Green partnership may bloom for Fermilab, Warrenville
Roads and Grounds' Bob Lootens stands with Shawna Coronado, Warrenville Emvionmental Advisory Commission chairman; and Angelique Dunning, head of the local chapter of America in Bloom, during a tour of the laboratory last month.
A new partnership between Fermilab and the city of Warrenville may be blooming.
The city, which recently formed an Environmental Advisory Commission, sent representatives to tour the Fermilab site to learn more about it.
At the beginning of October, Shawna Coronado, chairman of Warrenville's EAC, and Angelique Dunning, head of the local chapter of America in Bloom, toured Fermilab with Roads and Grounds' Bob Lootens.
It was Coronado's first time visiting the laboratory, and she was struck by the beauty of the natural area so close to Warrenville. "It's so beautiful and it's right up the street from our homes," she said as Lootens took her and Dunning past Lake Law.
Although a next-door neighbor, the city of Warrenville has few recent ties to Fermilab, something that both sides hope to change. Coronado said current Mayor David Brummel's family once had a farm on site, which he remembers fondly. The former farm site was one of the tour highlights, along with areas where the annual Prairie Seed Harvests take place.
To further a partnership between the city and Warrenville, the city has invited Fermilab ecologist Rod Walton to speak to the commission about environmentally friendly approaches and partnership opportunities.
The Environmental Advisory Commission will have a meeting on ways to go green at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 in the Warrenville City Building. Walton, who is also a member of the Fermi Natural Areas Group, will talk about ways to make Fermilab more visitor-friendly and outreach opportunities. Coronado invites anyone else interested in learning more to attend. More information can be found on the City of Warrenville Web site.
-- Haley Bridger