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Eco-Extraordinaires February 2020

Jan 31 2020

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Check out this month’s local leaders in green.

Do you know a DuPage County organization or person that deserves some green kudos? Email carrie@scarce.org to explain who you think should be one of our next Eco-Extraordinaires.

Village of Downers Grove Receives Clean Cities Leadership Award

Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) selected the Village of Downers Grove as an annual leadership award winner for 2019. The awards honor organizations and individuals that take action to locally reduce petroleum consumption and improve air quality. The village was awarded the Plugged-In Public Safety Award for the addition of plug-in hybrid vehicles to their fleet. The vehicles are used by the Police Department’s Community Support Officers and average 75 miles-per-gallon. These vehicles replaced gas-guzzling Ford Crown Victoria models that averaged only 14 miles-per-gallon. It’s all a part of their goal to be a steward of financial and environmental responsibility. The Village of Downers Grove has demonstrated a great commitment to green vehicles with 83% of their fleet powered by some sort of alternative fuel. Way to raise the bar!


City of West Chicago Adds Curbside Compost Option for Residents

The City of West Chicago has approved a waste hauling contract with Groot that includes a food scrap composting option for residents. West Chicago is the tenth municipality in DuPage County to offer a curbside composting option. Composting food scraps reduces greenhouse gas emissions from landfills. Way to go!


Clarendon Hills Breaks Ground on Train Station with Sustainability Focus

On January 6th the Village of Clarendon Hills broke ground on their new commuter train station and downtown revitalization project. The new station replaces an outdated 1970s-era building that no longer meets the community’s needs. The station will have a focus on sustainability and the outdoors. Among it’s features there will be lots of outdoor waiting space, a green roof and rain gardens to reduce stormwater run-off as well as bicycle storage and design elements to shade the building. It also takes advantage of pre-fabricated design which reduces construction waste. The surrounding area will include improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists, making downtown a more walkable, bikable place. Bravo to the village for making sustainability a priority!

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