Featured on this page are some of the Village's past, present, and future 'green' efforts:
ComEd Energy Efficiency Program
The Village of Bourbonnais is currently enrolled in the public sector opportunity to reduce energy consumption and save costs through building optimization via LED technology. 11 initial upgrade projects will provide an estimated energy cost savings of over $500,000 to the village over the next 20 years.
The village confirmed participation in upgrading a total of 227 lighting fixtures including those at parks, pavilions, village buildings and street lights. In addition to the decrease in energy consumption and lighting maintenance costs, the village will see benefits in longer light lifespan. The new LED fixtures are estimated to last approximately 20 years versus the current village lighting fixtures, which require replacement every five years.
Nucor Tox Drop
On May 27th, the Village of Bourbonnais, Riverside Healthcare, and Nucor Steel sponsored the first annual Tox Drop, where citizens could responsibly dispose of hazardous waste. In just over two hours, over 20 tons of material was recycled.
The Village of Bourbonnais is working with BoardDocs to provide tablets to be used at all Village Board and Committee meetings, to facilitate an entirely paperless decision-making process for the Village.
Emily and Andrew Phelps, children of Bourbonnais Police Chief Jim Phelps, received a $500 grant from the Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School Foundation and hauled in donations of cash, mulch and trees from local businesses to ones as far away as Tennessee and Michigan.
With the help of five BBCHS students and five parents, they planted 112 trees of various types this April at Bonaire Park, Granger Park, Meadowbrook Park, Meadows Park and Thirteen Acres Park.
Also in April, the Village of Bourbonnais Public Works department planted 56 Arborvitae Trees at Riverfront Park.
Recycled Office Supplies
The Village administrative office uses supplies like pens and boxes made partially or fully from recycled materials.
KRMA E-Waste Recycling
The Kankakee River Metropolitan Association (KRMA) has taken the lead on e-cycling in the county, using a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to set up two locations where users can responsibly dispose of reusable electronic materials, such as DVD Players, Televisions, and Printers.
Proposed Bike Path
In 2013, the Village of Bourbonnais applied for a grant from the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) to build a 2.5 mile bike trail, stretching from Bethel Drive to Diamond Point Park. Although the project was not selected for a grant, the Village will look to implement it in the future, as it would increase the number of bicycle users in the area, which would reduce dependence on fossil fuel-burning automobiles.