Sustainable Living

The River Forest Sustainability Commission has designed this Guide to Sustainable Living to help you, our residents, find different ways to fit elements of sustainable living into your busy lives. There are lots of ways to do it, and you don’t have to do them all at once!



Green Dates and Deadlines

  • Upcoming events for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and the Trailside Museum.

  • The next Repair Cafe is on Saturday, March 2nd.

  • Sign-up for the next Electronic Waste Reyclcing event, March 18-20th.

  • District 90 Green4Good polystyrene foam (styrofam) recycling event, April 20th


How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

  • Switch to Renewable Resource

  • Reduce Energy Usage

  • Electrify

  • Village Initiatives


How to Waste Less

  • Compost

  • Reduce/Reuse

  • Recycle


How to Create a Green Ecosystem

  • Grow a Natural Lawn

  • Plant a Native Garden

  • Get certified as a Wildlife Habitat

  • Leave the Leaves

  • Take care of River Forest Trees

How to Conserve and Manage Water

  • Water Saving Resources

  • Check for Leaks

  • Manage Rainwater 

  • Village Initiatives


River Forest And Regional Goals

  • Sustainability Commission Strategic Plan

  • River Forest Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory

  • Regional Goals

  • Village Certifications