Initiatives

Green InitiativesEnergy Savings Buildings

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed in February 2009, creating a non-competitive Block Grant through the Department of Energy, awarded on the basis of population. Will County's population according to the 2010 census is 677,560, up 34.9% from the population of 502,266 in 2000. The  communities within Will County that also received Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds (Aurora, Bolingbrook, Joliet, Naperville, Romeoville) were subtracted.  This resulted in a total grant of $3,009,700. 

The EECGB required the submittal of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Strategy.  Will County selected a consultant firm, CDM, to assist with the drafting of the Strategy.

Several stakeholder groups were identified:
–Internal Managers/Directors
–Elected Officials from Townships & Municipalities
–Elected County Board Member
–Feedback at Public Meetings

A variety of ideas were considered.  An evaluation of each county building was performed. An estimate of the impact of various improvements to buildings was projected along with an estimate of the value of other projects:
–Mini-grants to other governmental bodies
–Permanent household hazardous waste site
–Education programs

The following projects made the cut, were bid and are in various stages of completion:
$3,009,700 Awarded
$1,000,000 Gas-to-Energy Alternative Energy Facility at the Landfill
$100,000 EEC Strategy
$784,653 Emco Retrofits
$207,450 Sunny Hill Retrofits
$131,101 Highway Building/Garage Retrofits
$166,325 County Office Building
$87,900 Website Design and Maintenance
$70,830 Promotional/Educational Outreach
$140,471 Other Educational or Retrofit Projects
$20,000 Contract Work Assistance
$300,970 Admin (Educator, Clerical, Project Manager, Director)

A Video from The National Assocication of Counties (NACo) on Will County's Green Initatives:        

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Click here to view the NACo summary of the Waste Management/Will County Gas-to-Energy project.              

More Information on the Green Initatives:

The following pages offer detailed information on each of the initiatives that have been launched in hopes of providing clear understanding of the nature of the projects, the use of the federal funds and long term benefits of these projects.  Perhaps businesses, schools and other units of local government will be inspired to pursue retrofits based on the information offered here.

Cool Roof

County Building

Emco Office Building

Green Roof

Highway Admin Office Building & Garage

Sunny Hill Nursing Home
 

 

 

 

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Green News, Tips & Fun Facts

Sunny Hill may get energy from the Sun
Will County is competing for state funding this fall to bring a solar-powered rooftop to its Adult Detention Facility or the county-owned Sunny Hill...
 

Upcoming Green Events

Sharefest 2015: Recycle, Donate, HHW
Event's details
September 12, 2015-September 12, 2015

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Spencer Trail School, New Lenox, IL-IL


Recycling foam plastic, scrap wood, carpet (4ft rolls), carpet padding, electronics, donating clothing, textiles and home goods, book drive, food drive, scrap metal collection, Household Hazardous Waste collection, (Due to growing demand, the giveaway will be done the following Saturday!)
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)
Sharefest 2015 - Giveaway Day
Event's details
September 19, 2015-September 19, 2015

Time:09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: Spencer Trail School, New Lenox, IL-IL


Sharefest organizers will have clothing, shoes, blankets, toys, bicycles, household items, small furnishings, medical accessories (walkers, etc) books, and more to give away for FREE. There will be a Health & Safety Fair, FREE health screenings, a Blood Drive and much more on the third Saturday of September at Spencer School in New Lenox!
 
 (09:00 AM - 01:00 PM)
2015 Household Hazardous Waste, Motor Oil & Electronics Collection in Wilmington
Event's details
October 24, 2015-October 24, 2015

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: Wilmington City Hall, Wilmington, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids in the parking lot of the Wilmington City Hall, just off Rt 53.
 
 (08:00 AM - 03:00 PM)

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