The Oak Forest Green Steps Commission encourages residents, schools, government bodies, and businesses to be more eco-concious. The commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Interested in volunteering?
If you are interested in volunteering your time to make Oak Forest a more green community, please complete the volunteer application form and return it to Commission Chair Don Kronenberg. You must be available to meet on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
Get energy-efficiency rebates from Energy Impact Illinois
If you want to lower your utility bills and have a more comfortable home, but can't afford the upfront cost, Energy Impact Illinois can help. For a limited time you can receive 70% off energy efficiency improvements, with up to $1750 in total rebates on select energy improvements to your home. Your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, and you'll reduce your energy use by at least 15%. Energy Impact Illinois also provides a comprehensive list of all possible rebates and incentives for energy efficiency improvements, including rebates from all northern Illinois utilities, tax incentives, and promotional offers. Visit EnergyImpactIllinois.org/residential/ or call 855-9-IMPACT for more information. Download the Energy Impact Illinois brochure now.
Purchase a rain barrel
The Oak Forest Green Steps Commission is selling rain barrels for $50, plus accessories. Download the brochure and order form. Click here for the installation agreement. Click here to view available colors.
There are two e-waste recycling facilities in Bremen Township that are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday: Bremen Township (senior building in the front), 15350 Oak Park Avenue, Oak Forest, IL 60452 and Bremen Township Highway Department, 16361 S. Kedzie, Markham, IL.
The Orland Township Highway Department also offers an e-waste recycling collection program. Please click here for more details.
The Oak Lawn e-waste facility at 5532 W. 98th Street, is regional and accepts items from locals and non-locals. Only electronic items from residental homes are accepted. Small businesses should reserve e-waste for the village's semi-annual, commercial e-waste recyciling events. Hours for e-waste collection are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. and the second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m.
Energy conservation and construction projects
Selman & Associates is an engineering consulting corporation offering dedicated, personal, one-on-one service for your energy conservation and construction projects. Let an Oak Forest-based, veteran-owned, small business help you promote the conservation of natural resources and protect the environment.
Two kill-a-watt meters available at Acorn Library
Acorn Library has two kill-a-watt meters available for check out. The meter allows you to measure how much electricity your household appliances consume. Knowing which items in your house waste the most energy can allow you to become a smarter energy consumer. These devices can be checked out for two weeks and were provided by ComEd.
Download the city's Guide to Proper Disposal and Recycling and NuWay's Recycling Guide
These guides provides information on everything from regular trash pickup, dumpsters, curb side recycling, hazardous waste disposal, and the local businesses that have partnered with us to recycle various products.
Oak Forest contracts waste and recycling pickup to NuWay Disposal. Please visit NuWay's Web site or click here for more details about the waste management program and recycling efforts. For the 2010 garbage and recycling pickup schedule, click here. For NuWay's holiday schedule, click here.
Earth911 is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers. Find local places to bring common and uncommon materials for disposal or recylcing.
6 Degrees of Energy Efficiency Challenge
Test your energy and energy-efficiency knowledge with these six quick questions. When you're done, you can do your part to make a real difference by stepping up to the 6° of Energy Efficiency Challenge — take up to six energy-efficiency steps with your home or vehicle. You can also help spread the word by inviting up to six friends to take the 6° Challenge, too.
Teach your children how to be more eco-friendly by playing the Environmental Protection Agency's Dumptown game. This game requires the Shockwave plug-in (version 6.01 or later) to operate. An icon will appear below if you already have Shockwave loaded. Click here to learn more.
MyEex.com - Be Green Earn Green
My Emissions Exchange or MyEex ("my-eeks") is a personal carbon exchange that lets you earn money for reducing your carbon footprint. The site tackles the increasingly important issue of global warming in a new way: by paying individuals for reducing their carbon emissions. Learn more now.
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