Local Youth Climate Leaders

The climate crisis is a burden we have collectively left for our youth. It’s time we gave them a voice in creating change in …

NEST Potluck Social

Join NEST on Sunday July 21 for our Summer Potluck Social at McDonald Farm.

Styrofoam Recycling Event

On Saturday, August 10, NEST and the Naperville Noon Lions will be collecting styrofoam packaging and unused styrofoam contai …

Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force

The Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force is a group of Naperville residents working together for clean energy in Naperville. We are recognized Task Force of the City of Naperville.

As a whole, we generally meet on the 3rd Monday of each month, and our focused committees meet independently. Please read more about them at Committees and volunteer with our effort.

Scope of work


Educating Naperville citizens about environmental issues and their impact is a core initiative of NEST. Community awareness, understanding, and consensus about environmental issues is critical towards getting policies passed and political representatives elected that have the goal of stopping pollution, climate change, and other environmental issues. NEST also works to educate individuals and organizations they can take to lower their own climate and environmental impact.

Political advocacy

As a task force of the City of Naperville we have the purpose of informing city staff and politicians about what actions they can take to improve the quality of life in Naperville by taking environmental actions. Our committees work on creating plans and policies that are then communicated to the city and other environmental stakeholders like utilities and waste management companies. 


  • Align with other governments and scientific consensus to reduce Naperville’s carbon pollution by 50% (from 2005 levels) by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050. 
  • Transition to clean electricity. 
  • Building energy efficiency. 
  • Building electrification. 
  • Electric vehicle infrastructure. 
  • Safe active mobility (biking, rolling, and walking). 
  • Waste reduction, composting, and recycling. 
  • Add native landscapes and trees. 
  • Transition to electric lawn equipment.

See our 2036 page to learn more.