PlanItGreen’s Institutional Leadership Forum provided an opportunity for sustainability leaders to celebrate their 2014 accomplishments and plan next year’s goals. Held November 12 at Marion Street Cheese Market, more than 50 representatives from key Oak Park and River Forest taxing bodies and institutions participated. Village presidents Anan Abu-Taleb and Cathy Adduci gave engaging opening addresses that apprised the group of progress on the Villages’ joint sustainability plan. OPRF Community Foundation CEO and President Kristin Carlson Vogen underscored the foundation’s continued commitment to PlanItGreen and the importance of this project to the values of the Oak Park and River Forest communities. Seven Generations Ahead’s Gary Cuneen briefed the group on funding sources to support implementation and presented an update on the development of the 2014 PlanItGreen Report Card that will be published next year. Community leaders gave 17 success snapshots from recent community projects, including River Forest Elementary District 90’s successful funding application and installation of Solar Panels on all three schools.
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