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Activities and News

Sustainability Commission

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Activities and News

This page is dedicated to the activities of the Sustainability Commission. You will find notices for upcoming meeting and events, as well as information about the Commission's activities in support of an environmentally-aware sustainable community.

Upcoming Meeting:
Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Village Hall

Commission Events:

Village Document Destruction & Recycling Event - August 19, 2017

Bring your recyclables to Public Works from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 19 for one-stop drop-offs! Open to residents of Hoffman Estates and other SWANCC communities (proof of residency is required).

Representatives from the Sustainability Commission, the Village, and SWANCC will be on hand to assist with unloading the following items:

• Up to six file-size boxes or grocery bags of paper documents per resident, to be cross-shredded on site by Accurate Document Destruction. Do not bring paper in plastic bags. Plastic, metal clips and binders should be removed.
• Expired drugs/sharps
• Fluorescent and compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) light bulbs
• Batteries
• Printer cartridges
• Latex (water-based) paint, with the following associated cost: quart $2, one-gallon container $3.50, two-gallon container $5, five-gallon container $10

The following electronics will also be accepted:

• Computers and computer equipment/components (e.g., cables, keyboards, mouse, etc.)
• Printers, scanners, copy machines and fax machines
• Microwaves
• Small home appliances (e.g., toasters, blenders, etc.)
• Cell phones, PDAs and tablets
• Stereos equipment (no wood) and MP3 players
• Cameras and camcorders
• Cellphones, landline phones and answering machines
• Power tools and cords
• TVs (no wood) and VHS, DVD and CD players (no tapes or discs)
• DVRs, cable and satellite receivers, and converter boxes
• Videogame consoles
• Calculators

Community Pride Awards - nominations closed July 28, 2017

Community Pride Program Image

This program, sponsored by the Sustainability Commission, recognizes and honors three “best” landscaping categories:

• Single-family detached home
• Single-family attached home
• Neighborhood or homeowners association 

We also recognize beautiful properties that incorporate “green” practices, such as using rain barrels, composting or using nontoxic methods of pest and weed control.

For additional yard maintenance tips, check the Commission Resources section at the bottom of this page for the SWANCC Eco-Landscaping Guide. Together, we can keep Hoffman Estates growing green!

Build a Birdhouse - Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Hoffman Estates Sustainability Commission would like to thank Carpenter's Union Local 839 and all attending residents for participating in the 2017 Build-a-Birdhouse event. We look forward to announcing information for the 2018 program at a future date. Please check back for additional information, available Spring 2018. 


* Participants at the 2017 Build-a-Birdhouse event


Village Improvement Day

The Hoffman Estates Stormwater and Sustainability Commissions sponsored a cleanup event on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to noon. Look for information on upcoming events here!

See all event information


Citizen's Utility Board Presentation

CUB provided updates about your utility bills and explained ways to save money,
stay aware of potential problems, and register for the upcoming bill clinic. 2016 materials are available below:

See the program on HETV or click for YouTube to watch now

See Energy Savings Guide from CUB

See Smart Grid Info Brochure from CUB 

Citizen's Utility Board interactive presentation for residents. Focused on ComEd and Nicor bills, electrical aggregation, and more. Click the video below for the Channel 6 HETV video recording of the presentation. This video gives answers to questions about:


  • What the Citizen's Utility Board is doing to advocate for residents and reduce their costs
  • Confusing mailings from energy suppliers
  • Recent rate changes in energy supply and distribution
  • Electricity and natural gas supplier tactics
  • Smart Meter installation and information





Grass banner with Hoffman Estates Logo


Commission Mission Statement
Enhance the quality of life for the Residents & Businesses of Hoffman Estates by promoting a culture of environmental & social responsibility that is prosperous, healthy and sustainable. We accomplish this through advocacy and education.


Sustainability Commission Purpose 

As a part of the Village's "Growing to Greenness" strategy, the Mayor and the Village Board of Trustees have appointed resident and local volunteers to the Sustainability Commission. This Commission is directly involved in making the Village an environmentally sound and sustainable place to live.

The Village's fifteen volunteer Commission members are leaders in Hoffman Estates' mission to become a "green" community. They suggest programs, services and activities that Village residents, businesses and the municipality can participate in all year-round. The Commission regularly provides support for and sponsors recycling events, and other Village activities such as utility bill clinics and Village Improvement days. The Commission also manages the Green Business Recognition Program.  

Become a Commissioner

For information about becoming a member of the Sustainability Commission, please see the Volunteer Boards and Commissions webpage. If you have questions specific to Sustainability Commission activities, please email

Commission Activities/Accomplishments

The Sustainability Commission is responsible for education and awareness, implementation of sustainability programs, and assisting Village operations. The Village Board looks to the Commission to consider and recommend appropriate programs and initiatives, and to administer relevant programs and activities. The following is a list of examples illustrating the purpose and accomplishments of the Sustainability Commission:

  • Environmental awareness and education for residents and businesses;

  • Produces children's Build a Birdhouse event (spring);

  • Produces the Village Clean Up Day or other outdoor clean up and education event (spring);

  • Hosts the Community Pride Awards (summer);

  • Reviews policies and operational procedures relating to sustainable Village activities;

  • Recommends programs to the Village Board relating to sustainability;

  • Participation at local and regional environmental and community events;

  • Previously held Environmental Fair and elementary school Recycle Art Fair. 


Commission Resources

Current Agenda Composting Regulations
Approved Minutes Stormwater Information
Enabling Resolution What Our Water's Worth
Board & Commissions Manual SWANCC
Village Sustainability Plan SWANCC Eco-Landscaping 








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