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Activities and News

Sustainability Commission

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Activities and News

Upcoming Meeting:
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Village Hall

Commission Events:

Community Pride Awards - 2018 nominations due by July 31!

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Do you know someone whose landscaping is helping to make the Village a more beautiful place? Nominate the property owner for a Community Pride Award today! Nominations for 2018 will be accepted through Tuesday, July 31. The nomination form can be found in the July edition of the Citizen newsletter. Or you can submit your nomination online!

The Community Pride Awards 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!

Village Document Destruction & Recycling Event - Summer 2018

The Village's annual event was bigger than ever in 2017, serving more than 900 vehicles! The 2018 event is scheduled for Saturday, August 18! For details on the types of materials accepted for recycling and to find other one-day drop-off events, visit   

Build a Birdhouse 2018

Thank you to those who were able to join us for 2018's Build a Birdhouse, sponsored by the Sustainability Commission, on Saturday, May 12. And a big thank you to Carpenter's Union Local 839 for donating the materials and helping the kids build their houses! See you next year!  

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!

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

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
















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