The Environment Committee is focused on two long term projects, flooding solutions at the home and neighborhood levels and tree planting in parks and parkways. NRC supports park district advisory councils and enhancing green space for beauty and healthy communities.


NRC is also proud to partner with Cook County Commissioner Luis Arroyo Jr and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to provide access to free rain barrels in an effort to curb flooding in our neighborhoods in the 8th District. 

Rain barrels capture rainwater from your roof and save it for when you need it. By keeping this water out of the sewer system, they can help prevent sewer overflows and flooding. Disconnecting your downspouts and installing rain barrels will keep clean water out of the sewer system and provide you with a source of free water.
You can use your rain barrel water to wash your car, water your garden, water your lawn, or clean work boots and tools. Rain barrel water is naturally free of chlorine, lime, and calcium and some gardeners swear their plants prefer it. However, since rain barrel water is runoff from your roof, do not drink it.

If you have areas of unpaved, previous ground near your downspouts, rain barrels should work in your yard. Installing a rain barrel is easy and only requires a few tools. Once one is connected, just wait for rain and your barrel will be ready to use.

Please complete the order form to request a rain barrel by August 31, 2016.

For questions, contact Arsenio Pomales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Cristina Saldana at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call either one at 312.603.6386

For more information about the program, and instructions about barrel's installation, please review this document. A connecting elbow and detailed instructions are provided with all rain barrels.



Ash Trees

Recent article about John Friedmann's work to save our Ash trees:
Horner Park's Ash Trees Are Thriving Thanks to Real-Life Lorax, Patty Wetli, DNAinfo

"IRVING PARK — In a tale of two parks, Horner Park's 65 ash trees recently received a clean bill of health while nearly 600 were chopped down in Humboldt Park, victims of the emerald ash borer.
In the case of Horner, 2741 W. Montrose Ave., a real-life Lorax was in its corner — John Friedmann, a real estate agent by profession and founder of the Save Your Ash coalition by vocation."