New Lighting to Help the Environment and Save Money
Lake County continues to look for ways to be more sustainable—both environmentally and economically. The Lake County Board authorized at its July 10 Board meeting to upgrade and install light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting at roundabout street lights and underpass luminaires. Over the past several years, LCDOT retrofitted all existing traffic signals throughout the county with long-lasting LED lamps, and now they are looking at street lighting. LED lights reduce power consumption and keep ongoing maintenance costs low.
SWALCO clothing bin locations
Six communities have already met SWALCO’s 2020 waste diversion goal!
34 Lake County communities have reduced residential waste streams
Retrofitting of LED lamps in existing traffic signals throughout the county is complete, reducing power consumption and utilizing long-life lamps for low ongoing maintenance costs.
The Illinois Green Business Certification program helps businesses determine best green practice opportunities to save money, reduce waste, and increase efficiency. Learn more by visiting their website.
Quality Drinking Water
Lake County is committed to providing a reliable and sustainable supply of quality drinking water to County residents. Public Works reports a 9.5% decrease in water use over the past few years!
Residents, homeowners associations, and corporate campuses can learn more about stormwater management features such as rain gardens, bioswales, and detention basins by visiting Lake County’s Stormwater Management Commission website.
There are several networked charging stations in Lake County. Find out where there is a charging station near you.
DOT’s 10 signal coordination and timing, or SCAT, projects are reducing idling times and CO2 emissions by 1,920 metric tons per year. That is equivalent to taking 404 cars off Lake County roads per year.