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Thank you for publishing "PlanItGreen's local report card" in the May 1 Viewpoints section. The report card focuses on community strategies including energy, waste, transportation, water, food, and economic development and asks the question, "As a community, how are we doing?" It is a great example of "thinking globally while acting locally" to address climate change and other sustainability issues. 

I applaud the work that has gone into this project for the past nine years, work done by many people in Oak Park and River Forest, under the coordination of the OP-RF Community Foundation, Seven Generations Ahead, and PlanItGreen. I strongly encourage all our elected officials, and all citizens, to read the report and ask themselves, "Is there anything else I could be doing so that we make progress even faster?" And I encourage other communities to adopt a similar approach. 

For anyone who hasn't yet read the report, it is posted on the PlanItGreen website, at

Art Spooner 

Oak Park 

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