Green Initiatives

In 2009, the Naperville Park District formed an employee Green Team with a mission to identify, implement, and track environmental initiatives that are aligned with the Park District's mission.


Naperville Park District Environmental Policy

As part of our national accreditation process in 2011, the Naperville Park District Board of Commissioners approved an Environmental Policy that sets priorities for environmental stewardship.

Sustainability Report

2016 Sustainability Report

2017 Sustainability Report

2018 Sustainability Report

2019 Sustainability Report

2020 Sustainability Report

2021 Sustainability Report

2022 Sustainability Report  

2023 Sustainability Report

Ongoing Initiatives

Autonomous Mowing
Prescribed Burns
Park Meadow Project
Pond Maintenance
Shoreline Stabilization  
Sustainable Parks Initiative
Restoration Projects

Sustainable Outdoor Lighting Practices

The Naperville Park District understands the importance of using sustainable outdoor lighting.  As such, the District considers, designs, and implements these practices when developing new and renovating existing outdoor lighting fixtures and systems, including those recommended by the International Dark Sky Association. This results in conserving energy and budget dollars in addition to reducing light pollution while benefiting wildlife and enhancing overall enjoyment of the natural environment.

The need for and use of outdoor light should take the following aspects into account:

  • The purpose of the light
  • Targeting the light accordingly
  • Using the correct illumination level with accompanying shielding
  • Limiting the duration of lighting to legitimate need
  • Choosing lights that emit lower levels of blue light into the nighttime environment

This practice directly aligns with the District's mission and specific core value of Environmental Education, Stewardship, and Sustainability, which further demonstrates the District's commitment to the health and well-being of its parks and open space.
Sustainable Outdoor Lighting Practices Resolution

Powered by the Sun

Learn more about the solar panels at Nike Sports Complex, Knoch Knolls Nature Center and the Fort Hill Activity Center.

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LEED Certified Green Buildings

Knoch Knolls Nature Center – A LEED Platinum Certified Facility
South Maintenance Facility - A LEED Silver Certified Facility

What you can do:

  • Volunteer in the parks
  • Adopt a park, field or trail
  • Protect river wildlife by allowing ducks and geese to feed naturally
  • Recycle in our Parks:  Look for the blue recycling containers next to the trash containers in our parks. You can recycle plastic, aluminum and glass in the same container. Please keep trash separate. Thanks!
  • Recycle at Home: Take advantage of the City of Naperville's recycling drop-off program at the Public Works Facility and at the Hazardous Waste Drop Off Center, both located on Fort Hill Drive in Naperville.