Conser-vision — the CDF Blog

In conjunction with our 20th anniversary, Conservation Design Forum is pleased to launch a new informational blog about environmental design and sustainable development as an enhancement to our website.

Since our founding in 1994, CDF has pioneered efforts to restore natural systems and processes in the everyday places where we live, work, play and learn - for the mutual well-being of people, our communities and the environment. more

  • Park District Breaks Ground on Jewel of Glen Ellyn Master Plan...Read more>
  • Chicago River Master Plan ...Read more>
  • Elgin Community College Builds Public Safety Training Center...Read more>
  • Creative Assets Attract New Development in Downtown Ann Arbor ...Read more>
  • David Yocca Speaking at MI Green Infrastructure Conference...Read more>
  • CDF & Stantec Team on Michigan Trail System Project...Read more>
  • Walkable Urban Centers See Rise in Real Estate Demand...Read more>
  • Green Infrastructure Plan Pivotal to Economic Development...Read more>
  • Lohr-Textile Section of Michigan Greenway Trail Opens to Public...Read more>
  • Nature 3X Symposium Asks Where is Nature Now...Read more>
  • Book Celebrates FPDCC Trailside Museum & Legend of Virginia Moe...Read more>
  • Design for Tuthill Headquarters Achieves SITES Certification...Read more>
  • Space to Grow's Sustainable Campus & Playground Renewal...Read more>
  • Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church Master Plan...Read more>
  • Researchers & Designers Team Up on Landscape Case Studies...Read more>
  • Green Streets Pilot Project in Iowa Wins Best Development Award...Read more>
  • Chicago Wilderness Hosts Sixth Biennial Wild Things Conference...Read more>
  • Openlands Lakeshore Preserve...Read more>
  • Route 47 Kishwaukee River Corridor Plan...Read more>
  • Chicago City Hall Green Roof...Read more>
  • Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve...Read more>
  • Tuthill Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility...Read more>



At CDF, we see water as the most vital resource for the whole of nature, which by definition includes people.  This philosophy drives all of our design projects- health facilities, residential neighborhoods, parks, interpretive centers, retail stores, or anything else.  We strive to understand the true natural and cultural spirit of a place, and express it in the design.  


Since 1994, CDF has been a leader in the ecological design movement.  We have pioneered green technologies and monitored them over time to ensure constant improvement.  We accomplish multiple benefits with each design element.  This innovation adds value, as does our diverse professional mix of team members.


Legat Architects and CDF Complete Largest Outdoor Renewable Energy Training Field in the U.S.

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New IBEW Training Facility in Alsip, Illinois to train electricians on how to use the latest sustainable technologies


CDF Landscape Architect Recognized in LAM for Urban Stormwater Pilot Project

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Westchester Public Library Parking Lot Ribbon Cutting - 6/27/15

Municipal "Green Streets" Redevelopment Project Wins 2015 Iowa ASLA Award

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Plan for Public Lands Earns Illinois ASLA Award for CDF

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Conservation Design Forum's feasibility study and plan for the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve has been recognized with an achievement award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Tuthill Corporate Headquarters Becomes Second Project in Illinois to Receive SITES Certification

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Tuthill Corporate Headquarters, designed by Conservation Design Forum, received SITES certification.

Municipal "Green Streets" Pilot Project in Iowa Wins Best Development Award

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Watch the Discovery Channel's Profile Series segment on the project!


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