Sustainability and the economy are inexorably linked.  Left unabated, the impacts of human-made climate change through the end of this century will cost the United States billions of dollars.  According to a 2019 study by two EPA scientists, the difference in economic impact between the mid-range climate model (RPC6) and the high range climate model (RPC8.5) may account for as much as $224 billion in economic impact annually by 2090.17   According to a 2019 World Bank report on trends in carbon pricing, a carbon price range of $40-$80 per ton is necessary as of 2020 to reach the goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, while other studies have placed the full cost of carbon at $200-$400 per ton.  In Skokie, every 1% in community-wide emissions reductions could generate over $980,000 in social community benefits alone, not including other economic savings or revenue generation. 

  1. Progress Report: Skokie Sustainability Plan

    In the second quarter of 2023, Village staff worked together towards achieving Skokie's Environmental Sustainability Plan goals. View the highlights, including LED light upgrades, a new electric vehicle, and more. Read on...
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Implementation is for Everyone!

Some actions in this plan will need to be led by the 
Village Board, Village departments, and/or the business community. In addition, there are steps that households and individuals can take to make an impact.   Click below to find out out the what you as a resident can do to help the Village achieve these visionary goals.

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Economy Strategies

Below are the specific Economy goals outlined in the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Plan. Clicking on one of them will display the list of actions to be incorporated into the Village's workplans. They are broken down into completed, in-progress, and future and progress is updated quarterly.

Future Actions

  • Consider the current Economic Development Commission (EDC), SEAC and/or establishing a Green Economy Task Force with business, environmental organizations, and Village staff to support the evaluation and promotion of green economy potential in Skokie and the region.
  • Enlist the existing EDC, SEAC or a Green Economy Task Force to conduct a study to identify economic opportunities possible through the successful implementation of the Environmental Sustainability Plan and achievement of its goals, especially those which can provide opportunity for the community’s vulnerable populations.
  • Strengthen public-private economic communications in support of climate resilience, climate economic opportunities, and the goals of this plan. Effort should focus particularly on communications with disadvantaged group businesses (minority-owned, veteran-owned, economically-disadvantaged, etc.) and small businesses.
  • Support climate resilience of local economy by preparing water, roads, utilities, and other public infrastructure for increased demands from climate change based on Skokie's Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, Emergency Management Plan, and state climate change data and projections.

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