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Posted on: January 3, 2024

Park Forest offers Christmas tree, holiday lights recycling through Jan. 16

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Now that the holiday season is over, Park Forest residents are tasked with disposing of their Christmas trees and holiday lights.

Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo asks residents not to discard the trees in the garbage but to recycle them instead.

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Posted on: December 14, 2023

Winter Holiday Market trees get repurposed to add to the Village's tree canopy

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The Village of Park Forest is adding to its tree canopy by repurposing the Christmas trees that are currently on the Village Green. In the past, the Village would dispose of the trees, but now it is giving back to the environment by replanting them in var...

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Posted on: December 4, 2023

Recycle unwanted Christmas lights through the Village of Park Forest until Jan. 19

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As the holiday season is underway, the Village of Park Forest is collecting unwanted Christmas lights for recycling.

Area residents can dispose of their working and non-working string lights in the specially marked green collection bins inside Village Hall...

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Posted on: November 21, 2023

Village saves over $37K in first year since installing solar array at Water Treatment Plant

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Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo took the podium at Monday night's board meeting and provided the mayor and Village trustees with an update on the first year of the solar project at Park Forest Water Treatment Plant.

Last year, the Village...

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Posted on: October 20, 2023

Nominations for the Katherine “Katie” Armstrong Sustainability Award due Nov. 15

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It's that time of year again. 

The Park Forest Environment Commission is calling on residents to nominate someone for the Katherine “Katie” Armstrong Sustainability Award. Nomination forms must be submitted by Nov. 15.

The Katherine “Katie” Armstro...

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Posted on: September 26, 2023

Village hosts several events in October

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The Department of Recreation, Parks & Community Health starts the month with a trip to the Studebaker Theater to watch "The Color Purple" musical on Sunday, Oct 1. 

For $130, you can travel via a luxury coach bus departing from Villa...

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Posted on: July 17, 2023

The Village, Solstice highlight accomplishments of solar program

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The Village of Park Forest announced on Monday the achievements of its partnership with Solstice, a leading community solar provider. Through this collaboration, the Village has achieved substantial milestones in community solar enrollment, providing clea...

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Posted on: June 29, 2023

Park Forest participates in "Plastic Free July"

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The Village of Park Forest is participating in "Plastic Free July," a global movement to encourage people to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use. 

Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo said her department would post daily...

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Posted on: June 12, 2023

'Where is Away?' display at the Park Forest Library educates residents about recycling

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The Park Forest Library is home to the "Where is Away?" display encouraging people to "rethink where to throw away your waste and where is away." The new display came to the library earlier this month and will remain until the end of J...

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Posted on: June 6, 2023

Waste recovery volunteers needed for resident BBQ, June 14

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The Village of Park Forest is once again hosting a low-waste Resident Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, June 14.

  •  Volunteers needed to educate attendees on which bin to throw their waste.  
  • No experience necessary, training on-site.
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Posted on: June 2, 2023

Municipal Fixed Rate Aggregation Program update and ComEd rate change

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The Village recently renewed a municipal aggregation program in April with 100% renewable energy at a 7.99 cent rate, which was a significant drop from the previous ComEd rate of 9.7 cents when the program went into effect. However, in June, ComEd lowered...

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Posted on: April 7, 2023

Park Forest kicks off Earth Month with several events throughout April

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April is Earth Month, an opportunity to raise awareness and advocate for change around the issues most impacting the planet. The Village of Park Forest is doing its part by hosting several events throughout the month to encourage residents to do the same....

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Posted on: March 27, 2023

Sustainability office seeking volunteers for Park Forest Annual Community Clean-Up, April 1

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It's that time of year again! The Sustainability Office is seeking volunteers for the Annual Park Forest Community Clean Up on Saturday, April 1.

Sustainability Coordinator Carrie Malfeo is calling on residents to participate in this year's event, which wi...

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Village of Park Forest - Sustainability News
Posted on: March 17, 2023

2023 Park Forest shopping & services guide is now available

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The 2023 Park Forest Shopping & Services Guide is now available online with active links to business websites. There will not be a hard copy available for this issue. Look for an updated issue later this year with hard copies available. Please contact...

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Posted on: February 16, 2023

Park Forest enters new electric aggregation program in April

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The Village of Park Forest is participating in an electric aggregation program in April. Carrie Malfeo, the Sustainability Coordinator for the Village, says this means residential and small business customers will receive a fixed rate per kWh which will n...

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Posted on: February 8, 2023

Illinois Solar for All program rolls out

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The Village of Park Forest is endorsing a program in partnership with Solstice and Buy Commercial Energy that can create even more Green Power with the Illinois Solar for All Program.

This program will allow residents to support local solar energy without ...

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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Join the Environment Commission

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The Village of Park Forest has a legacy of living and growing sustainably. Since its founding in 1949, the Village has equally valued the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity. In May 2012, Park Forest adopted the Growing Green...

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Posted on: November 12, 2022

Holiday Light & Tree Recyling

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Old Holiday lights taking up space? Recycle them responsibly by participating in the Village of Park Forest Holiday Light recycling taking place Nov. 22 through Jan. 18, drop-off is at Village Hall. 

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Posted on: October 5, 2022

Nominate someone for the Sustainability Award today

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Nominate someone today for the Sustainability Award. Do you know someone who commits themselves to conscious sustainability practices.Do they collect water via rain barrels? Cycle to work to reduce carbon emissions? Recycle electronics responsibly? Do the...

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Posted on: September 21, 2022

Shredding and Drug-take Back event, Sept. 24

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Do you have documents you'll like to shred? Or do you have prescription medicine you want to discard, but you don't know where to go?  Two events are happening that'll help you with these issues.

 The Village of...

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Posted on: September 19, 2022

Solar and Water Treatment Plant ribbon cutting, Sept. 19

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The Village of Park Forest is hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, Sept. 19 to celebrate the unveiling of the roof and ground-mounted solar arrays at the water treatment plant. The event takes place at Park Forest’s Water Treatment Plant, located ...

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

Compost food waste with Urban Canopy

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The Village of Park Forest is encouraging residents to compost food waste to help improve the environment. However, some people may have heard the term 'composting' but may not know what it entails.

Carrie Malfeo, the village's sustainability coordinator, ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Solar project unveiling, Sept. 19

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The Village of Park Forest is leading the way by installing roof and ground-mounted solar arrays at the water treatment plant to reduce its carbon footprint.  

Village officials are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony in mid-September to celebrate t...

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Posted on: August 8, 2022

Grow Solar Power Hour event, Aug. 17

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The Village of Park Forest and Park Forest Public Library in conjunction with Grow Solar Chicagoland are co-hosting a Solar Power Hour on Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event will include all the basics you need to know to c...

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Posted on: September 1, 2022

Nominate someone for the Sustainability Award

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Do you know someone who makes a great use of rain barrels, rain gardens, raised planter beds, solar panels, minimal use of lawn chemicals, bikes to work, or one of a host of other sustainable practices? Nominate someone today by completing the nomination ...

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Posted on: June 6, 2022

Volunteers Needed for RecycleFest!

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Volunteers are needed for the Village of Park Forest's RecycleFest on July 30, 2022.

Volunteer's will work 7:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.

Please Bring:

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Gloves
  • Safety Glasses Recommended
  • Masks Optional

Can be Counted as Volunteer Hours!

Please meet in...

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Posted on: April 20, 2022

Volunteers Needed for Shred Event!

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Volunteers are needed for the Village of Park Forest's Shred Event on April 30, 2022.

Volunteer's will work 8:30AM-12:15PM.

Please Bring:

  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Gloves

Can be Counted as Volunteer Hours!

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Posted on: March 28, 2022

Annual Community Clean Up

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Volunteers Needed!

Join us for the Park Forest Annual Community Clean Up!

April 2, 2022 from 9am-Noon.

Meet at Hidden Meadows Golf Range, 23521 Crawford Avenue, Park Forest, IL 60466.

Bring gloves and dress for the weather!

**Sponsored by the Park Forest Susta...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

Park Forest one of 88 cities in the world named as climate leader

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The Village of Park Forest has been recognized by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an international non-profit organization that helps cities disclose their environmental impact, as one of 88 across the globe that continue to lead on environmental action ...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Park Forest ranks 13th in the nation in green power percentage of electric use

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Park Forest is one of the top communities in the country in green power usage.Park Forest was officially recognized as a Green Power Community at the Sept. 6 board meeting held via Zoom.Green Power Communities are communities where the local government, b...

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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Park Forest goes green with renewable energy

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Park Forest is looking to go green with renewable energy.Residents this week are receiving letters in the mail alerting them to an electric aggregation switch approved by village board members last month.  Residents will continue to receive their...

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Posted on: March 1, 2020

Free BioSolids Available to Park Forest Residents

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The Village of Park Forest offers free mulch and Exceptional Quality Compost (through a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District program) to its residents. You can pick it up for free or, for a delivery fee, the Village will deliver the mulch and compost t...

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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Park Forest Environment Commission presents Earth Week 2019, April 13 - April 22

The Park Forest Environment Commission celebrates Earth Week with the following events: 

April 9 - 30

Recycled Art ExhibitionTuesdays from 10 - 3, Wednesdays from 12 - 4, Fridays from 1:30 - 4, and Saturdays from 1 - 4Being held in conjunction with...

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Posted on: February 21, 2019

Village adopts new Climate Action and Resilience Plan

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Park Forest is taking action to prepare the community for the future impacts of climate change.Park Forest board members Monday night unanimously approved a Climate Action and Resilience Plan.The new plan builds on Park Forest’s Sustainability Plan adopte...

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