Environmental sustainability is about the future. Adopting practices like preventing pollution, reducing waste, conserving energy, reducing emissions to air and water, and boosting recycling are to be celebrated at a time when providing better, cleaner tomorrows is a priority.
Because the Village of Glenview wants to recognize organizations in Glenview that are taking the lead with environmental stewardship, innovative best practices and community outreach, the Village's Natural Resources Commission sponsors an environmental sustainability awards program. Nominees can be any organization, including businesses, schools, houses of worship and volunteer groups, that serve the Glenview community.
Nominees can be considered in one of these categories:
- Innovation – How a new practice has improved sustainability and is a departure from the current practice. Examples of this are, but not limited to, new uses of recycled or reused materials, energy or material-efficient techniques or other more sustainable departures from previous practices.
- Leadership – How the organization has demonstrated that its practices are above and beyond common practices for its peers and how others were influenced. Examples of this are, but not limited to, mentorship of other organizations, participation in associations that have made changes or influenced members and going beyond the requirement of environmental regulations.
- Education and Outreach – Action(s) an organization has taken to influence its employees, members, customers or other stakeholders to improve sustainable practices. Examples of this are, but not limited to, community outreach or educational events.
To nominate itself or be nominated by another, an organization should have completed the activities and achieved results that support the nomination in 2019. Nominators will need to provide a narrative piece describing the experience, rationale for taking action, successes and environmental results or changes in practices generated or influenced.
Click here for a fillable nomination form
Applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and are due by September 1, 2020. They'll be reviewed and selected by the Natural Resources Commission Awards Committee, with presentation of a plaque by the Village Board of Trustees in November.
Meeting the sustainable energy challenges of the 21st Century starts at home, in the workplace and in our schools. Success stories, if replicated, can positively effect our future. So let's start by recognizing the good environmental stewards in our community.
2019 Environmental Sustainability Award winners (View the PowerPoint)
Education and Outreach -- Gold -- Glenview Public Library
The steep decline in the monarch butterfly population has been the focus of preservation efforts by the Glenview Public Library. It planted milkweed and nectar plants in existing gardens to host monarch caterpillars. Programs were developed to build public awareness, which included presentations by a horticulturist and a representative of the Morton Arboretum’s Chicago Region Trees Initiative and butterfly-themed story times and children’s events in the Youth Department.
Education and Outreach -- Silver -- James Woodworth Prairie Preserve
The visitor center, restoration garden and mowed walking trails engage local residents and bolster preservation of the 5.4-acre grassland remnant in Glenview managed and owned by the University of Illinois at Chicago. UIC policy now encourages student exposure to the prairie’s history, biodiversity and important insect pollinators. The number of visitors has increased, and more educational talks are being given in surrounding suburbs and at academic conferences.
Education and outreach -- Bronze -- Wild Birds Unlimited
The nearly 30-year-old store is an educational resource regarding bird feeding, and community outreach this year included presentations at the Glenview Public Library and Glenview Farmers Market. Its philosophy is that bird feeding leads people to be aware of and care for the environment. To that end, it helps customers alter landscaping maintenance to include native plants and trees, which require less chemical and fertilizer, and recognize the healing and soothing effects of bird feeding.
Leadership -- Gold -- Effective Air
The almost 80-year-old heating and air conditioning firm operates as a green company. It uses a climate-neutral refrigerant, recycles as many materials as possible and works with warehouses to support building material re-use. Clients are educated about whole house water filtration, to reduce plastic bottle waste and remove impurities from drinking water, and duct sealing, to reduce energy usage, improve indoor air quality and lower utility costs.
Innovation -- Gold -- WesPath Benefits and Investments
The not-for-profit agency of the United Methodist Church built a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certificated headquarters in Glenview in 2010. It is a globally-recognized leader in sustainable investing, which means it adheres to its fiduciary duty while seeking investments believed to have a positive impact on the environment and society. In 2019, its sustainable operating practices included installing four electric vehicle charging stations; launching a waste management program that encourages composting; switching to a 100-percent green energy-certified electricity provider; reconstructing its lobby using environmentally-friendly materials; and annually maintaining native landscaping.
2018 Environmental Sustainability Award winners