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Sustainability in the South Suburbs outlined Feb. 8

Registration is being accepted for the Growing Sustainable Communities Together program on Feb. 8 hosted by the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium.
The day-long program will feature speakers addressing major issues that can help ensure quality of life in the South Suburbs. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Prairie State College, 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.
Edith Makra, director of Environmental Initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, will discuss the group’s Greenest Region Compact. She will be followed by a South Suburbs mayors panel of signatories, including John Ostenburg of Park Forest and Paul Braun of Flossmoor.
Ostenburg will address the group on the topic “Sustainability: It’s More than Just the Environment” looking at equity in the South Suburbs.
Josh Ellis of the Metropolitan Planning Council will discuss “The Economics of Sustainable Development in south suburban Cook County.”
Breakout sessions will be on urban agriculture in the south suburbs, funding opportunities, the native landscape and sustainability through zoning, policy and the built environment.
For additional information on this program, contact Jackie Knox at [email protected].
There is a $25 fee for the program. Register online.

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