We are all dependent on the environment in which we live. We all need clean air to breathe and a clean and plentiful supply of water to drink and to use. We all have a right to a safe living environment, where we have access to necessary goods and cost-effective services. We have the right to grow as individuals and the responsibility to sustain resources for future generations.

Mission Statement

To help sustain our community for future generations by using resources in the most responsible way at the right times and for the right reasons.

The Sustainability Committee meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 5:15p.m. in the Assembly Room at Village Hall.  All are welcome to attend!  Review minutes and agendas online.

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 2016 Sustainability Accomplishments

  1. Created plans for a potential new community garden in Wittman Park.
  2. Installed water spigots at the community garden at Schildt Park
  3. Continued to pursue energy efficiency for the Municipal Complex and the Utility District.
  4. Organized and hosted two electronics recycling events, one in spring and one in fall.
  5. Participated in quarterly Sustainable Communities Network meetings to facilitate collaboration and collective learning between area municipalities.
  6. Produced approximately 7% of the Municipal Complex’s energy needs through solar power.
  7. Researched the possibility of allowing beekeeping in the village and collected public input with surveys.
  8. Continued to work on potential community composting and explored the possibility of a leaf burning ordinance.
  9. Participated in Summer Safety Night.


2017 Sustainability Goals and Objectives

  1. Continue work on the establishment of a community garden in Wittman Park.
  2. Continue to pursue energy efficiency for the Municipal Complex and the Utility District.
  3. Work with ECOS to continue to create and air educational videos.
  4. Pursue grants for the placement of wind turbines for renewable energy.
  5. Establish semi-annual presentations to the Village Board.
  6. Continue hosting electronics recycling events.
  7. Link our HSBN business designation with the Green Masters program run by the WI Sustainable Business Dev. Council.
  8. Participate in the Village’s Summer Safety Night, along with other sustainability events in the Village and Valley.
  9. Support the Village’s urban forestry efforts.
  10. Investigate partnering with high school eco clubs and invite them to participate in Village sustainability events.
  11. Continue to participate in the Sustainable Communities Network.
  12. Explore changes to the leaf burning ordinance.
  13. Collaborate with other municipalities or local experts to explore the feasibility of a municipal compost site to give residents a place to take their leaves and yard waste.
  14. Develop ordinance changes to allow urban beekeeping.

Sustainability must be balanced and includes three main focus areas:

  1. Environment – protecting the natural resources that we depend on for life (clean air, water, food)
  2. Economy – providing cost effective goods and services
  3. Society – meeting human needs fairly and efficiently

Real Outcomes of Sustainability

  1. Reduced carbon emissions and overall impact on the environment
  2. Greater innovation and adaptability in community services and practices
  3. More efficient utilization of natural resources
  4. Increased resident awareness, participation and involvement in the community
  5. Improvements to individual health, safety and well being

Value to Resident and Society

  • Greater resident satisfaction
  • Improved environmental performance
  • Increased quality of life and sense of community
  • Improved cost effectiveness and capital utilization

Sustainability Policy Key Guiding Principles

  • Encourage active participation and effective input from all residents on issues of planning and sustainability
  • Encourage and provide for cooperative and open relationships between individuals, neighborhoods, communities, local and state governments and other organizations/agencies
  • Think Globally, Act Locally: to ensure implementation of sustainability goals and objectives, village leadership and staff will be guided by principles of sustainability in their actions and decisions

Sustainability Strategy

  • Ensure sustainability factors are included in all planning and decision-making processes
  • Consistently measure and report on progress towards sustainability for continuous re-evaluation and improvement
  • Focus on effective utilization of energy and raw materials
  • Ensure that the capability to meet all regulatory requirements and standards are not compromised

What Can You Do?

  • Get Involved!
  • Attend Sustainability Committee meetings – we welcome new ideas and new points of view
  • Get Informed!
  • Attend an ECOS-Fox Valley event
  • Go to your local library
  • Search the internet
  • Take Action!
  • Even little changes can make big differences
  • Plant a tree/plant or a rain garden
  • Bike/carpool/ride the bus
  • Buy locally
  • Change a light bulb
  • Turn your heat down
  • Have a chemical-free lawn
  • Use environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Recycle

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