City of Naperville Wins Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

The City of Naperville is pleased to announce it has won the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for its citywide environmental sustainability efforts. Councilwoman Becky Anderson and Councilman Kevin Gallaher accepted the award on behalf of the City at a Tuesday, November 1 ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago.

The Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award is administered by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC). ISTC is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which provides research and solutions to allow citizens and decision makers to make sustainable decisions. Now in its 30th year, the award acknowledges the sustainable practices and operations entities employ throughout their organizations. Naperville was among 25 public and private organizations honored with the award in 2016.

Naperville’s award application cited its ongoing commitment to sustainability throughout all levels and departments in the City, including the successful and ongoing completion of all 49 goals in the City’s 2010 Sustainability Plan. Projects specifically noted in the 2016 award application included the Water Leak Detection Survey, which has detected 145 leaks in various water mains and fire hydrants over the last three years. Repairs on these leaks saved the City approximately 604 million gallons of water and resulted in a cost avoidance of more than $2.9 million.

Also noted was the new Household Hazardous Waste Facility that opened in early 2015, which has increased collection of household hazardous waste by 8 percent while reducing wait times from up to four hours to less than 10 minutes, and the Recycling Cart Program, which has helped increase the City’s landfill diversion rate to 30.2 percent in 2015, the highest in six years. The changeover of City streetlights to LEDs, the ongoing success of the Emerald Ash Borer treatment program and the plans to construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station in the City also won praise.

Naperville last received a Governor’s Sustainability Award in 2011 specifically for the City’s Home Energy Savings Program.

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The City of Naperville received the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award at a November 1 ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago. Pictured from left to right are: Ron Ritter, Electric Utility Technical Specialist and member of the City’s Enviroteam; Jim Holzapfel, Water/Wastewater Utility Director and member of the City’s Enviroteam; Councilwoman Becky Anderson; Councilman Kevin Gallaher; Amy Emery, Strategic Projects Supervisor and chair of the City’s Enviroteam; and Pat Lord, Senior Assistant City Attorney and member of the City’s Enviroteam.

About Naperville: Located 28 miles west of Chicago, Naperville, Ill., is home to approximately 145,000 people. This vibrant, thriving city consistently ranks as a top community in the nation in which to live, raise children and retire. The city is home to acclaimed public and parochial schools, the best public library system in the country, an array of healthcare options and an exceptionally low crime rate. Naperville has ready access to a variety of public transportation, housing and employment options. The city’s diversified employer base features high technology firms, retailers and factories, as well as small and home-based businesses. Residents also enjoy world-class parks, diverse worship options, the opportunity to serve on several City boards and commissions, a thriving downtown shopping and dining area, a renowned outdoor history museum known as Naper Settlement and an active civic community. For more information, please visit our website at