Committee 3-Year Anniversary Highlights

  • Green Bag Campaign - delivering a reusable bag to every household in Shorewood. You can see these all over the village toting goods, saving resources, and showing Shorewood pride!
  • Tree Chip - collaborative event with the Department of Public Works (DPW) for the past 2 years keeping many trees out of the landfill and recycling a valuable resource.
  • Increasing recycling efforts by getting cans on Oakland (and soon Capitol), in village center, in village parks, and at summer events. Now, the DPW will be picking up trees curbside and taking them to the compost site.
  • Assisting with greening Shorewood in getting solar panels, solar thermal heating, community gardens, and water retention design for new parking lot.
  • Expansion of storm water management on the Capitol Drive project.
  • Working with the village in researching sustainability models and developing a long term sustainability plan.
  • Green Business Project - working with the Business Improvement District (BID) and village businesses to assist businesses in becoming more environmentally friendly. Those businesses meeting the standards will receive the Green Leaf Award. The first awards will be given at the October’s BID celebration.
  • Working with DPW and the Village Board to eliminate pesticides on village property. The village no longer uses pesticides on village property.
  • Working the village to educate residents of the environmental, health, and economical advantages of natural lawn care.
  • Developing the Compost Mentoring Program to show residents how to take certain kitchen wastes, yard waste, and leaves and make them into a valuable resource for their lawn and garden. This reduces landfill waste and demand on village resources for pick up of yard and leaf waste. Held a composting workshop. Worked with approximately 10 residents to start composting in their backyards.
  • Showed the movie 'A Chemical Reaction' to increase awareness of the health risks of pesticides and pressures from the pesticide industry to continue their business.
  • Showed the movie 'No Impact Man' during Earth Week to increase people’s awareness on the amount of waste we produce and how to reduce that significantly.
  • Put out a monthly newsletter with information on environmental events and issues in Shorewood.