Lake County Board Approves Sustainability Contract
Lake County is committed to promoting a sustainable environment, and we have several initiatives and projects underway to make progress toward this strategic goal and core value. Recently, the Lake County Board approved a contract with a professional consulting firm that provides expertise in sustainability that will help advance specific tasks over the next year. They include: grant opportunities, energy audits for selected County facilities, a waste reduction program/food scrap collection (composting) pilot program at the Lake County Jail, and completion of a baseline carbon footprint for Lake County.
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.