Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Valley View School District 365U is using microfiber cleaning products, new floor scrubbers and "green chemicals" to clean its facilities.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U. While the great efforts put forth by Valley View School District 365U teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators are playing a key role in “The New View: A Design for Change,” another group of individuals is working equally as hard behind the scenes to make sure VVSD children are able to learn in high-performance environments. “There is a well-documented correlation between air quality and student performance,” said Mike Lopez, Director of Facility Operations for VVSD. That’s why Lopez and his team have partnered with GCA Services in an environmentally-friendly “green cleaning initiative” that Lopez says “goes beyond” the requirements of the fairly …
Friday, April 22, 2011
Here are some ways you can be kind to the planet and the community this Earth Day.
Patch Picks highlights editor and reader picks for great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more. You’ll find useful lists to help you, your family, friends, and significant others find the best places for everything from Sunday brunch to New Year’s Eve celebrations, pumpkin patches, date night destinations, florists, girlfriend nights out, kids’ party places, parks and more. Today’s list is a list of great local ideas for celebrating Earth Day.
Bolingbrook High School freshman Rebecca Nyarko digs out a piece of paper from the base of a tree near the school as part of the BHS Environmental Club’s Earth Day Campus Cleanup.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Bolingbrook only community in Will or DuPage counties to be recognized, mayor says.
Thanks to steps taken over the last few years, the village has become one of the foremost leaders in clean air accountability and will be awarded the highest level of recognition from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus later this year for it, village officials said. Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar said that for the first time in the history of the village, Bolingbrook will be recognized as gold level plaque winners in the 2011 Clean Air Counts initiative, driven and managed by the caucus. Claar said Bolingbrook is the only community in either Will or DuPage counties to receive such recognition. Bolingbrook Director of Public Works Mike Drey said the village has done a number of things to boost the village’s chances. Among those efforts include …
Sunday, December 12, 2010
We have all the tips on how to celebrate Christmas while looking out for environment.
Christmas is just around the corner, which means it's now time to find a good tree for the family. There is no clear cut answer as to which Christmas tree to choose. This choice is based on one's own tastes and desires. Included are a few general tips regarding the maintenance of your tree, what type of lights to use and where to get them, and how and where to dispose of your tree. Also, I wouldn't be a very good environmental columnist if I didn't present to you a reasonable argument supporting real Christmas trees as opposed to those plastic, synthetic trees. Care and Maintenance According to the National Christmas Tree Association, Christmas trees are half their weight in water. Extending the life of your tree is all about maintaining…
Thursday, September 23, 2010
On land once considered to be a "dump," the center is a leading example of environmental responsibility, and it has been recognized nationally for its initiatives.
Every time it rains, the folks at Bolingbrook's Hidden Oaks Nature Center are reminded of what their natural oak savanna used to look like before they came along. "Before present day, it didn't look so great … essentially, we were a dump," said Jennifer VanDerMolen, an Interpretive Services Manager for the Bolingbrook Park District. "The soil still washes up pieces of glass every time it rains." Twenty years ago, when surveying the 80-acre plot of land the center now sits on, crews had to remove nearly 100 tires, old refrigerators, train tracks, a rusted-out car and countless pieces of litter. "Bolingbrook has always been spoken of as 'Chicago's landfill,' " she said. "But it has proven to be an exciting adventure to restore the land back…