Sustainability Summit Archive

Below are the archived Sustainability Summits.

Sustainability Summit 2019

 

MWRD 7th Annual Sustainability Summit highlights green initiatives and EQ Biosolids

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This year the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) hosted its seventh annual Sustainability Summit at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant. Held on Oct. 22, the event assembled elected officials, public administrators and municipal public works managers with landscapers, stormwater engineers, land managers and master gardeners to provide a forum for exchanging resources and information designed to promote green infrastructure management and resource recovery.

The Sustainability Summit addressed the many environmental measures the MWRD is taking to mitigate flooding and reuse biosolids to improve the structure and porosity of soils, which allows plants to more effectively utilize nutrients. After the event, visitors were given an exclusive look at the process of co-composting biosolids with woodchips that the MWRD uses to produce its EQ Compost.

MWRD speakers included President Kari K. Steele, environmental soil scientists Benjamin Morgan and Dr. Olawale Oladeji on beneficial use of biosolids, and associate civil engineer John Watson, who specializes in stormwater management and green infrastructure. Guest speakers included Dan Cooper, director of environmental services for the Chicago Park District; Miguel del Valle, general foreman of floriculture for the Chicago Park District; F. Dan Dinelli, superintendent of North Shore Country Club in Glenview; and Dr. Thomas Wall, senior infrastructure and preparedness analyst for Argonne National Laboratory’s Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division.

During the event, the MWRD presented awards for biosolids beneficial reuse and sustainable landscaping.  Kudos to all our winners!

Biosolids Beneficial Reuse Award recipients

  • Tom Milas, forestry and grounds manager for the Village of Buffalo Grove, for incorporating biosolids into a native plant nursery
  • Illinois Tollway for incorporating approximately 23,570 cubic yards of composted biosolids into landscape plant improvements along Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355).

The MWRD also presented certificates to the Lansing Garden Club for the use of MWRD’s EQ Compost for local plant growth; the Urban Growers Collective for improving growing conditions at vacant lots; the Stone Temple Missionary Baptist Church for the use of MWRD’s EQ Compost to support plant growth in an urban garden; and the South Austin Neighborhood Association for the use of MWRD’s EQ Compost to support plant growth in a community garden.

Sustainable Landscaping Award recipients

  • Omni Ecosystems for its incorporation of wheat prairie roofs as a form of green infrastructure
  • Waters Elementary School in the Ravenswood Gardens neighborhood for developing a rain harvesting system using bioswales, a rain garden and rain barrel.

The MWRD also presented certificates to the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for its sustainability and climate resiliency master plan for preserving six nature centers; the city of Northlake for partnering on the completion of the Addison Creek Wetland restoration and streambank stabilization; the Chicago-based Roof Crop for establishing roof farming for stormwater management; the Village of Franklin Park for partnering with the MWRD to incorporate a rain garden at the Mission Press Sustainable Garden; the Village of La Grange for partnering on a new green permeable parking lot to increase stormwater retention; the City of Countryside for establishing native plant landscaping; and Buffalo Grove Park District in restoring local woodland, prairie and wetland ecosystems.

Watch the video of this year’s event.

2019 Press Release
2019 Invitation
2019 Program

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s (MWRD's) Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Cicero, IL was the site of the MWRD’s 5th annual Sustainability Summit on Oct. 23, 2017.

The Summit is an opportunity to empower and equip these partnering municipalities and environmental advocates with the latest trends in resource recovery and stormwater management. The event is also an opportunity to spotlight some of the best management practices taking place across the county that promotes a sustainable environment and speaks to the MWRD’s mission in renewable resources, flood control and water quality improvements.

On this page, visitors will find 2017 Sustainability Summit materials, including the event press release, program, and photos.

Let us know if you'd like to attend our 2018 Sustainability Summit. We're always looking to add presenters and exhibitors. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

2017 Press Release

2017 Event Invitation

2017 Event Program

2017 Videos

 

2017 Sustainability Franklin Park

In the photo (L-R): MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos, Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pedersen, Franklin Park Deputy Commissioner Andrew Smolen, Commissioner Kari K. Steele and Commissioner Frank Avila.

 

2017 Sustainability Riverdale Park District

In the photo (L-R): MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos, Riverdale Park District Executive Director Kendall Parrott, Commissioner Kari K. Steele and Commissioner Frank Avila.

 

2017 Sustainability Evanston

In the photo (L-R): MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos, Sat Nagar, Stefanie Levine, Lara Biggs, Commissioner Kari K. Steele and Commissioner Frank Avila.

 

2017 Sustainability Kelly

In the photo (L-R): MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos, Healthy Schools Program Manager Meg Kelly, Commissioner Kari K. Steele and Commissioner Frank Avila.

 

2017 Sustainability Kehoe

Val Kehoe, Horticulture Program Coordinator with the University of Illinois Extension explains the Conservation@Home Program

 

Public enthusiasm and support for “going green“ is growing every day and responsive local governments are developing sustainability programs that save money, time and resources.

This fall the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) hosted its fourth annual Sustainability Summit with the theme “Recovering Resources to Become the Utility of the Future.” The event highlighted the MWRD’s sustainability and resource recovery initiatives, along with its expertise in stormwater management and wastewater treatment. Municipal leaders and environmental experts gathered to discuss and learn about industry best practices and share their success stories

On this page, visitors will find 2016 Sustainability Summit materials, including the event press release, program, photos and the participant survey. If you attended and have not submitted your survey, please do so and send it to the MWRD Office of Public Affairs

Let us know if you'd like to attend our 2017 Sustainability Summit. We're always looking to add presenters and exhibitors. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

2016 Press Release

2016 Event Program

2016 Participant survey

 

2016 Sustainability Tinley Park

Chad Hofstra and Sandra Ardolino of the Tinley Park-Park District received an award for using MWRD biosolids.

 

2016 Sustainability Des Plaines

Jon Duddles and Timothy Oakley from the City of Des Plaines received their green landscaping award from Commissioner Frank Avila.

 

2016 Sustainability Glenview

On behalf of the Village of Glenview, Robyn Flakne, Judy Beck and Henrietta Saunders accepted their award for green landscaping from Commissioner Frank Avila.

 

2016 Sustainability Skokie

Adam James of Baxter and Woodman, Commissioner Frank Avila, and Max Slankard from the Village of Skokie display Honorable Mention certificates

 

2016 Sustainability Midlothian

Commissioner Frank Avila presented Midlothian Village Trustee Karen Kreis and Floodlothian leader Helen Lekavich with Honorable Mention certificates.

 

2016 Sustainability Guest

Mary Ellen Guest of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Assoc. receives a special certifi­cate for rain barrel distribution.

 

2016 Sustainability Ward

Dave Ward, Superintendent, Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor, receives a plaque from Commissioner Frank Avila for using biosolids since 2006.

 

2016 Sustainability LaGrange

 

Adam James of Baxter and Woodman accepts the Honorable Mention certificate on behalf of the Village of La Grange.

Public enthusiasm and support for “going green“ is growing every day and responsive local governments are developing sustainability programs that save money, time and resources.

This fall the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) hosted its third annual Sustainability Summit with the theme “Becoming the Utility of the Future.” The event highlighted the MWRD’s sustainability and resource recovery initiatives, along with its expertise in stormwater management and waste water treatment. Municipal leaders and environmental experts gathered to discuss and learn about industry best practices and share their success stories

On this page you'll find 2015 Sustainability Summit materials, including the event press release, program, photos and the participant survey. If you attended and have not submitted your survey, please do so and send it to the MWRD Office of Public Affairs

Let us know if you'd like to attend our 2016 Sustainability Summit. We're always looking to add presenters and exhibitors. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

2015 Press Release

2015 Event Program

2015 Participant survey

2015 Winners:

 

2015 Sustainability 1

Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) President Mariyana Spyropoulos (front, third from right) and Chairman of Finance Frank Avila (front, second from right) presented awards at the MWRD’s third annual Sustainability Summit to: (from l to r) Oak Lawn Public Works Director Steve Barrett, Oak Lawn Sewer Division Manager Bill Meyer, Oak Lawn Park District Horticulturist Dolly Foster, Oak Lawn Superintendent of Parks Joel Craig, Chicago Department of Transportation landscape architect Kris Sorich, T.Y. Lin International engineer David Gleason, Twin Oaks Landscaping Project Manager Shane Edwards and Janet Dukic, representing Westside Baseball of Oak Lawn.

 

2015 Sustainability 2

For their work on the Biosolids Utilization Section with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), soil scientists were honored by MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos (fourth from right) and MWRD Chairman of Finance Frank Avila (third from right) at the third annual Sustainability Summit. Dominic Brose (from l to r), Maricelo Sabido, Lakhwinder Hundal, Mina Patel, Andy Scottt, Olawale Oladeji and Jeff Simpson were recognized.

Public enthusiasm and support for “going green“ is growing every day and responsive local governments are developing sustainability programs that save money, time and resources.

This summer we hosted our second annual Sustainability Summit, providing our guests with the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in green ideas and practices. There were discussions of free and low-cost community resources, shared success stories from industry experts and community leaders, information about how native landscaping and rain gardens can help improve water quality and prevent flooding, a meet and greet with state and federal representatives and conversations about building support for and awareness of your community’s sustainability projects. MWRD staff also presented a thorough demonstration of  how biosolids use can improve your turf quality and reduce your carbon footprint.

On this page you'll find Sustainability Summit materials, including the event press release, event program, photos and the participant survey. If you attended and have not submitted your survey, please do so and send it to the MWRD Office of Public Affairs.

Check in early next year for 2015 Sustainability Summit information and registration. Let us know if you'd like to attend, and we're always looking to add presenters and exhibitors, too. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

2014 Press Release

2014 Event Program

2014 Participant survey

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2014 Sustainability Chicago Park District

(L-R) MWRD Pres. Kathleen Meany presents a Biosolids User award to Chicago Park District Representatives Jerome Scott and Daniel Cooper.

 

2014 Sustainability Evanston Township High School

(L-R) MWRD Chairman of Finance Mariyana Spyropoulos presents a Biosolids User award to Evanston Township High School representatives Jose Guerrero and William Stafford.

 

2014 Sustainability Franklin Park

(L-R) MWRD Commissioner Frank Avila presented a Sustainable Landscaping Award to Franklin Park Mayor Barrett Pedersen.

 

2014 Historic Chicago Bungalow Association

(L-R) MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson presented a Sustainable Landscaping Award to Mary Ellen Guest, Exec. Director of the Historic Chicago Bungalow Assoc.

 

 

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2013 Award Winners

 

2013 Sustainability Hinsdale Park District

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (third from left) presents a Biosolids User award to Gina Hassett, Executive Director of the Hinsdale Park District during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also pictured (L-R): Commissioner Kari Steele, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan, Debra Shore and Frank Avila.

 

2013 Sustainability Midlothian Park District

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (fourth from left) presents a Biosolids User award to Evelyn Gleason and Jerry Gillis from the Midlothian Park District during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also picture (L-R): Commissioner Frank Avila, Kari K. Steele, MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Debra Shore.

 

2013 Sustainability CDOT

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (fourth from left) presents a Biosolids User award to David Leopold from the Chicago Department of Transportation during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also pictured (L-R): Commissioner Frank Avila, Kari K. Steele, MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Debra Shore.

 

2013 Sustainability Lemont

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (fourth from left) presents a Biosolids User award to Robert Dahlberg and Martha Glass from the Village of Lemont during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also pictured (L-R): Commissioner Frank Avila, MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre, Kari K. Steele, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Debra Shore.

 

2013 Sustainability Loyola

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (fourth from left) presents a Biosolids User award to Loyola University's Aaron Durnbaugh during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also pictured (L-R): Commissioner Frank Avila, MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre, Kari K. Steele, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Debra Shore.

 

2013 Sustainability Metropolitan Planning Council

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (fourth from left) presents a Biosolids User award to Josh Ellis from the Metropolitan Planning Council during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also pictured (L-R): Commissioner Frank Avila, MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre, Kari K. Steele, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Debra Shore.

 

2013 Sustainability Norridge

MWRD Commissioner Patrick D. Thompson (fourth from left) presents a Biosolids User award to Frank Avino from the Village of Norridge during the MWRD's first Sustainability Summit held in Midlothian on Sept. 26.  Also pictured (L-R): Commissioner Frank Avila, MWRD Executive Director David St. Pierre, Kari K. Steele, Vice Pres. Barbara McGowan and Debra Shore.