2022 Sustainable Landscaping and Biosolids Beneficial Reuse
Awards Applications


Deadline to submit applications is September 30, 2022

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) 2022 “Sustainable Landscaping” and/or “Biosolids Beneficial Reuse” awards. 

The MWRD is accepting applications from Cook County individuals, organizations and businesses.

The awards recognize the activities and innovations from entities, such as park districts, villages, schools, golf courses and athletic clubs in two separate categories:

  1. Beneficial Use of Exceptional Quality (EQ) Biosolids and Biosolids Compost and
  2. Sustainable Landscaping 


Exceptional Quality (EQ) biosolids and biosolids compost are a product of the MWRD’s water treatment process that are used as soil amendments and a sustainable alternative to other materials. The Biosolids Beneficial Reuse award may be demonstrated through any one or a combination of the following:

  • Continuous commitment to maximize the use of EQ biosolids or compost to improve the cost-effectiveness of landscape management.
  • Promotion such as, but not limited to, referrals and field demonstrations of EQ biosolids or compost.
  • Educational efforts on the environmental/economic benefits of using EQ biosolids or compost.

Qualifications for the Sustainable Landscaping award may be demonstrated through the innovative use of green infrastructure, capital investment and other sustainable practices in the environment that manages stormwater or educational efforts for promoting green landscaping to the community. For the purpose of the award, green infrastructure includes:

  • Rainwater Harvesting, i.e. through rain barrels
  • Rain Gardens
  • Native Landscaping
  • Stormwater Trees
  • Porous Pavement
  • Bioswales
  • Green Roofs
  • Greenways
  • Wetlands
  • Green Alleys, Streets and Parking Lots

Activities completed after January 1, 2017, are eligible for an award, and an individual or organization is eligible once every five years.

Submittals should include figures, illustrations, narrative and photos to help further explain the efforts. The evaluation process may include a site visit.

Apply now

Select from the awards applications listed below and follow the directions on each for submitting your application.

If you have difficulties using this form, please email TianG@mwrd.org to request a print version of the application by email.

Awards will be presented at the MWRD’s 10th Annual Sustainability Summit to be held in person at the Ford Calumet Environmental Center - Big Marsh Park, 11555 S. Stony Island Ave. Chicago, IL on Friday, October 21 from 9 am - noon. on October 21, 2022. You will be contacted if you are selected for an award. 

Register here to attend the Summit.

For more information about the biosolids program, awards or Sustainability Summit, contact the Office of Public Affairs at public.affairs@mwrd.org. Please include "Sustainability Summit 2022" in the subject line, or call (312) 751-6633.

Click here for information on previous Sustainability Summits.