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About our Cool Cities Initiative and Cool Committee

Serious Threat

The League of Women Voters has recognized global climate change as "one of the most serious threats to the environment, health and economy of our nation."

Climate Change as a local initiative

The League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area adopted climate change as a local initiative at its 2007 annual meeting. The goal of the initiative is to support our west suburban communities in developing renewable energy sources and in building standards and practices that reduce global warming.

Cool Villages Committee

The committee, comprised of members from several communities in the La Grange area, meets quarterly. Committee members report the sustainable policies and programs adopted by their respective villages and provide support to the other members of the committee who are also working to reduce climate change in their communities. In addition, the committee organizes events to inform all who live and work in the La Grange area about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Email for more information about the Cool Villages Committee.


  • April 2008 - Hosted the forum "How Cool is Your Village" to highlight communities in the Chicagoland area that have taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • October 2009 - Hosted the green fair "How Cool is Your Home" to connect the residents with environmentally friendly products, services and organizations.
  • October 2013 - Hosted a forum at the La Grange Public Library during which local village officials related the sustainability projects implemented in their towns.
  • 2008 - presen - Many members of the Cool Villages Committee worked to establish environmental commissions in their specific towns and, through these commissions, have increased local recycling, composting, energy efficiency, and green infrastructure. Several members of the Cool Villages Committee have organized recycling drives and hosted educational events in their respective communities.
  • Links

    Take the Challenge! Learn a few new ways to Use Less Gasoline, Conserve Natural Resources, Use Energy More Efficiently, and Support Renewable Energy.

    ICLEI - Measuring greenhouse gas emissions

    Read about the Illinois Cool Cities Act