Sustainable approaches to providing local government services helps to ensure a higher quality of life for future generations. True to its mission, Naperville’s sustainability successes have largely been achieved through many partnerships with organizations, businesses and residents. Likewise, a willingness to pursue innovative sustainable solutions have repeatedly resulted in cost efficiencies in line with the City’s sound fiscal management philosophy.
Holiday Lights Recycling
Due to COVID-19, additional drop-off locations that were previously offered at the Public Works Service Center and the Municipal Center will not be available this year.
Holiday lights can be dropped off for recycling at the Electronics Recycling Center Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Accepted lights include mini-lights (Italian lights), C7, C9 rope and LED in all colors and lengths as well as extension cords.
City of Naperville Receives SolSmart Designation
Have you considered installing solar panels? The City of Naperville is participating in the SolSmart Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, which helps local governments reduce barriers to solar energy growth and makes it easier for homes and businesses to go solar. In 2019, the City worked with 20 other communities in the region in pursuit of SolSmart status, and on May 9, 2019, the City was pleased to receive silver SolSmart designation.
The City of Naperville is happy to assist you by offering a streamlined permitting process and information for your consideration.
Smart Thermostat Rebate
Naperville's Electric Utility is offering a $50 rebate for residential utility customers when they buy and install any smart thermostat. Visit www.naperville.il.us/thermostatrebate for more information.
Have you ever 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 garden spaces. Rainwater is better for plants and soil because it is free from the salts, ions, and fluoride found in tap water. Just as importantly, rain barrels capture water that would otherwise runoff and could harm area streams and rivers.
To order a rain barrel of your own for pick-up or delivery, visit Upcycle Products.
Summer Gardening Tips
For more information, visit The Morton Arboretum at www.mortonarb.org.
- Water trees and shrubs deeply if natural rainfall is less than one inch per week. Water the soil and not the foliage to reduce leaf spot diseases.
- Replenish mulch under trees and shrubs to conserve moisture, reduce weeds, and control temperature fluctuations in soil.
- Prune late spring flowering shrubs and hedges now.
- Avoid pruning oaks and elms between mid-April and October.
Oak wilt and Dutch elm disease are spread by sap feeding insects carrying the disease from tree to tree.
- Monitor all plants regularly for insect and disease problems.
Early detection can make a difference!
- Pull weeds before they go to seed.
- Plant summer flowering bulbs and annuals.
- Avoid deep cultivation around shallow rooted plants by hand pulling weeds when they are small.
- Monitor container plants daily, especially those in clay pots, for watering needs.
- Pinch garden mums and asters once a month for bushier growth.
Stop pinching after July 15 so plants can set flower buds.
- Remove faded blossoms from flowering annuals, perennials, and roses to encourage more blooms.
Looking to green more than just your cleaning arsenal? Try the nonprofit Environmental Working Group, EWG, that reviews, rates and provides recommendations on everything from cosmetics to food and water filters: http://www.ewg.org/
And finally what about all that junk in your storage closest, basement or garage? Besides our fabulous website, www.dupageco.org/recycling, try Earth911. A perfect catch-all for the odds-n-ends questions you might have: http://www.dupageco.org/recycling.
Looking for Data?
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.
Since approving the plan, Naperville has implemented a number of initiatives and programs that continue to positively impact the community and environment. The efforts of the City are documented through the City's Open Data Portal.
In 2018, Naperville ranked #2 in our population category of the Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation!
City Received the Governor's Sustainability Award
In November 2016, the City was one of 25 public and private organizations honored with the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award for its citywide environmental sustainability efforts. Praised sustainability practices included successful and ongoing completion of 46 goals in the City’s 2010 Sustainability Plan and specific projects including the Water Leak Detection Survey, the new Household Hazardous Waste Facility that opened in early 2015, the Recycling Cart Program, the Emerald Ash Borer treatment program and the City’s plans to construct a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling 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.
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.
Have you also considered using native plants in your landscaping? Join the many homeowners who have incorporated native plants into their landscapes to create beautiful outdoor spaces, invite birds and butterflies to their yards, reduce their use of water, fertilizers and pesticides and protect our rivers.
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.