Naperville Park District receives Sustainable Development Award

<p>From left to right:  Christopher Burke, Chairman of the Board for The Conservation Foundation, Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury,and Commissioner Ron Ory.  |  Photo courtesy of the Naperville Park District.</p>

From left to right:  Christopher Burke, Chairman of the Board for The Conservation Foundation, Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury,and Commissioner Ron Ory.  |  Photo courtesy of the Naperville Park District.

The Naperville Park District received the 2014 Sustainable Development Award from The Conservation Foundation on Feb. 20. Read the full release below. 

The Conservation Foundation recognized Naperville Park District at its awards luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 20 with the 2014 Sustainable Development Award for leadership in sustainable development and education.

Jan Roehll, The Conservation Foundation’s DuPage County program director cited the Park District’s work on the Knoch Knolls Nature Center, which is currently under construction, as a prime example of sustainability. The Nature Center was designed to LEED Platinum standards, including solar panels, a green roof, a cistern that will reuse rainwater for indoor plumbing, a highly efficient HVAC system, and natural habitat restoration.

“The Naperville Park District is impressive. Not only do they provide outstanding programs but they also are excellent stewards of our environment,” said Brook McDonald, President and C.E.O. of The Conservation Foundation. “The new nature center with its sustainable design is another great example of their leadership.”

Naperville Park District Commissioner Ron Ory and Executive Director Ray McGury were present to accept the award.

“We thank The Conservation Foundation for their support and collaboration in green initiatives for our community,” said Executive Director Ray McGury. “Our Board is committed to environmental sustainability as a core value that is important to the quality of life in Naperville.”

Construction of the Knoch Knolls Nature Center is progressing on schedule, with site work to begin later this spring. For project updates, please visit http://www.napervilleparks.org/parks/knoch-knolls.  For more information about the Park District’s environmental initiatives, visit the Green Initiatives webpage at http://www.napervilleparks.org/greeninitiatives.

 

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