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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.

Pope Francis’ Challenge – Watch his Speech to Congress


pope-francis+kidIn his encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis
challenges all of us to reflect upon the impacts of our lifestyle choices and of public policy decisions on both the natural world and the social environment:

“I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all.”

Faith communities and environmental organizations are joining the call for a “Week of Moral Action on Climate & Justice,” September 19-26, coinciding with Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, during which he will visit Washington, DC, New York City and Philadelphia.


Locally, you are invited to join with others at 7:00 p.m. on September 24th at the Oak Park Main Library to watch this historic address to the joint houses of Congress (recorded earlier in the day).  Following the speech, please join us for a facilitated conversation to consider its implications for our personal choices and the public dialogue needed to address climate change leading up to the UN Climate Summit in Paris in December.

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Green ProAction Cafe #3: Celebrating Results

Come out and celebrate local green accomplishments of 2015 at the Green ProAction Café #3. It will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday,

Photo courtesy of Casandra West

Photo courtesy of Casandra West

August 27, at the beautifully renovated Thatcher Pavilion at Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest. We’ll hear about progress with pesticide-free lawn care, wildlife corridor expansion, availability of local food, the shared economy, environmental political action, and more. We’ll share what’s new and what’s next, and have time to hear about your projects and ideas. Join us for food, music, and laughter as we celebrate together as a community.

RSVP here.

Green ProAction Café #3 is the final in a series of three gatherings intended to grow the number and diversity of residents that are engaged in dialogue and action focused on building a healthy and resilient community. It’s an opportunity to meet new people, learn about creative initiatives and contribute ideas. Please come and bring a friend. Make sure your block, school, and congregation are represented. It is not necessary to have participated in ProAction Café #1 or #2. All are welcome! :)

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Biking Gets Better in Oak Park

Deanna1As a 20-year resident of Oak Park, I’m excited to share a number of changes coming to Oak Park that will improve conditions for biking and walking.

A few weeks ago, the village board approved the Oak Park Neighborhood Greenways system as an addendum to its 2008 bike plan. Elements of the 2008 bike plan have already been adopted, such as significantly more and better bike parking near transit stations, bike lanes, wayfinding signs and creating a village government bike fleet.

Despite these improvements, many people tell me they are afraid to ride in Oak Park when they have to deal with high traffic and high-speed streets, even if those streets are marked with a typical bike lane.

We know from surveys that most people feel this way, and that is the inspiration for Oak Park’s Neighborhood Greenways, which will be a network of bike and walk priority streets that exists solely on side streets where the average person is more comfortable biking and walking.

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Limited Time Volunteer Opportunity!

Waste“Thursday Night Out” is Downtown Oak Parks dine-around evening with local eateries participating as well as live music. Between 500 and 1000 families, couples and friends enjoy these events, and now we are going zero waste!  If you’re the kind of person that cringes when you see a plastic bottle or aluminum can in a land fill bin, we need you on Thursday, August 13th!!

Volunteers are asked to work one of two shifts (2 hours) helping participants sort their waste into specially marked bins for compost, recycling and landfill (we’ll train you, don’t worry) and then enjoy a FREE dine-around coupon book ($16 value.)  The coupon book is good all summer long.

Sign up now to volunteer this Thursday to volunteer.  Volunteers will meet at Marion and West Gate in Oak Park, IL

Please contact Anna Wilson at anna@downtownoakpark.net or call at 708-383-4145.

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