GreenTown: The Future of Community | Creating Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Highland Park, Illinois

GreenTown Highland Park – October 18-19, 2012
The Art Center / Downtown Highland Park, Illinois   

Art Center
Downtown Highland Park
1957 N. Sheridan Road

Parking at GreenTown
Art Center Highland Park Parking
Highland Park Parking

To view GreenTown’s Highland Park event presentations, click here.

Take Metra and exit at downtown Highland Park. The Art Center is only two blocks away! If you are driving, park in city lots or on the street; no parking tickets will be issued around Art Center tomorrow.


GreenTown at the Movies
Wednesday, October 17 

Join us on Wednesday, October 17, at 7pm for “GreenTown at the Movies” at Renaissance Place in Highland Park. Come take part in the screening of Waste Land, Song of the Spindle, and The Grid. (A brief Q&A session will follow.) Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Renaissance Place or online, click here.

Or email for tickets. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Registration opens

1pm to 5pm
Waste Not: Advancing Commercial Food Scrap Collection in the Chicago Area

How do we increase commercial food scrap collection in the Chicago area? Join us for an afternoon workshop to discuss barriers and solutions across four counties and associated waste management agencies in Cook, Northern Cook, DuPage, Kane and Lake Counties. We will review best practices and discuss such issues as route density, training, equipment, contracts and ways to increase food scrap composting.

Organizers include: SWALCO, SWANCC, DuPage County, Kane County, Cook County, Lake County, GreenTown

Speakers include:

-John Jaimez, Hennepin County, MN
-Anne Brantley, WasteQuip, Charlotte, NC
-Marcie Kress, Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority, Akron, Ohio

Sponsored by: Waste Management, Inc., Groot Waste and Recycling Services, Veolia Environmental Services, Nu-Earth Organics, Midwest Organics Recycling LLC, Rehrig Pacific, ORBIS, Organix Recycling LLC, DK Organics

3pm to 5pm
Back Yard or Back 40: Creating Sustainable Landscapes
This workshop, led by the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance, features presentations from Steve Barg, Executive Director, Conserve Lake County, and Geoff Deigan, President and CEO, WRD Environmental, and continues with a fast-paced panel discussion on the challenges of creating healthy landscapes including: stormwater management, natural resource preservation, soil and plants for sustainability, techniques in the field, consumer education, and the role of the entire community in developing sustainable landscapes.

Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance / Geoff Deigan, WRD Environmental; Shawn Kingzette, The Care of Trees; Todd Degner, Davey Resource Group; Steve Barg, Conserve Lake County

Main Event
Friday, October 19

Walk with Mark Fenton! We start at 7:30am at Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Road and wind our way through downtown to see the good and what can be done better to make Highland Park more “walker friendly”. Rain or shine.

7:30 to 8:30am

Registration, Exhibits and Breakfast

8:30am to 9am
Call to Action
Nancy Rotering, Mayor, Highland Park
Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead

John Harris, a5

9am to 9:15am
The Future of Chicago’s Water Supply
Debra Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District 

9:15am to 10am
From Reducing Landfill Waste to Building Healthy Soils for Food: The Future of Food Scrap Composting
Nora Goldstein, Editor, BioCycle Magazine

10am to 11am
Mayor’s Panel: Creating Healthy, Sustainable Communities
Moderator: Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
-Nancy Rotering, Mayor, City of Highland Park
-David Pope, President, Village of Oak Park
-Elizabeth Tisdahl, Mayor, City of Evanston

11am to 11:15am
Networking and Exhibits

11:15am to 12:15pm
America’s Walking: Creating the Environment that Encourages Walking, Biking and Community
Mark Fenton, Host of “America’s Walking” on PBS

12:15pm to 1:15pm
Lunch, Networking and Exhibits

In the afternoon, choose from such tracks as:

- Protecting Our Natural Resources
- Creating Healthy, Active Communities
- Engaging the Highland Park Community
- Regional Sustainability
- Fostering Innovation

GreenTown attendees will have the opportunity to attend the following tracks during the afternoon breakout sessions:

Protecting Our Natural Resources (I)

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Green Infrastructure: How West Union, Iowa is Creating a Sustainable Downtown that Manages Water and Enriches Community
Presenter: Jim Patchett, Founder and President, Conservation Design Forum

2:30pm to 3:30pm
From Back Yard to Back 40: Creating Sustainable Landscapes
Moderator: Stephen Bell, Director of College Partnerships, Illinois Green Economy Network
Panelists: Geoff Deigan, President and CEO, WRD Environmental; Andy Stahr, Pizzo & Associates; Steven Barg, Executive Director, Conserve Lake County

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Green Building and Energy Efficiency: Promoting Sustainable Buildings in Lake County and Beyond
Moderator/Presenter: Nate Kipnis, Principal, Kipnis Architecture + Planning
Presenters: David Husemoller, Lake County Planning, Building and Development; Daniel Grove, Associate Principal, The Lakota Group


Protecting Our Natural Resources (II)

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Local, Regional & State Water Conservation Strategies and Policies
Moderator: David Naftzger, Executive Director, Council of Great Lakes Governors
Presenters: Susan Garrett, Illinois State Senator; Abby Crisostomo, Program Associate, Metropolitan Planning Council; Catherine Hurley, Sustainable Programs Coordinator, City of Evanston

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Zero Waste Schools
Moderator: Jen Nelson, Zero Waste Program Manager, Seven Generations Ahead
Presenters: Shari Brown, Zero Waste Program Associate, Seven Generations Ahead; John Fuhrer, Director of Operations and Facilities, North Shore School District 112; Ana Garcia Doyle, Oak Park District 97 PTO Parent Leader


Healthy, Active Communities

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Bike Plans and Complete Streets: Creating Connectivity Within and Across Communities
Moderator: Lee Smith, Senior Planner, City of Highland Park
Presenters: Daniel Persky, Director of Policy and Planning, Active Transportation Alliance; Mike Walczak, Program Manager for Transportation, Northwest Municipal Conference; Chris Staron, Program Associate for Transportation, Northwest Municipal Conference; Derek Peebles, Civil Engineer, City of Des Plaines

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Green Infrastructure: Pioneering Healthy Communities: Action Plans for Increasing Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Across the State
Moderator: Mark Fenton, GreenTown Keynote
Speakers: Ann Marchetti, Consulting Director, FORWARD; Jan Pate, CEO, West Cook YMCA; Lee Smith, Senior Planner, City of Highland Park

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Building a Local, Sustainable Food Community: Gardens, Restaurants, Farms and Supermarkets!
Moderator/Presenter: Sonya Dagovitz, Owner, Natural Needs
Speakers: John Des Rosiers, Chef/Owner, Moderno; Geoff Deigan, President, WRD Environmental; Steve Barg, Executive Director, Conserve Lake County; Vince Mastromauro, Sunset Foods


Engaging the Highland Park Community

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Institutional Leaders Forum: Community Collaboration in Sustainability Implementation
Moderator: Dave Knapp, Manager, City of Highland Park
Presenters: John Fuhrer, Director of Operations and Facilities, North Shore School District 112; Rory Klick, Professor, College of Lake County; Tom Koulentes, Assistant Principal, Township High School District 113; Pam Benning, Director of Operations for Levy Restaurants at Ravinia

2:30pm to 3:30pm

Building Sustainability Into Community Development and Infrastructure
Moderator: Michael Blue, Director of Community Development, City of Highland Park
Presenters: Scott Freres, Co-Founder and Principal, The Lakota Group; Rick Hitchcock, President, Hitchcock Design Group; David Brint, CEO, Brinshore Development

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Engaging Students in Sustainability: High School Students Visions for Highland Park
Moderator: Nancy Rotering, Mayor, City of Highland Park; Tom Koulentes, Assistant Principal, Highland Park
Student Panelists: Ketan Patel, Rae Nathan, Savannah Grahf , Julie Han


Regional Sustainability

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Pilot Residential Food Scrap Collection Programs: Highland Park and Oak Park Case Studies
Moderator: Walter Willis, Executive Director, SWALCO
Presenters: Ben Dykstra, Area Manager, Veolia Environmental Services; Karen Rozmus, Environmental Services Manager, Village of Oak Park; Mark Dykema, District Manager, Waste Management; Dave Douglas, Glad Blags/Vision Quest Environmental; Emily Palm, Assistant to the city manager, City of Highland Park

2:30pm to 3:30pm
Shared Services: Ideas for Collaborating Across Town Lines
Moderator: Nancy Rotering, Mayor, City of Highland Park
Speakers: Ryan Waller, Assistant County Administrator, Lake County; David Stolman, Lake County Board Chairman; Todd Hileman, Manager, Village of Glenview; Dave Knapp, Manager, City of Highland Park; Bob Kiely, Manager, City of Lake Forest; Kent Street, Administrator, City of Deerfield; Susan Garrett, Illinois State Senator; Maria Lasday, Manager, Village of Bannockburn

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Energy Efficiency: Regional Energy Efficiency Program and Financing Models for Local Communities
Moderator: Dara Reiff, Outreach Coordinator, CNT Energy
Presenters: Paige Bonk, Energy Impact Illinois; Eric Koch, Nicor Home Services; Amy Stewart, IFF


Fostering Innovation

1:15pm to 2:15pm
Regional and Local Sustainability Plans: Highlights of CMAP Projects
Moderator: Jason Navota, Principal, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Presenters: Hildy Kingma, Village of Forest Park; Steve Barg, Executive Director, Conserve Lake County; David Husemoller, Lake County Planning, Building and Development

2:30pm to 3:30pm
South Korean Smart Grid Institute: The Next Frontier of Energy Efficiency in North America
Presenters: David Pope, President, Village of Oak Park; KC Poulos, Sustainability Manager, Village of Oak Park

3:45pm to 4:45pm
Clean Energy: From Geothermal to Electric Vehicles to Solar Communities
Moderator: Kim Stone, National Advisory Board of the Union of Concerned Scientists
Presenters: Ron Gryzik, Senior Engineer, Elara Engineering; Gabriel Sulkes, Policy Advisor, Office of Planning & Programming, Illinois Department of Transportation; Michelle Hickey, Program Director, Illinois Solar Energy Association


GreenTown will close with a Micro Brew Reception featuring a range of beers from Tighthead Brewing from Mundelein. Stay until the end for a beer, food, conversation…..and the free GreenTown beer glass.


For sponsorship and exhibitor information, contact Charles Colley at or by calling 314.651.2901.