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Greenest Region CompactThe Village of Mount Prospect participates in the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Greenest Region Compact (GRC), which promotes sustainability in Chicago communities across the region with an emphasis on building strong and vibrant communities. 

The foundation of the GRC are 49 high-level goals that have been reached by consensus; not only are the goals aligned with important local, regional, national and global goals, but they also have support from 100 communities that have adopted the GRC. GRC consensus goals guide municipal action, support mayors in their role as environmental leaders, and foster collaboration that will have positive impacts on the region.

By adopting the GRC by formal resolution, the Village has agreed to work to achieve the GRC goals in our community and in collaboration with other municipalities across the region. To date, 100 communities have adopted the GRC to improve quality of life for more than 5 million residents.

The GRC serves as a guiding document to help prioritize sustainable actions and articulate our commitment to a sustainable future. 

The items listed below are actions, initiatives or programs that the Village currently undertakes and how they relate to the GRC.

Waste and Recycling

The Village of Mount Prospect has a comprehensive Solid Waste Management program that promotes waste reduction and resource recovery. Many of the solid waste programs also align with GRC goals. Waste and Recycling Programs are intended to increase access to recycling, support sustainable material management and reduce the amount of material being sent to landfills. Below are few ongoing initiatives that support waste and recycling.

  • Single Family Refuse & Recycling Curbside Collection increases access to recycling while also providing a service for proper refuse disposal. This reduces recycling materials ending up in landfills! 
  • In 2018, the Village implemented Unlimited Curbside Organics Collection.  It is now even more convenient to recycle grass clippings, brush, leaves, fruits, vegetables and more. Visit the Organics and Yard Waste Collection page to learn how to divert even more waste from landfills. In addition, on-site composting is permitted by Village Code
  • The Village also offers Additional Recycling Programs such as Plastic Bag Drop-Off, Textile Recycling, Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Recycling, Battery Recycling and more. In addition, the Village, in partnership with the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), has established an Electronics Recycling Drop-off site at the Mount Prospect Works Facility. For more information and complete list of recycling programs, visit Public Works Additional Recycling Programs page.
  • Cleaning out a garage or basement? Garage Sales are a great way to avoid adding to the waste stream while also supporting the exchange of goods among residents. In addition, every May, the Village holds a community-wide garage sale event. Check Experience Mount Prospect for dates.

Did you know?  Dumping in public places or burning any leaves, rubbish, yard debris or waste material is unlawful within the Village.

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 GRC strategies that the Village has completed or is working on are referenced below:

   Strategy
WR5 Support exchange of goods and services among residents (i.e. Garage Sales).  
WR10 Provide curbside recycling for residents.
WR12 Support regional efforts for developing food scrap composting services. 
WR13 Collaborate to Support proper disposal of electronic waste, household hazardous waste, pharmaceuticals and fats, oils and grease (FOGs).
WR14 Collaborate to provide recycling services for items not suitable for curbside pickup (e.g. textiles, holiday lights, fluorescent light blubs, batteries, etc.).
WR18 Eliminate policy barriers to on-site composting.
WR19  Engage with Solid Waste agencies to manage waste sustainably.
WR21 Engage the community to reduce waste by consuming less and reusing.
WR23 Discourage fly dumping and littering.
   

Mobility (Transportation)

Mount Prospect benefits from several transportation systems directly serving the community. The sustainability of these systems and enhancing mobility options are goals for the Village and GRC. The Village’s long range planning documents (i.e. Comprehensive Plan, Bicycle Plan, Rand Road Corridor Study, etc.) address transportation and mobility. In addition, the Village has hired traffic engineers to study and propose solutions for traffic congestion and pedestrian accessibility at specific intersections. Below are a few ongoing initiatives that support sustainable transportation and enhanced mobility.

  • The Village hired engineers to design improved pedestrian crossings at several locations along Central Rd. This is a result of 2017 initiative when the Village commissioned Ciorba Group to establish consistent guidelines to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclist crossings along Central Road. Additionally, IDOT Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering and the Federal Highway Administration conducted a Road Safety Review of the Central Road corridor as well. Another result of these studies is that staff has complied suggested pedestrian crossing treatments into a "toolbox" of ideas which can be applied to uncontrolled crossings on other high volume streets.

  • New in 2018, the Community Investment Program included construction of multi-use bike paths along with lighting and associated wayfinding signs for several major village corridors. Phase I Engineering was completed for Rand Road in 2018 and Algonquin Road is set to be designed in 2019. The increased access to safe bike routes will lead to healthier lifestyles, improved air and water quality, and a more energy efficient transportation system.

  • Also in 2018, the Village hired Sam Schwartz Engineering to complete a Downtown Transportation Study to improve multi-modal transportation conditions in the downtown. A couple outcomes are the Village is pursuing adding/modifying pedestrian push buttons and changing the traffic signal controller at the intersection of Main St. and Prospect Ave.

  • The Village is continuously working towards installing sidewalks at locations where they are nonexistent or discontinuous. 

Did you know? Mount Prospect partnered with the Regional Transportation Authority to complete a Corridor Plan for Rand Road in 2016. The Plan considers land use, zoning, urban design, and marketing characteristics of the corridor, and makes recommendations to enhance them. Rand Road is served by four Pace bus routes and was identified as a future Pace Pulse (express bus) corridor.  Plan recommendations include potential intersection improvements, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and transit-supportive land uses.

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GRC strategies that the Village has completed or is working on are referenced below:

Category: Bike and Pedestrian
Goal: Support safe and effective active transportation.

 Strategy
 M1 Identify gaps in pedestrian and bicycle networks and barriers to active modes of travel.
 M2 Create a bicycle and pedestrian plan to improve connectivity in the community and beyond.
 M3 Implement recommendations from the bicycle and pedestrian plan.
 M4 Collaborate with regional partners to connect on- and off-road bicycle facilities with existing and planned regional trail networks.
 M5 Provide bicycle parking at municipal facilities, business districts and transit stations and in neighborhoods.

Category: Transportation Infrastructure
Goal: Maintain a diverse, safe and efficient transportation network

   Strategy
M6  Maintain streets and sidewalks for efficiency and safety without harming natural resources.
M11 Coordinate with regional transportation agencies to maximize bicycle, pedestrian, vehicular transit, and rail connectivity and mobility
M13 Incorporate trees and other green infrastructure elements into roadway design and maintenance for functionality and aesthetics  
   

 

 


Energy Use Reduction and Alternative Energy

The Village of Mount Prospect and GRC are committed to encouraging the efficient use of energy for buildings and facilities and enacting policies that support clean energy. The Village implements energy efficiency measures that have a short term pay back (i.e. lighting, occupancy sensors) and also plans for long-term energy efficiency equipment upgrades (i.e. HVAC systems, pumping stations). Below are few ongoing initiatives that support energy use reduction and alternative energy.

  • As of 2016, the Village Code includes provisions for Wind Energy Conversion Systems and Solar Energy Conversion Systems (aka: solar panels) installations for residential and commercial properties.  The Village issued forty-one (41) permits in 2018 for solar panels totaling about $12,000 investment in solar energy.

  • Existing Village owned streetlights are on a multi-year schedule for retrofit to LED technology. Staff will perform a cost-benefit analysis prior to LED retrofits and new residential street lighting includes installation of LED streetlights.

  • The Village complies with the Illinois Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which helps protect the environment and reduce energy consumption. By following an energy conservation code, property owners can reduce air pollution, moderate energy demand, stabilize energy costs and electric, oil, and gas supplies.

  • Replacement of less energy efficient equipment at the end of its useful life is another way the Village incorporates energy use reduction.

  • The new Police Headquarters and Fire Headquarters/Station 13 currently under construction are both adaptive reuse projects cutting out energy costs of new construction. In addition, both new headquarters buildings will meet 2015 IECC standards, which also meet or exceed the requirements necessary for LEED Silver Certification, but require no additional documentation, oversight, or design process.

Did you know? The current ICC Energy Conservation Code regulates the following within a building: electrical consumption and lighting controls, mechanical systems (and the requirement for building automation to control them), wall, foundation, roof insulation requirements, and building envelope tightness.

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GRC strategies that the Village has completed or is working on are referenced below:

   Strategies
 E5  Implement energy efficiency measures that have a short-term payback (i.e. lighting, occupancy sensors).
 E6  Implement energy efficiency measures that have a longer-term payback  (i.e. Updated HVAC).
 E+11  Budget and plan for long-term energy efficiency equipment upgrades.
 E24  Adopt current Illinois Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and report compliance.
 E25  Facilitate the adoption of renewable energy technologies (i.e. solar, geothermal) by adapting building and zoning codes.

 

Water Resources and Conservation

Water (quality, delivery, conservation) stewardship is a primary service of the Village and it is a critical component for a sustainable community. A lot of water passes through the Village from stormwater to the clean water coming out of the faucet. The Village has a number of programs to help protect this fundamental resource.

  • Annually the Village prepares the Water System Consumer Confidence Report. This report provides residents and businesses served by the Village-owned water distribution system with the information necessary to make prudent decisions about how they use tap water.

  • The Village Board adopted a Water and Sewer Rate Study in 2017, which included a proposed rate structure to place water main replacement on a 130 year cycle instead of the unsustainable preexisting 600 year cycle. This reduces risk of water main breaks in the long-term in addition to being a fiscally responsible means of funding improvements to an otherwise aging critical infrastructure.

  • The Village implemented Automated Meter Reading (AMR) Technology which delivers better customer service by providing accurate water bills based on actual consumption, eliminating the need for residents to read their meter, and overall improved efficiency. It is also better suited for bring water system leaks to the attention of the resident and Public Works.
  • The Village has a local code provision that requires all new plumbing fixtures and irrigation controllers installed bear the WaterSense label when such labeled fixtures are available. WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program designed to encourage water efficiency.

  • Mount Prospect restricts water use for watering and/or sprinkling lawns and/or gardens or for the purpose of filling and/or refiling swimming pools, outside washing or other uses.

Did you know? The Village of Mount Prospect is the 2019 Recipient of Utility Water Saver Award! Illinois Section of American Water Works Association recognized the Village of Mount Prospect for innovation in water infrastructure management.

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GRC strategies that the Village has completed or is working on are referenced below:

  Strategies
 W15  Operate an efficient water utility that delivers clean, healthful, water.
 W16  Comprehensively and sustainably manage water infrastructure.
 W16a  Develop a water infrastructure asset management plan to sustain the system.
 W16b  Implement the water infrastructure asset management plan to sustain the system.
 W16c  Meter 100% of customers with automated reading technology.
 W16d  Implement sub-metering for multi-family housing customers.
 W16e  Detect and repair water system leaks.
 W16f  Repair and replace inefficient water supply infrastructure.
 W17  Invest water revenues into sustaining water infrastructure.