Sustainability in Lake County

Susan's Environmental Leadership

Susan leads the board of directors of the environmental nonprofit Bluestem Communications, Inc.  Bluestem creates communication strategies to inspire action that protects, restores, and sustains natural resources.

Since her youth, Susan has been an environmental leader.  At the University of Michigan, she worked with founders of the Green Bike Initiative. Her home was used to prepare bikes for Ann Arbor to be used as free transit for residents.

In Chicago, she served on the Gateway Green, a leader in urban beautification and greening projects that make a positive environmental and aesthetic impact on Chicago.

We Need East-West Infrastructure

We need our east-west roads improved and repaired.  The north-south traffic will be lessened by better cross-roads.  Vertical development on land already in use makes sense for the community and our habitat.

Our Habitat Is Vulnerable

"Lake County is especially vulnerable to the potential disruptions caused by [development]. It has the greatest number of unique and threatened ecological resources in the state of Illinois, including lakes and ponds, streams, extensive wetlands, native prairie remnants and significant acreages of restored ecosystems. 

The county has the largest number of state and federal threatened, endangered and special concern species of any county in Illinois."  - 53/120 Blue Ribbon Advisory Council

Susan on 53 Extension: Don't Do It

After a blue ribbon panel devoted community resources to come up with conditions that would result in an environmentally friendly way to develop the roadway, the state and tollway officials seem to have set those conditions aside.  We can expect flooding, higher taxes, additional tolls, tons of pollutants per year, and habitat destruction.

We Should Have Stronger Environmental Leadership

Foxconn threatens our ecosystem.  Plans for the Des Plaines River Watershed can cause major problems for Lake County residents and for the Lake County Forest Preserves.  LCFP should lead our community in a challenge to the EPA of Wisconsin and the United States as they weaken rules that will affect our habitat.

Alternatives to Our Wasteful Habits

Lake County needs to increase the use of alternatives to single-occupant vehicles.  Ride-sharing, bicycles, public transit, and foot traffic are options that people will seek with the encouragement of and facilitation by the Lake County government.

The preserved corridor of the Tri-County Access Project is well-situated for a sustainable project for transit without the pollution and cost. Why not build a bike path for commuting and develop businesses that connect with this better option? Lake County needs a better path to the future.