Environmental & Health Commission

The Environmental & Health Commission of the Village of North Barrington advises the President & Board of Trustees regarding environmental issues to ensure the conformance with the goals and objectives of the Village. The Commission will also advise the Board on health and sanitation matters pursuant to Village code provisions. Health and sanitation and public health matters shall include, but are not limited to, individual sewage treatment systems (septic systems), and other sanitation matters. Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month unless otherwise noted (**) at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room. The Commission welcome residents to their meetings and would appreciate any feedback.

RESTORATION EFFORTS - A presentation on restoration efforts in the Village can be found here.

Also, anyone interested in joining the Commission, applications for volunteer positions are located under Contact - forms.

The Current Members of the Environmental Commission and their contact information are as follows:

  • Linda Aylward, leafygreenlinda@me.com, Chairman
  • Marilyn Lawlor, Vice Chairman
  • Vance Antoniou, vantoniou@anvanco.com, 630-258-0705
  • Lauren Preisen
  • Kourtney Sellers
  • Vacant (2)

Meeting Schedule 2019

  • January 2, 2019 ** (first Wednesday) - CANCELLED
  • February 5, 2019
  • March 5, 2019
  • April 2, 2019
  • May 7, 2019
  • June 4, 2019
  • July 2, 2019
  • August 6, 2019
  • September 3, 2019
  • October 1, 2019
  • November 5, 2019 ** (first Tuesday)
  • December 3, 2019

The Environmental and Health Commission and the Village Forester sponsored our 3rd annual Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration on Sunday, April 28, 2019. After a rare snowstorm, we arrived at Eton Park on the morning of April 28th to find our large tent completely collapsed under several inches of snow! Determined not to let some crazy late-April snow cancel our event, our dedicated Environmental and Health Commission and a generous team of citizen volunteers put on our boots, rolled up our sleeves, and got to work clearing the snow with shovels and drying off the playground equipment.Party Events Plus made a special trip back out to resurrect the tent. Before we knew it and with a little help from the sun's rays, we had Eton Park ready for Earth Day!

The Cub Scouts Pack 220 did a fantastic job spring-cleaning the park. We celebrated North Barrington's 19th year as a designated Tree City, planted a beautiful sycamore tree donated by Biltmore Country Club. Our Village Forester, Susan Allman, announced our Village's winner of the tree of the year-- a 26-inch diameter ginkgo on Crooked Lane! Susan also handed out burr oak seedlings for residents to plant.

Thank you to several local environmentally-focused vendors: Sav-a-tree handed out red oak tree seedlings and provided helpful tree care tips. Ringers Landscaping donated a Monarch Butterfly Way Station and provided information on the benefits of incorporating native plants into our landscaping, Prairieland Waste Disposal provided electronic and shoe recycling, gave information on their comprehensive organic waste recycling program, and generously donated a one-year organic waste subscription. Honey Lake Bee Company educated us on everything bee-related, and Ilumen Solar shared how residents can go solar in our community.

Leonardo Music, a Parents ChoiceAward Winner, kept things upbeat with a live musical performance.Kids made bird feeders and had an extraordinary guest appearance from the Lorax, who came to honor Earth Day and Arbor Day. We raffled some exciting prizes including a zero waste kit, a backyard adventure kit, a year of organic waste pick-up, and a red sunset maple from our Village's 50/50 Tree Planting Program.

Over a hundred residents came out and enjoyed the sunshine, community connection, and fun activities. We are thrilled that this environmentally-focused community event continues to grow and attract more participants every year! We would also like to thank North Barrington Elementary School for promoting the event, Cub Scout Pack 220, our newly elected Village President Eleanor Sweet McDonnell, and Trustees Jackie Andrew, Patty Kalinowski and Janice Sauer for showing their continued support to our Commission, Bob Ritschel for his pre-event handy work, and Dr. Gerry Aylward Orthodontics for donating the t-shirts.

We welcome resident volunteers and new Environmental and Health Commission members to serve in a meaningful level of local government.Please reach out to us find out how you can also be an active participant in the Village of North Barrington! It takes a Village, and we have a great one!Come and join us to make a difference and have fun doing it!

The North Barrington Environmental and Health Commission:

Linda Aylward, Chair

Marilyn Lawlor, Vice Chair

Kourtney Sellers

Lauren Preisen

Vance Antoniou

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