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 Environment and 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 within the past 12 months. 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 by December 1, 2024. They'll be reviewed and selected by the Environment & Natural Resources Commission Awards Committee, with recognition by the Village Board of Trustees.
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.
2023 Environmental Sustainability Award winners (View the PowerPoint)
Read the news release
Innovation – Greener Glenview
Greener Glenview began the Glenview Native Habitat program with the goal of increasing the number of native and connecting habitats in the community. The group, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, promoted the project at various events while distributing information and seed packets to help establish gardens. Glenview began the Glenview Native Habitat.
Innovation – Princeton Village Homeowners Association
Princeton Village, a large development in Glenview with more than 1,000 trees, followed the example of the Village and Glenview Park District to conduct a tree inventory to understand the diversity of the community’s trees and maintain the tree canopy for future residents to enjoy. An arborist measured and assessed the health of each of the community’s trees and used the information to plan routine maintenance and prioritize trees that need additional care toensure their longevity..
Innovation – Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
The active environmental ministry at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church installed 283 solar panels on a building rooftop to introduce sustainable energy to the church community and others in the area. The system is expected to provide power for 25 to 30 years and was financed by a church steward and available incentives.
Education & Outreach – Village Treasure House
Village Treasure House, a Glenview-based nonprofit established in 1997, raises funds through the resale of furniture and home furnishings. The funds support local agencies serving families and individuals. Through their education and outreach in the community, Village Treasure House “re-homed” more than 15,000 items last year. The group also puts an emphasis on reusing materials like bags, ribbon, wrapping paper and tags, reducing the purchase of supplies and allowing more funds to go back to their programs.
Education & Outreach – Valley Lo Towers I Recycling Team
The Valley Lo Towers I (VLTI) Recycling Team has the goal to reduce waste through promoting best practices in recycling, re-use and disposal to building residents. The Committee created education and outreach materials while also working with various service providers to create engaging outreach materials that promote recycling to residents.
The Village encourages local organizations to adopt practices that help prevent pollution, reduce waste, conserve energy, reduce emissions to air and water, and boost recycling. Meeting these sustainability challenges starts at home, in the workplace and in our schools.
The Village wants to highlight the success stories of organizations within the community so that, if replicated, others will be spurred to collaborate and share strategies, policies, procedures and best practices for environmentally sustainable practices.
2022 Environmental Sustainability Award winners
2021 Environmental Sustainability Award winners
2020 Environmental Sustainability Award winners
2019 Environmental Sustainability Award winners
2018 Environmental Sustainability Award winners