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Park Forest wins 2013 APA award for Growing Green

From the CMAP web site:

The Village of Park Forest recently received the Illinois American Planning Association’s sustainability plan of the year award for Growing Green.

The Village of Park Forest has a legacy of living and developing sustainably.

On May 14, 2012, the Village Board affirmed this commitment to sustainability by voting unanimously to adopt the Park Forest Sustainability Plan.

As an early model of a planned community, the Village was designed to provide a high quality of life for its residents and has been awarded for its livability throughout the years. Park Forest boasts a wide variety of affordable housing types, abundant open spaces, and a redeveloped, walkable downtown district. The Village also has a progressive history of fostering racial, cultural, and economic diversity and cohesion. Its location — approximately 35 miles south of downtown Chicago and straddling the border between Cook and Will Counties — benefits from access to both Metra train service and Cook County Forest Preserves. Additionally, Park Forest has worked to pilot several “green” initiatives, including municipal building renovations, rain garden, solar hot water heater, and green roof demonstration projects, and the Central Park Wetlands Restoration project. Now, the Village is building on past efforts to create a sustainability plan with help from CMAP’s Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program…Please click here to read the entire blog post.

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