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Who We Are

Green Community Connections provides a place to tap into conversations about sustainability issues and to identify concrete steps you can take. We believe change is both necessary and possible and the best way to get there is together. Learn more About Us.

Recycle this Holiday Season

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With all the cooking you are about to do, there may be leftover containers of used cooking oil.  Don’t throw them down the drain.  Cooking oil sticks to sewer pipes, causing clogs and breaks that are costly for homeowners and cities to fix.  Also, grease can interfere with water treatment at sanitary facilities.

Recycle that oil into bio-fuel instead.  Bring used, liquid vegetable cooking oil in a milk jug, bucket, or container between 9 a.m. and noon, Saturday, November 29, to River Forest Village Hall, 400 Park Ave.  No motor oil please.  Cooking oil will be recycled by Chicago Biofuels.  Check www.scarce.org or call 630-545-9710 for the latest information on this project.

Holiday Lights
When you pull out those holiday lights, half the bulbs don’t work, or the strings are entirely non-functional.  Frustrating.  But don’t pitch them.

lightsredsIn Oak Park, residents can recycle unwanted holiday lights and extension cords from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout December and January at the Public Works Center, 201 South Blvd.  Mini, rope, LED, C7 and C9 lights will be accepted.  Call 708-358-5700 or e-mail publicworks@oak-park.us for more details.

In River Forest, residents can drop off working and non-working holiday lights and extension cords 24 hours a day from December 15 to January 15, in a container near River Forest Village Hall on Central Avenue between Park and Keystone.  No CFL or fluorescent bulbs.  Only holiday lights, please.

Connect to Action: Young Filmmakers Contest & Filmmaking Workshop


If you hand a young person a video camera, they’re likely to shoot an exuberant, joyful mix-up of close-ups, wide pans and upside-down shots, along with flashes of creativity and snort-inducing giggles.  But what if that young person were handed a video camera and asked to address the question: What part of the Earth do you love best, and how can you protect it?

That’s the central goal of the third annual “One Earth … Our Earth” Young Filmmakers Contest, which challenges young people (grade 3 through college) to examine environmental issues through the lens of their own ideas and creativity. The One Earth Film Festival and Green Community Connections present this contest. Entries are due Jan. 18, 2015. Learn more about categories and prizes here.

Here’s an example:  “Let’s Talk About Water,” by Lea Kichler,  the 2013 winner of the high school category.

This year, we are especially excited to present a series of workshops with professional filmmakers to help youth crystallize their ideas into compelling videos. The first one is presented in conjunction with our partner, the River Forest Park District. Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., 401 Thatcher Ave., River Forest, $20 for River Forest residents, $25 for non-residents.

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One Earth Film Festival Volunteer Kickoff Meeting – 11/17

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ONE EARTH FILM FESTIVAL, the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, seeks smart, fun-loving volunteers to build our 4th annual event. If you love film, care deeply about environmental issues, and want to expand your social circle while contributing to an important cause, here’s your chance!

One Earth Film Festival Volunteer Kickoff Meeting

Existing & new volunteers, please join us for refreshments, news, and to get involved in helping produce this exciting event.

Mon 11/17 @7-8:30 p.m.
Oak Park Conservatory
615 Garfield St, Oak Park, IL 60304
3 blocks from CTA blue line Oak Park stop. No need to RSVP. Just show up! Questions? Contact ana@greencommunityconnections.org.

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Green Living: Searching for Inspiration

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The Chicago Green Festival at Navy Pier, October 24-26, attracted thousands of people looking for inspiration in green living. It’s one of the biggest events of its kind in the nation.

If you went, we hope you visited the One Earth Film Festival booth, featuring a social media-inspired #Earthgram photo booth, a “Vote for a Trailer” screening station, and ample resource guides to promote the festival and Green Community Connection events and activities.

Contests Still Open.  And you can win!

If you missed us, you can still participate in two exciting contests.

  • Complete the “Vote for a Trailer” activity for a chance to win a private film screening.
  • And, if you are on Twitter or Instagram, post a photo with the hashtag #Earthgram for a chance to win two free tickets to the festival’s opening night Green Gala.

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Walking the Talk: The Interfaith Green Network

IGN Logo w Name (640x533)As in all the great social movements of the past century, the faith community is taking a leading role in the environmental movement. On Oct. 22, nearly 40 congregation leaders of the Interfaith Green Network (IGN) met to strategize efforts to combat climate change in our community. Over the years, this network of more than 20 Oak Park & River Forest area congregations has come together toward building a vision and role for congregations in caring for Planet Earth.

The leaders acknowledge that Climate Change challenges faith communities worldwide with disasters such as drought, flood, sea level rise and heat waves. They believe their congregations are morally obligated to preserve God’s creation and to protect the most vulnerable humans.

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Biomimicry Interactive Workshop at Oak Park Conservatory on November 9.

Photos are compliments of Cassandra West of New Media Access.                             

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