ENVIRONMENT

Lindberg Park Trial Garden Native Plants Restoration

  • A 2400′ sq. ft. addition was completed to Carroll Center in 2019 featuring a Passive House Design. This project was partially funded through a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to achieve Passive House Certification and Source Zero Energy Certification.
  • Longfellow Park received environmental certification from the Sports Turf Management Association in 2017 and earned recertification in 2020.
  • The Park District purchased several pieces of battery-powered park maintenance equipment.
  • Members of the Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee oversee composting and recycling efforts at the summer concert series. 
  • The Park District implemented an online job application system to eliminate paper applications.
  • The Park District purchased two alternative fuel vehicles.
  • Bio-diverse areas in the parks were included during the development of park site plans.
  • The Park District, along with the Park District’s volunteer citizen Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee, support the PlanItGreen Environmental Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest.
  • The Park Board adopted a revised procurement policy which addresses the purchase of environmentally preferable products and services.
  • Three Park District employees passed the exam to become Certified Arborists.
  • At the 2015 Frank Lloyd Wright Races, the Park District had a 90% diversion rate for all waste.  This is the largest Park District special event enjoyed by over 3,000 runners, walkers, volunteers and spectators.
  • Canvas tote bags, made of recycled materials, were distributed to all Park District staff to encourage the use of reusable bags when shopping.
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