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Green Connect

Connecting Green-Minded Businesses & The Community

GREEN CONNECT logo courtesy of Steven Salzbrunn, Kreativ Edge
GREEN CONNECT logo courtesy of Steven Salzbrunn, Kreativ Edge

Mission Statement
Sponsored by the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce, this committee aims to educate, promote and encourage businesses within the Yorkville area to enhance the community environment by participating in sustainable ecological practices.

Meeting Schedule
The Green Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month, 11:30am-noon, at the Chamber office.

This group is open to any member of the YACC and to like-minded citizens interested in promoting ecologically sustainable practices in their business and residential communities.


Chamber Member Businesses:

Stephanie Roskopf | Yorkville Auto Body
Committee Chair

Renee Tortorella | Blue Heron Homes Keller Williams

Ashley Bumbar | Stephen Alan Salon

Valerie Burd | Positive Media Solutions

Mike Burks | Burks Bros. Drywall

Sandra Hurtado | Harmony Aesthetics

Kevin Shroba | Aurora Specialty Textiles Group

Yorkville Litter Clean-Up Events

Clean-up events are held the last Saturday of the month, May - October 2023 from 8:00 - 9:00 am. Some months may be one week early due to holidays.

Plus, BONUS Clean-Up Events following major community events.

Open to the public!

Sponsored by The Conservation Foundation and Yorkville Green Connect.

FREE T-Shirts! While they last!

Thank you to the following businesses for supporting the Green Connect Clean-Up mission:

Aurora Specialty Textile Group
Blue Heron Estate Sales
Burks Bros. Drywall
Grace Holistic Center for Education
Heartland Bank & Trust Company
Kreativ Edge
Old Second National Bank
Sense of Samadhi
Shelter Insurance – Michael Shepard Agency
Team Eagle Packaging
The Conservation Foundation
Yorkville Auto Body

Thank you to Yorkville Ace Hardware for donating supplies.

Just bring yourself and gloves, if desired. Trash bags and pickers will be provided. Join us for one clean-up session or come for all!

The Yorkville Chamber Green Committee will award a Green Business Designation to qualifying businesses.

  • A vinyl cling decal will be given to qualifying businesses to display, serving to acknowledge the sustainable efforts and green practices of the business.
  • The business will receive logo exposure on the Green Connect web page and on banners displayed at events.
  • The Green Business decal will be displayed on the member’s listing in the Chamber website business directory.

The Green Committee offers assistance to all who seek this designation. A representative can help you through the process. Typically, a ten minute conversation is enough to gather the needed information.


Past Projects

Earth Day Market “Invest in our Planet”
April 22, 2023

Mobile Blood Drive
February 23, 2021

Clean-Up Events

Water Quality, Habitat, and Recreation on the Fox River
November 2018

Reusable Bag Collection
Chamber’s Green Connect committee donates more than 500 reusable bags to Food Pantry

Some of the patrons of the Kendall County Community Food pantry will be getting a reusable bag to carry their food home thanks to members of the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Green Connect committee.

Sandra Hurtado of Harmony Aesthetics and Stephanie Roskopf of the Yorkville Auto Body Shop, members of Green Connect, recently presented Cathy Kavanaugh, a Food Pantry volunteer, with more than 500 reusable bags that the group has been collecting over the past year.

Green Connect, which meets the second Thursday of each month at 11 a.m. at the Chamber office, 26 W. Countryside Pkwy., “aims to educate, promote and encourage businesses within the Yorkville area to enhance the community environment by participating in sustainable ecological practices,” according to its website. Membership in the group is open to Chamber members and the public.

Roskopf, who is chairman of Green Connect, said that the committee members want to collect 5,000 reusable cloth bags to donate to the Food Pantry to replace plastic and paper bags currently being donated for use. The Pantry estimates it uses 1,000 such bags a week. People who would like to donate reusable bags can drop them off at FNBC Bank and Trust, Kendall Printing, Rosati’s Pizza Pub, Sense of Samadhi, Yorkville Auto Body and at the Yorkville High School.

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