Oak Park's first and only sustainability manager, Katherine "K.C." Doyle has departed for a new job in Lake County, village spokesman David Powers confirmed.
The position, which initially paid $69,500, was created in 2009 with the aim of implementing the village's environmental action plan and advancing reduced energy use, water conservation, green buildings and improved air quality, among other goals, according to the village job description.
Doyle could not immediately be reached for comment.
During her tenure, she spearheaded the village's nationally recognized green energy aggregation program, which reduced electric bills for residential and commercial consumers while shifting to power from renewable resources, Powers said in a telephone interview.
In addition to being the "point person on environmental issues," Doyle served as a liaison between the village and a group of Oak Parkers who established the community garden on Madison Street, Powers said.
Prior to serving as sustainability manager, Doyle was a member of the Oak Park Environment and Energy Advisory Commission, serving on the panel from 2007 to 2009.
Powers said it was uncertain whether the village will fill the position or assign the duties to existing employees.
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