In April 2000 the Governor's Office and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) created the Green Communities Destination Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to facilitate and support community based environmental protection strategies that bring together diverse interests, address environmental issues in a collaborative manner, and encourage interaction among all levels of government agencies.
The IEPA, in cooperation with the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center, and the Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Commerce, and Community Affairs entered into partnership agreements with communities in the State. These communities would undertake an environmental visioning process that builds their capacity to protect the environment while enhancing community well being.
In May 2002 the Village of Homer Glen was 1 of 16 communities in Illinois to be awarded the Green Communities Demonstration Grant. The Green Communities Demonstration Grant Steering Committee was formed in Homer Glen and soon began Homer Glen's Green Visioning Program. The 2-year grant process emphasized and relied heavily on input from the stakeholders of the Homer Glen community. In 2005, the Homer Glen Board of Trustees formally adopted the Green Vision Statement and Goals for the Village of Homer Glen.