Linking Naperville and the Environment
This page will provide a single, convenient resource portal for Naperville residents and businesses who are interested in environmental sustainability initiatives.
News & Updates
FY16 Sustainability Report Now Available
In commemoration of Earth Day (April 22), the City of Naperville has released the FY16 Sustainability Report. The annual report highlights projects and measurable data related the City’s effort to promote environmentally-sustainable activities. This year’s report is highlighted by the completion of the Route 59 Expansion Project, the Fire Department’s award-winning Rescue Vehicle Program and an agreement with Waste Management for garbage collection.
FY16 Sustainability Report
Dangers of Idling Vehicle
Three Still Middle School students claimed the North Central Region title of 2016 eCYBERMISSION competition coordinated by the Army Educational Outreach Program.
The students advanced after winning the Illinois portion of the competition earlier this year.
The presentation is based their environmental study of the air pollution impact occurring from idling vehicles at schools district 204. The project is part of a STEM initiative called eCYBERMISSION (www.ecybermission.com).
The data collected from this study is provided in the student presentation below. The students recommend parents and visitors consider alternatives to idling (e.g. turning engines of, using bus transportation, walking, biking, etc.) to minimize the impact of idling on Naperville’s environment.
Still Middle School Student Presentation (PDF)
Naperville City Hall Adds Pollination Station with Native Plants
The Naperville Municipal Center at 400 S. Eagle Street features a pollination station on the east side of the building above the parking deck. A pollination station is a sustainable garden filled with flowering native plant species that support butterflies and other native insects. The City took the initiative to support recommendations in the 2010 Environmental Sustainability Plan – promote awareness about native species plantings – and hopefully, inspire residents and businesses to consider similar landscape improvements.
The landscaping effort was made possible through collaboration between the City of Naperville, Conservation Foundation and Naperville Garden Club. The Naperville Garden Club installed 12 varieties of native plants into the 882 square-foot garden, which will be maintained by The Conservation Foundation, who planned, designed and selected the native plants. Details on the plants installed are below.
Naperville Municipal Building Pollination Station Plants
Reports and Programs
Renewable Energy Program
Did you know for only a little extra green each month, you can put a lot of green back into the Illinois power grid? Naperville’s Renewable Energy Program lets residential and commercial utility customers purchase wind and solar energy to help create a safer environment for all.
An additional charge of as little as $5 to your monthly utility bill covers the added expense of delivering 200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean and renewable energy to the state’s electric grid. Clean energy is purchased from wind farms within Illinois and solar energy is sourced from the northern part of the state, making this program one that benefits the local region.
The program has had an environmental impact equivalent to removing more than 3,200 cars from the road or growing more than 426,000 trees for a decade.
Sign up today by calling the City’s Finance Department at (630) 420-6059. For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/renewable.aspx.
Greenhouse Gas Inventory
A Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory is a technical accounting of greenhouse gas emissions. Naperville completed a baseline GHG Inventory in 2005 and an updated report was released in 2013.
The updated report allowed the City learned the total metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) showed a downward trend between 2005 and 2013. Similarly, there was a downward trend in other emissions sources, such as electricity use, natural gas and mobile sources such as vehicles during those years.
As water continues to become a precious commodity, there are ways homeowners can reduce stormwater runoff, flooding and stress on our sewer systems by harvesting rainfall using rain barrels.
Rain barrels are a simple and inexpensive way to catch and store rain water for watering potted or hanging plants, gardens, washing cars or even pets. Rain barrels capture and store rainwater at the end of a downspout. Barrels are sealed, safe around children, insect resistant and can be painted to decorate a home and garden.
Using water from rain barrels lowers water bills, reduces flooding and can have a dramatic positive impact on water quality in rivers and streams. Rain barrels help divert storm water from community storm sewers. For example, if 250 homeowners or businesses install a rain barrel on their property, we can expect to keep more than 13,000 gallons of water out of the storm sewers for each average rainfall.
Rain barrels come equip with a spigot, screw off lid, garden hose threaded overflow and top screen to keep out bugs and debris.
The Conservation Foundation sells rain barrels all year through a partnership with Upcycle Products, Inc. Fifty-five gallon rain barrels are made of recycled, food-grade plastic and come in a variety of colors. They are available online for $60 plus tax. Add $5 for home delivery.
For more information, or to order a rain barrel, visit the Conservation Foundation’s website.
The Conservation Foundation
Established in 1972 by business and community leaders, The Conservation Foundation is a not-for-profit land and watershed protection organization. The Foundation works to support stewardship of the environment, whether it’s encouraging rain barrel use to promoting sustainable farming.
The Conservation Foundation developed and continues to implement the Conservation@Home program- which encourages property owners to protect and create yards that are environmentally friendly and conserve water. For more information, please visit the Conservation Foundation website.
Naperville-Illinois Clean Energy Project aims to build Compress Natural Gas Fueling Station.
The Naperville Department of Public Works (DPW) added the Naperville-Illinois Clean Energy (NICE) project to their long-term goals with design and building projected for FY17.
The NICE project aims to bring CNG to the forefront of Naperville’s push to be an area leader in alternative fuels. This is one component of DPW’s plan for a sustainable fleet utilizing electric, compressed natural gas, propane and traditional fueling sources.
The facility is estimated at a $2.1 million cost and will be located on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Fort Hill Drive.
Naperville currently purchases 460,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel annually at an estimated cost of $1.67 million. The City’s fleet consists of more than 300 vehicles, which contribute a significant amount of carbon emissions into the ozone. CNG will relieve some of those costs, as it is 90-percent more efficient than gasoline and reduces both greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil.
Here are some easy tips that you can implement to have a happy and sustainable year:
Reduce, reuse, and recycle when cleaning! Naperville residents are able to drop-off recyclables such as paper products, glass, tin, plastic, aluminum, scrap metals and electronics at the Recycling Drop-Off Center located at 156 Fort Hill Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Please note that individuals are limited to the recycling of two CRT computer monitors or televisions per vehicle.
The household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off facility has moved! The City provides safe disposal for items such as batteries, automotive fluids, cleaning products, and fertilizers. Naperville’s HHW drop-off facility, located at 156 Fort Hill Drive behind the Public Works Service Center. The facility is open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Watering your lawn? Watering early in the morning, for short periods for time will allow the soil to absorb the water. Longer grass has stronger roots and retains water better!
Recycle My Fridge Program
The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) is aiming to take residents' secondary refrigerators with the Recycle My Fridge program. Residents served by an IMEA-member utility can get rid of an old refrigerator or freezer, free of charge, and receive a $50 prepaid card for doing so by calling (877) 341-2313 or by visiting www.RecycleMyFridge.org.
“Clunker” Vehicle Donations
The Naperville Fire Department is seeking donations of used and otherwise so-called “clunker” vehicles from residents and local businesspeople. Donated vehicles will be used to allow firefighters to practice auto extrication skills. All vehicles must have titles and keys available. If a vehicle cannot be driven to the Naperville Fire Department, but is located within the Naperville city limits, Fire Department staff will make arrangements to have it picked up. To make a donation of a vehicle, contact Ruthi Sommers at (630) 305-5900.