Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission


  • Fourth Tuesday of every month
  • 7 p.m.


  • Jennifer Grossman, Chair
  • Christopher Buccola
  • Andrew D. DeCanniere
  • Michael Gershbein 
  • Lisa Gotkin
  • Vijai Gupta
  • Richa Shah
  • Olivia Mahoney
  • Jim McNelis
  • Rick Moskovitz 
  • Robert Render
  • Charles Saxe
  • Randall Roberts, Trustee Liaison
  • Max Slankard, Staff Liaison 
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman, Staff Liaison
The Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission has up to 12 members, each serving a three-year term. 


The mission of the Skokie Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission is to be a resource for the Mayor and Board of Trustees, informing them how their actions and policies may impact the Village of Skokie on an Environmental basis.

Sustainability Plan

View or download the Environmental Sustainability Plan (PDF).

Plastic Bag Challenge

On Earth Day, April 22, 2019, the Village kicked off a 100-day campaign to promote the reduction of plastic bags in our day-to-day lives.  This initiative is a component of the Sustainability Plan developed by the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC).

Current statistics estimate that some five trillion plastic bags will be used this year or 160,000 per second!  The percentage of plastic bags actually returned for recycling is very low, at just over two percent.  Through July 31, members of the SEAC will be found outside various Skokie grocery, convenience and retail stores handing out reusable bags.  The action of Skokie residents can make a difference in this global environmental issue. 

Please rise to the challenge and bring reusable bags wherever you shop!

SWANCC Green Pages Reuse and Recycling Directory

Are you looking to dispose of a particular item but aren’t sure how to properly do so? The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) Green Pages is a wonderful resource, which can direct you to various organizations and retailers in the area that have the ability to either donate used items or recycle them. To access SWANCC’s Green Pages directory, please click here


Please note that the Skokie Village Board approved amendments to the Village Code, allowing composting of certain household food scraps, in addition to yard waste, on single family residential properties. All composting must use approved containers. The code change was recommended by the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission, as encouraging residents to compost food scraps and yard waste is an objective of the 2016 Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan. Compostable food scraps include fruit peels, vegetable scraps, eggshells, and coffee grounds. Dairy, oils, processed foods, and animal products such as meat are not permissible items to add to home composting. Because food scraps in compost bins can be an attractant to rodents and other pests, only compost containers that are sealed on all sides with holes smaller than 1/4” will be allowed. The Village is offering residents a $25 rebate with proof of purchase of a commercially available composting container that meets these requirements. For more information, contact Public Works at 847/933-8427.


Additionally, Skokie residents who receive curb or alley recycling collection can participate in free textile collection through the Simple Recycling Program. Textile recycling occurs on the same day as recycling collection and Simple Recycling already sent collection bags and instructions to all Skokie homes. Residents who take items to local charities and thrift stores are encouraged to continue to do so. For more information about this program, click here

For your safety, if you opt to use Craigslist (or other similar services) or sharing platforms such as Neighborrow (or other similar services) to buy/sell items or to lend/borrow items, you are encouraged to engage in any and all such transactions in the lobby of the Skokie Police Department (located at 7300 Niles Center Rd.) rather than in a private setting (such your own residence).

Upcoming Event: "Solar and Renewable Energy Options and Opportunities" Program

When: Monday, September 16, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Where: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL 60077

Considering rooftop solar power? Want to save energy and money? Learn about renewable energy sources from experts who know the options and incentives available to Illinois residents. Co-sponsored by the Village of Skokie's Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission and the Citizens Utility Board.

Please note that registration is required for this event and will begin on September 1st. To register please click here or contact the Skokie Public Library at 847-673-7774. Event will take place in the Radmacher Meeting Room, near the library's East Entrance.

Upcoming Event: Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) Road Show, October 5, 2019: