2018 Green Team update emphasizes commitment to implementing green practices

The Elmhurst Park District is committed to developing, implementing, and using sound environmental practices.  In 2014, the District restructured its environmental committee (originally created in 2008) to an agency-wide work group.  The Green Team Work Group includes staff who have regular job responsibilities that will provide the maximum opportunity to implement green practices.  The Work Group investigates, reviews, recommends, implements, and promotes sustainability within the Elmhurst Park District.  Work plans are driven by a self-evaluation tool, the Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) Environmental Report Card. The Work Group is comprised of the Director of Parks, Division Manager of Facilities, Operations Assistant, Recreation Program Manager, Division Manager of Courts Plus Facilities and Grounds, and the Superintendent of Salt Creek Golf Course.

 

Ongoing Goals

  • Expanding “No Mow” areas
  • Harvesting rain water for plant watering
  • Implementing ComEd Business Energy Analyzer Report recommendations
  • Investigating the feasibility of solar panel installation
  • Improving IPRA Report Card score
  • Offering environmental and conservation programming
  • Participating in the EnerNOC Program
  • Participating in the On call ComEd Emergency Power Reduction Program
  • Recycling responsibly
  • Reviewing green products/vendors
  • Reviewing Ozone Action Plan guidelines
  • Tracking fuel usage

2018 Accomplishments 

  • Added “No Mow” section to Crestview sled hill and expanded it at Plunkett Park
  • Completed the ComEd Energy Efficiency Business Energy Analysis at Courts Plus, Sugar Creek and the Wilder Mansion
  • Facilitated computerized irrigation system to monitor weather and precipitation at Sugar Creek Golf Course
  • Implemented Courts Plus environmentally friendly cleaning program using electrostatic sprayer dispensing technology for disinfection
  • Incorporated water bottle filling stations at many District facility and park water fountains
  • Installed green water-on-demand domestic boiler system at Courts Plus
  • Installed new Park Board software (yearly savings of  $1974 in paper and printing costs)
  • Replaced HVAC thermostats at Sugar Creek Golf Course to reduce costs
  • Replaced 400 watt light bulbs with 135 watt LED bulbs in the Courts Plus upper pool ceiling for a 66% reduction in electrical consumption
  • Recycled:
    • One 55 gallon drum of aerosol cans
    • Two 3.5 gallon buckets of dry cell batteries

2017 Accomplishments

  • IPRA score:  74%
  • Engaged staff in a paper recycling drive
  • Incorporated preschool nature and sustainability programming
  • Replaced seventy-two 1000 watt with sixty-three 350 watt fixtures in the Courts Plus racquetball area
  • Researched recycling guidelines
  • Standardized agency-wide recycling efforts
  • Tracked 2017 sustainable project costs
  • Updated procedures for pesticide and chemical disposal and containment
  • Recycled:
    • 1,312 tennis balls
    • 2028 lbs. holiday lights
    • 34 lbs. of markers/pens
    • 150 gallons of fleet solvent oils
    • Two-3.5 gal. buckets of  dry cell batteries

2016 Accomplishments

  • IPRA score:  70%
  • Added “No mow” section added to Eldridge Park and Ben Allison sled hill
  • Communicated waste recycling expectations to staff
  • Completed Wagner Community Center LED Lighting Project
  • Developed a bidder sustainability acknowledgment form
  • Developed a fleet program encouraging fuel energy conservation
  • Encouraged staff recycling
  • Implemented pesticide-free test site at Van Voorst Park
  • Installed indoor sensors along with outdoor timers/photo cells at the Hub
  • Installed tennis ball recycling bins in every tennis court
  • Offered land stewardship and environmental education programs
  • Placed Paper Retriever bins at Courts Plus and The Abbey
  • Presented proactive wildlife education
  • Reviewed the District’s Plant health Care & Pest Management guidelines
  • Trained staff on energy and resource conservation
  • Recycled:
    • 31 lbs. of pens
    • 797 tennis balls
    • 1852 lbs. holiday lights
    • 6.98 tons of paper products
    • 150 gallons of fleet solvent oils
    • Two 55 gallon drums of aerosols and paint