Featured below are some of the Village's past, present and continued plans for future 'green' initiatives:
In 2018, the Village of Bourbonnais partnered with ComEd to participate in the Municipal Street Light Energy Efficiency Program.
This involves the upgrading of all street lights to energy-efficient LED technology to decrease energy consumption and costs, as well as decrease light trespass and pollution in the Village.
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.
In 2018, the Village of Bourbonnais launched BoardDocs - a paperless governance solution. This software enables the Village of Bourbonnais Board of Trustees to facilitate an entirely paperless decision-making process at all Village Board and Committee Meetings.
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 businesses both near and far - from local to businesses as Tennessee and Michigan.
With the help of five BBCHS students and five parents, they planted 112 trees of various types at Bonaire Park, Granger Park, Meadowbrook Park, Meadows Park and Thirteen Acres Park.
Also, the Village of Bourbonnais Public Works Department planted 56 Arborvitae Trees at Riverfront Park.
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.
The Village of Bourbonnais has 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. The Village will look to implement it in the future, as it would increase the number of bicycle users in the area, which would as a result reduce dependence on fossil fuel-burning automobiles.
The Village of Bourbonnais is proud to participate in a county-wide bike share program powered by Zagster.
The Bike609 station located in Downtown Bourbonnais at University Avenue and Main Street features five cruiser bikes available for rent.
Bike609 promotes a convenient, affordable and healthier alternative for area residents and visitors to commute through the Village.
Riders can further utilize bikes directly within the Village or explore 27 miles of interconnected bike trails throughout Kankakee County.
An increase in bike usage results in greater reductions in the number of emissions from motor vehicles.