Past Events


The Fox Valley Sustainability Network held a Waste Forum on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Village Hall in Montgomery, IL. We discussed the programs and municipalities in the Fox Valley and surrounding areas that are utilizing waste reduction practices to make a healthier tomorrow.

Topics & Speakers:
Kane County recycling initiatives
Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator

Curbside residential food scrap composting for municipalities
Jennifer Nelson, Zero Waste Program Manager, Seven Generations Ahead

Northern Illinois Food Bank waste reduction and food recovery work
Chad Steward, Food Sourcing Retail and Strategy Specialist


The Fox Valley Sustainability Network help a Green Infrastructure Forum on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Midwest Groundcovers in St. Charles, IL. We discussed the programs and municipalities in the Fox Valley that have implemented green infrastructure plans and improvements they have made in their communities.

Topics & Speakers:

 Natural Areas Assurance Program
- Dan Lobbes, Director of Land Protection & Kane County Director, The Conservation Foundation

 Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan
- M. Ross Alexander, PhD, Oak Ecosystem Recovery Program Coordinator, Morton Arboretum

 Case Studies in the Fox Valley Region
- Tom Price, Principal Civil Engineer & Hydrologist, Conservation Design Forum

 Case Study: Montgomery, IL
- Christopher J. Ott, P.E., CPII, Senior Project Engineer I, Engineering Enterprises, Inc.


Thank you to everyone who attended the Fox Valley Sustainability Network's Solar and Renewable Energy Forum at Waubonsee Community College. We heard from many speakers advocating for solar and renewable resource policies and programs including Gary Cuneen, MeLena Hessel, Mark Burger, Mark Pruitt, Karen Miller, Andris Slokenbergs and Abby Beck.

We initiated a solar developer and institution match-making session for the second half of the forum. During this attendees were encouraged to mingle with solar developers, companies and organizations to learn more about what they do and how they might work together on upcoming and future solar and renewable energy projects.


Future Energy Jobs Act and Solar Models Overview - SolSmart, Rooftop, Community Solar, Utility-Scale — MeLena Hessel, Policy Advocate, Environmental Law & Policy Center

Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) Updates — Mark Burger, Solar Consultant, Seven Generations Ahead

Municipal Aggregation Opportunities — Mark Pruitt, Principal, Illinois Community Choice Aggregation Network

Kane County Zoning and Criteria for Solar Sites — Karen Miller, Executive Planner, Kane County Development & Community Services Department

Solar Group Buy Program in Kane County — Andris Slokenbergs, Solar Advocate


Thank you to everyone who attended the Green Business and Economic Development Forum, November 15th at Waubonsee Community College Campus in Downtown Aurora!

We had a packed house to learn about Regional Active Mobility Program (RAMP) and discuss the importance of sustainable business and attracting green industries to the Fox Valley. We also received updates on the Future Energy Jobs Act and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)'s planning in the Fox River Corridor.

Thank you to our speakers Gary Cuneen, Stephane Phifer, John Harris, Representative Steve Andersson and Brian Daly and thank you to everyone who attended and participated!

View the notes from this event here.


Thank you to everyone that attended GreenTown Fox Valley at Two Brothers Roundhouse in downtown Aurora on Thursday, April 27, 2017!

To view presentations from the event, click here.

To view the full event agenda, click here.

A special thank you to our sponsors:

Community Lead Sponsors:
City of Aurora
Grand Victoria Riverboat Fund
Ozinga Bros. Inc.

Core Sponsors:
Applied Ecological Services
Alderman William M. Donnell,  4th Ward, City of Aurora
Nissan North America

Sponsors of the Mayors Breakfast:
Hey and Associates
Republic Services

Community Sponsors:
Chiro One Wellness Centers

Mayors Breakfast Partner:
Elevate Energy

Host of Mayors Breakfast GreenTown Fox Valley:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Aurora/Naperville

Host of GreenTown Fox Valley:
Two Brothers Roundhouse

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