Green Festival Speakers
Michael Howard is the founder and Executive Director for Fuller Park Community Development. Since 1992 he has led the community of Fuller Park in social and economic issues that was relevant to his constituents. He helped to bring more than 150 million dollars in capital improvements to Fuller Park, which helped to lower the lead levels affecting the communitys water supply for more than 4200 neighborhood families and their children. He led the fight to replace the dangerous PCBs found leaking in the public schools light fixtures in one of the local elementary schools effecting more than 450 children 38 teachers and a support staff. His community work has received national attention, once when he was featured in a PBS Special that aired in 2006 spotlighting how he and his wife worked with community residents to transform a once illegal dumpsite into Eden Place Nature Center. At Eden Place Michael teaches environmental education to children and families on the south side of Chicago. Michaels innovative Job Training program South Point Academy was also featured in a special done by ABC 7s Harry Porterfield in 2003. Michael Howard earned his certification as an Urban Developer in 1996 through a Graduate program indorsed by then Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros. He holds a BBS degree from Robert Morris Business Collage His certifications include: Master Gardener, Tree Keeper and Raptor Handler to name a few. Michael serves as an advisor and board member to numerous community agencies.