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Environmental Sustainability

In 2010, the Naperville City Council approved the Environmental Sustainability Plan. The plan established a long-term vision for environmental sustainability in Naperville and serves as a guide for the city’s actions related to environmental leadership and initiatives.

The framework of the plan is organized around five categories including Leadership & Education, Resources & Energy, Transportation and Mobility, Waste Management and Recycling and Sustainable Development and Infrastructure. The categories were developed following an environmental sustainability inventory report in 2007.

Since approving the plan, Naperville has implemented a number of initiatives and programs that positively impacted the community and environment. The efforts of the City are documented in an annual sustainability report.

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Have Electronics to Recycle?

Naperville's Environmental Collection Campus at 156 Fort Hill Drive is once again serving as a collection point for electronics recycling between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays. A fee applies for CRT, flat screens, projection TVs and monitors only; a variety of items are accepted.

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Pollination Station

Are you looking to do something different with the landscaping at your home or work here in Naperville? Ever thought about planting a "pollination station"?

The City of Naperville is proud to have planted a pollination station in a plot of land above the east entrance to the lower level of the Municipal Center. This garden features a variety of native plant species that can offer a habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. This demonstration garden is a way to educate our community on the benefits of alternate landscaping options and inspire them to learn more about this type of gardening.

Learn about Naperville's Pollination Station

Plant a Monarch Waystation Today

The monarch migration is truly one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Did you know that the monarch butterfly is in desperate need of habitats to lay its eggs? The City of Naperville would like to encourage residents to plant monarch waystations in their own backyards.  If your monarch habitat meets or exceeds the general description of a Monarch Waystation set forth below, your habitat may be certified by Monarch Watch as a Monarch Waystation. Upon certification, your habitat will be included in the Monarch Waystation Registry, an online listing of Monarch Waystations worldwide, and you will be awarded a certificate bearing your name and your habitat’s unique Monarch Waystation ID number. You may also choose to purchase a weatherproof sign to display, identifying your habitat as an official Monarch Waystation.

Size: A suitable Monarch Waystation habitat can be easily integrated with an existing garden. There is no minimum area requirement in order to certify your habitat; however, a truly effective Monarch Waystation will be at least 100 square feet. The total area may be split among several sites at your location and there is no upper limit for the size of a Monarch Waystation habitat.

Exposure: Butterflies and butterfly plants need lots of sun; therefore, Monarch Waystations need to be located in an area that receives at least six hours of sun a day.

Drainage and Soil Type: Milkweeds and nectar plants will do best in relatively light (low-clay) soils. Good drainage is needed to avoid root rot and provide good aeration of the roots.

Shelter: To assure that the maximum number of monarchs survive in your habitat, the plants should be relatively close together. However, they should not be crowded – be sure to follow the planting guides specific to each plant. All monarch life stages need shelter from predators and the elements. Planting milkweeds and nectar plants close together contributes to this shelter for monarchs and other wildlife.

Milkweed Plants: To maximize the utilization of your habitat by monarchs, it is desirable to include a number of milkweed species. It is best to have at least 10 plants, made up of two or more species; however, a large number of plants (more than 10) of one species is sufficient. Milkweeds of different species mature and flower at different times during the season. By increasing the number of milkweed species in your habitat you will increase the likelihood that monarchs will utilize your property for a longer period during the breeding season.

Nectar Plants: Monarchs, other butterflies, and numerous pollinators need nectar. By providing nectar sources that bloom sequentially or continuously during the season (as many butterfly plants do) your Monarch Waystation can provide resources for monarchs throughout the breeding season and the migration in the fall. A Monarch Waystation should contain at least 4 annual, biennial or perennial plants that provide nectar for butterflies.

Management: You should have a plan to sustain a Monarch Waystation. Specific actions you take will depend on the features of your habitat; however, some general examples include mulching, thinning, fertilizing, amending the soil, removing dead stalks, watering, eliminating insecticide use, removing invasive plant species, and incorporating additional features.

Be sure to visit www.MonarchWatch.org/waystations for updated information.

Salt Conservation

Naperville is committed to the safety of our motorists as well as stewardship of the DuPage River and our environment. The City has maintained a relatively steady salt application ratio over the past few years, which reflects its salt conversation effort implemented in the winter of 2013/2014. These efforts also aligned with preparations for more restrictive chloride (salt) standards through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).  

Conserving salt usage can help make a big fiscal and environmental difference. Residents can help in this effort by taking some simple steps to reduce the amount of salt used on your driveways and sidewalks this winter and help the DuPage River:

  1. Salt works best before snowfall. If you salt once before any snow hits the ground, you won’t have to salt again. This also makes shoveling easier.
  2. When salting your driveway or sidewalk, remember that more salt does not mean more melting. A 12-ounce coffee mug of salt should be enough to cover 12 squares of  sidewalks, or about 300 square feet.
  3. Most salt stops working if the temperature is under 15 degrees Fahrenheit. If you do salt under this temperature, no melting will occur and you’ll be wasting time, money and the health of our waterways.

Please consider doing your part to help conserve the natural beauty of the DuPage River. Salt less, save more!

Illuminate with LED

As winter concludes days are slowly getting longer, but energy continues to be a necessity for lighting around the home and office. One of the easiest ways to keep your atmosphere bright and environment safe is through use of energy efficient lights. Here is a guide to brightening your home without lighting up your electric bill.