C4 Initiative

The Village of Riverside is a voluntary participant in the new Cross-Community Climate Collaborative (C4) initiative. C4 is a regional collective effort by West Central Cook County municipalities. The effort is designed to bring together communities to share ideas, secure resources, and drive large-scale projects within and across communities that achieve agreed upon greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, equity, and sustainability goals. All C4 goals and objectives will align with three fundamental Imperatives: Resiliency, Equity, and Climate Protection. 

Mapping Our Road to 2050

Join the Riverside Cross-Community Climate Collaborative (C4) on June 20 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Village Hall for an interactive map-making event.  Together, we’ll draw upon our intimate knowledge of Riverside to make “messy maps” of our existing assets and opportunity areas.  All ages are welcome. Click here to RSVP. 

This workshop will be facilitated by members of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance Climate Committee as part of the C4 Riverside planning process.

Please let us know if you are planning to attend!  Register before June 17. 

New Survey Series! 

May 28: What kind of place is Riverside? (6 quick questions)

May 21: Let's keep Riverside healthy and well (7 brief questions)

May 15: Let's chat! Community Connection and Technology (7 brief questions)

May 7: Tell us what you think about bicycling and transportation (7 brief questions)

April 30: Weigh in on community ideas for: Energy and Buildings (7 brief questions)

The Village of Riverside is using a series of short surveys over the next couple of months to help the C4 Team analyze ideas generated by our own community members at the January 19 Road to 2050 event and subsequent survey.  

The C4 Team members and volunteers have been evaluating the ideas since February and now need some help to decide what our community supports. These actions need more development before they are adopted or dismissed by the Riverside community (government, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals) and it is best to take this step now, rather than concentrating on a plan that the community will not support. 

The ideas summarized and reviewed by the C4 Team all come directly from the event and survey documents (PDFs) on this page, posted in the Quick Facts column (to the right). Specific ideas submitted that relate to the concepts may still be evaluated and incorporated as we move forward with the community plan. 

Emerge Cohort Now Open for Applications:
C4 and the Chicago Urban League have announced an exciting opportunity to become certified as an energy efficiency technician. Participants will learn various skills for green jobs.  
See more information in the program flyer (PDF) 


January 19, 2023 Road to 2050 Event: Approximately 75 Riverside community members attended the January 19 Road to 2050 event. Attendees were introduced to the Village's participation in C4 and asked to share their vision for how Riverside can prepare for a resilient, equitable, and environmentally-conscious future. Hundreds of thoughts were shared as groups were asked to focus on six primary areas, including Place, Prosperity, Health & Wellbeing, Connectivity, Living Infrastructure, and Resource Regeneration. All ideas shared by the community at the Road to 2050 event have been transcribed into a PDF spreadsheet (see Quick Facts column on this page). 

Project Timeline

06/16/22Village Board approves joining C4
12/12/22First Meeting of C4 Team Leads
01/05/23Announced community engagement event 
01/19/23Road to 2050 Community engagement event (Riverside Township Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.)
01/20/23Road to 2050 Community Survey begins - open only until early February!
02/02/23Presented summary data from Road to 2050 event to Village Board
02/28/23Released video introductions to the six primary C4 Initiatives
03/02/23Presented draft evaluation tool to Village Board