Park Forest gets grant for green initiative
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org May 24, 2012 8:06PM
Updated: July 3, 2012 9:43AM
Park Forest is getting a $75,000 grant to hire a full-time sustainability coordinator who will help with the village’s “Growing Green” initiative.
The Chicago Community Trust, which is making the grant, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, which has been working with Park Forest, announced the grant Thursday.
Earlier this month, Park Forest officials approved incorporating a long-range sustainability program into the village’s comprehensive plan. Village officials are initially looking to a public education program to help convince residents that being green is a pocketbook issue.
The sustainability coordinator, who has not yet been hired, would help the village achieve some of the initiative’s short-term goals, which include educating residents about simple things they can do to reduce energy and water consumption, Kristin Ihnchak, an associate planner with CMAP who has been working with Park Forest on “Growing Green.”
The education component would also include distributing information to residents about grants and financial incentives that are available for things such as energy-efficient appliances, Ihnchak said.
She said CMAP has been working with Park Forest on the “Growing Green” program since last May.