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

Oak Park, Illinois

GreenTown: Pioneering Healthy and Sustainable Communities¬†took place on October 12, 2011 at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park. The event closed with a micro brew reception, featuring food from Marion Street Cheese Market and beer from Haymarket Pub and Brewery.

This year’s event, hosted by Pioneering Healthy Communities Oak Park, Cook County Department of Public Health’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work and the Village of Oak Park, featured a keynote address by Mark Fenton, Host of “America’s Walking” on PBS.

Key speakers during the main event on October 12th included:

- Dr. Helen Binns, MD, MPH, Director, Lead Evaluation Clinic and the Nutrition
Evaluation Clinic; Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Mark Fenton, Host of “America’s Walking” on PBS
- Don Harmon, Senator, State of Illinois
- Chris Koos, Mayor, Town of Normal
- David Pope, President, Village of Oak Park

The afternoon tracks at GreenTown Oak Park included healthy eating in the community; healthy eating at home; planning for a physically active community; sustainable communities planning and metrics; and green infrastructure and the great outdoors.

Download the conference brochure from GreenTown Oak Park here.

View the sponsors from GreenTown Oak Park here.

Below are select presentations that are available for download. If there is a presentation not available here, please contact Thomas Confar at 312.706.2527 or

Eric Bjorlin, School Programs Manager, Safe Routes to School, Active Transportation Alliance
Safe Routes to School for the 21st Century: Policies and Impact

Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Health
Healthy Food and Low-Income Families

Amy Talbot, Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Blue is Green: Water Conservation Strategies and Stormwater Management Policy in Illinois.