April 22nd marks the 50th annual Earth Day! Celebrate our planet from home with these updates, ideas, and inspiration from the Village’s Office of Sustainability.
Sustainability and COVID-19
Employing economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable practices can help your household save money, time, and resources - making it easier and more enjoyable for you to stay at home. Check out some ideas here for ways to practice sustainability while social distancing.
Plant a Free Tree for Earth Day!
Come pick up a free tree or two from Park Forest’s Parks Department at 75 Park Street. Trees will be located along the fence line through the month of April or until they are gone. Please check out this video for the tree planting best practices and care instructions.
Want to Start Gardening?
The Sustainability Office has grants available to help you start a community garden at your school, place of worship, workplace, or even on a village-owned vacant lot. Find more information and applications here.
In 2019, Park Forest was one of four cities in the state recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as a LEED City for our commitment to sustainability. You can read more about our sustainability certifications and awards here.
Coming Soon To Park Forest
Here’s a preview of some of the projects we’re really excited about! Keep an eye out for:
- Ways to get free seeds from our town Seed Library while the library is closed,
- A webinar on community solar, which gives you the benefits of solar without having to have a sunny roof,
- An announcement about our Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which tracks how close we are to meeting our goal of a 26% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2025,
- And news about a major solar power installation in Park Forest!
Stay in Touch
You can find all of this information and more on our website. The Sustainability Office is also on Facebook, and you can email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. When the Village opens back up, you’re always welcome to visit our office at 226 Forest Blvd., above Tower Cleaners.