Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission


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


  • Jennifer Grossman, Chair
  • Christopher Buccola
  • Andrew D. DeCanniere
  • Michael Gershbein 
  • Lisa Gotkin
  • Alma Likic
  • Olivia Mahoney
  • Jim McNelis
  • Rick Moskovitz
  • Emily Okallau
  • Robert Render
  • Charles Saxe
Trustee Liaisons
  • Khem Khoeun
  • Ralph Klein
Staff Liaisons
  • Max Slankard
  • Elizabeth Zimmerman
The Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission has up to 12 members. 

Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission Vacancies: 0
Interested in serving on one of the Village's advisory boards or commissions? 
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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).

Community Waste Reduction Survey

The Sustainable Environmental Advisory Commission (SEAC) is conducting a community waste reduction study to both control refuse collection and disposal costs, and to increase the community’s environmental sustainability efforts. The SEAC seeks comments, ideas and imaginative solutions from Skokie residents on ways in which the Village can reduce the amount of waste that is sent for landfill disposal through additional waste reduction, recycling initiatives and refuse collection program modifications.  

Here’s how you can participate: Through Tuesday, October 26, 2021, comments and ideas can be sent to or mailed to Skokie Public Works Department, 9050 Gross Point Road, Skokie, Illinois 60077, Attn: SEAC. 

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the SEAC will hold a listening session at Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie. Speakers will have three minutes to address the SEAC. Masks must be worn to entirely cover the nose and mouth while inside of Village Hall. 

Skokie Recycling Program Brochure

COVID-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.

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

Collective Resource Offers Curbside Food Scrap Collection

See 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.

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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.

Solar in Skokie

The 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.

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).

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.