Regional Planning

Openlands’ vision for a vibrant, green region not only includes a network of open spaces and protected natural areas, but also hopes to harmonize the relationships between humans, urban development, and nature. To that end, our work strikes a balance between the needs of a growing region and the needs of the natural world around us.

Photo: DJ Glisson

ComEd Green Region

Openlands is partnering with ComEd to administer the ComEd Green Region Program. Recognizing that open space in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, the ComEd program awards grants for municipal efforts to plan for, protect, and improve open land in ComEd’s service area of northern Illinois.

Food and Farmland

Openlands supports the greater metropolitan region’s local food system through policy and advocacy, preserving farmland and natural assets, and connecting people to the land through access to fresh, healthy food.


Openlands believes that it is vital to design transportation solutions with nature. Our roads, rail, transit and trails should support livable, walkable vibrant communities that preserve and enhance open space.