Park Forest's Climate Action and Resiliency Plan (2019)
The Village of Park Forest is strongly committed to addressing climate change at the local level. This Plan takes advantage of common sense approaches and cutting-edge policies that the Village is uniquely positioned to implement – actions that can reduce energy use and waste, create local jobs, improve air quality, preserve the local landscape, reduce risk to people and property, and in many other ways benefit Park Forest for years to come. By creating a clear course of action in which everyone has a role in creating and achieving climate and sustainability goals, the Climate Action and Resilience Plan drives and coordinates local efforts toward a reduction in GHG emissions levels by 26 percent below 2010 emission levels by 2025.
In addition to addressing mitigation concerns, the CARP also highlights Park Forest’s vulnerability to climate hazards and establishes strategies to respond to these vulnerabilities in order to increase resilience. The goal of this adaptation framework is to reduce the risk of climate impacts to Park Forest’s resources and infrastructure, as well as to increase social and economic resilience. Reduction of risk is a far more complex undertaking than reducing emissions, as these challenges are interconnected with inequitable systems of economy, healthcare, education, transit, and others. Ultimately, no one strategy will undo these challenges, but the implementation of multi-faceted strategies will set Park Forest on the right path.
Park Forest's Bike & Pedestrian Plan (2014)
Park Forest’s Bike and Pedestrian Plan makes recommendations for nine different facility types to create a comprehensive network of bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Park Forest. The nine facility types include: multi-use trails, sidepaths, bike lanes, shared lanes/sharrows, signed routes, sidewalks, cut-throughs, intersection treatments, and way-finding and directional signage. The recommendations include a description of the facility, design guidelines, typical cross-sections and recommended routes by priority with many diagrams, photos and mapped locations in the Village.
Park Forest's Sustainability Plan is a road map for the Village to examine many different topic areas related to sustainability and the 3 Es: environment, economy and equity. For the purposes of Park Forest's sustainability plan, five key themes have been identified as overarching categories: planning and design, natural systems, and energy and climate relate most directly to the environment, economic development relates most directly to the economy, and equity and social relates most directly to the equity of the Village.
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