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


GreenTown coming to Aurora, Illinois Thursday, October 9

GreenTown is returning to Aurora, Illinois on Thursday, October 9 to check in and refocus efforts to make Aurora a healthier, more sustainable city. GreenTown Aurora will feature speaker Mayor Tom Weisner as well as Jim and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing, where the event will be held. Check back often for more updates.

GreenTown Michiana featured in edible MICHIANA

GreenTown Michian and GreenTown Michiana 2.0 were featured in the summer 2014 edition of edible MICHIANA magazine in an article titled, “Sustainability Feeds on Collaboration: Going Green Together,” written by partner and collaborator Mike Keen of IUSB’s Center for a Sustainable Future. The article outlined the importance of GreenTown’s role in connecting the dots between the public and private sectors and bringing them together to create real, sustainable change. Click here to view a digital version of the magazine.

GreenTown Michiana featured on Politically Speaking on WNIT

Mayors Pete Buttigieg (South Bend) and Dave Wood (Mishawaka) appeared on WNIT’s Politically Speaking along with State Rep Ryan Dvorak, a5 principal John Harris and IUSB Center for a Sustainable Future head Mike Keen to discuss how to create sustainable communities. Click here to see the program.

Downtown South Bend walk led by Mark Fenton draws more than 100 participants

The night before GreenTown, more than 100 people joined healthy communities consultant Mark Fenton on an hour-long walk of downtown South Bend. The aim: to identify how the downtown can be more active, vibrant, walkable and bikable. See the video, underwritten by Matthews LLC, here.

GreenTown South Bend will host walkability expert Mark Fenton and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell.

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CNU “Live/Work/Walk” event hosted by a5

CNU CEO & President John Norquist raised conversation about how raising and/or eliminating the restrictions on commercial space in traditional neighborhood districts can allow investment to meet market demand, as CNU launches its latest initiative, “Live/Work/Walk: Removing Obstacles to Investment.” Click here to read more.

PlanItGreen in Full Swing in Oak Park and River Forest

The GreenTown event in October at Unity Temple in Oak Park shone a spotlight on the progress of implementing the PlanItGreen sustainability plan. Click here to read more.

Thanks to all speakers, sponsors and attendees for a successful GreenTown in Terre Haute!

On November 16-17, GreenTown made its third stop of 2011 at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. GreenTown was presented by Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability and hosted by Indiana State University in downtown Terre Haute.

Select presentations from GreenTown Terre Haute are now available by clicking here.

GreenTown pre-conference workshops were held on Wednesday November 16, including:
- Greening the College Campus, a meeting of the Indiana Green Campus Network
- Creating a Sustainable K-12 System

Key speakers during the main event on November 17th included:

-Mayor Duke Bennett, City of Terre Haute
-Daniel Bradley, President, Indiana State University
-Bob Dixson, Mayor, Greensburg, Kansas
-Richard Jackson, Professor of Health at UCLA, Author of two new books and host of a PBS special airing in January
-Mayor Sue Murray, Greencastle, Indiana
-Scott Russell Sanders, Professor Emeritus, Indiana University and Author of numerous books