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:        

 Jacquelin   WillCoBoardClick on the icon below to view! (5 mins)         

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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
 

 

 

 

Green News, Tips & Fun Facts

Upcoming Green Events

FREE Electronics Recycling in Shorewood 2024
Event's details
March 23, 2024-March 23, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: A-Team Recyclers Parking Lot, Shorewood, IL-IL


Time to clean out the house and recycle all those old electronics in the basement, attic, crawlspace, garage, collecting dust that you have not used, or have not worked in years. No appointment needed.
Located near the intersection of Black Rd and Rtt 59. Please enter from Vertin Blvd, to Capista Drive and make a right onto Gregory.
 
 (March 23, 2024 08:00 AM - March 23, 2024 12:00 PM)
Spring 2024 Recyclepalooza: Hazardous Waste, Electronics, Wood, & More Collection Event
Event's details
April 27, 2024-April 27, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: , Joliet, IL-IL


Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. Wood, Scrap Metal, Foam and Donations of clothing, books, toys, cookware. Appointments taken through Friday at 9am. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle, 15 gallons of paint, and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County. Volunteers needed.
 
 (April 27, 2024 08:00 AM - April 27, 2024 03:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building Parking Lot, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building Parking Lot, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building Parking Lot, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel - Pick-Up May 9
Event's details
May 09, 2024-May 09, 2024

Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins are excellent ways to reduce and conserve in your home or at your office. Will County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to offer these items. Place an order online by May 5 and pick-up on May 9 from the parking lot at The Conservation Foundation in Naperville.
 
 (May 09, 2024 09:00 AM - May 09, 2024 12:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building Parking Lot, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Compost Bin & Rain Barrel - Pick-Up May 10
Event's details
May 10, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Rain Barrels and Compost Bins are excellent ways to reduce and conserve in your home or at your office. Will County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation to offer compost bins and rain barrels. Simply order online by May 5 and pick-up on May 10 from the parking lot of County Office Building in Joliet..
 
 (May 10, 2024 08:00 AM - May 10, 2024 01:00 PM)
2024 Textile, Shoe & Home Good Collection
Event's details
May 06, 2024-May 10, 2024

Time:08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: County Office Building Parking Lot, Joliet, IL-IL


Textile Collection at the County Office Building PARKING LOT Monday through Friday during normal business hours. This event will accept clean clothing, blankets, tablecloths, linens, drapes, towels, shoes, and more. Bring items for reuse and recycling. See Scott Slocum from WJOL AM1340 on Friday morning 5:30am-9:00am. Small home goods in working condition will also be accepted each day.
 
 (May 06, 2024 08:30 AM - May 10, 2024 04:30 PM)
Beecher Electronics, Hazardous Waste & Motor Oil Collection Event
Event's details
May 11, 2024-May 11, 2024

Time:08:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Collection of nearly all types of electronics and household chemicals, hazardous materials and liquids. All participants must make an APPOINTMENT. There is a limit of 2 TVs per vehicle, maximum 15 gallons of paint, and ID required. We offer service to all Will County residents and all residents of any communities partially within Will County.
 
 (May 11, 2024 08:00 AM - May 11, 2024 03:00 PM)

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