Turning Carol Stream Blue, GREEN
Air Quality Article Count: 3
Most of us take for granted the air that we breathe.
We don't think that every time we inhale we are not only breathing in life sustaining oxygen but also other gasses, elements and particulate matter, all of which can be dangerous to our health.
According to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), "Illinois has made significant strides in improving air quality." Over the last decade particulate matter has decreased.
- Particulate Matter 8%
- Sulfur Dioxide 36%
- Nitrogen Dioxide 6%
- Carbon Monoxide 32%
- Lead 30%
- Ozone 10%
Even with these significant decreases, air pollution is still a concern. Carol Stream is working to improve both indoor and outdoor air quality.
Energy Conservation Article Count: 7
Energy conservation is the practice of decreasing the quantity of energy used by efficient energy use or by reduced energy consumption.
The benefits of energy conservation are countless and include consumer/corporate savings, environmental/climate protection, national security and personal security and comfort.
Energy conservation and associated lowered energy demand is a driving force in research and development of renewable energy sources that in turn gives consumers greater flexibility in choosing a preferred method of energy production and forestalls the need for new power plants and energy imports.
In Carol Stream, the Village is committed to reducing the community's carbon footprint and one of the more effective ways to achieve this aim is to encourage its residents and business owners to assume their role as energy steward where they live and work. Residents and businesses looking for proven ways to reduce their energy use should reference the Alliance to Save Energy web site for a primer on energy reduction strategies.
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Natural Environments Article Count: 4
Carol Stream is fortunate to have many natural areas within and adjacent to its boundaries.
These natural areas can be wetlands, riparian (stream) corridors, ponds or lakes, native prairies and forests.
Some of these are naturally occurring while others are man-made, such as our naturalized pond shorelines that include bioengineered wetlands and native prairie buffers.
Natural areas play a vital role in our environment. They provide habitat for a variety of animals, they lessen the amount of storm water runoff and can provide flood storage thereby reducing flood damages, they help filter out storm water pollutants and prevent soil erosion, they are a source of oxygen, they help cool the environment, they provide active and passive recreational space, they improve land values and lessen the overall impact of development. For these reasons and others it is important that Carol Stream maintain the valuable resources.
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Recycling Initiatives Article Count: 13
Recycling is the process of transforming old materials into new products.
In doing so, old materials become the raw materials for the manufacture of useful materials thereby reducing the consumption of fresh raw materials, energy usage, air from incineration and water from pollution by reducing the need for 'conventional' waste disposal and consequently lowering greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production.
Recyclables typically originate from homes, businesses and industry and include glass, paper, metal, textiles and plastics. Recycling is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" waste hierarchy.
In today's world the importance of recycling is becoming greater of a concern both for the general public and also to the economy. Recycling has become a major issue as scientific research has shown that the earth and its natural resources are being depleted at a rate unable to sustain a healthy balance. Recycling is one of the best ways for you to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. Recycling is important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time.
The Village's curbside recycling program began in 1991 at which time the Village Board of Trustees and the DuPage County Board worked together to site a Materials Processing Facility for recycling to support the various municipal programs taking shape during this time. The facility operators have rebated approximately $1.3 million over the 17 years of the facility's operation of which the Village Board has rebated $1.1 million to residents and refuse collection billing credits honoring their support of the community's recycling program.
The Village's legacy of partnering with its residents to manage its waste efficiently with a laser focus on waste reduction and diversion rather than traditional cost containment measures has been the foundation of the success of our program. This legacy will continue unabated into the future as the Village works side-by-side with its residents to expand our role as environmental stewards.
For more information click on this link to view the web page for:
DuPage County Waste, Recycling and Energy Information Or visit the web page for S.C.A.R.C.E.:
School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education
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Volunteer Programs Article Count: 3
Volunteers have played a significant role towards addressing environment issues in Carol Stream.
The Village has three programs where residents can make a noticeable impact by contributing just a few hours a year.
To find out how you or your group can volunteer and make a difference, click on the link for the programs below:
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Waste Reduction Article Count: 2
The Environmental Protection Agency puts a higher priority on waste reduction than they do on recycling
Each Carol Stream household generates almost 2,700 pounds of refuse every year. That's over 35 million pounds for the Village!
Carol Stream has employed two paperless technology programs to significantly reduce the amount of waste generated by the Village. These programs are the computerized Document Management System and the Electronic Utility Bill Payment System, "e-Stream".
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Water Resources Article Count: 1
Storm water is a valuable resource.
Rain water that runs off surfaces instead of infiltrating or soaking into the ground is considered storm water runoff.
As this storm water runs off roofs, roads, parking lots, lawns, farm fields and other surfaces it picks up pollutants. These flow into our storm sewer system and dump into our ponds, streams, lakes and rivers.
These pollutants can come from many sources, a few of which are listed here:
- Automobile hydrocarbons
- Lawn care fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
- Snow fighting salt
- Pet wastes
Like many communities across the nation, Carol Stream gets 100% of our drinking water from storm water runoff. In our case, that is Lake Michigan. It's important that we not only protect our nation's fresh drinking water supply, but also protect our natural aquatic habitats.
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