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.
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 were held Monday, Sept. 23. Congratulations to all of the winners!
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!
Village Document Destruction & Recycling Event
In partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), the Village holds an annual recycling and document destruction event each August. For details on the types of materials accepted for recycling and information on other 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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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;
- Manages the Green Business Recognition Program;
- Produces children's Build a Birdhouse event (spring);
- Assists during the annual Village Recycling Day (late summer);
- 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);
- Reviewed plans for LEED (Green) Police Station and Fire Station 24 (2008-2009);
- Participation at local and regional environmental and community events;
- May enact new activities based upon the projects listed in the Village Sustainability Plan;
- Previously held Environmental Fair and elementary school Recycle Art Fair.
|Enabling Resolution||Stormwater Information|
|Village Sustainability Plan||What Our Water's Worth|
|Board & Commissions Manual||SWANCC|
|Composting Regulations||SWANCC Eco-Landscaping|