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HeartLands Conservancy plans Green Communities conference in Belleville


From Illinois Business Journal news services

HeartLands Conservancy will present a Southwestern Illinois Communities Conference: “Green Communities, Prosperous Places,” on Thursday, March 17, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville.

Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with the program to start at 8 a.m.

Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members

Richard McKown, of Green Earth Land Design, a developer from Oklahoma City, will speak about his Trail Woods subdivision that was built with half traditional stormwater drainage (pipes, storm drains) and the other half using green techniques (swales, rain gardens). people can learn about what his experiment means for development and stormwater management in Southern Illinois.

McKown has over 20 years of experience in the housing industry as a builder, developer, and community designer.

Meridith McAvoy Perkins, of Davey Resource Group, will also discuss the benefits of urban forestry and a new regional urban forestry consortium. She manages the Urban Forestry Consortium powered by Davey Resource Group. She’ll explain why trees are a critical part of a community’s economic development strategy.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will present the 2016 Tree City USA Awards to winning communities from all over Illinois.

Go to for more information and tickets, or contact Kim O’Bryan at (618) 566-4451 ext. 10 or for tickets and sponsorship opportunities.

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