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.
Earth Week Naperville 2019 Brings the Community Together!
Earth Week Naperville 2019 included an Earth Day Fair with family-friendly interactive activities, community organizations and eco-friendly exhibitors, a shredding event, the City of Naperville's annual Arbor Day Tree Sale, and a variety of clean-up projects throughout the week parks, schools and other locations throughout Naperville. Thanks to all who planned and participated in this wonderful event!
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. For the past 10 months, the City has been working 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
The City of Naperville's Electric Utility is offering a one-time $50 rebate for residential utility customers when they buy and install any smart thermostat, beginning with units purchased on or after May 1, 2018. 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.
- Do NOT prune Spring flowering shrubs. It is best to prune them just after they bloom. Pruning them now will remove the flowers.
- Do NOT prune trees in the fall. The sap is slowing down and the remaining scar may not have time to heal. Pruning also stimulates new growth. The new growth may not have time to harden off before the cold weather sets in.
- Be sure that your trees, shrubs and evergreens get plenty of water before the ground freezes. Evergreens can suffer from winter burn if they cannot absorb water when the ground is frozen. Apply a layer of mulch around these plants to help reduce winter injury.
- Once you are done watering your plants, disconnect and drain your garden hose.
- Divide perennials that have gotten too big and put them in other parts of your garden or share them with a neighbor.
Looking to green more than just your cleaning arsenal? Try the Non-profit, 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.
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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.