Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission

Join the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission by filling out the Boards and Commissions application here.

New Bike Paths |Does Your Building Recycle? | Biking: A Simple Way to "Go Green" | Recycling and Disposal Opportunities at Skokie Village Hall | Recycling Basics | Electronics Recycling | Become Greener | Prescription Drug Drop Box | Energy Efficient Lighting |

Click here to view the 2016 Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan

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.

Commission size: Up to 12 members.
Term: 3-year term
Meeting date: Fourth Tuesday of each month

Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission Members

Jessica Beverly
Christopher Buccola

Andrew D. DeCanniere
Michael Gershbein 
Lisa Gotkin
Jennifer Grossman, Chair
Vijai Gupta
Olivia Mahoney
Jim McNelis
Rick Moskovitz 
Charles Saxe
Trustee Liaison: Randall Roberts
Liaisons: Max Slankard & George Issakoo 

Composting Ordinance Amended

In early August 2017, 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.  To obtain a Compost Bin Reimbursement Form, please click here.

The Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan

Click here to view the Skokie Environmental Sustainability Plan approved by the Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission and the Skokie Board of Health, and presented to the Board of Trustees in August 2016.

Does Your Building Recycle?

Does your building recycle? If not, consider asking your building’s management company about taking part in the Village’s recycling program. In doing so, you’ll be helping divert waste from landfills, giving those used materials a new life and protecting the planet for future generations. For more information, contact the Skokie Public Works Department at 847/933-8427.

Biking: A Simple Way to “Go Green”

While there are some people who commute long-distance on a regular basis, the vast majority of trips that the average individual makes tend to be much closer to home. This summer, why not leave the car in the garage and consider biking instead? Biking helps the environment by taking cars off the road, thereby reducing emissions, helps ease traffic congestion and has even been shown to have a positive impact on your health.

Your safety and the safety of those around you, be they other cyclists, motorists or pedestrians, should always be your first priority whenever you ride. Always remember to wear your helmet, and before you head out on your next bike ride, please take a moment to review some basic bicycle safety information, courtesy of the Skokie Police Department. Just go to the "Bicycling in Skokie" webpage ( and click on “Bicycling safety is important, click here to learn more.” While on the page, be sure to check out the map that identifies existing bike routes, which can assist you in planning your trip.

Recycling and Disposal Opportunities at the Skokie Health Department

The Skokie Health Department, located on the lower level of Village Hall (5127 Oakton Street), 
has a variety of recycling/disposal programs available to residents. These include expired and unused medicine disposal, used syringe disposal, compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) recycling 
and household battery recycling. Call the Health Department at 847/933-8252 
for more information about these programs.

Skokie Recycles: Basic Guidelines for Recycling in Skokie

Did you know the Village provides weekly pick-up of recyclables from residences and businesses within the Village? By recycling at home, work or school, you can do your part to help divert waste from the landfill, protecting & preserving the environment upon which we all depend. Here are some basic guidelines & examples of recyclable materials to start you off: Aluminum (cans, foil & pre-formed containers); Steel, tin & bi-metal cans (including dry paint cans & aerosol spray cans); Clear, green & brown glass bottles & jars; Newspapers (including slick paper inserts; magazines; phone books; catalogs; paperback books); Mixed papers (junk mail; chipboard; white and colored ledger paper; brown kraft paper bags; gift wrap); corrugated cardboard; paper egg cartons; paper milk & juice cartons; and aseptic beverage containers. Additionally, the following may be recycled: All recyclables #1 through #7 including #1 PET plastic containers; #2 HDPE plastic containers; #3 PVC containers; #4 LDPE containers, pack rings, bags & lids; #5 PP containers, #6 PS containers; #7 OTHER plastic containers. Please note that Tetra Pak / Aseptic containers may be recycled.

Recycle Your Electronics with SWANCC

Did you know that as of January 1, 2012, the Electronics Products Recycling and Reuse Act (SB2313) banned televisions and computer monitors from going into Illinois landfills? However, there are a number of convenient options for you to dispose of your old, unwanted or non-functional devices. Below is a list of upcoming Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) Permanent Drop-off Locations & One-Day Drop Off Locations in the area.

Only the following items will be accepted for recycling for the drop-off program:

Answering machines, cable receivers, camcorders, cameras, CDs or DVDs, computer cables, computer monitors, computers (desktops, notebooks & tablets), converter boxes, copy machines, fax machines, humidifiers, microwaves, mobile telephones, computer mice & keyboards, MP3 players, portable digital assistants (PDAs), postage machines, power tools or cords, printers (including multi-function printers), satellite receivers, scanners, shredders, small home appliances (toasters, blenders, vacuum cleaners, mini refrigerators, etc.), stereo equipment, telephones, televisions, typewriters, video game consoles, video recorders / players, zip drives.

For additional information, including the locations and hours of both permanent and one-day drop-off locations, please visit

Ideas for Making your Home and Life 'Greener'

The Village's Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission has held meetings and hearings over the course of the last year. Part of its mission is to provide information to residents. Here are a few helpful ideas learned in the last year.

Changing things at your home or business to achieve environmentally friendly objectives is commonly referred to as going "green." Adopting some new habits and practices – such as the ideas listed here -- will not only save you money, but it's also good for the planet!  

How can you "go green"? Start simply. Think energy.

  • Heating and cooling your home uses more energy and therefore more energy dollars – typically 46% of your utility bill -- than any other system in your home. Reduce the use of heat or air conditioning by:
    • Setting your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer. Heat your house at 68 degrees or less and keep your air conditioning at 74 degrees or more.
    • Using a programmable thermostat will help you save even more.
  • Unplug! Many appliances and electronic equipment continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These "phantom" loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, telephone chargers and kitchen appliances. Avoid this energy drain by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip to cut all power to the appliance.
  • Wash your clothes in cold water. Detergents have improved, eliminating the need for hot water (which accounts for 80% of the electricity used in a load of laundry).
  • Putting an insulation sleeve on your hot water heater retards the loss of heat, thus saving energy. (Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for this.) Draining the bottom foot of your hot water heater once a year removes sediment and improves heating efficiency.
  • Use energy efficient fixtures and bulbs.
    • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less electricity and last up to 10 times longer than the typical light bulb. Technology and reliability have improved dramatically from the earlier versions.
    • Check the energy star rating of appliances and selected the ones with the lowest energy usage.
    • And remember what your parents told you: "turn out the lights" that are not necessary.

For more 'green' tips, visit the Skokie's Going 'Green' webpage.

Prescription Drug Drop Box at the Skokie Police Department

Have expired or unneeded medications just sitting around the house? Stop by the Skokie Police Department, located at 7300 Niles Center Road, and drop them off in the white Prescription Drug Drop Box located in the lobby. The Prescription Drug Drop Box is accessible 24-hours a day, seven days a week. By disposing of your unneeded or expired medications in this manner, you are helping protect the environment and helping prevent drug abuse. Never before has safe, secure and environmentally responsible disposal been so simple.

Accepted items include prescription medications, controlled substances, all over-the-counter medications, medication samples and pet medications, as well as vitamins and supplements, medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils, liquid medication in leak-proof containers and homeopathic remedies. Please note that this program does not accept needles/sharps, syringes with needles, thermometers, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, personal care products, empty containers and hydrogen peroxide.

Go Green with Energy Efficient Lighting

Looking for a simple way to “go green” at work or at home? Why not start with energy-efficient LED (Light-Emitting Diode) bulbs? LEDs consume far less energy than both incandescents and Compact Fluorescents (CFLs) and, unlike CFL bulbs, don’t contain any mercury, and last longer than either incandescents or CFLs. An added bonus? LED bulbs are now more affordable and widely available than ever before, coming in a variety of styles and temperatures (measured in units known as “Kelvins” ) than ever before, including that warm glow that incandescents are known for, rather than that blue-white that used to be commonly associated with LED lighting.