The Allerton Park Climate Action Plan (apCAP) was approved by the Park Advisory Board in 2012. The plan lays out a philosophy of “conserve (everything) and load (with renewables)”, with a goal of bringing Allerton to a net zero energy and emissions by 2035. In doing so, Allerton will also strive to serve as a learning laboratory for the demonstration of sustainable technologies – to educate individuals and prepare them to face the challenges of becoming a sustainable society.
Allerton currently utilizes geothermal energy in the Gate House, and solar panels and wood burning furnaces provide energy for all the buildings in the Visitor Center complex. The addition of a composting toilet at the Schroth Trail Parking Lot in 2016 improved visitor amenities on the south side of the Park.
When developing and renovating areas around the Park, as laid out in the Master Plan, we will continue to be conscious not only of the impact on the historical significance of the area, but also the environmental impact. Specifically, as the Visitor Center area becomes more of a pedestrian village that promotes art, education, and offers unique public engagement opportunities, we will utilize innovative sustainable technologies to help ensure that all permanent development is carbon neutral.
If you have questions about the apCAP or are interested in supporting new technology to promote sustainability at Allerton, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-333-3287.