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Going Green with NPL

Now that spring is finally here, it's time to start planning and preparing your garden. These tips can help you make your garden grow green in an environmentally friendly way.


  • Choose local plants over exotic imports. Native plants provide a better ecosystem for the local bird population and require less water.
  • Set up a rainwater collection barrel to conserve water. The Village Hall sells 55-gallon barrels at a discounted price of $25. 
  • Avoid pesticides by using natural alternatives such as coffee grounds and eggshells sprinkled on the soil to repel ants, snails and slugs.
  • Let your grass grow to 3 inches high for deeper, more drought-tolerant roots. Leave the clippings as a natural fertilizer.
  • Leaf blowers produce as much hydrocarbon pollution in 30 minutes as an old car does in a 100-mile trip. Use a rake instead!

Check back next month on Earth Day when we will launch a call for photos of Northbrook gardens, including a prize drawing for a selection of gardening supplies.

Are you buying a new car or looking for ways to make your current car and driving habits more environmentally friendly? Greener Cars is a great place to start.

To find the car that's best for you and for the environment, search their interactive database of 15,000 car models from 2000-2015, with ratings based on emissions and fuel economy.

Greener Cars top rated cars of 2015:

  • Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo Elec. Drive Green Score = 61
  • Fiat 500E Green Score = 59
  • Chevrolet Spark EV Green Score = 59
  • Toyota Prius C Green Score = 57
  • Nissan Leaf Green Score = 57
  • Volkswagen E-Golf Green Score = 56
  • Kia Soul Electric Green Score = 55

Keep your car running green with these maintenance tips:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Buy low-rolling-resistance replacement tires. 
  • Check your fuel economy every few weeks. 
  • Get a tune-up. 
  • Change the oil. 
  • Check your emission control system periodically.

Visit for tips on driving and fueling and parking.

on official emissions and fuel-economy tests