Signal Study Shows Reduction in Vehicle Delays, Fuel Usage
In 2016, the Lake County Division of Transportation studied four travel corridors to look at signal timings during peak travel times in the morning, mid-day, and in the evening. The overall results of the study show that technology enhancements, adjusting the signal timings, and coordinating the signals through the Lake County PASSAGE system led to a reduction in vehicle delays (477.8 hours) and a reduction in fuel consumption (318.2 gallons) per day. Not only does this save money, approximately $3.1 million a year, but this also means less time stuck in the car and more time doing the things you want to do. An added benefit of the study was a reduction in CO2 emissions by 566 metric tons per year. Learn more about the study.
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.
There are currently more than 260 solar companies at work throughout the value chain in ILLINOIS, employing 3,800 people.
In 2014, Illinois installed 6 MW of solar electric capacity, enough solar energy to power 8,000 homes.
In 2014, $16 million was invested in solar installations in Illinois, a 165% increase over the previous year.
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 45 networked charging stations in Lake County.
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.