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What's New
Making the riverfront a place for people
Chicago Tribune (9/15)
The downtown Chicago Riverwalk often seems so effortlessly successful that it's easy to forget that people actually labored to design it.

Carefully constructed wetland unveiled in Tommy Thompson Park
The Toronto Star (9/14)
The second phase of an ongoing restoration project for rare birds, endangered species and more was unveiled at Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto.

5 Chicago communities will use data to plan for climate change
Next City (8/24)
In Chicago, Ill., the American Planning Association received a $300,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help communities incorporate climate data into capital improvement plans.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center aims to be poster child of sustainability & collaboration
WUWM – Milwaukee, WI (8/9)
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, just west of Ashland, Wis., is in the midst of a major green makeover.

EDITORIAL: Change critical in maintaining safe, ample water supply
Star News (8/6)
As populations expand in Minnesota and across the U.S., water’s value as a commodity will continue to grow.

South Works back on the market
Chicago Tribune (8/1)
Looking for some beachfront property close to the Loop? South Works, a massive, long-vacant U.S. Steel site along Lake Michigan in Chicago, Ill., is back on the market.

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General Resources
Critical Trends Assessment Program
Illinois Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
CTAP is an on-going process to evaluate the state of the Illinois environment.

Great Lakes Sustainable Land Use
Great Lakes Commission
A clearinghouse for brownfields-related information; provides opportunities for Great Lakes jurisdictions to showcase their individual programs and activities.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
IISD, based in Winnipeg, promotes sustainable development in decision making internationally and within Canada.

Internetwork for Sustainability
Our main goal is to make information about sustainable development visible and easily accessible to anyone.

Protecting Our Waters
Milwaukee River Basin Partnership
This web site provides local governments, developers and citizens with a planning guide that encourages good land-use decisions to protect Milwaukee River Basin water resources.

Real People, Real Places
Minnesota Department of Natural resources (DNR)
Stories that illustrate the creative work of Minnesota's land managers as they figure out how best to use and protect our natural heritage.

Sustainable Development Indicators
Managed and coordinated by the SDI group with participants from twelve federal departments and agencies, Sustainable Development Indicators are various statistical values that collectively measure the capacity to meet present and future needs.

Sustainable Minnesota
Minnesotans for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ME3)
This site is to help citizens and organizations in Minnesota and the region get timely information to promote sustainable energy policies.

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Advocacy Groups
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
Committed to promoting land use policies and actions that will enable Pennsylvania to strengthen its diverse urban, suburban, and rural communities and reduce sprawl.

1000 Friends of Minnesota
Devoted to promoting a sustainable landscape where finite natural resources are protected, cities are vital and livable, and all citizens have access to clean air, water and soil.

1000 Friends of Wisconsin and the Land Use Institute
Educates citizens and policy makers about the benefits of responsible land use.

Michigan Land Use Institute
The Michigan Land Use Institute was founded in 1995 to establish an approach to economic development that strengthens communities, enhances opportunity, and protects the state's unmatched natural resources.

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Education
TEACH Great Lakes: Urban Sprawl
Many communities in the Great Lakes region are feeling the effects of urban sprawl: loss of farmland, destruction of wildlife habitats, loss of community.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Economy
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GLIN: Renewable Energy in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Rural Development in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Sustainable Transportation in the Great Lakes Region
Brownfields: Sustainable Land Use (Exit GLIN)
Great Lakes Commission

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