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 email@example.com, and are due by September 1, 2019. 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.
2018 Environmental Sustainability Award winners - (View the PowerPoint)
Education and Outreach - Gold - Oakton Community College
A wide-ranging sustainability effort that encompasses the college’s grounds, building operations and educational curriculum. Some activities include “Zero Waste” Fall Fest, restoring the grounds with native landscaping, an annual sustainability report and incorporating environmental sustainability into course work.
Education and Outreach – Silver – Saints Peter and Paul
The church has been working to increase awareness of environmental sustainability issues among its members. It has started an environmental ministry, recycling program and organic garden at Wagner Farm, and implemented several energy efficiency efforts at the church as well.
Education and Outreach – Bronze – The Glen Club
The club has implemented an education program that communicates that the members will see milkweed on the edge of the course, an important plant for monarch butterflies. This is part of a move toward a long-term sustainability effort for the club.
Leadership – Gold – Abt Electronics
Abt has installed many devices and practices that support sustainability, among them a solar array, rainwater harvesting system, public recycling center for many packaging materials and an electric car charging center. Its fleet also uses improved environmental aspects.
Innovation – Gold – North Shore Country Club
Among the many aspects included in its nomination, the club started a vericomposting (worm composting) program to reduce the landfilling of certain food wastes. This work is unique among all the award nominations.