeting, kids and young adults from Rich East High School and the Police Athletic Activities Center program split into small groups to discuss what they would like to preserve in Park Forest, as well as what actions they could take to create a better quality of life for everyone in the Village. The participants learned about how sustainability relates to the "3 E's" -- Environment, Economy, and Equity -- and each group spent time prioritizing the sustainability goals that they brainstormed. A second public meeting for all ages was attended by 60 residents on the evening of Thursday, July 14. The resulting priority goals from each of these meetings will guide the vision and direction of the Park Forest sustainability plan.
The LTA home page has details of activities sponsored by the HUD Sustainable Communities grant to CMAP for support of community projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040. Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications.
An interactive map of local case studies describes projects and people that exemplify the goals and objectives of GO TO 2040.
CMAP's Local Ordinances and Toolkits program provides resources to municipalities interested in pursuing policies that are aligned with GO TO 2040 recommendations.