The Village of Park Forest has a legacy of living and growing sustainably. Since its founding in 1949, the Village has equally valued the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity. In May 2012, Park Forest adopted the Growing Green: Park Forest Sustainability Plan (PFSP). The PFSP was developed with major assistance from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and their Local Technical Assistance program. The PFSP consolidates significant sustainable achievements to date, and identifies critical changes needed to make Park Forest more sustainable in the future. Since the adopting of Park Forest’s Sustainability Plan, the Village has received several awards and is a recognized leader in sustainable practices.
Park Forest is proud to be a signatory of the Greenest Region Compact, which promotes sustainability in Chicago area communities and the region. To date, just over 120 communities have signed the Compact, which addresses ten areas, including clean energy, water, land, waste and recycling, economic development and climate.
What is sustainability?
"Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs". (Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, 1987)
Our office approaches this through considering the “3 E’s” - environment, economy, and equity - and how they interact in Park Forest. Sustainability can be thought of as the healthy interrelationship between these three areas. Balancing these three “pillars” of sustainability results in a livable, strong, healthy, and supportive community.