Little City’s Agency-Wide “Green” Initiative Provides Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities

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Enhancing its therapeutic, 56-acre Palatine campus, Little City will make eco-friendly changes for children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

With the goal of creating an organizational culture change, Little City Foundation rolled out green initiatives reducing the carbon footprint of their 56-acre Palatine campus while educating both staff and individuals served.

Already making great strides towards becoming more eco-friendly, Little City changed light bulbs to tube fluorescent bulbs reducing energy usage by 75 percent. In addition, all exterior lighting is operated by timers and campus shower heads are now energy-saving models. Comprehensive inspections also took place in all community-based homes to maximize energy efficiency.

“It is important for us to make sure that everyone at Little City has the opportunity to participate in this exciting going green venture. We are strategically planning ways to get the children, students, adults and staff at Little City involved,” commented Executive Director Shawn E. Jeffers.

Included in Little City’s Going Green Initiative is the introduction of agency-wide composting. Little City began composting on a small scale more than three years ago, slowly creating enough compost to use in three accessible gardens in their Horticulture Center.

In the future, Little City plans to advance its recycling and composting programs, increase energy efficiency and create an agency-wide culture change towards environmental sustainability.

To support individuals with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities, visit

For complete information, visit or contact Sally Blake at sblake (at) littlecity (dot) org or 847-221-7831.

About Little City Foundation
For more than 50 years, Little City Foundation has developed innovative and personalized programs to fully assist and empower children and adults with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. With a commitment to attaining a greater quality of life for Illinois’ most vulnerable citizens, Little City actively promotes choice, person-centered planning and a holistic approach to health and wellness. Little City’s ChildBridge services include in-home personal and family supports, clinical and behavior intervention, 24/7 residential services and special needs foster care and adoption. Little City’s LifePath Adult Services offers a variety of residential options, employment opportunities, home-based services, case management, day supports, Special Olympics, an award-winning Center for the Arts and more. The organization has a 56-acre campus in Palatine and offices in Chicago. Visit

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