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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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Read the plan

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

Read the full plan here.

CLOSING SOON: Grow Solar Chicagoland rooftop solar group buy program closing 9/30/22.  Learn more

OPENING SOON: IEPA Electric Vehicle (EV) rebate applications open 11/1/22. Learn more

NEW: Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) applications reopen on 9/1/22. Learn more

 

Image by Azimbek Assarov

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  Worsened rain events stress outdated stormwater and sewer infrastructure; water quality decreases due to overburdened systems.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