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.

News

First-Ever Naperville Earth Week was a huge success!

Earth week logoEarth Day and Arbor Day this year and were a huge success this year and we made great strides in making a positive difference in our community!

Hundreds of residents took advantage of educational opportunities with the City of Naperville, in partnership with 12 contributing organizations and four contributing sponsors.  In addition, the City of Naperville Public Works held the 27th annual Arbor Day tree sale with over 497 trees sold and 300 live souvenir trees distributed.  The Conservation Foundation was on hand to distribute pre-purchased rain barrels. Thank you to the almost 1,000 volunteers, logging over 1,300 service hours, who did their part to make Naperville Earth Week a success!

Earth week 2018 will be April 21-28. Check back to sign-up for events and volunteer opportunities in early 2018.

National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

SustainabilityMayor 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 in! Naperville ranked #12 in our population category of the 2017 Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation! 

Thank you to everyone who participated and made the pledge to help Naperville become a water and energy saving community! The competition mode is over, but you and your family can still make a pledge that lasts all year long! Make a pledge at www.mywaterpledge.com from now until March 31, 2018 and you’ll be entered to win a piece of art picked out by marine life artist and conservationist Wyland.

Take the Pledge

Pollination Station

Pollination Station in JuneThe 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

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. 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 your Spring cleaning, be sure to check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guide to Safer Choice products .