The Village of Northbrook is a committed partner to improving the environment and encouraging sustainable practices. To this end, the Village recognizes the importance of government, residents, and businesses working together. For this reason the Village has created the Green Business and Green Resident Awards.


2021 Green Resident Award

The Kaminsky Family

The Kaminsky family built two raised garden beds from the ground up that produced over 1000 pounds of fruits and vegetables in one season. By recycling, growing their own food, and using a tumbler compost bin as fertilizer, their landfill contribution is only 1 bag per week for a family of 5! Join us in congratulating the Kaminskys: your family’s hard work yields fruitful outcomes, and is an inspiring demonstration of how to grow your own healthy food and reduce waste. 


2021 Green Business Award

Northbrook Park District

Throughout the Northbrook Park District, a variety of sustainable measures are taken both on a daily basis and with larger capital projects. Some of their most notable achievements include the Net Zero Energy building constructed at Techny Prairie Activity Center, the planting of 446 new trees within 2020-2021, and responsible land and water management of over 500 acres of open space throughout the Village. Use the arrows to scroll through the District's accomplishments below.


The District is responsible for stewardship of over 500 acres of open space throughout Northbrook. The Northbrook tree canopy has grown in number and diversity over the past year due to the District’s ongoing planting efforts, with 446 new trees planted throughout 2020 and 2021. Monarch butterfly gardens and milkweed planting locations have been installed in several parks. Prescribed burns are conducted annually in various open space areas throughout the District to help support healthy growth of the native landscape while preserving biological diversity.  To improve air quality and decrease emissions, the District is purchasing battery-operated grounds equipment such as blowers and string trimmers to reduce the emissions from gas-powered equipment. Particularly stellar examples of the Park’s sustainable land management include:

  • Heritage Oaks Golf Club has been certified for its achievements in environmental sustainability by Audubon International.
  • At Techny Prairie Activity Center, no-mow areas have been employed to reduce the use of gas-powered machinery and chemical maintenance. Special care was taken to preserve the root systems of two of the property’s oldest American Linden trees with the use of specialized Cornell University structural soil.
  • On the West Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River, the Park District restored an old farm field and created ecological habitat with a restored prairie and two wetlands.


Throughout the District, energy is saved by utilizing LED lighting, Building Automation Systems, and no-idling procedures. As well, the Northbrook Park District is the second park district in Illinois with a Net Zero Energy building: the Techny Prairie Activity Center has 833 photovoltaic (solar) panels on the roof which will produce more energy than the building needs to operate. The following design components were utilized to reduce greenhouse gases, energy consumption and the building’s overall carbon footprint:

  • HVAC and mechanical systems with the highest efficiency ratings
  • Airtight construction and increased polyisocyanurate insulation
  • High-performance windows with low-emissivity coating and triple-pane, argon gas-filled insulated glass
  • Strategically placed windows on the north and south walls to maximize ambient light
  • LED lighting with occupancy and light level sensors in the building and parking lots


Water conservation is achieved through the installation of timed water faucets to reduce waste. In addition, rain-gauge irrigation controls are retrofitted to shut off sprinkler systems when it is raining. Rain gardens have been installed in several park areas and bioswales have been added in the new parking lots at Techny Prairie Activity Center (TPAC) and Heritage Oaks Golf Club (HOGC). In addition, expanded pond areas and permeable pavers at HOGC assist with stormwater management, including retention and reuse, on the property. Renovations at Northbrook Sports Center Pool have resulted in the conservation of 1,966,000 gallons of water since the project’s completion in 2017.


  • Recycling is conducted at every facility – in public areas and at every workstation
  • Recycling containers are located in every park along with additional containers provided at our special events and at sports fields
  • Wood chips generated from tree removal are reused for tree and shrub bed mulch
  • Paper towel use is reduced through the use of air dryers in restrooms
  • Lawn furniture made of 100% recycled milk jugs at Heritage Oaks Golf Club
  • Recycled materials include:
  1. Plastics
  2. Paper/cardboard
  3. Light fixture ballasts and batteries
  4. Fluorescent light bulbs (bulb eater machine)
  5. Vehicle battery cores
  6. Motor oil

Green Resident Award

The Village of Northbrook has created the Green Resident award to recognize residents that are having a positive impact on the environment and share sustainable efforts. Residents interested in being recognized for their sustainable efforts are encouraged to share their sustainable actions with others in an effort to promote sustainability within the community. Information on the program and the application for the Green Resident Award is linked below. 

Green Resident Award Program Description

Green Resident Award Application

  • How to apply: Residents interested in applying for the Green Resident Award must complete the application and submit to the Village of Northbrook to by March 31, 2021. Only email submissions will be accepted.
  • Who is eligible: Residents located within incorporated Northbrook 
  • Application period: February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021
  • Award: One resident/household will receive the Green Resident Award. The recipient will receive a plaque/award, recognition at the Village Board of Trustees’ meeting, and recognition in the Village newsletter and social media accounts.

Green Business Award

The Village of Northbrook continues its support of businesses in the community taking meaningful steps to have a positive effect on the environment. Sustainable business practices  from the award recipient will be shared through the Village newsletter and social media outlets to promote business and corporate responsibility. Businesses interested in being recognized are encouraged to review the program description and complete the application below.

Green Business Award Program Description

Green Business Award Application

  • How to apply: Businesses interested in applying for the Green Business Award must complete the application and submit to the Village of Northbrook to by March 31, 2021. Only email submissions will be accepted.
  • Who is eligible: Businesses located within incorporated Northbrook. 
  • Application period: February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021
  • Award: One business will receive the Green Business Award. The recipient will receive a plaque/award, recognition at a Village Board of Trustees’ meeting, and visibility in the Village newsletter and social media accounts.

Past Recipients

2020 Green Business Award

Northbrook Court - Winner!

Over the past several years, Northbrook Court has aggressively pursued efforts in sustainability. In addition to being recognized by the Institute of Real Estate Management as a Certified Sustainable Property, Northbrook Court has achieved great strides in energy conservation, renewable energy, waste diversion, and water conservation. A notable highlight is a drastic reduction in electricity consumption from 16 million kilowatt hours in 2010 to 7 million in 2019. The facility also completed a roof solar installation in January of 2019 and is now generating 1,300,000 kilowatt hours of carbon-free electricity generated annually. They average 150 tons of cardboard waste diverted from landfills and recycled annually and also installed a closed loop fountain re circulation system reducing water consumption by over 50% annually.

Northbrook Court’s achievements in a variety of environmental categories is nothing short of impressive. The Environmental Quality Commission reviewed the application and unanimously selected Northbrook Court as the 2020 Green Business Award recipient.

2020 Green Resident Award

Aaron and Jenny Stash - Winners!

The Stash’s identified various sustainability aspects of their LEED Platinum home ranging from high insulation, low-flow plumbing, energy star appliances, and bamboo flooring. Additionally, the Stash’s recently installed 39 solar panels to the roof of their home and made the purchase of an Electric vehicle.

Naraharisetty and Seshulaxmi Rao- Winners!

The Rao’s identified multiple little actions that add up to living an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Their actions include recycling plastic bags, light bulbs, electronics, and product containers. The Rao’s also compost at their home, avoid paper goods, and save water through conservation practices and by installing a rain barrel.

Applications for the 2020 Green Resident Award were reviewed by the Environmental Quality Commission. This year the Commission selected two (2) winners to emphasize that there is a broad range of things you can do to help the Environment. There is value in big and small actions, and even small, everyday actions are worth highlighting. Through the example actions of this year’s winners, the Commission seeks to promote sustainability actions at all levels and competencies. After a thorough review of the Green Resident Award applications, the Environmental Quality Commission unanimously selected Aaron and Jenny Stash, as well as Naraharisetty and Seshulaxmi Rao as recipients of the 2020 Green Resident Award.

2019 Green Business Award

Shred Spot - Winner!

Shred Spot is a paper shredding business that recycles the paper it shreds. The company also recycles shipping pallets, electronics, and cardboard. In total Shred Spot recycled 269 tons of paper, 4.5 tons of electronics, and 15 tons of cardboard, as well as reusing/ recycling 1,200 shipping pallets during 2019. Among the benefits that Shred Spot has contributed to the environment were saving the equivalent of more than 4,500 trees, saving 1.8 million gallons of water from being used, preventing 822 cubic yards of material from going to landfills, and saving 158,000 pounds of air pollution from being generated.

Shred Spot’s business has helped to divert materials from landfills, reduce prospective air pollution, and save trees with the reclamation of materials, thereby contributing to the environment in a positive way. The Environmental Quality Commission reviewed the application and unanimously selected Shred Spot as the 2019 Green Business Award recipient.

2019 Green Resident Award

Applications for the 2019 Green Resident Award were reviewed by the Environmental Quality Commission. Four noteworthy applications are highlighted below:

Anna and Andrew Pawlowski - Winners!

The Pawlowskis identified numerous sustainable energy efficiency actions they have taken, including but not limited to using Energy Star rates appliances, relying on ceiling fans and open windows in lieu of running the air conditioner, planting trees to help shade their home and reduce cooling costs, utilize LED bulbs, adding addition insulation to their home, utilizing power strips for electronics to reduce electricity usage, and using public transportation and driving electric vehicles to reduce use of fossil fuels. After a thorough review of the Green Resident Award applications, the Environmental Quality Commission unanimously selected Anna and Andrew Pawlowski as the inaugural recipients of the Green Resident Award.

Anna Pawlowski recommends reading “Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste” by Bea Johnson and watching the award winning documentary “Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

Aaron and Jenny Stash

The Stash’s also identified numerous sustainability efforts they have undertaken; Most salient of these is the construction of a LEED platinum home. In conjunction with this, the Stash’s have high levels of insulation, utilize LED lights in their home, have low flow plumbing fixtures, use Energy Star rated appliances, and are seeking the addition of 39 solar panels on their roof.

Lawrence and Marc Seeger

The Seegers’ application detailed their efforts to collect litter at Williamsburg Park and along the basin behind Northbrook Court and recycling the materials from their collections. As they state in their application, their efforts have helped keep the area safe, fresh, clean, and green. Special shout out to the Seegers for actively reducing harmful impacts of litter on wildlife!

Jonathan and Rachel Laven

The Lavens outlined in their application their sustainable energy efficiency efforts including the installation of solar panels on the roof of their home, using 2 electric vehicles, using high efficiency furnaces, and they are currently pursuing a Tesla Powerwall.

2018 Green Business Award

Exact Blade Knife Sharpening and Cutlery Store - Winner!

’Greening’ your Home or Business

Anyone can become a Green Resident or Green Business in Northbrook thanks to green energy options.

Get a FREE Home Energy Assessment

ComEd residential customers who also have Nicor Gas, North Shore Gas or Peoples Gas can sign up for a free Home Energy Assessment. During the assessment, an Energy Advisor will do a walk-through of your home, finding ways to make it more energy efficient. The advisor also will install the following free energy-saving products:

  • ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs
  • Programmable thermostat
  • WaterSense® certified showerheads
  • WaterSense® certified faucet aerators
  • Hot water pipe insulation
  • Advanced power strips for televisions and desktop computers (to be installed by the customer)
  • Smart thermostats are available for purchase at a discount (must be purchased during the assessment for free installation)

Weatherization Discounts: If you are interested in further energy savings, you may request a list of licensed and insured contractors who provide discounted weatherization services through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. Weatherization services are free for Income Eligible customers. Visit this page to find the community action agency nearest you or call the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) at 1-877-411-9276 for more information. 

Take Advantage of Rebates & Discounts

In addition to tax credits for energy-efficient purchases, utility companies such as ComEd and Nicor Gas offer rebates and discounts.

Alternative Green Energy Providers

Residents have the option to purchase “green” energy from alternative providers servicing the area. The “green” label is given to denote Renewable Energy Credits (REC’s) purchased by the provider. In Illinois, most REC’s are purchased through investment in wind, solar, and geothermal energy. Green Energy Providers offer both fixed and variable rates competitive with current Electric Utility pricing. For current Electric Utility pricing and an updated list of Alternative Energy Providers, please visit the Citizens Utility Board Web page.