Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission
Review the Village's next Environmental Sustainability Plan that will be considered by the Village Board at a special meeting on Monday, November 14 and again at the regular Village Board meeting on November 21, 2022. Both meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. at Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, and the community is invited to attend.
See more information about the November 14, 2022 meeting; topics for consideration include eliminating twice-weekly refuse collection and beginning once-weekly refuse collection.
- Fourth Tuesday of every month
- 7 p.m.
- Jennifer Grossman, Chair
- Jim McNelis, Vice Chair
- Christopher Buccola
- Andrew D. DeCanniere
- Michael Gershbein
- Lisa Gotkin
- Alma Likic
- Olivia Mahoney
- Rick Moskovitz
- Emily Okallau
- Robert Render
- Charles Saxe
- Khem Khoeun
- Ralph Klein
- Max Slankard
- Elizabeth Zimmerman
Connect with us! Have a comment, concern, or suggestion for the commission? Email: Sustainability@skokie.org
Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission Vacancies: 0
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Visit the Agenda Center on the Village's Website for meeting dates and agendas.
MissionThe 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 and Greenhouse Gas InventoryView or download the 2016 - 2021 Environmental Sustainability Plan (PDF).
View or download the 2021 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report (PDF).
Skokie Recycling Program BrochureCOVID-19 Update: If you or a family member is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, bag all recyclables and place them in your trash/refuse cart. You may resume normal recycling when no one in your household exhibits any symptoms. Disposable gloves, masks, and medical tubing are not recyclable. These items MUST be bagged and tied and thrown in the trash.
Collective Resource Offers Curbside Food Scrap CollectionSee a video about composting through the Collective Resource program.
At the December 16, 2019 Village Board meeting, Village officials approved a franchise agreement for a residential and commercial food scrap program that, beginning January 1, 2020, will be offered to Skokie residents by Collective Resource of Evanston. Skokie residents and business owners who subscribe to the new service will receive a five-gallon bucket or 32-gallon toter cart for separated food scraps. Customers will receive weekly or biweekly (every other week) collection. After collection, the food scrap is transported to a commercial composting facility. The service fee varies depending on container size and collection frequency. An average family of four generates 37 pounds of food scrap each week that could be composted instead of sent to a landfill. For more information or to sign up for the program, visit Collective Resource. Questions can also be directed to or call Skokie Public Works at 847/933-8427.
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.
Solar in SkokieThe Village of Skokie is receiving a Bronze designation from the national SolSmart program for making it faster, easier, and more affordable for homes and businesses to go solar.
Skokie is a member of the North Shore Electricity Aggregation Consortium (NSEAC). The Consortium has partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to launch the state's largest community solar program through the CS2 Residential and Small Commercial Program, which provides consumers easy and immediate access to new community solar farms in northern Illinois. A community solar project is a single site solar installation that is shared by multiple consumers (termed "subscribers"). Each subscriber receives credits for their share of the electricity generated by their community solar installation (termed "net metering credits"). These net metering credits reduce the amount of electricity charged to the subscriber's account each month to yield cost savings. With community solar, subscribers can reduce their monthly electric bills with solar without installing solar panels on their house or business. Subscribers will save 20% off the supply portion of their electricity bill. It is also an easy way to support clean energy generation in Illinois. In addition, you do not have to invest in solar rooftop panels, which may not be right for everyone.To join the waitlist, visit the North Shore Community Solar website.
Interested in installing solar panels? The Village of Skokie is solar-friendly! Click here to view the solar permit application.
Skokie's partner for textile recycling is a company called Simple Recycling. They will be transitioning to scheduled pick-ups in 2022. Scheduled pick-ups are environmentally friendly because the program will reduce emissions by traveling fewer miles. Please call 1-866-835-5068 to schedule a pick-up. Pick-ups will now occur at the front door. You no longer need a special orange bag - just use your own boxes and bags. Click here for a list of accepted items.
For your safety, if you opt to use Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or other online services to buy/sell items or to lend/borrow items, you are encouraged to engage in 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).
Front Yard Gardening and Hoop Houses
Urban gardening is a growing hobby in more ways than one! Gardening is fun, it is good exercise, it is a great excuse to get outside, and it produces fresh, healthy food. Urban gardens are environmentally sustainable - they reduce your "foodprint" as fossil fuels are not used for transport. They support our local pollinators. Smaller scale gardens make it easier to grow produce organically. Did we mention they can save you money? Skokie supports both backyard and front yard gardening and hoop houses with minor restrictions.