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better homes, better planet

Join the movement to help Oak Park residents lower their utility bills, improve their homes , and help fight climate change together.

Credit: Kelly Bauer/Block Club Chicago

Forest Trees

better homes, better planet program stats

*last updated Q3 2021

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Energy assessments

Since 2019, 273 Oak Park homes underwent energy assessments, saving over 323,000 kWh, which is enough to power over 40 homes for one year.

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community solar

275 Oak Park households have subscribed to community solar, enabling the generation of over 2,292,000 kWh of clean, solar energy, which avoids 1,625 metric tons of carbon pollution annually.

Stained House

weatherization

Since 2019, 42 homes underwent free 

weatherization services, saving over 131,600 kWh, which is equivalent to the carbon sequestered by over 115 acres of forest in one year. 

How is climate change impacting oak park right now?

Storm Clouds
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Climate change is causing more frequent and intense rain storms, flooding, droughts, and tornadoes in the Midwest.  Worsened rain events stress outdated stormwater and sewer infrastructure; water quality decreases due to overburdened systems.

weather

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AGRICULTURE

Warmer, wetter weather in winter and spring create increasing spring planting delays in Illinois. Midwest agricultural productivity is projected to drop to levels of the 1980s.

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Longer, hotter summers, poor air quality days, heavy rainfalls, and extended pollen seasons worsen public health. A hotter climate means a greater range of disease-carrying pests and insects.

public health

Bees at Work
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A quickly warming climate causes native plants and animals to lose habitat and be displaced by environmentally and economically destructive species like Asian Carp and Emerald Ash Borers.

biodiversity