Environmental Action Team

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 Waste Management
Waste Management is a proud environmental partner of the Buffalo Grove Park District.



Upcoming Meetings and Events

Green Fair Flier

Participating Vendors

The Environmental Action Team is sponsoring the 8th annual Buffalo Grove Green Fair on Sunday, June 23 from 8 am - 12:30 pm at Mike Rylko Community Park. This free event for the whole family will provide information and activities to help residents learn about the small steps they can take at home, work and in the community to improve our environment and make Buffalo Grove a greener and healthier place to live.

Items being collected for recycling and repurposing include bicycles and bicycle parts, small electronics, eyeglasses, hearing aids, keys, clothing, shoes, crayons, books, CDs, DVDs, game discs, knives, scissors, blades, flower vases, coat hangers and small working appliances. Sorry, we cannot accept televisions or CRT monitors. For a complete list of exhibits, activities and collection items, visit bgeat.org.

Date: Sunday, June 23
Time: 8 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Mike Rylko Community Park

Sunday, October 13 at 10 am

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup - Meet at the north parking lot of the Buffalo Grove Metra Station.


Environmental Action Team's 10th Anniversary

Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team celebrates 10 years!  The Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team has been actively working to improve the local environment through a wide range of activities.

  • Healthy habitats - We sponsors an annual Plant the Park event to establish native trees and plants to restore prairies, woods and wetlands in our parks. We organized an exhibit and a series of events at the Raupp Museum to honor our natural heritage and surviving prairie remnants.
  • Green Fair - Our Green Fair has been running each June for 6 years. It features educational booths and opportunities to recycle a wide variety of household items. More than 300 bicycles have been donated to Working Bikes Cooperative at this event.
  • Recycling - We brought recycling to BG Days and organized our first electronics recycling event in 2009. Now, we staff the annual recycling event in conjunction with the Village and SWANCC.
  • Energy use - We promote alternative energy and worked with the Village to implement the electrical aggregation program that purchased 100% green energy for Village residents for 3 years.
  • Transportation - Our members served on the Village bicycle commission.
  • Clean water - Our members founded the Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership and conduct annual water quality assessments in Buffalo Creek.
  • Clean roadways and parks - We formed an Adopt-A-Highway team and organizes annual stream cleanups along Farrington Ditch.
  • Monarch butterflies - Our members enrolled Buffalo Grove in the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge and pass out milkweed seeds at the farmers market and other local events.

What other actions can we take to improve the local environment?  Bring your ideas to our team and we will help you make them a reality.  You can contact us at bgeat.org.


Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership


Mission Statement

The Environmental Action Team of Buffalo Grove strives to raise awareness, improve our community’s natural environment and encourage sustainability practices for present and future generations.

Environmental Action Team

Buffalo Grove is in the center of Chicago Wilderness, an area surprisingly rich in diversity and native species.  Would you like to improve our local environment and meet other people with similar interests?

If so, join the Buffalo Grove Park District Environmental Action Team.  As our name implies, we are an action team, and we are looking for new ideas to improve the environment in Buffalo Grove.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Weiss at environmental@bgpkr.org or 847.224.0965.

Summary of project that the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team participates in:

• Traffic control at the SWANCC document destruction and electronic recycling event in September.
• An Adopt-a-Highway clean-up on Deerfield Parkway in October.
• A community seed collection at Mike Rylko Community Park in October.

• The annual Green Fair in June - 20 exhibitors at Mike Rylko Community Park, with many informational and recycling collection booths.


• Participate in the Deer Grove West Earth Day event in April.
• An Adopt-a-Highway road clean-up on Deerfield Parkway in May.
• A Mike Rylko Community Park Workday in May with community volunteers. Lake County Stormwater Management Commission has awarded a $500 grant for this event.
• Members assist in Riverwatch testing of the health of local streams in May.
• Rain barrel sales through the Park District.


• Members and volunteers from the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve process native seeds in December that were collected in the fall to be planted in Park District parks.