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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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Water Conservation Workshop

Let's not leave our water supply to chance - rainwater is a precious resource! Come learn how to collect and keep it on your property through the use of rain barrels and rain gardens at a free Water Conservation Workshop on Sunday, March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Clow Education Center at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville.

This workshop will include a 1 p.m. presentation on how rain barrels and rain gardens work and how to install them to capture the rain that falls on your land and put it to good use. The Conservation Foundation's rain barrels, which are repurposed, recycled and recyclable and equipped with spigots, screens and overflow valves, will be available for purchase for $75 each.

At 2 p.m., enjoy an educational tour of the 60-acre McDonald Farm, a showplace of conservation in action and headquarters of The Conservation Foundation. See on-the-ground examples of rain and butterfly gardens, rainwater harvesting, solar and wind energy, permeable paving and native plants.

These earth-friendly practices improve our local water quality, increase habitat for bird and butterfly species, and provide beauty and opportunities for our families to connect with nature right in our own back yards. Learn how to transform your little patch of earth and become part of The Conservation Foundation's Conservation@Home program, which recognizes homeowners for environmentally responsible landscaping efforts.

This workshop is free but the courtesy of pre-registration is appreciated. To register, please email Jim Kleinwachter.

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

Rain Barrels

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

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

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 .