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Library Earns Five "Green Business" Stars

Members of the Plainfield Public Library's Go Green committtee

Members of the Plainfield Public Library's Go Green committtee

The Plainfield Public Library was recently awarded five stars in Will County's Green Business Star Recognition Program.
The Library's commitment to helping residents and businesses reduce waste, recycle as much as possible and assure proper disposal of remaining waste played a key role in achieving the five star status. The Library strives to protect the environment by actively partnering with county agencies in raising awareness of ecological issues in the Plainfield area; increasing public appreciation of the environment; and being proactive in planning for a sustainable future.

Some of the efforts by the Library's Go Green Committee to “green” the Library facility include:
•Displaying our environmental practices and encouraging others to Go Green with resources on our website:
•Sponsoring environmental education programs for all ages and networking with local environmental agencies, such as Conservation Plainfield and local schools
•Recycling paper, cardboard, toner, batteries, light bulbs, cans and plastic
•Planting drought-resistant, native plants to reduce watering needs and a rain garden near a down spout
•Collecting rainwater in rain barrels for landscaping needs
•Composting yard waste and kitchen scraps into garden mulch for library gardens
•Training staff on energy conservation
•Using occupancy sensor light controls and compact fluorescent light bulbs
•Using biodegradable paper products with 30% recycled content and toxin-free cleaning supplies

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