Oak Park’s Environment and Energy Commission is a nine-member body that advises the village board on climate policy.

It also chooses the winners of the annual Green Awards for innovation and local service to the environment.

Here are the 2021 winners.

First United Church of Oak Park Rain Garden Project

Buildings and Grounds Team and Environmental Justice Team
Native plants and 1,100 gallons of water infiltration

Judy Klem

Dedicated community sustainability steward
Early adopter of many environmental health and sustainability practices

We Clean Green, Inc.

Woman-owned local company
Environmentally responsible methods for healthy and clean results

Rare Birds Preserves, Inc. project

Elizabeth Madden
Created a local micro farmers’ market during the pandemic

McLouis Robinet

Dedicated community champion and sustainability steward
Lifetime achievement helping create thriving local sustainability communities

Oak Park Farmers Market

Farmers Market Citizen Commission and village staff
Safe, healthy pandemic market and zero waste initiatives

Collaboration for Early Childhood Growing Gardens Program

John Borrero, executive director, Community Team Cohorts and Albrecht Poss Family Foundation
Garden/composting supply awards to Early Childhood programs to expand STEM concepts

Chris Lindgren

Park District of Oak Park sustainability stewardship
Leads by example, gives back and collaborates for the benefit of a thriving community

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