2004 – Ongoing
Great Lakes Forever is a public education initiative involving media outreach, educational advertising (print and radio), point-of-experience signs at lakefront areas, and web-based outreach that inform and hopefully inspire a broader constituency to take action to restore and protect the Great Lakes. Great Lakes Forever frames the discussion of the Lakes around four key issues: water quality, water quantity, habitat protection and invasive species control.
Great Lakes Forever exhibits Biodiversity Project’s dedication to promoting a more informed and active public that makes connections between the environment and their daily lives. The ongoing program, initially launched in 2004, expanded in 2005 with the support of the John G. Shedd Aquarium and other Chicago and regional partners.
Great Lakes Forever and Budweiser have been partners since 2005 to produce the annual Great Lakes photo contest in an effort to raise awareness of the Great Lakes and engage people in their protection. Each year we ask professional and amateur photographers and artists to submit their favorite Great Lakes photos that reveal the unique and treasured landscape of the region. Winners are chosen in each category and are awarded with prizes from Budweiser. Grand prize winners have their photos printed on beer coasters that are distributed to restaurants and bars in the Great Lakes region.