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Interagency Sustainability Forum: Midwest Regional Administrator, Antonio R. Riley participated with Chicago’s Federal Executive Board’s (FEB)

On March 12, 2012, Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio R. Riley participated in Chicago’s Federal Executive Board’s (FEB) Interagency Sustainability Forum.  The half-day session started with the FEB presenting Mayor Rahm Emanuel a Green Government Leadership award, crafted from recycled metals and reused bicycle parts, for his efforts in creating a sustainable Chicago.

Mayor Emanuel’s efforts resulted in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce naming Chicago as the most sustainable large community in 2012.

In his remarks the mayor said his goal is to make Chicago the model green city in America and in the process put more people to work.   The mayor also focused on the importance of Chicago’s partnerships with the U.S. Department of Housing  and Urban Development (HUD), U.S.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

Following the award ceremony, Mr. Riley participated on a sustainability panel with federal and city partners. 

Antonio R. Riley standing with Chicago s Federal Executive Board members

Antonio Riley is 3rd from right and the mayor is center (5th from right) with Chicago’s Federal Executive Board members 

Mr. Riley said that public transit and sustainable buildings give families access to stable communities in Chicago. This reputation helps create jobs and attract new businesses. 

The current successes in creating sustainable communities in Region V have a lot to do with the Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  Since 2009, this joint partnership between HUD, DOT, and EPA, has focused on “creating solutions to address regional challenges and opportunities.”

HUD has invested in multifamily and housing authority retrofits, additionally HUD has awarded more than $40 million to local organizations, such as the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the West Cook County Transit Oriented Development Strategy Coalition, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, and the City of Chicago for:  infrastructure plans, housing near transit, sustainable and affordable housing, and transformation of aging neighborhoods.

Mr. Riley congratulated Chicago for being such a strong partner.

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