The National Wildlife Federation

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Pledge Status

Active

Pledge Date

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Program Year

2024

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Village of Romeoville

Romeoville, IL

John Noak

Mayor

Pledge Summary

The Village of Romeoville is proud to sign the Mayors' Monarch Pledge to promote our local Monarch population. As Mayor, I recognize the importance of maintaining this species and will focus on preserving and growing their ecosystems throughout our community. Myself, the Village Board and our almost 40,000 residents are committed to protecting this iconic North American species by planting a Monarch waystation on Village property and by encouraging and educating our residents to increase these efforts community wide. Our Village feels that through thoughtful and meaningful change, we can make a difference for these native and beautiful Monarchs to thrive in and around our community.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2024

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat. This proclamation must incorporate a focus on monarch conservation.
  • Launch or maintain a public communication effort to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens at their homes or in their neighborhoods. (If you have community members who speak a language other than English, we encourage you to also communicate in that language; Champion Pledges must communicate in that language.)
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Engage with developers, planners, landscape architects, and other community leaders and organizers engaged in planning processes to identify opportunities to create monarch habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Host or support a native seed or plant sale, giveaway or swap.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.

Systems Change

  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs and trees that must be used in city landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.