Awards & Recognition

Since adopting the Sustainability Plan in 2012, the Village of Park Forest has received several notable awards for leadership in sustainable practices.

LEED Certified Community | LEED for Cities and Communities (2019)

One of only four communities in the entire State of Illinois with a LEED Certification. As of July 2019, the other three cities were Blue Island, Chicago and Evanston. You can read the announcement here.

4-STAR Community Rating | STAR Communities (2019) 

Received it's 4-STAR Rating in March 2019. One of only two 4-STAR Communities in Illinois. As of July 2019, the only other city in Illinois to receive a 4-STAR rating was Evanston. You can read the announcement here.

SolSmart Gold | SolSmart (2018)

In February of 2018, the Village of Park Forest received the distinction of receiving SolSmart Gold. This is the highest designation for streamlining  municipal requirements for the construction of solar within the community. 

To learn more about SolSmart here

Park Forest City Profile on Racial Equity | National League of Cities (2018) 

The Village of Park Forest is profiled as a leader in the municipal operations when it comes to Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL). To learn more, the National League of Cities' website can be found here.

3-STAR Community Rating | STAR Communities (2015)

3rd Best Complete Street Policy in the Nation | Smart Growth America (2015)

Tied for third in the Nation for Complete Street Policy.  The top three results were as follows:

1. Reading, PA
2. West Hartford, CT
3. Park Forest, IL (tie); South Bend, IN (tie); Longmeadow, MA (tie)

For more information on Park Forest's evaluation from Smart Growth America and the national Complete Streets Coalition, please click here

Governor’s Sustainability Award | Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (2014)

In 2014, the Village of Park Forest received the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Award. According to the press release (which can be found here), "Since 1987, ISTC has presented Governor’s Awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. Any Illinois public or private organization is eligible to apply for the award. Winners are selected through a rigorous process of review and examination by ISTC technical assistance experts."

The list of awardees since 1987 can be found on the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's website here.

 Best Sustainability Plan in Illinois Award | American Planning Association – Chicago Chapter (2013)

 Best Town Plan | Congress for the New Urbanism – Illinois Chapter (2013)

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