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Sustainability Advisory Group

City Hall 
1707 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035

2024 Meeting Dates
All meetings held at 6:00 PM unless otherwise denoted on meeting agenda
January 17, 2024
March 13, 2024
May 8, 2024
August 14, 2024
September 11, 2024
November 13, 2024

Agendas and Minutes


Jay Futterman - Chair
Julie Campbell - Vice Chair
Jori Fine
Megan Geelhoed
Marissa Hopkins
Michael C. Klee
Michelle Kramer
Kelly Nichols
Tatiana H. Papakos

William White, Student Representative through May 2024
Ryan Kessler, Student Representative through May 2025
Kobi Silver, Student Representative through May 2025
Kim Stone, City Council Liaison 
Jeff Hoobler, Alternate City Council Liaison
Erin Jason, Staff Liaison



The Sustainability Advisory Group has the following duties and responsibilities: 

  • Provides advisory recommendations on matters related to the preservation, enhancement, management and protection of the City's environment and natural resources;
  • Provides advisory recommendations pertaining to education, outreach, and communications regarding preservation and enhancement of the City's environment and natural resources;
  • Provides advisory recommendations regarding proposed amendments and variations to environmental and natural resources-related policies, regulations, ordinances, and plans; and
  • Provides advisory recommendations regarding updates to the City’s Sustainability Plan.
For more information, please contact Erin Jason, staff liaison to the Sustainability Advisory Group, at 847.926.1004 or by

Information about the former Natural Resources Commission can be found here.

Sustainability Speaker Event on HVAC 

Join us for an enlightening panel presentation hosted by the City of Highland Park’s Sustainability Advisory Group, where three esteemed experts will delve into the transformative world of heat pumps and electrification. Available federal and utility incentives makes this the best time to learn more about updating your HVAC system.

Date: June 25, 2024

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Location: Highland Park Public Library Auditorium

Event Description

As our society moves towards a more sustainable future, understanding innovative technologies like heat pumps becomes essential. The panel will feature three distinguished voices:

  1. Steven Lenz: With a wealth of experience as the HET Department Chair and HVAC/R Instructor at the College of Law County, Steven will unravel the complexities of home heating systems and illuminate the workings of heat pump technology as a viable alternative.
  2. Kim Nigro: A licensed architect and principal of Studio Nigro, Kim will explore the crucial relationship between a home's design, size, energy consumption, and comfort, offering valuable insights into optimizing residential spaces for efficiency and wellbeing.
  3. Moderator: Wayne Beals: Guiding the discussion will be Wayne Beals, a seasoned Chicagoland Realtor and chair of the Sustainability Workgroup of the Chicago Association of Realtors. With his extensive background and commitment to environmental stewardship, Wayne will steer the conversation and facilitate audience engagement.

Following the panel discussion, both Mr. Lenz and Ms. Nigro will be available for an interactive Q&A session, offering practical advice on selecting the right HVAC contractor for your home conversion.

Opportunities for Local HVAC Contractors

Local HVAC contractors are invited to showcase their businesses by setting up tables outside the presentation venue, providing a valuable networking opportunity with community members interested in sustainable home solutions.

Registration Details

Seating for this event is limited, so be sure to register soon to secure your spot and be part of this enlightening discussion on shaping a greener future for our community. RSVP Here.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn, connect, and contribute to the conversation on sustainability and innovation in Highland Park. We look forward to seeing you there!