Franklin Park Awards
LEED Gold Certification - Franklin Park Police Station - 2014
The Village's Police Station was awarded LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council. This was made possible in great part by a $985,000 IEPA grant that provided for state-of-the art storm-water management practices that will benefit the region. The facility optimizes energy performance, reduces water-usage and incorporates regional materials and recycled content into the project. Innovative features include a cistern to capture and reuse rain water for landscaping and to flush toilets. These sustainable features will reduce costs for the police department and create a healthier environment for the staff and the surrounding community.
Midwest Pesticide Action Center - Individual of the Year - 2013
The Village was recognized for its commitment to pesticide reduction and utilization of natural lawn care techniques on all Village-owned property. Mayor Pedersen was lauded for his dedicated and continuous commitment to sustainability leadership.
Alliance of Illinois Manufacturers - Government Partnership Award - 2014
Mayor Pedersen was this year’s recipient of the Government Partnership Award from the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing. The Mayor was selected based on his support and advocacy for manufacturers throughout the region.
Illinois State Crime Commission’s Municipal Leader of the Year - 2013
Mayor Pedersen received the 2013 Municipal Leader of the Year Award for demonstrating an impressive record of achievement in crime prevention and public outreach. In particular, they cited a strong commitment to regional cooperation.
Green Intelligence Award – 2014
Mayor Pedersen is the 2014 recipient of the Green Intelligence Award from the West Central Municipal Conference. He was recognized for the Villages many eco-friendly initiatives and long-term commitment to sustainability including replacing outmoded Village vehicles with electric vehicles, installing charging stations at Village Hall, the Metra station and Walgreens, increased recycling programs with residents, instituting by ordinance a natural lawn care policy on all Village-owned property and utilizing a County grant to replace inefficient street lights with high efficiency LED lights.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s (MWRD) Sustainable Landscaping Award –2014
The Village was recognized for leadership in sustainability for achieving LEED Gold status in the building of a new police station which included many Additionally, Franklin Park’s commitment to utilizing natural lawn care on all Village-owned property and efforts to help resident’s to incorporate these techniques were cited.