Green Initiatives

Glenview Park District Green Initiatives

In keeping with our commitment to preserve the environment, the Glenview Park District strives to be proactive in a number of areas.

Coal Tar Sealcoat Policy

The Glenview Park District bans the use of coal tar sealcoats in any pavement projects performed by staff or contractors. Coal tar sealcoats contain chemicals which have been classified as a reasonably aniticipated human carcinogen. While the park district has banned the use of this type of sealcoat for many years, the policy was officially adopted in 2017. To read a fuller description of this policy, click here.

Anti-Idling Policy

In 2012, the Glenview Park District adopted a policy to discourage employees and patrons in diesel and gasoline powered vehicles from idling for excessive periods of time near park district facilities in order to improve air quality. To read a fuller description of this policy, click here.

Green Technology at the Tyner Interpretive Center

In addition to housing educational exhibits about the prairie, the Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center at Air Station Prairie, 2400 Compass Road, is a showcase for “green technology.” The building features a number of environmentally sound design attributes including a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar energy panels, and a “green roof”. The Tyner Center has been certified by the U. S. Green Building Council as LEED Platinum, the highest possible designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. A wind turbine, which generates more energy than the Interpretive Center needs, was installed at Air Station Prairie in July 2010. The excess energy generated is fed into the electrical grid and the park district is credited for it.

Wetlands Mitigation and Prairie Enhancement at The Grove

In addition to housing educational exhibits about the prairie, the Evelyn Pease Tyner Interpretive Center at Air Station Prairie, 2400 Compass Road, is a showcase for “green technology.” The building features a number of environmentally sound design attributes including a geothermal heating and cooling system, solar energy panels, and a “green roof”. The Tyner Center has been certified by the U. S. Green Building Council as LEED Platinum, the highest possible designation under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. A wind turbine, which generates more energy than the Interpretive Center needs, was installed at Air Station Prairie in July 2010. The excess energy generated is fed into the electrical grid and the park district is credited for it.

Environmental Considerations in Park & Facility Design

In developing the master plan for the development of the second phase of Community Park West which was completed in 2010, a primary consideration was to design a park which not only met the recreational needs of the community but could also serve as a model of native plant species and wetlands preservation. Careful attention was paid to management of storm and ground water to minimize the impact on our water supply and the planting plan for the park includes native trees and shrubs adapted to the specific conditions of each planting location.

The new Park Services facility at the southwest corner of Community Park West which opened in April 2010 included a number of “green” features including a wind turbine, funded by a grant from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Wind Energy Rebate Program, that generates a portion of the building’s power needs, low energy lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, occupancy sensors to turn off lights when no one is in a room, reflective pavement to reduce heat buildup in the yard, a cistern to collect water off the facility roof, rain gardens and biowswales to slow rain run-off and enable more water to be absorbed into the ground, native low-maintenance landscaping and a porous pavement demonstration area. A green roof, funded by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Recovery and Reinvestment Act Green Roofs program Grant, was also installed. In September 2010, this new facility was recognized with an Illinois Association of Park Districts Best Green Practices award.

Integrated Pest Management System

In an effort to minimize impacts to the environment, the Glenview Park District has adopted an Integrated Pest Management system to help us reduce chemical usage in our parks and facilities. As a result of using less pesticide in these areas, weeds such as dandelions may be apparent for a short time each spring.

Our crews mow the lawn areas regularly to control weeds. We also follow lawn care recommendations to keep grass three to four inches high to allow for strong root growth and some shading out of weeds. However, because of our limited use of chemical pesticides, weeds such as dandelions grow back very quickly.

Remember that these dandelions are a sign of our Integrated Pest Management system at work and an indication of a healthy and safe environment for you and your family.

Christmas Tree Recycling Program

For the past several years, the Glenview Park District has cooperated with the Village of Glenview in a Christmas tree recycling program to reduce the number of trees being sent to landfills. The trees are picked up by Village trucks then ground up by park district workers to be used as mulch in the parks. This program recycles an average of 3,300 Christmas trees per year.

Environmental Team Initiatives

In 2008, the Glenview Park District formed a staff Environmental Management Team tasked with developing an Environmental Management System to guide planning, decision making and implementation of GPD environmental initiatives. Team accomplishments through mid-2010 include:

Environment Management System Development

  • Developed a facility survey to gather baseline environmental data across the district
  • Attended 5-part Environmental Management System training through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Developed an Environmental Policy and Guiding Principles
  • Created an Environmental Planning Form and Evaluation Scale to identify areas for improvement at all facilities

Green Projects

  • Developed and implemented a district-wide recycling program for staff and patrons
  • Developed an action plan to control Emerald Ash Borer in natural areas and parks
  • Surveyed tree planting history across the district and made recommendations to plant additional trees
  • Upgraded lighting, appliances and fixtures for efficiency at district facilities
  • Incorporated green amenities into new maintenance facility at Community Park West including green roof, geothermal heating and cooling system and wind turbine
  • Installed wind turbine at Air Station Prairie
  • Worked with Illinois Tollway to install sound abatement berm with woodland, prairie and wetland components
  • Installed rain garden and pervious pavement at two parks
  • Developed an Integrated Pest Management system to govern chemical usage

Internal Communication

  • Compiled a “Top 10” list for facilities and “Green Tips” series for practical environmental improvements
  • Developed and conducted general environmental awareness and recycling training to all new hires and current staff and volunteers
  • Incorporated environmental standards into performance appraisals
  • Set up shared computer drive for staff access to environmental documents

External Education

  • Participated in World Wildlife Fund’s “Earth Hour” campaign each year to save energy and promote environmental awareness
  • Conducted recycling and environmental education to all Glenview Park District campers
  • Worked with the district’s marketing team to develop environmental messages and communicate them to our patrons through web-based and printed material
  • Conducted public workshops to educate residents about the Emerald Ash Borer
  • Participated in Earth Day celebration at Air Station Prairie each year with environmental information, programs and activities
  • Formed Glenview Nature Network to inform community members about local stewardship opportunities
  • Participated in “America Recycles Day” annually, with environmental programs, activities and the Nike ‘Re-use a Shoe’ campaign
  • Conducted annual free Family Nature Scavenger Hunt program for families in conjunction with the Leave No Child Inside campaign

Partnerships

  • Provided input to the Village of Glenview’s Natural Resource Commission regarding “A Plan for Nature in Glenview” and other issues
  • Worked with Village of Glenview staff in combating the Emerald Ash Borer and providing information to residents
  • Moved forward with environmental marketing in conjunction with the Glenview Communicators Group’s “Go Green Glenview” program
  • Formed partnership with Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s Environmental Team in areas of environmental education and natural area management
  • Approached Park District Risk Management Association with the concept of adding “green” initiatives to their risk management auditing process
  • Joined the national “No Child Left Inside” coalition and our local Chicago Wilderness campaign “Leave no Child Inside.”
  • Partnered with REI for environmental programming equipment and education and project funding opportunities
  • Provided guidance to other park districts in developing Environmental Management Systems

Purchasing and Funding

  • Established Environmental Grant program and application procedure to secure funding for environmental projects
  • Funded Golf Course HVAC system upgrade
  • Purchased recycling refuse dumper for use in park areas
  • Funded reusable water bottles for Tennis Club members and reusable lunchbags for Park District campers
  • Funded occupancy sensors at golf course and field houses
  • Provided matching funds for maintenance garage green roof and wind turbine grants
  • Purchased environmentally-friendly office products through the IPRA co-op purchase
  • Researched green cleaning alternatives and purchased ionizing cleaning systems
  • Funded new, water efficient toilet flush valves at Tennis Club