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. 

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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).

Skokie Recycling Program Brochure

View or download information about the Village's numerous residential recycling initiatives.

Collective Resource Offers Curbside Food Scrap Collection

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.

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Skokie's Spring Greening - Sunday, April 19, 2020, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Skokie’s Spring Greening 2020 will be held at Niles North High School, 9800 N. Lawler Avenue. For a complete list of accepted materials and other event information visit Skokie's Spring Greening.

Skokie's Spring Greening began in 2011 as a community fair for residents to promote sustainable and green living. Now in its tenth year, the event has evolved into a comprehensive, community recycling event open to all households of Niles Township and those residing in communities of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC). Please note that due to declining participation at the indoor green fair, Skokie’s Spring Greening will only feature drop-off recycling in 2020. Skokie’s Spring Greening is a collaborative effort of the Skokie Park District, Niles Township High School District 219, Village of Skokie, Skokie Chamber of Commerce, Skokie Public Library, and 80 helpful volunteers!

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

Backyard Composting

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.

Textile Recycling

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).

MS4 Program Update

The Village of Skokie implements a program to protect local waterways from pollution caused by stormwater runoff, called the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Program.  The Village holds an Illinois EPA permit which contains several pollution prevention and education requirements.  Information on the MS4 program and how the public can participate will be presented by Daniel Bounds, Infrastructure Department Manager for Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers.  The public is welcome to attend this open meeting located at Village Hall in Conference Room A on Tuesday, January 28th at 7:00 pm.