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.


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 has organized Naperville Earth Week.  The idea behind this event is 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.

Working together, the week will offer dozens of events for hundreds of people to partake. Have you been looking to do something to make a difference in our environment this year? Now is your chance!

Learn more about Earth Week Naperville

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

Mayor Steve Chirico is joining 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.

To participate, residents can make a series of online pledges to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy on behalf of Naperville anytime during April 1 – April 30 at mywaterpledge.com. Your pledge to conserve water and save energy could help Naperville win and enter you for a chance to win a Toyota Prius, water-saving fixtures and hundreds of other prizes! 

Take the Pledge

Arbor Day Tree Sale Takes Place April 29

The City will again be offering hundreds of container grown trees for sale at great prices at the annual Arbor Day Tree Sale. The sale will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive. Cash or checks are accepted forms of payment at this event. Experts from the City will be on hand to answer your tree questions. Staff will also be available to help load your tree in your vehicle. Rain barrels ordered ahead of time will also be available for pickup at the sale.

Learn more about the Arbor Day Tree Sale

Rain Barrels Now for Sale

As we all know water is a precious resource and can be rather costly. During summer periods rainfall may not coincide with the needs of your plants and flowers. Have you thought about a rain barrel to provide you with a free irrigation option? Rain barrels are used to capture rain water from your roof for reuse in watering your garden spaces. Rainwater is better for your plants and soil because it is free from the salts, ions and fluoride found in tap water. That translates into healthier plants for you to enjoy. Just as importantly, rain barrels capture water that would otherwise runoff and could harm area streams and rivers.

This year, the City will be selling rain barrels for pick-up in conjunction with the annual Arbor Day Tree Sale on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Public Works Service Center, 180 Fort Hill Drive.  

Order Your Own Rain Barrel

If you are looking for potential money savings, a healthier garden and yard and to reduce your eco-footprint, investment in a rain barrel may be just for you!

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.

Mayor Steve Chirico cut the ribbon during an official ceremony dedicating the Pollination Station on Saturday, April 22, at 12:00 p.m. in the Native Planting Pollinator Garden.

Learn about Naperville's Pollination Station

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.

Monarch Waystation

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.

Visit MonarchWatch.com 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 .