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 Carbondale makes “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list
National magazine
honors the city’s cultural programming and environmental initiatives 

TOPEKA, Kan. (Sept. 21, 2009) — Near the southwest tip of Illinois lies a city teeming with creativity and environmental awareness. These efforts land Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University, on Mother Earth News fourth annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the leading sustainable-living magazine, features 11 selected communities in its October-November issue, on sale Sept. 22.

The magazine cites Carbondale’s mix of university students and locals, access to cultural programs such as the Big Muddy Film Festival, and a city-run program to encourage homeowners to invest in rain collection systems as a few of the reasons to spotlight this Illinois city of 43,000.

“Carbondale’s progressive energy shines through in so many facets of the city,” says John Rockhold, managing editor for the magazine. “Mother Earth News focuses on cool things you can do to live wisely and create community, and we think our readers will identify with a place like Carbondale.”

The annual Great Places list serves as a fun way to recognize cities and towns that combine elements such as comfortable climate with positive civic energy, investment in the local economy and meaningful initiatives for the environment. And, yes, the editors know that some people have heard of these locales.

Other cities making this year’s list are Mountain View, Ark.Oakland, Calif.Cornwall, Conn.Bonners Ferry, IdahoLanesboro, Minn.Rock Port, Mo.Sylva, N.C.Silver City, N.M.Norman, Okla.; and Walla Walla, Wash. 

About Mother Earth NewsPublished by Ogden Publications, Mother Earth News (www.MotherEarthNews.com) is the oldest and most widely distributed magazine dedicated to sustainable lifestyles. Since its launch in 1970, the brand has been a trusted guide to sustainable lifestyles. Today it enjoys the highest print circulation in its category with at least 475,000 paid copies. Each bimonthly issue of Mother Earth News features practical and money-saving information on organic gardening; fun, do-it-yourself projects; cutting energy costs; using renewable energy sources; green home building and remodeling; rural living; and conscientious, self-sufficient lifestyles. Mother Earth News offers free syndicated content, RSS feeds and topic-specific e-newsletters for journalists and consumers.

About Ogden PublicationsOgden Publications Inc. (www.OgdenPubs.com) is the leading media company and information resource serving the sustainable living community. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, The Herb Companion and Grit. Ogden Publications also serves niche markets with magazines and books targeting rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities, and provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division. The Topeka, Kan.-based company is privately held.

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