The Village of Oak Park is asking all residents to get involved and share thoughts on its equity-centered, community-driven Oak Park Climate Plan.
Learn more about climate science & share your thoughts
Check out the Oak Park Climate Plan website to:
- Learn more about the science behind climate change and local impacts, including more flooding, extreme heat, and extreme weather events
- Complete a short survey about experiences and priorities for climate change
- Add comments to an interactive map as a way of sharing thoughts and ideas about climate solutions for Oak Park
- Find ways to help reduce your home’s energy impact and lower your bills, whether you’re a renter, homeowner, or landlord
Residents can provide feedback through May 31 via the interactive website or by emailing ClimatePlan@oak-park.us.
Host your own conversation about climate change
Use the Village’s DIY Meeting Kit (PDF, 19 pages) to host your own guided conversation about climate change with your neighbors, friends, family, and organizations.
Here’s how your library can help:
- Access the survey at the Climate Plan station (pictured above) on the Main Library’s second floor or make an appointment to use a library computer at any library location
- Pick up a printed copy of the DIY meeting kit at any library location (pictured above) or print a copy at the library (up to 50 pages free per day, plus same-day pickup when you print from anywhere)
- Reserve library space to host your conversation (virtual or in-person)
Find related books & films for all ages at your library
Browse and place holds on related titles in the library catalog, in these lists curated by our librarians:
More on sustainability at the library
The library's environmental initiatives include our Main Library Green Roof, its two honeybee colonies, and more green features integrated throughout the award-winning Main Library building.
The library also was a partner in the Year of the Butterfly in 2021, a community-wide initiative to support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators.
More local organizations to know
Bike Walk Oak Park
This volunteer group advocates for safe and equitable access to streets in Oak Park that prioritize pedestrians, bicycles, and other non-motorized transport. Visit Bike Walk Oak Park »
Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory
The Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to promote interest in the Oak Park Conservatory, offer educational and recreational opportunities, and support projects that benefit the Oak Park Conservatory. They also offer plant sales and free Learn and Grow lectures. Visit the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory »
Oak Park Farmers' Market
The Oak Park Farmers' Market provides a dynamic, locally grown, producer-only marketplace for Oak Park area residents. Located in the Pilgrim Church parking lot at 460 Lake St., one block west of Ridgeland Avenue, the market is held from 7 am to 1 pm every Saturday from May 21 through October 29. Visit the Farmers' Market »
One Earth Film Festival
One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of people. The festival is organized by Green Community Connections (GCC), a community-based, volunteer-driven organization that works to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable local community, and strives to be an environmental leader in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Visit One Earth Film Festival »
Seven Generations Ahead
Seven Generations Ahead works with local government, community, and private sector leaders to help communities make the changes they need to build a healthy and sustainable future. The work includes energy efficiency and renewable energy, waste reduction in schools and other institutions, local and sustainable food systems, food waste reduction and recovery, open space and ecosystem enhancement, and sustainability education. Initiatives include It’s Our Future, which empowers young leaders in the Chicago area to advocate for climate solutions, and the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, the largest zero-waste craft brew festival in the Midwest. Visit Seven Generations Ahead »
Sugar Beet Food Co-op
Sugar Beet Food Co-op is a full-service, community-owned grocery store in Oak Park, committed to local, organic, and sustainable products. The vision of Sugar Beet Food Co-op is to nurture our diverse community through the practice of cooperative economics and through educational programming honoring a more sustainable relationship between the foods we eat and the world we live in. Visit Sugar Beet Food Co-op »
West Cook Wild Ones
West Cook Wild Ones is a membership-based nonprofit that provides annual native plant sales and educational programs about our native ecosystems and native gardening, with the goal of restoring precious natural ecosystems. Visit West Cook Wild Ones »