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

Press Coverage

Since its inaugural event in 2007, GreenTown has received an extensive amount of media coverage on a variety of media platforms throughout the Midwest.

From ranking first in the nation with the greatest number of LEED-certified buildings to the creation of more than 300 green roofs, Chicago is a leading sustainable city in the United States. GreenTown – sponsored by the city of Chicago, the Institute of Cultural Affairs, and Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning – returned to Chicago May 21 and 22, 2014 to recognize and seize upon Chicago’s leadership in creating healthier, sustainable living.

Below are some of the highlights of the GreenTown Chicago coverage:

06/02/2014 – SXNews – SXU Staff and Faculty Attend GreenTown Chicago Conference

05/2014 - Natural Awakenings – GreenTown Seeks Solutions to Sustainable Cities


GreenTown Michiana brings together the public sector and the private sector to connect the dots, to inspire and to work together to remake our communities. From healthy living to local food, energy to green infrastructure, water to outdoor space, GreenTown will help you make the healthy choice the easy choice.

10/2012  - City of South Bend publishes the news release announcing GreenTown South Bend

10/13/2013 – enFocus covered GreenTown South Bend, October 2013

10/2013 – Transition Goshen reports details of GreenTown South Bend, October 2013

7/24/2013 – GreenTown conference comes to South Bend, WNDU television

7/24/2013 – GreenTown conference comes to South Bend, Fox 28 television

10/10/2103 – Mayors attend GreenTown, Fox 28 television

10//10/2013 – GreenTown brings hundreds to South Bend, 95.3MNC radio

10/11/2013 – GreenTown, Mishawaka Work To Sustainable Future, WSBT television

GreenTown Terre Haute is the 10th Installment of GreenTown. Held on November 16-17, 2011 at Indiana State University, hosted by Our Green Valley Alliance.   The event featured Bob Dixson, Mayor of Greenburg, Kansas and Richard Jackson, Professor and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA.  This conference brought together members of both the public and private sector of the community that are working towards creating a healthy, sustainable Wabash Valley.

Below are some of the highlights of the GreenTown Terre Haute coverage:

11/26/11 — TribStar — Sustainability Plan for Terre Haute Taking Shape

11/21/11 — Indiana State University: ISU Newsroom — GreenTown Conference Focuses Spotlight on Sustainability

11/18/11 — TribStar — Speakers Explore Aspects of Being “Green”

11/18/11 — Bryan Jackson’s Blog — GreenTown Terre Haute

11/17/11 — mywabashvalley.com — GreenTown Summit Comes to Terre Haute


GreenTown Elgin is the eighth installment of GreenTown. Held on April 28 at The Centre in downtown Elgin, a keynote address was provided by Dr. Richard Jackson, the former head of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to Jackson’s keynote, GreenTown’s focus is on Elgin’s progress and future, and ways communities around the Chicago metro area are “going green” and working to create healthy, sustainable communities.

Below are some of the highlights of the GreenTown Elgin coverage:

4/29/11 — Elgin Courier – GreenTown Eyes Healthier Elgin

4/28/11 — Daily Herald – Elgin on ‘Cutting Edge’ of Sustainability

4/19/11 — Elgin Courier – Greensburg Mayor to Share Town’s ‘green’ Tale at Elgin conference

4/5/11 — Daily Herald – Green Conference Comes to Elgin

3/31/11 — Trib Local Elgin – GreenTown to be Held at The Centre of Elgin in Downtown Elgin

3/30/11 — The News Bulletin – Elgin Touts ‘GreenTown’ Initiatives

3/28/11 — Elgin Courier – Elgin’s Sustainability Action Plan Moves Ahead


GreenTown Chicago, the fourth installment of GreenTown, proved to be the most successful event to date. Held on October 14-15, 2009 and featuring Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s keynote and the Chicago Climate Action Plan, a capacity crowd was in attendance to learn how to create more sustainable communities.

Below are some of the highlights of the GreenTown Chicago coverage:

11/1/09 — Contractor Magazine – “Sustainability is top priority for GreenTown Chicago”

10/14/09 — KABC-TV Los Angeles, CA – “Chicago GreenTown aims to make communities more sustainable”

9/30/09 — Shore Magazine – “This week’s green note -  Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to speak at GreenTown Chicago”

9/22/09 — HPAC (Heating, Piping and Air Conditioning) – “Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Climate Change”


In its third successful event, GreenTown Grand Rapids was held at the DeVos Center at Grand Valley State University in downtown Grand Rapids on July 22-23, 2009.

Below are some of the highlights of the GreenTown Grand Rapids coverage:

7/22/09 — WGVU – “Green Town” Highlights Grand Rapids, Efforts At Making Communities Sustainable

7/22/09 —  Grand Rapids Press – Mayor of Kansas City Destroyed by Tornado to Discuss Rebuilding Green at Conference