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Green ProAction Cafe #2: Moving from Ideas to Action

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The next Green ProAction Café will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 4, at the Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. The Green ProAction Café initiative is a series of three gatherings intended to create opportunities for dialogue and action focused on building a healthy and resilient community.

“The house was packed at our first event back in February. That was thrilling because our goal is to increase the number and diversity of residents engaged in planning and action for long-term sustainability.” said Sally Stovall, one of the event organizers and co-founder of Green Community Connections. “We also hope these ProAction Cafés will increase the connections and collaboration among both new and long-time sustainability advocates.”

Eighty-two residents participated in the first Green ProAction Café on February 10.  They filled the Veterans Room at the Oak Park Library with lively conversation as they shared ideas about eight resilience-building initiatives.  “You could feel the energy and enthusiasm in the room,” says Dick Alton, another event organizer and co-founder of Green Community Connections. “Attendees came from all areas of our community and represented community sustainability leaders, as well as residents new to the conversation.”

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Rev. Moss Kicks Off Green Earth Revival

OtisTo renew and deepen the commitment of the faith community to care for God’s creation, Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church in Oak Park will host an “Earth Revival” weekend.  Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, senior pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ, will be the guest speaker focusing on “Love God, Live Green and Liberate All”  from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1The community is invited to join in this energizing and inspiring program followed by refreshments and conversation.

Rev. Moss says, “It is our moral obligation to fight injustice and inequality by cutting pollution and bringing good, clean energy jobs to every community.” Moss graduated from Yale Divinity School and the Chicago Theological Seminary. He has taught courses on the “Art of Prophetic Preaching in the Urban Context.”

The Friday evening event will be followed from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2, by a series of Congregation and Individual Resource Workshops.  Area congregations, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in workshops including, Growing a Strong Green Team; Energy Efficiency (Elevate Energy); Solar Energy (Microgrid); Native Gardens (West Cook Wild Ones); Faith in Places Resources; Moving Toward Zero Waste (Biosphere Technology) and tours of Euclid’s solar and geothermal installations.

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Meet Native Plant Experts at Wild Ones Conference

WildPosterWest Cook Wild Ones will present Living Landscapes: A Native Gardening Conference and Native Plant Sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., in River Forest.  As keynote speaker, renowned author Doug Tallamy (“Bringing Nature Home”) will share his ideas on how we can reverse the decline in birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife by creating islands of habitat in our own backyards. In addition, seven native plant experts will conduct workshops on topics ranging from rain gardens to rare plants to food gardens.

One of these presenters, Trish Beckjord, works for Midwest Ground Covers and specializes in ecological design, helping people see the beauty of native plants. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment.

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Oak Park Named an Arboretum

birdontree2Now when Oak Park residents step outside, they will have the pleasure of knowing they’re taking a stroll in an officially designated arboretum.

The Morton Arboretum announced the accreditation recently in a letter to the village from its president and CEO, Gerard Donnelly. Based in Lisle, The Morton Arboretum created the program that gives municipalities arboretum status “to encourage knowledge, experience and resource sharing among keepers of tree-focused public gardens,” a message posted on the village’s website says.

Oak Park’s accreditation is unusual in that it’s for the entire Village, not a defined area such as a park. A recent inventory counted 18,744 trees on Village-owned property and another 2,572 on Park District properties. The Village and Park District of Oak Park submitted a joint application several months ago for accreditation through the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program.

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