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Naper Settlement receives Conservation @ Work certification

Oct 29, 2015 11:35AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

Naper Settlement President and CEO Rena Tamayo-Calabrese, left, receives Conservation @ Work certification from The Conservation Foundation President/CEO Brook McDonald, center, and Land Specialist Jim Kleinwachter, right.

Naper Settlement, an outdoor history museum in Naperville, received Conservation @ Work certification in September from The Conservation Foundation. The award recognizes businesses that have included environmentally sustainable practices in their landscape design.

In 2011, Naper Settlement implemented stormwater management improvements and replaced more than 42,000 square feet of pathways and parking with the installation of environmentally-friendly permeable pavers to allow for drainage and infiltration of rainwater. Other best practices incorporated throughout the 12-acre museum campus include 9,000 square feet of rain gardens, 2,000 square feet of infiltration zones, two underground rainwater harvesting cisterns, a 3,000-square-foot bioswale to filter stormwater runoff, and a rain barrel.