If Kermit the Frog had lived in Oak Park, he would never have sung, “It’s not easy being green.” Instead, he would certainly have been appreciated for his ability to keep the fly population under control and would have gotten one of the village’s “Green Awards.” 

The village of Oak Park is again looking for nominees for the Green Awards, which will be presented in December.

If you have a friend or neighbor who has done something extraordinary on the environmental front, please fill out an on-line application from the village’s website, to make that person eligible for a Green Award.

Some 52 Green Awards have been given out since 2009, with another six honorable mentions. They have been given in recognition of achievements in improving our environment to a wide variety of individuals, institutions and companies. The awards are given out to encourage environmental initiatives and also a means of raising the bar on what we can accomplish. Just last year, Ana Garcia Doyle won an award for her work in creating the One Earth Film Festival, now the largest environmental film festival in the Midwest.

Also recognized were Oak Park Apartments for their numerous measures to save energy and conserve water in management of over 40 buildings. Another honoree last year was the Park District of Oak Park for installation of its first bioswale on the east side of the Oak Park Conservatory. The list goes on and on. 

So if you know of a recent environmental initiative, please let the Environment and Energy Commission of the Village of Oak Park know. Applications can be obtained on the village’s website. Interested parties may also contact Karen Rozmus in the Oak Park Village Public Works Department. She can be reached at krozmus@oak-park.us or by phone at 708-358-5707.

With your help, Kermit may well change his tune.

Nick Bridge

Environmental and Energy Commission 

Village of Oak Park

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