CHICAGO – The Openlands 2015 Annual Luncheon focused on how to care for our natural resources in the Chicago region for the benefit of people and the environment. At the luncheon, Cook County Board President and Forest Preserves of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle was presented with Openlands’ Conservation Leadership Award.
The luncheon took place at the Hilton Chicago on October 29 from 10:30am until 1:30pm. A networking reception began at 10:30 a.m. and the lunch and program began at noon.
The Openlands Annual Luncheon is consistently the largest gathering of conservation-minded organizations, volunteers, and elected officials in metropolitan Chicago with over 900 attendees expected.
Preckwinkle led the development and implementation of the Next Century Conservation Plan for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, an ambitious roadmap formulated by a dedicated commission. The work was facilitated by Openlands, Metropolis Strategies, and the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Openlands provided staffing for the effort. The plan creates healthy landscapes for the people, inspires economic growth, and builds a culture of conservation.
“Openlands is honored to celebrate President Preckwinkle’s leadership on this ambitious road map for the future of the forest preserves,” said Openlands President and CEO Jerry Adelmann. “Her passion to connect people of all backgrounds to the ecological, physical, and mental health benefits of restored public lands is directly in line with Openlands’ mission. Under her leadership, the Forest Preserves of Cook County remain a strong partner in ensuring the ecological and human health of our region.”