Green Steps Commission

The Oak Forest Green Steps Commission encourages residents, schools, government bodies, and businesses to be more eco-concious. The commission meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Get more information about the Green Steps Commission, including agendas and minutes.

Volunteer Opportunities 
If you are interested in volunteering your time to make Oak Forest a more green community, please complete the volunteer application form and return it to Commission Chair Don Kronenberg. You must be available to meet on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Energy-Efficiency Rebates
If you want to lower your utility bills and have a more comfortable home, but can't afford the upfront cost, Energy Impact Illinois can help.  Energy Impact Illinois also provides a comprehensive list of all possible rebates and incentives for energy efficiency improvements, including rebates from all northern Illinois utilities, tax incentives, and promotional offers. Visit the Energy Impact Illinois website or call 855-9-IMPACT for more information. Download the Energy Impact Illinois brochure for more details.

Purchase a Rain Barrel
The Oak Forest Green Steps Commission is selling rain barrels for $50, plus accessories. Download the brochure and form for more information or you can also fill out the installation agreement. Visit the Upcycle Products website to view available colors.

E-Waste Facilities
There are two e-waste recycling facilities in Bremen Township that are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please note that these facilities DO NOT ACCEPT TELEVISIONS.
  • Bremen Township (senior building in the front)
    15350 Oak Park Avenue
    Oak Forest, IL 60452
  • Bremen Township Highway Department
    16361 S. Kedzie
    Markham, IL
The Orland Township Highway Department also offers an e-waste recycling collection program. Please view the Orland Township brochure for more information.  

The Oak Lawn e-waste facility, at 5532 West 98th Street, is regional and accepts items from locals and non-locals. Only electronic items from residential homes are accepted. Small businesses should reserve e-waste for the village's semiannual, commercial e-waste recycling events. Hours for e-waste collection are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m.

Energy Conservation & Construction Projects
 Selman and Associates is an engineering consulting corporation offering dedicated, personal, one-on-one service for your energy conservation and construction projects. Let an Oak Forest-based, veteran-owned, small business help you promote the conservation of natural resources and protect the environment.

Two Kill-a-Watt Meters
Acorn Library has two kill-a-watt meters available for checkout. The meter allows you to measure how much electricity your household appliances consume. Knowing which items in your house waste the most energy can allow you to become a smarter energy consumer. These devices can be checked out for two weeks and were provided by ComEd.
 
NuWay Disposal
Oak Forest contracts waste and recycling pickup to NuWay Disposal. Please visit the NuWay website or view the Oak Forest Garbage and Recycling brochure for more details about the waste management program and recycling efforts. 

Earth911
Earth911 is an environmental services company that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life for both businesses and consumers. Find local places to bring common and uncommon materials for disposal or recycling.
 
Dumptown
Teach your children how to be more eco-friendly by playing the Environmental Protection Agency's Dumptown game. This game requires the Shockwave plug-in (version 6.01 or later) to operate. An icon will appear below if you already have Shockwave loaded. View the Recycle City website to learn more.
 
Additional Information
Let us know what you think! Submit your eco-friendly suggestions by sending an email to the Green Steps Commission.