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Suzanne Malec-McKenna
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Suzanne Malec-McKenna serves as Commissioner of the Department of Environment for the City of Chicago. Suzanne was nominated by Mayor Daley for the position in August 2007, and has more than 20 years experience in environmental issues, including sustainable development and ecological preservation and restoration.

Commissioner Malec-McKenna has served for nearly 16 years in the Department of Environment, most recently as Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources and Water Quality.

Suzanne has led key efforts for the Department, including Greencorps Chicago, the Chicago Center for Green Technology, the Calumet Initiative, the Chicago Conservation Corps and the implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan. Suzanne has a B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; a M.S. in Managerial Communication from Northwestern University and is currently seeking her Ph.D. from Northwestern in Communication Studies.

Blog Entries by Suzanne Malec-McKenna

Be a Part of the Solution: Celebrate Chicagoans' Actions in Addressing Climate Change

Posted August 6, 2010 | 18:43:21 (EST)

Beat the heat and save cold hard cash!

For most Chicago residents, the summer months spark higher electricity and water use, which leads to higher monthly bills. With the temperature hovering around 90 degrees many days, this is an excellent time to think about simple, everyday actions to reduce our...

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From Green Roofs to Clean Tech: How Chicago Is Preparing for the Sustainable Future

Posted April 12, 2010 | 11:30:46 (EST)

More than 20 years ago, Mayor Richard M. Daley had a vision of a green Chicago, from trees and roofs to green buildings and alleys. While on a visit to Germany in the late 1990s, he saw a green roof on Hamburg's City Hall and sought to replicate the idea...

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