Chicago’s greater metropolitan region supports the economic, social, and recreational needs of 9.3 million people. Between now and 2030 projections suggest an additional two million people, which will further stress the area’s natural and ecological resources. New plans and policies are needed to accommodate this growth while protecting – and possibly even enhancing – the region's ecological services and biodiversity.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) will work with local officials, and assist regional planners in formulating new development and resource management strategies. IISG's outreach to local officials will encourage more sustainable growth at the community scale, while its planning assistance to regional agencies will help them sustainably manage surface and groundwater resources (and their associated ecosystems).
Local Decision Maker
This web-based GIS decision system is designed to improve comprehensive land use planning so that economic, ecological, social, and cultural resources are integrated with future development in a sustainable way.
This historic agreement brings together planning agencies around Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and (recent addition) Michigan to work together across state lines to consider major environmental and economic issues.
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
University of Illinois
1101 W. Peabody Drive
350 National Soybean Research Center, MC-635
Urbana, IL 61801
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