2013 Go Green Business Award
Local businesses committed to operating in a sustainable manner and being environmentally responsible are annually recognized by the Village Board of Trustees.
On April 16, the Board presented C & M Auto, 835 Milwaukee Ave., with a Go Green Gold Business Award.
Founded in 1984, C & M Auto responsibly disposes of all waste generated by the operation -- from the office to the garage, including tires, batteries, oil, cardboard and automotive fluids. The firm is also a designated drop-off site for solid waste materials accepted for recycling by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.
Submit an application for a business that has taken steps to "go green" for the next round of the Village's Green Business Awards.
Bike Glenview is a community-wide initiative to promote biking as a healthy, cost-effective and low-polluting way to travel around our Village. Biking is one of the easiest ways to exercise. It builds strength, muscle tone and stamina; improves cardio-vascular fitness; and eats up calories. Biking also helps the community's health, by reducing traffic congestion, air and noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Plus, riders get to places faster.
Go to bikeglenview.com for a list of bike-related community events, a listing of bicycle safety tips, an interactive Google map of bike routes and more.
Pick up paper copies of bike maps at Glenview Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road; Park Center, 2500 Chestnut Ave. and other Glenview Park District facilities; and the Glenview Public Library, 1930 Glenview Road.
Bike Glenview is made possible through a cooperative effort with the Village of Glenview, Glenview Park District, Glenview Public Library, Glenview Chamber of Commerce and the Glenview Natural Resources Commission.
Glenview a Tree City USA for 28th year
Glenview has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.
It is the 28th year that Glenview has earned this national recognition.
Glenview also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program. The prestigious Growth Award honors environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
In particular, Glenview received extra points to earn the Growth Award for:
The river re-meandering and wildlife habitat improvements at one segment of the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River;
Improved emerald ash borer educational workshops, including a field component and posting a video of the workshops on the Village website; and
An interpretive program for green infrastructure in the village, including a bicycle tour and a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden for residents interested in biological engineering techniques for stream bank stabilization.
Glenview has met four standards to become a Tree City USA community: It has a forestry team and Natural Resources Commission; a tree care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
The proclamation will be read at the April 16 Village Board meeting. The Arbor Day observance will take place Friday, April 26, when a white oak will be planted during a ceremony at Glenbrook South High School in conjunction with Project Earth, GBS’ environmental club.
Recycle holiday string lights
Dispose of unwanted holiday lights the environmentally responsible way. Residents can drop off holiday lights for recycling through February 28, 2013 at the Public Works Service Center, 1333 Shermer Road, in a marked receptacle.
Acceptable items for recycling include: mini-lights of Italian lights, C7 lights, C9 lights, rope lights, LED lights and extension cords. All colors and lengths of lights will be accepted.
Items that are not acceptable for recycling include: garland, live greens, wreaths or other non-recyclable materials.
Call the Public Works Department at (847) 657-3030 with questions. Addition information can be found on the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County website.
Farmer's Market 2012 'Green Table' schedule
The Village’s Natural Resources Commission is hosting a “Green Table” from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday during the Glenview Farmer’s Market at Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road. Co-sponsored by the Glenview Park District, the Green Table is the place for information on weekly topics covering sustainability, recycling and the environment.
Here is the summer schedule:
June 23 – Our Vibrantly Green Glenview – Jen Roberts, Glenview Park District Community Garden Plot Coordinator at Wagner Farm; and Henrietta Saunders, chair, Village of Glenview Natural Resources Commission
June 30 – Protecting and Salvaging our Valuable Trees – Robyn Flakne, PhD, Village Naturalist, Forester and Emerald Ash Borer specialist; and Bruce and Erika Horigan, Horigan Urban Forest Products
July 7 – Energy Efficiency at Home – Jonathan Smith, Effective Air; and Ron Cowgill, D/R Services Ltd., both winners of Glenview Green Business Awards
July 14 – Biking! – Village President Kerry Cummings; Alan Rubin, Glenview Cycle; Barb Cornew, Active Transportation Alliance; and Ron Ganim, Village of Glenview Natural Resources Commissioner
July 21 – Recycle, Reuse and Minimize your Landfill Contribution – Sheri Latash, representing the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC); and Manish Patel, Eaternal Plates and a Glenview Green Business Award Winner
July 28 – Enjoy and Restore the Blooming Prairie – Kent Fuller, steward of Air Station Prairie, and Evelyn Tyner, who helped save Peacock Prairie. Northfield Township will be on hand to accept paint, paper and other recyclables.
August 4 – Environmentally Friendly Business Practices – Representative from Abt Electronics; and Lior Bega, Sweet Home Improvements (both past Green Business Award winners)
August 11 – Insects! – Tom Dobrinska, The Insect Zoo by Anderson Pest Solutions; and Emerald Ash Borer information from the Village of Glenview and Glenview Park District
August 18 – Backyard Composting: Practical, Cost-effective and Clean – Diane Bolash, master composter and Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County consultant
August 25 – Innovative Green Building Practices – Gayle Laboda, representing Kent Full Air Station Prairie; and Kurt Horvath, Green Roofer
September 1 – Cook County Forest Preserves and the Chicago Botanic Garden – Cook County and Forest Preserve District Commissioner Gregg Goslin and Chief of Staff Terri Graham; and Ginny Hotaling, Chicago Botanic Garden Vice President of Government Affairs
September 8 – Our Friendly Pollinators – Mark Jusko, beekeeper, Cook-DuPage Beekeepers Association; The Organic Pantry Project; and Pleasant Ridge School
September 15 – Supporting Backyard Wildlife – Tim Joyce, Wild Birds Unlimited, and Nancy Halliday, Village of Glenview Natural Resources Commissioner
September 22 – Test Your Agriculture IQ – Bona Heinsohn, Cook County Farm Bureau Director of Public Relations, and Sheri Latash, Agriculture-in-the-Classroom educator
September 29 – Stormwater: How to Manage a Difficult Resource – Andrew Mayes, Village of Glenview Senior Civil Engineer, and a representative from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; plus a Rain Barrel Raffle
October 6 – Making Home and Building Improvements the “Conservative” Way – Joe Boyle, Evanston Rebuilding Warehouse board member and volunteer, and Adam Grabowski, president of Glenview-based ECI Green home remodeling.
October 13 – Staying Connected Year Round with Outdoor Activities – Wayne Rogoski, of The Grove National Historic Landmark
New recycling rules for 2012
The new year – 2012 – brings new rules regarding what can be recycled in Illinois.
Illinois became the 16th state to adopt an electronics recycling law known as the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313) in September 2009. This legislation initially banned televisions and monitors from entering Illinois landfills beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Then, Governor Quinn signed legislation that expanded the Illinois Product Recycling and Reuse Act to expand the number of electronic products banned from Illinois landfills from four to 17. The list will include:
- Computers (including tablet computers)
- Electronic keyboards
- Facsimile machines
- Videocassette recorders
- Portable digital music players
- Digital video disc players
- Video game consoles
- Small scale servers
- Electronic mice
- Digital converter boxes
- Cable receivers
- Satellite receivers
- Digital video disc recorders
Obsolete toxic electronic products are the fastest growing component of landfilled waste. Discarded electronic products contain toxic materials such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, beryllium and other toxic materials that once landfilled pollute the soil and may leach into ground water posing a risk to human health and the environment. Obsolete electronic products contain valuable materials that can be recycled for reuse such as copper, gold and circuit chips – just to name a few of the reusable materials. The reuse of these products conserves energy and natural resources.
Since 1999, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) has worked with its member communities to provide environmentally-sound recycling for end-of-life electronics through one-day collection events, permanent drop-off locations and the At Home Pick Up Program. One of SWANCC’s permanent electronics drop-off location for residents that live in a member community is the Glenview Transfer Station, 1151 N. River Road, across from the Maryville Academy. It is open most Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.
Additionally, residents are able to utilize many retail store drop-offs during evening and weekend hours. Here is a complete list of options
Find more information on the new state regulations here
2012 Go Green Business Awards
(From left) Manish Patel of Eaternal Plates, Glenview Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Betsy Baer; Ray Hillinger of Glenbrook Auto Parts; Ellen Dean, Village of Glenview Economic Development Coordinator; Matthew O'Hara, regional sales manager of Anderson Pest Solutions; and Elizabeth Fritz, Glenview Chamber of Commerce board member.
Three local businesses that are committed to operating in a sustainable manner and being environmentally responsible were recognized by the Village Board on Feb. 21.
Go Green Gold Business Award:
Glenbrook Auto Parts — 1723 Waukegan Road
This family-owned and –operated company has been serving the North Shore and north suburbs since 1962. Among its impressive array of green initiatives are: offering automotive battery recycling to customers; using GPS vehicle tracking to reduce fuel costs; reusing old printouts for scratch pads; reusing biodegradable packing materials when shipping items; and providing employees with dish-washing facilities to encourage the use of reusable cups and utensils.
Go Green Business Awards:
Anderson Pest Solutions — 1775 Chestnut Ave.
The largest family-owned pest solutions company in the Midwest, Anderson has been practicing environmentally responsible pest control since 1913. The company is committed to reducing or eliminating the use of pesticides while providing permanent solutions to pest problems for residences and commercial properties. In recognition of Anderson’s efforts, the EPA’s Environmental Stewardship Program recently designated the company as an “outstanding environmental steward,” and awarded it with Gold Member Status, its highest level of recognition. Anderson regularly hosts symposiums and seminars, such as its annual Public Health Summit, on pest-related issues of community concern.
Eaternal Plates — 2130-C Rugen Road
This locally-owned and –operated business distributes a wide variety of all natural and biodegradable bowls and plates, made from naturally fallen palm leaves. Eaternal Plates products are manufactured to be fully biodegradable, free of chemicals, resins, strengthening agents and synthetic materials. This business truly embodies the philosophy of “reuse and recycle.”
Do you know a business that has taken steps to “go green?” Submit an application for the next round of the Village’s Green Business Awards.