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DuPage County Awards Water Quality, Earth Flags to Village of Clarendon Hills

Members of the DuPage County Board, in partnership with SCARCE, recognized the Village of Clarendon Hills Monday for their commitment to sustainability. The Village was awarded both a DuPage County Water Quality Flag and Earth Flag for steps taken to improve the environment, including a renovation of their downtown corridor.  

In cooperation with SCARCE, DuPage County awards both a Water Quality Flag and Earth Flag to schools, municipalities and other organizations who strive to improve the environment. The Village of Clarendon Hills is the first municipality to earn both flags. 

“I’m happy to commend the Village of Clarendon Hills for the extensive work they completed to earn both flags,” said DuPage County Environmental Committee Chair Liz Chaplin. “It is rewarding to see community members implement procedures and programs that reduce their carbon footprint and help enhance the environment. “  

To earn the flags, the Village hosted sustainability events, implemented green cleaning, developed educational webpages and facilitated trainings for staff, residents and schools. In addition, the Village recently completed development of a joint-community education garden and redevelopment of their train station and downtown corridor, which features green infrastructure, energy efficient practices and educational signage to educate visitors about green practices.

To help fund the improvements, DuPage County Stormwater Management awarded the Village of Clarendon Hills a Water Quality Improvement Program grant earlier this year.

“We are so proud to be a small part of Clarendon Hills’ impressive project,” said DuPage County Stormwater Management Committee Chair Jim Zay. “The Village used the County’s $90,000 grant to install bioswales, permeable pavers, rain gardens and a green roof, which will serve as great local examples of water quality improvement practices.”

Clarendon Hills Village President Len Austin noted how these initiatives will benefit not only the Village, but also greater DuPage County.

“We are so thankful for the partnership of DuPage County and local organizations, such as SCARCE,” said Austin. “We have plans to showcase these improvements to local school groups and others in an effort to educate them on sustainable practices, as well as demonstrating their practical applications.” 

During the ceremony, Kay McKeen, SCARCE Founder and Executive Director, was joined by Chaplin and DuPage County Board members Greg Hart, Julie Renehan and Brian Krajewski in awarding the flags to Austin and Clarendon Hills Village Board members.

Date Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020