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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

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On August 1, 2022, Oak Park adopted Climate Ready Oak Park, its first community Sustainability, Climate Action, and Resiliency Plan.

RESTAURANTS: Instant rebates for commercial kitchens. Learn more

SMALL BUSINESSES: Free facility assessments and HVAC discounts. Learn more

NEW: Low Income Household Water Assistance Program. Learn more

OPEN: Electric Vehicle (EV) rebate applications. Learn more

OPEN: Energy and water bill assistance programs. Learn more

 

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How is climate change impacting oak park right now?

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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.

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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  Worsened rain events stress outdated stormwater and sewer infrastructure; water quality decreases due to overburdened systems.

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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.

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