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Volunteers Needed to Plan Live Music/Auction Event

volunteer-652383_640Join people who care about the environment, films, music, food, and having fun for a good cause.

The One Earth Film Festival (OEFF) is planning a Fall 2015 fundraiser with live music and an auction, all kicked off by a short environmental film. The Fundraising Event Committee needs your support to make this a huge success and to raise essential funds for the 5th annual OEFF. Email Melanie Weiss at earthed@comcast.com.

OEFF is the largest environmental film festival in the Midwest and takes place the first week in March each year.

Mike Nowak Guides Waste and Sustainability Tour

MikeNowak2Radio personality Mike Nowak will guide a tour showing how Chicago deals with its waste from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18.  See a working recycling and sorting facility; food compost and waste sites; huge former garbage landfills; illegal toxic waste dumps; and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s waste water treatment plant on the south side. The tour will begin at the Chicago Cultural Center where attendees will meet inside the north end of the building at 9:30 a.m. for check in. Cost is $30. Please bring PayPal receipt and a brown bag lunch. Register and pay at www.setaskforce.blogspot.com or call 773-646-0436. The tour is sponsored by Southeast Environmental Task Force and Chicago Recycling Coalition.

Farmers’ Market Affordable to LINK Card Holders

LINK-Up-logo-transparent-bg-160-wideLINK card holders can double their dollars at the Oak Park Farmers’ Market each Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 460 Lake St., Pilgrim Church parking lot, in Oak Park. The LINK Up Illinois program is an effort to make fresh, local food affordable to LINK card (formerly ‘food stamp’) recipients. If you or someone you know is eligible, please spread the word. More details here.

Robinet Option Gains Traction with Oak Park Village Board

HarryMac2Mac Robinet is deeply concerned about climate change. A physicist by training, Mac worked for 37 years at Argonne National Laboratory performing research in the field of health physics. He has lived in Oak Park for 50 years, and served for six years on the Energy and Environment Commission where he became involved in the issue of renewable energy and community aggregation for the purchase of electrical power. The aggregation issue became contentious last year when the Village Board contracted for the so-called ‘brown energy’ option when they chose our municipal electricity provider.

But Mac had been concentrating for years on a particular feature of Oak Park’s electric power provisioning: the surcharge of 1/10th of a cent per kilowatt-hour for the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates.

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Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors from the One Earth Film Festival.