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.
First-Ever Naperville Earth Week
Earth Day and Arbor Day anchor a single week spanning from Saturday, April 22 to Saturday, April 29 this year. To take advantage of this unique calendar occurrence, the City of Naperville, in partnership with the Naperville Park District, The Conservation Foundation, the Forest Preserve Districts of DuPage and Will Counties, the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation, the Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau; School Districts 203 and 204, The Morton Arboretum and the Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America organized Naperville Earth Week. The idea behind this event was to provide a full week of opportunities for interested residents to learn and participate in environmental activities to make a positive difference in our community. Thank you to all the volunteers who did their part to make Naperville Earth Week a success!
National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
Mayor Steve Chirico joined mayors across the country in asking residents to make a long-term commitment to manage water resources more wisely by taking part in the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. Residents were able to make pledges from April 1-April 30, 2017. The results are being tallied and Naperville's ranking among cities across the country will be revealed on May 15, 2017, at www.mywaterpledge.com. Thank you to everyone who made a pledge to conserve water and save energy.
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.
Mayor Steve Chirico cut the ribbon during an official ceremony dedicating the Pollination Station on Saturday, April 22, at noon in the Native Planting Pollinator Garden.
A Beautiful Yard without Pesticides
Studies show that use of lawn chemicals can have environmental ramifications, especially for children. The chemicals can potentially contaminate surface and groundwater, affect outdoor and indoor air quality, and threaten the health of pets and wildlife. Have you considered alternative approaches, such as:
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn to act as a natural fertilizer.
- Overseed to fill in existing bare spots in the late summer or early fall. This approach will prevent weeds from taking over these spaces in the spring.
- Aerate your soil to facilitate healthy grass growth.
- Keep your mower blade setting at least 2-3 inches tall to allow your grass to developer deeper, more drought resistant roots.
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. See the Monarch Waystation tips (PDF) for more information.
Think Green When You Spring Clean
Spring means improving weather, greening leaves and gathering clutter. Before you begin working on garage tags and finding cleaning supplies, be sure to check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies guide to Safer Choice products .