Northern Trust and The Nature Conservancy of Illinois Team Up to Preserve the Prairie

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Northern Trust and The Nature Conservancy of Illinois Team Up to Preserve the Prairie

Northern Trust partners and guests gather before traveling to Indian Boundary Prairie in Markham, IL.

Northern Trust partners and guests gather before traveling to Indian Boundary Prairie in Markham, IL.

Northern Trust Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Frederick H. Waddell assembled a team of 40 volunteers in partnership with The Nature Conservancy of Illinois to remove invasive sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis) from the Indian Boundary Prairies.

Waddell, also Chairman of the Financial Services Roundtable, hosted a meet and greet with Commissioner Debra Shore of Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and General Superintendent Arnold Randall of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. “Effective land conservation requires public and private sector collaboration to be successful,” says Commissioner Shore. “Northern Trust’s relationship with The Nature Conservancy shows how this type of collaboration can lead to greater impact by introducing people to rare nature interwoven in our great metropolis.”

Welcoming volunteers to the Preserving the Prairie event. Back Row (Left – Right): Karen Tharp, Director of Urban Stewardship and Engagement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County; Molly Rand, Director of Development, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Trust; Front Row (Left – Right): John Legge, Chicago Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; Deborah Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; Deborah Liverett, Senior Vice President and Director, Community Affairs, Northern Trust; Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion, Northern Trust; Michelle Carr, State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois.

Welcoming volunteers to the Preserving the Prairie event. Back Row (Left – Right): Karen Tharp, Director of Urban Stewardship and Engagement, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; Arnold Randall, General Superintendent of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County; Molly Rand, Director of Development, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Trust; Front Row (Left – Right): John Legge, Chicago Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois; Deborah Shore, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; Deborah Liverett, Senior Vice President and Director, Community Affairs, Northern Trust; Connie L. Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity and Inclusion, Northern Trust; Michelle Carr, State Director, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois.

Volunteers were joined by Commissioner Stanley Moore of Cook County’s 4th District and worked on teams led by interns from the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program to protect the threatened plant species, eared false foxglove and early fen sedge. “Volunteer activities focused on sustainability allow us to engage our employees and other key stakeholders in activities with positive environmental impact—both of which are key elements of our CSR Strategy,” says Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust.

After returning from the prairie, volunteers enjoyed a picnic in Northern Trust’s garden which is generally open for the public to enjoy.

Congratulations Northern Trust!