What's Going On? from August 18, 2013

MWRD Seeks applications

  The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is accepting applications for its 2013 Sustainable Landscaping and Biosolids Beneficial Reuse Awards until September 6.
  The awards will recognize the activities and innovations of individuals and organizations such as park districts, villages, schools, golf courses, and athletic clubs in two separate categories: sustainable landscaping and beneficial reuse of biosolids. Biosolids are a safe by product of the water treatment process that can be used to improve soil fertility and soil moisture holding capacity.
  The sustainable landscaping award may be demonstrated through the innovative use of green infrastructure, capital investment, and how an individual or organization promote green landscaping to educate the community. The goal is to present an award to an individual or community that integrates sustainable practices in the environment that manages stormwater. Green infrastructure alternatives include:
  • Rainwater Harvesting, i.e. through rain barrels
  • Rain Gardens
  • Native Landscaping
  • Stormwater Trees
  • Porous Pavement
  • Bio-Swales
  • Green Roofs
  • Greenways
  • Wetlands
  • Green Alleys, Streets, and Parking Lots
  Activities completed after January 1, 2008 are eligible to apply, and an individual or organization is eligible to receive an award once every five years. Applications should include figures, illustrations, narrative, and photos to help further explain the efforts. The evaluation process may include a site visit.
  Submit application packages to: Dr. Lakhwinder S. Hundal, CPSS, Monitoring & Research Department, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, 60001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero, IL 60804.