Quercus Consulting has been providing sustainability management services for the City of Highland Park, Illinois, since 2014. In 2018, our major task has been to conduct a Climate Hazard Assessment as part of the City’s commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (the Compact of Mayors). It has been a fascinating examination of the possible physical state of the city in a future with a global environment altered by climate change. This activity follows the development of the citywide greenhouse gas emissions inventory in 2017, and will culminate in reporting to a third party by the end of 2018, such as the Climate Disclosure Project.
Highland Park first issued its sustainability plan in 2010, and the city has implemented many projects over the years. Quercus has assisted in updating the municipal code to encourage dark sky-compliant fixtures, developed a promotional campaign to increase enrollment in the city’s curb-side composting service, explored green purchasing and bike sharing programs, developed a vetting protocol for sustainable landscaping companies, and developed new content for the City’s sustainability web pages.
For a community with only 200 employees (including emergency services), having an on-call sustainability manager brings specialized expertise to the team and allows the staff to focus on constituent services.