Change that makes cents: Finding green solutions

By Wilson Brown and Tania Bazaldua
GateHouse News Service
Glen Ellyn, IL (June 06, 2007)- Glen Ellyn mail carriers use Prius hybrids to save on fuel costs and protect the environment. Glen Ellyn is getting greener from replacing village-owned cars and trucks with hybrid vehicles to switching to fluorescent light bulbs, all in the name of saving energy and the environment.


The village also has been ahead of the game since 1999 when it painted the roof of the Glen Ellyn Civic Center silver to reflect the sun’s rays instead of absorbing them, as well as installing energy-saving air conditioners to keep the building cool in the summer months. And besides the yearly recycling extravaganza, the village also is working to switch residents’ recycling bins out with bigger, easier to use carts with lids and wheels, Denney said.
Here is an eco-friendly measure likely to reduce your bills over the long term, and making these changes is relatively simple: Landscaping. Solar-powered decorative lights don’t need a connection to your home’s electrical system. You can get a four-pack at Home Depot for less than $30. Also, you can reduce water runoff by creating rain gardens and using permeable pavers instead of concrete or asphalt.
Meanwhile, the eco-friendly city of Wheaton has been dubbed the “tree city” once again at its 26th annual planting program, with hopes of making surrounding suburbs green with envy. The program has made Wheaton one of the greenest suburbs by planting more than 100 parkway trees each year. That is just one way the city is going green.
Other organizations, such as School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education SCARCE) were created to educate people about the environment and host discussion on topics such as conservation and native plants. Some businesses in Wheaton have also taken part in SCARCE’s “green teams,” which consist of committees getting together to improve the environment as a company. SCARCE also holds educational waste audits where representatives go to arboretums or businesses to dump out everything found in the trash to see what could have been recycled and reused instead.
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