Millennium Reserve is a transforming region in the Calumet and southeast Chicago lakefront areas with thriving commerce, communities, and wildlife. Its promise includes:
- Support and promote the revitalization of the Illinois International Port District.
- Maximize the value of existing transportation infrastructure.
- Encourage environmentally-sensitive manufacturing as well as sustainable transit, cargo, and related industry.
- Create a competitive workforce while addressing the serious labor/skills mismatch in the manufactoring sector.
- Support development of local small businesses by entrepreneurs through micro-financing or other programs and expanded opportunities in the green economy.
- Provide training and internships for green jobs including restoration and land management.
- Support college programs that provide specific training for future career opportunities.
- Facilitate new opportunities for cultural tourism, historic tourism, and eco-tourism.
- Manage core natural lands that contain important high-quality biological communities and support rare plants and animals.
- Expand and improve healthy natural habitats to maximize biodiversity.
- Through expanded trail systems and other green corridors, increase natural area connectivity for people and wildlife.
- Develop voluntary programs to encourage “greener” neighborhoods through native, low-maintenance gardening that provide a patchwork of healthy backyard-scale habitat.
- Develop incentive programs to assist commercial landowners with habitat establishment and maintenance.
- Build a system of green infrastructure based on a vision shared by Chicago Wilderness and the Go To 2040 plan.
- Continue growing the community of volunteer natural area stewards.
- Coordinate with local communities to plan and implement sustainable land use concepts that reduce flooding.
- Complete and connect trail routes throughout the area.
- Sponsor events to highlight healthy outdoor recreational opportunities.
- Expand outreach programs that encourage young people to explore their natural environment.
- Promote innovative new uses for underutilized lands and brownfields such as renewable native biomass production, garden nurseries, organic farming, and other environmental strategies.
- Connect people to their cultural, industrial, and natural history through trails, interpretation, and other creative opportunities.
- Support the development of civic leadership within the region.
Updated May 2016