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  • 5th Annual Sustainability Conference: Sustainable Water Infrastructure.
    Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    This year’s conference will focus on Sustainable Water Infrastructure where we will delve into infrastructure approaches and products that provide a triple bottom line of social, environmental, and financial benefits. Our featured panel on Sustainable Water Infrastructure will discuss sustainability within the context of regional water planning, waste water systems, stormwater and flood management, and business case evaluations relating to water infrastructure. Learn about the Village of Downers Grove sustainability efforts and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District’s Fresh Coast 740 green infrastructure initiative. Also, we will share the vision for sustainability, survey the audience about how sustainability is impacting engineering, and recognize sustainability award winners from the American Society of Civil Engineers - Chicago (ASCE), American Public Works Association – Chicago (APWA), Association of Civil Engineering Companies - Illinois (ACEC), and American Planning Association – Illinois (APA).

    Sustainable Water Infrastructure Regional Water Planning Waste Water Systems Stormwater & Flood Management Business Case Evaluations Case Studies featuring municipal and waste water sustainability initiatives

    SPEAKERS: Gary Paradoski of Aqua Vitae (ASCE Sustainability Committee Chair), Karen Kabbes of Kabbes Engineering (ASCE National Sustainability Committee Board Member), Brendan Daly of Lafarge (APWA Chicago Chapter Education Co-Chair), John Williams of Impact Infrastructure, Tim Loftus of Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Carrie Bristol-Groll of Stormwater Solutions Engineering, Aruch Poonsapaya of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Jim Testin of the City of Park Ridge (APA Chicago Metro Section Director), Karen Daulton Lange of the Village of Downers Grove and Karen Sands of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

    WHERE: Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL 60193-1899
    COST: $30 paid via online registration
    RSVP: https://www.123signup.com/register?id=yrmrr
    QUESTIONS: contact the CMS Board at cms@ilapa.org
    CM CREDITS: Four (4.00) AICP CM credits approved


  • Chicago’s Ongoing Transportation Revolution
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 9:00 am to 11:00 am (registration will start at 8:45 am)

    Our streets generally change slowly. Decade after decade, streets are built to relatively constant designs and single occupancy cars dominate the landscape. Chicago has defied this trend in recent years by leading a national movement toward people-focused transportation systems. Chicago’s streets are now built with a different underlying philosophy of what type of user should be prioritized. New public-private partnerships are creating unique transportation and recreation opportunities through Chicago’s neighborhoods. Residents and visitors are taking advantage of mobility options like bike sharing and car sharing that continue to rapidly evolve with each passing year. Planners know that communities become what they are through deliberate actions, tough decision-making, and leaders who guide visionary ideas to implementation. Join these leaders as we discuss what is “it” in Chicago transportation in 2015.

    Joshua Sikich, AICP, LEED AP, Chicago Office Director for Alta Planning + Design, will introduce national transportation trends that provide context for Chicago’s innovations. Janet Attarian, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Livable Streets Director with Chicago Department of Transportation, will present how the City’s pedestrian-first philosophy has transformed arterial roads from wide, fast corridors for cars to pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets conducive to neighborhood vibrancy. Jamie Simone, AICP, LEED AP, Program Director for the Urban Parks Program at The Trust for Public Land, will discuss the unique planning process and upcoming opening of The 606, a one-of-a-kind 3-mile elevated park along an abandoned rail corridor on the near northwest side. Sean Wiedel, AICP, Assistant Commissioner with Chicago Department of Transportation, will discuss the hugely popular Divvy bicycle share system, its 2015 expansion, and its continuing mission to provide equitable transportation to Chicagoans of all socioeconomic levels. Sharon Feigon, Executive Director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, will discuss the Center’s recent launch, the latest in shared mobility, and new opportunities for improving transportation options.

    WHERE: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago, IL
    COST: $15 paid at the door ($5 for students); checks payable to APA-CMS
    To RSVP, please email cms@ilapa.org by April 28th
    QUESTIONS: For program questions, please contact the CMS Board at cms@ilapa.org
    CM CREDITS: Two (2.00) AICP CM credits pending

    For more APA-CMS information: http://www.ilapa.org/CMS.html


  • The 2015 CMS Program Calendar is here! In addition to the programs listed on the calendar, the CMS is also planning a few workshops as a part of their Planners Toolkit series. Stay tuned for details. The CMS Program Registration Bundle is available for $45, providing admittance to four CMS programs for the price of three. Email cms@ilapa.org for details.

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Executive Committee


James Testin, AICP
City of Park Ridge
(phone) 847-318-5296
Todd Vanadilok, AICP
Teska Associates 
(phone) 312-577-7434
Brittany Bagent
Teska Associates
(phone) 312-898-6738
Brandon Nolin, AICP
Houseal Lavigne Associates
(phone) 312-372-1008 x111
Past President
Vijay Gadde, AICP
Village of Oswego
(phone) 630-551-2334


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