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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.

Young Filmmakers Contest Now Taking Entries!

Submissions Due Jan. 18, 2015

Submissions Due Jan. 18, 2015



Entries due January 18, 2015

The One Earth Film Festival  is now accepting entries for the third annual “One Earth…Our Earth!” Young Filmmakers Contest . Filmmakers, third grade through college, are welcome to submit their best work that inspires.

For more information visit the Young Filmmakers Contest page.

Freedom Summer Teach-in Film, presentations & discussion.

In 1964 the Mifreedom summerssissippi Summer Project organized volunteers from across the country to travel to Mississippi, one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states, to conduct a major voter registration drive. This historic effort, which became known as Freedom Summer, helped to spur passage of the Voting Rights Act just one year later.    On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, this Community Teach-in will chronicle the progress of civil rights in the last fifty years and discuss the most recent attacks on the right to vote, which threaten the hard-fought gains made by the heroes of Freedom Summer.

Full details are on the Freedom Summer Flyer.

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Making the leap to a sustainable future

Introduction to Biomimicry, Interactive Workshop:  Sunday, Nov 9, 2014, 2:00-4:00pm, Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St.ocean-biomimicry-box-fish-car

Have you ever wondered how we will make the leap from today to our sustainable future? Biomimicry, the practice of learning from nature to solve human problems, is emerging as a powerful and disruptive tool for creating sustainable design and systemic transformation. Applied at a variety of scales, from individual products to buildings, communities and organizations, biomimicry brings nature’s 3.8 billion years of R&D experience to the design table to redefine sustainable innovation. The results speak for themselves – incredible efficiency gains, effective life-friendly chemistry, and systems that begin with the notion that there is no such thing as waste.

Workshop is a cooperative offering from the Oak Park Conservatory, Green Community Connections and Biomimicry Chicago.  See flyer for details and register at EventBrite online or in person at the Oak Park Conservatory.

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Introduction to “Keeping it REEL”

As creator of the One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections believes in the power of film to inform, inspire and transform. Our new Keeping It Reel feature will curate short videos and feature-length film trailers that focus on a variety of sustainability and environmental issues that affect us all. You will find in this feature not only a variety of topics but also a variety of approaches to the topic, including factual, inspirational, light and humorous, personal stories and public advocacy.

In the righthand column are two videos to start off our new series. Enjoy!

Please give us your feedback and participate by submitting your “nominations” for a future feature. Contact Sally Stovall: sally@greencommunityconnections.org.

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Green Living: Tree Health Begins with the Soil

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We benefit tremendously from having trees in our yards, parks and along our greenways. They save energy, reduce heating bills and increase the value of our homes. Because they give so much, we should give back to them.

How can we? It all starts with the soil, said arborist Dan Krug, who gave a two-hour talk, “Caring for Trees by Caring for the Soil: Good Dirt,” hosted by West Cook Wild Ones on Sept. 21 at Dominican University.  Krug covered soil composition and chemistry and the importance of mulching.

It’s important to know that soil is filled with life, Krug said. Soil is host to many kinds of living organisms — fungi, bacteria, nemotodes, earthworms and arthropods. They’re all part of the Soil Food Web that can support tree health as they decompose organic matter.

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2014 Native Garden Tour Sponsors

Thank you to these businesses and organizations for sponsoring our first Native Garden Tour, co-presented with West Cook Wild Ones.                               

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See a list of all 2014 supporters