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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

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. For more information on the garden, click here.

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!

Navigating the Roads During Winter

Traveling can be difficult during these cold months. Frigid temperatures create the need to scrape windows, shovel snow and endure the refreshing feel of a brisk driver’s seat. To combat these issues, many commuters opt to heat a car before traveling, but studies show this is not only difficult on the environment, but also counterproductive to maintaining a car's efficiency.