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  1. Body and Soul:Parks and the Health of Great Cities Timothy J. Mitchell Superintendent and CEO Chicago Park District

  2. Chicago Park District • Over 7500 Acres, 500+ Parks, 250+ Facilities • Chicago Park District committed to sustainability • Four core values – including “Green” • Leading by example • Mayor Richard M. Daley champion of environment and sustainability

  3. Sustainability Examples • No Mow Areas – Propane Lawnmowers • Fleet Emission Reductions • Outreach & Education • LEED for New Facilities

  4. Sustainability Examples • Integrated Pest Management • Dandelion Education Campaign • Community Gardens in Parks

  5. Sustainability Challenges • Stormwater Ordinance • Additional cost to projects for stormwater detention • Working with City Dept of Water Management to use park space around project where appropriate • Adding Green to Urban Design • City Department of Planning & Development lead agency • Park District developed sustainable landscaping for all public agencies in Chicago