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Waste Management is a proud environmental partner of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

The Environmental Action Team Celebrates 15 Years

Environmental Action Team Presentation
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The Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team has been actively working to improve the local environment through a wide range of activities.

  • Healthy Habitats – We sponsor planting events to establish native trees and plants to restore prairies, woods and wetlands in our parks. We collect native seeds, and process and distribute them to be planted in our local natural areas.
  • Green Fair – Our Green Fair at Mike Rylko Community Park has been running annually, except during the pandemic, since 2012. It features educational booths and opportunities to recycle a wide variety of household items.
  • Reiner Park Arboretum – Members designed, secured funding for, and led volunteer events to establish a certified arboretum at Reiner Park.
  • Recycling – We brought recycling to BG Days, and organized the first electronics recycling event in 2009. Now, we volunteer at the annual recycling event in conjunction with the Village and SWANCC.
  • Clean Water – Our members founded the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership, and conduct water quality assessments and projects called “best management practices” in the Buffalo Creek watershed, as well as other watersheds (Indian, Aptakisic, and McDonald Creeks) that drain parts of Buffalo Grove.
  • Clean Roadways and Parks – We formed an Adopt-A-Highway team to pick up litter along Deerfield Parkway twice a year. We do 2 annual stream cleanups along Farrington Ditch.
  • Monarch Butterflies – Our members enrolled Buffalo Grove in the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, and pass out milkweed seeds at the Buffalo Grove Farmers Market and other local events.
  • Sustainability – Members collaborate with the Village on their Environmental Plan and Sustainability Report.

Join us and share your pet environmental project. We can help you make it part of our mission!

Environmental Action Team

Buffalo Grove is in the center of Chicago Wilderness, an area surprisingly rich in diversity and native species.  Would you like to improve our local environment and meet other people with similar interests?

If so, join the Buffalo Grove Park District Environmental Action Team.  As our name implies, we are an action team, and we are looking for new ideas to improve the environment in Buffalo Grove.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Weiss at or 847.224.0965.

Environmental Articles

Where does the water go – storm water?
Article by Jeff Weiss

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