Green Leadership & Awards

The Village of Northbrook is a committed partner to improving the environment and encouraging sustainable practices. To this end, the Village recognizes the importance of government, residents, and businesses working together. For this reason the Village has created the Green Business and Green Resident Awards. 

Green Resident Award

The Village of Northbrook has created the Green Resident award to recognize residents that are having a positive impact on the environment and share sustainable efforts. Residents interested in being recognized for their sustainable efforts are encouraged to share their sustainable actions with others in an effort to promote sustainability within the community. Information on the program and the application for the Green Resident Award is linked below. 

Green Resident Award Program Description

Green Resident Award Application

  • How to apply: Residents interested in applying for the Green Resident Award must complete the application and submit to the Village of Northbrook to tessa.murray@northbrook.il.us by March 31, 2021. Only email submissions will be accepted.
  • Who is eligible: Residents located within incorporated Northbrook 
  • Application period: February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021
  • Award: One resident/household will receive the Green Resident Award. The recipient will receive a plaque/award, recognition at the Village Board of Trustees’ meeting, and recognition in the Village newsletter and social media accounts.

Green Business Award

The Village of Northbrook continues its support of businesses in the community taking meaningful steps to have a positive effect on the environment. Sustainable business practices  from the award recipient will be shared through the Village newsletter and social media outlets to promote business and corporate responsibility. Businesses interested in being recognized are encouraged to review the program description and complete the application below. 

Green Business Award Program Description

Green Business Award Application

  • How to apply: Businesses interested in applying for the Green Business Award must complete the application and submit to the Village of Northbrook to tessa.murray@northbrook.il.us by March 31, 2021. Only email submissions will be accepted.
  • Who is eligible: Businesses located within incorporated Northbrook. 
  • Application period: February 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021
  • Award: One business will receive the Green Business Award. The recipient will receive a plaque/award, recognition at a Village Board of Trustees’ meeting, and visibility in the Village newsletter and social media accounts.

Past Recipients

2020 Green Business Award

Northbrook Court - Winner!

Over the past several years, Northbrook Court has aggressively pursued efforts in sustainability. In addition to being recognized by the Institute of Real Estate Management as a Certified Sustainable Property, Northbrook Court has achieved great strides in energy conservation, renewable energy, waste diversion, and water conservation. A notable highlight is a drastic reduction in electricity consumption from 16 million kilowatt hours in 2010 to 7 million in 2019. The facility also completed a roof solar installation in January of 2019 and is now generating 1,300,000 kilowatt hours of carbon-free electricity generated annually. They average 150 tons of cardboard waste diverted from landfills and recycled annually and also installed a closed loop fountain re circulation system reducing water consumption by over 50% annually.

Northbrook Court’s achievements in a variety of environmental categories is nothing short of impressive. The Environmental Quality Commission reviewed the application and unanimously selected Northbrook Court as the 2020 Green Business Award recipient.

2020 Green Resident Award

Aaron and Jenny Stash - Winners!

The Stash’s identified various sustainability aspects of their LEED Platinum home ranging from high insulation, low-flow plumbing, energy star appliances, and bamboo flooring. Additionally, the Stash’s recently installed 39 solar panels to the roof of their home and made the purchase of an Electric vehicle.

Naraharisetty and Seshulaxmi Rao- Winners!

The Rao’s identified multiple little actions that add up to living an environmentally friendly lifestyle. Their actions include recycling plastic bags, light bulbs, electronics, and product containers. The Rao’s also compost at their home, avoid paper goods, and save water through conservation practices and by installing a rain barrel.

Applications for the 2020 Green Resident Award were reviewed by the Environmental Quality Commission. This year the Commission selected two (2) winners to emphasize that there is a broad range of things you can do to help the Environment. There is value in big and small actions, and even small, everyday actions are worth highlighting. Through the example actions of this year’s winners, the Commission seeks to promote sustainability actions at all levels and competencies. After a thorough review of the Green Resident Award applications, the Environmental Quality Commission unanimously selected Aaron and Jenny Stash, as well as Naraharisetty and Seshulaxmi Rao as recipients of the 2020 Green Resident Award.

2019 Green Business Award

Shred Spot - Winner!

Shred Spot is a paper shredding business that recycles the paper it shreds. The company also recycles shipping pallets, electronics, and cardboard. In total Shred Spot recycled 269 tons of paper, 4.5 tons of electronics, and 15 tons of cardboard, as well as reusing/ recycling 1,200 shipping pallets during 2019. Among the benefits that Shred Spot has contributed to the environment were saving the equivalent of more than 4,500 trees, saving 1.8 million gallons of water from being used, preventing 822 cubic yards of material from going to landfills, and saving 158,000 pounds of air pollution from being generated.

Shred Spot’s business has helped to divert materials from landfills, reduce prospective air pollution, and save trees with the reclamation of materials, thereby contributing to the environment in a positive way. The Environmental Quality Commission reviewed the application and unanimously selected Shred Spot as the 2019 Green Business Award recipient.

2019 Green Resident Award

Applications for the 2019 Green Resident Award were reviewed by the Environmental Quality Commission. Four noteworthy applications are highlighted below:

Anna and Andrew Pawlowski - Winners!

The Pawlowskis identified numerous sustainable energy efficiency actions they have taken, including but not limited to using Energy Star rates appliances, relying on ceiling fans and open windows in lieu of running the air conditioner, planting trees to help shade their home and reduce cooling costs, utilize LED bulbs, adding addition insulation to their home, utilizing power strips for electronics to reduce electricity usage, and using public transportation and driving electric vehicles to reduce use of fossil fuels. After a thorough review of the Green Resident Award applications, the Environmental Quality Commission unanimously selected Anna and Andrew Pawlowski as the inaugural recipients of the Green Resident Award.

Anna Pawlowski recommends reading “Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste” by Bea Johnson and watching the award winning documentary “Plastic Paradise – The Great Pacific Garbage Patch”.

Aaron and Jenny Stash

The Stash’s also identified numerous sustainability efforts they have undertaken; Most salient of these is the construction of a LEED platinum home. In conjunction with this, the Stash’s have high levels of insulation, utilize LED lights in their home, have low flow plumbing fixtures, use Energy Star rated appliances, and are seeking the addition of 39 solar panels on their roof.

Lawrence and Marc Seeger

The Seegers’ application detailed their efforts to collect litter at Williamsburg Park and along the basin behind Northbrook Court and recycling the materials from their collections. As they state in their application, their efforts have helped keep the area safe, fresh, clean, and green. Special shout out to the Seegers for actively reducing harmful impacts of litter on wildlife!

Jonathan and Rachel Laven

The Lavens outlined in their application their sustainable energy efficiency efforts including the installation of solar panels on the roof of their home, using 2 electric vehicles, using high efficiency furnaces, and they are currently pursuing a Tesla Powerwall.

2018 Green Business Award

Exact Blade Knife Sharpening and Cutlery Store - Winner!