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Wilmette Park District
About the Project
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability can be a hard term to define, as it can mean a variety of different things to different people. Generally, sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of present generations without compromising the needs of future generations. Sustainability allows humans to live in harmony with the natural world around them.
The Wilmette Park District understands their position as stewards of nearly 300 acres of green space and is committed to addressing the impacts of climate change at the local level. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “The Midwest has gotten warmer, with average annual temperatures increasing over the last several decades.” Additionally, the EPA states, “Heavy downpours are already common, but climate change is expected to intensify storms and lead to greater precipitation across the entire region during this century.” By implementing sustainability measures now, the Wilmette Park District can make a meaningful contribution towards mitigating climate change while enhancing its readiness to adapt to future climate-related challenges.
How Can I Get Involved?
As we finalize the Sustainability Plan, we invite you to review our latest draft strategies.
If you have specific feedback pertaining to one of the main categories, click on the Bee in the footer to share your thoughts. Feedback will be accepted through 2/18.
Who Can I Contact?
For additional questions or comments, reach out to:
- Lucy Mellen, Sustainability Coordinator
Village of Wilmette | Wilmette Park District
email@example.com | 847-853-7510
- To participate in the first-round survey, please click the FIRST ROUND SURVEY button above. The survey will be open from July 10-August 10.
Planning Goal and Outcomes
With a target completion goal of early 2024, the sustainability planning process will collect and analyze data, research, and feedback/direction from both an internal steering committee and the Wilmette community. These findings will be used to establish The Wilmette Park District’s Guide to Green Sustainability Plan. The Plan will outline practices and initiatives to strengthen existing sustainable policies within the Park District while providing a roadmap for achieving greater sustainability goals in the coming years. Through the adoption of environmentally friendly strategies, the Wilmette Park District aims to protect and enhance the natural resources that make our parks and community special.
Documents and Downloads
Anticipated Project Timeline
Kick off sustainability planning process! Wilmette Park District staff steering committee is formed and have their initial meeting.
Release first round survey. A digital survey will be shared with the community starting July 10 and will be open for the public to respond to through August 10.
Host Table Talks with focus on What IS Sustainability?
We're hosting 3 opportunities to meet with Sustainability Coordinator Lucy Mellen to discuss the Sustainability Planning Process, and learn more about the Park District’s environmental goals. More details below!
Release second round survey. Our follow-up survey will be shared with the community starting September 14 and will be open for the public to respond to through October 14.
Host Table Talks with focus on What goes in to a Sustainability Plan?
We're hosting 2 opportunities to meet with Sustainability Coordinator Lucy Mellen to discuss the Sustainability Planning Process. More details below!
Present final documents to the Board of Park Commissioners.
Share the Sustainability Plan Draft Strategies with the community for review.