Carol Stream Recognized for Conservation Efforts

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Byline: Nadia Malik

Carol Stream is the first in the county to be recognized for its environmental efforts with an Earth Flag.

The DuPage County Board last month presented the flag u a symbol of Earth Day that includes a picture of the planet seen from space u to highlight the work the village has done to preserve natural resources, including several steps being taken by village employees.

"WeAEre on a mission to make the Earth a better place," Village President Frank Saverino said. "If everyone did what weAEre doing, it would be a great thing."

Efforts have included composting of lunch waste by employees, no longer using Styrofoam coffee cups at village hall, using recycled hand towels in the washrooms, requirements that the janitorial contractors use environmentally friendly cleaning products and a two-hour sustainability workshop.

"This is something that weAEve been doing for a while, but we really kicked it into second gear here with recycling electronic stuff," Saverino said.

The village hosted an Arbor Day shredding and electronic recycling event in April, where 12,465 pounds of electronics were dropped off. …