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Street-Level Views of Climate Change

Word cloud of North Kenwood-Oakland residents' responses to the question What three words come to mind when you hear climate change Field MuseumSnapshot : Forest Service researchers and partners interviewed residents of two Chicago neighborhoods about their awareness of climate change and their own climate-friendly behaviors. They found that residents have varying levels of knowledge about climate change and identified many opportunities to simultaneously meet neighborhood goals and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The findings will help the City of Chicago shape its Climate Action Plan outreach to residents and the lessons learned are applicable in other places as well.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Westphal, Lynne M.Fisher, Cherie LeBlanc
Research Location : Chicago, Ill.
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2011
Highlight ID : 328


Forest Service scientists and partners investigated climate-friendly attitudes and behaviors in two Chicago neighborhoods in order to assist the City of Chicago with implementing its Climate Action Plan. Some residents were aware of climate change and the actions they could take to minimize its effects. Many others were less aware of climate change but still engaged in some climate-friendly practices that could be supported and built upon. The research suggests that in order to advance the goals of the Climate Action Plan at the neighborhood level, the City of Chicago needs to understand the issues of importance in each neighborhood, assess the ways that these are related to climate change mitigation or adaptation, and develop climate change goals that address residents' concerns.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • City of Chicago Department of Environment
  • Jennifer Hirsch, Field Museum