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Climate ready oak park
Join the movement to create a more affordable,
sustainable, and equitable Oak Park.
Credit: Kelly Bauer/Block Club Chicago
RESTAURANTS: Instant rebates for commercial kitchens. Learn more
SMALL BUSINESSES: Free facility assessments and HVAC discounts. Learn more
EV: Electric Vehicle (EV) rebate applications. Learn more
ASSISTANCE: Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. Learn more
Energy and water bill assistance programs. Learn more
How is climate change impacting oak park right now?
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.
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.
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 Worsened rain events stress outdated stormwater and sewer infrastructure; water quality decreases due to overburdened systems.
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.
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