Sustainability Commission

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The Sustainability Commision is scheduled to meet six times per year.

Meetings are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the months of January/March/May/July/September/November.

Check the Village calendar for details


Commission Events: 

Community Pride Awards

This annual award program honors residents whose landscaping helps to make the Village a more beautiful place. Nominations from the public are accepted in July of each year. Keep an eye on the Citizen newsletter for details. 

The 2019 Community Pride Awards will be held Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:15 p.m.

Special consideration is given to properties that incorporate “green” practices, such as using rain barrels, composting or using nontoxic methods of pest and weed control.

For additional yard maintenance tips, check the Commission Resources section at the bottom of this page for the SWANCC Eco-Landscaping Guide. Together, we can keep Hoffman Estates growing green!

Solar Power Hour

The Commission sponsored a solar energy presentation by the Citizens Utility Board in spring 2019. Check out the presentation below to find information on solar options, as well as how to participate in the Solarize Chicagoland group buying program for residents and businesses in Cook, DuPage, Kane & Will Counties!

View the Solarize Chicagoland Presentation

Village Document Destruction & Recycling Event

The Village's 2019 event is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For details on the types of materials accepted for recycling and to find other one-day drop-off events, visit www.swancc.org.   

Build a Birdhouse

The Sustainability Commission and Carpenter's Union Local 839 sponsor this annual event each spring, which teaches kids how to be stewards of their natural environment. This program will return in 2020 - please keep an eye on the Citizen to find out when it will be held!

Village Improvement Day

The Hoffman Estates Stormwater and Sustainability Commissions sponsor periodic cleanup events. Look for information on upcoming events here!

Citizen's Utility Board Presentation

CUB provided updates about your utility bills and explained ways to save money,
stay aware of potential problems, and register for the upcoming bill clinic. 2016 materials are available below:

See the program on HETV or click for YouTube to watch now

See Energy Savings Guide from CUB

See Smart Grid Info Brochure from CUB 

Citizen's Utility Board interactive presentation for residents. Focused on ComEd and Nicor bills, electrical aggregation, and more. Click the video below for the Channel 6 HETV video recording of the presentation. This video gives answers to questions about:

     

     

     

     

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    Commission Mission Statement
    Enhance the quality of life for the Residents & Businesses of Hoffman Estates by promoting a culture of environmental & social responsibility that is prosperous, healthy and sustainable. We accomplish this through advocacy and education.

     

    Sustainability Commission Purpose 

    As a part of the Village's "Growing to Greenness" strategy, the Mayor and the Village Board of Trustees have appointed residents and local volunteers to the Sustainability Commission. This Commission is directly involved in making the Village an environmentally sound and sustainable place to live.

    The Village's volunteer Commission members are leaders in Hoffman Estates' mission to become a "green" community. They suggest programs, services and activities that Village residents, businesses and the municipality can participate in year-round. The Commission regularly provides support for and sponsors recycling events and other Village activities, such as utility bill clinics and Village Improvement days. The Commission also manages the Green Business Recognition Program.  

    Become a Commissioner

    For information about becoming a member of the Sustainability Commission, please see the Volunteer Boards and Commissions webpage. If you have questions specific to Sustainability Commission activities, please email grow2green@hoffmanestates.org

    Commission Activities/Accomplishments

    The Sustainability Commission is responsible for education and awareness, implementation of sustainability programs, and assisting Village operations. The Village Board looks to the Commission to consider and recommend appropriate programs and initiatives, and to administer relevant programs and activities. The following is a list of examples illustrating the purpose and accomplishments of the Sustainability Commission:

    • Environmental awareness and education for residents and businesses;

    • Produces children's Build a Birdhouse event (spring);

    • Produces the Village Clean Up Day or other outdoor clean up and education event (spring);

    • Hosts the Community Pride Awards (summer);

    • Reviews policies and operational procedures relating to sustainable Village activities;

    • Recommends programs to the Village Board relating to sustainability;

    • Initiated rain barrel pick-up program (2010 - 2016: serviced through MWRD);

    • Participation at local and regional environmental and community events;

    • Previously held Environmental Fair and elementary school Recycle Art Fair. 

     

    Commission Resources

    Enabling Resolution Stormwater Information
    Village Sustainability Plan What Our Water's Worth
    Board & Commissions Manual SWANCC
    Composting Regulations SWANCC Eco-Landscaping 

     

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