A Strong Commitment Backed by Action
“Our environment is part of us.
How we care for our environment
and live with it, utilize it and enjoy it
determines the kind of people we are and will be.”
-Laurance S. Rockefeller
Governed by one of the park district’s guiding principles that established the district’s commitment to “respect historical, environmental and conservation significance in developing, maintaining and preserving its land and facilities,” the Glenview Park District follows through on its commitment to the environment in a variety of ways.
Protecting Open Space and the Environment through Strategic Plan Initiatives
The Glenview Park District’s Strategic Plan for 2010-2013 contains numerous environment-related initiatives which include:
- Identifying environmental impacts at each facility and developing plans to reduce these impacts
- Developing staff training on environmental topics and green purchasing expectations
- Setting and implementing standards to purchase recycled products and eco-friendly alternatives
- Improving efficiencies in the purchase of energy and resources
- Incorporating Natural Resources Management Plans into overall Parks Master Plan
- Developing and implementing additional environmental education programs for schools and families
Preserving the Environment at Our Parks and Facilities
- Ownership and operation of the Evelyn Pease Tyner Center and Air Station Prairie, a L.E.E.D. Platinum building and tallgrass prairie built by the Village of Glenview
- Ownership and operation of The Grove National Historic Landmark, a 123 acre nature preserve with an extensive Interpretive Center dedicated to natural history and environmental education
- Sought and received State of Illinois Energy Efficiency Grant to replace Tennis Club lighting system in 2007 resulting in $9,000 annual energy savings
- Upgraded Ice Center mechanical system in 2008 to achieve energy efficiency
- Negotiated construction of a berm adjacent to the Illinois State Tollway in 2009 as part of a Tollway construction project to protect The Grove from noise pollution
- Assumed management and maintenance in 2010 of approximately 60 acres of the Village of Glenview’s Gallery Park, an area which includes wetland and natural restoration areas
Providing Environmental Education through Our Programs
- Expanding schedule of environmental education programs being offered at Air Station Prairie and The Grove including “Going Green,” practical information on how you can incorporate “green” technology into your home
- Hired the district’s first full-time Environmental Education Supervisor to expand environmental programming and community outreach
- Participated in Baby Steps Program–recycling/tree planting cooperative effort with School District 34 and local PTAs
- Together with 11 League of Women’s Voters groups co-sponsored “Our Climate Matters,” a four-day symposium on global warming and ways people can protect and preserve the environment.
- Provided opportunities for citizens to learn about and preserve the environment through Work Days at Air Station Prairie and The Grove (To find out more about these, please click on links at the top of this page).
- Joined with local school districts, Village, Library, Chamber of Commerce, Glenbrook Hospital and the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County to form Go Green Glenview, a community-wide public education campaign designed to raise awareness about local resources that make it easier for residents to go green–and to provide tools to help out.
Promoting Environmental Awareness through Creation of a District-Wide Environmental Team
To build environmental awareness within the park district and the community, the Glenview Park District in 2008 formed a park district Environmental Team composed of representatives from facilities throughout the district. Team responsibilities include:
- Reviewing, evaluating and recommending district-wide environmental policies
- Creating and implementing an Environmental Management System
- Planning, organizing and conducting training on environmental issues
- Assisting in the evaluation of the cost-effectiveness of the district’s environmental initiatives
To learn about environmental initiatives achieved through mid-2010, click here.
Planning for the Future
In keeping with the Glenview Park District’s commitment to the environment, a number of environmentally friendly practices have been identified for future implementation. These include:
- Use of sustainable energy
- Biodiversity protection
- Natural area restoration
- Carbon footprint reduction
- Raising public awareness through programs and events
- Reduction of pesticide/fertilizer use
- Use of recycled products
- Partnerships with other agencies through Chicago Wilderness Consortium
- Reduction of use of landfill space through District-wide recycling
We invite you to join us in preserving our environment for the generations to follow.