In 1964, nearly 150 civic leaders and local officials gathered to assess Champaign County’s environmental future. What these leaders discovered became a cause for immediate concern: unplanned growth, rapid urbanization, reduction of prime farmland, and loss of urban trees from the ravages of Dutch elm disease. The result was a negative impact on local natural and cultural resources. An independent, voluntary organization was needed to assist in halting these threats and preserving the environment of Champaign County, resulting in the formation of CCDC Foundation.

CCDC Foundation Board Chairs:

  • Morgan White (2020-Present)
  • Steve Rugg (2009-2020)
  • William Smith (2008-2009)
  • Jerrold Soesbe (2006-2008)
  • Timothy B. Bartlett (2005-2006)
  • Miriam Iben (2004-2005)
  • Bettye Kelso (2002-2003)
  • Robert Espeseth (2000-2001)
  • Maureen McCord (1998-1999)
  • Bryan Johns (1996-1997)
  • Cathy N. Daily (1994-1995)
  • Lott H. Thomas (1992-1993)
  • Gary L. Olsen (1990-1991)
  • Roger A. Marsh (1988-1989)
  • Michael Thompson (1986-1987)
  • Thomas J. Costello (1984-1985)
  • Bruce Hutchings (1982-1983)
  • Glen C. Sanderson (1980-1981)
  • John Gwinn (1978-1979)
  • Hermenia Kruidenier (1977)
  • Earl W. Porter (1975-1976)
  • Robert Chamberlin (1974)
  • Harold A. Miller (1973)
  • Mary Lou Filby (1971-1972)
  • Blair Lachlan (1969-1970)
  • Susan Stone (1967-1968)