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Body and Soul: Parks and the Health of Great Cities. Timothy J. Mitchell Superintendent and CEO Chicago Park District. Chicago Park District. Over 7500 Acres, 500+ Parks, 250+ Facilities Chicago Park District committed to sustainability Four core values – including “Green”

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Body and soul parks and the health of great cities

Body and Soul:Parks and the Health of Great Cities

Timothy J. Mitchell

Superintendent and CEO

Chicago Park District


Chicago park district
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


Sustainability examples
Sustainability Examples

  • No Mow Areas – Propane Lawnmowers

  • Fleet Emission Reductions

  • Outreach & Education

  • LEED for New Facilities


Sustainability examples1
Sustainability Examples

  • Integrated Pest Management

  • Dandelion Education Campaign

  • Community Gardens in Parks


Sustainability challenges
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


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