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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.

“No Idling” in Our Village . . . Not an Ordinance – YET!

Oak Parkers could breathe easier with the help of an anti-idling ordinance currently under staff consideration and possible recommendation to the Village Board.

Two years ago, the Environmental and Energy Advisory Commission started championing an education campaign built around encouraging drivers to turn off their engines while their cars are stopped for periods of time. They viewed this campaign as an effective way to educate the community about the health effects of emissions pollution.  These health effects are particularly harmful to children who have smaller, developing lungs and often ride on school buses that are not equipped with particulate air filters.  The campaign kicked off at village elementary and middle schools by placing “No Idling” signs near village parkways where cars and school buses drop off and pick up children.

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Thoughtful Living Series Continues at River Forest Library with “Your Grandma was a Locavore”

Eating locally and with the Seasons

The River Forest Parks Foundation and the River Forest Public Library are pleased to present a series of monthly community programs in 2011 centered around the theme of “Thoughtful Living”.  The next topic in the Thoughtful Living Series include Your Grandma Was a Locavore- Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m.

What does it mean to “eat local”? Like the idea of eating seasonal produce grown on regional farms but wonder what’s in season near you this week? And just how are you supposed to eat local in the winter in Chicago? Join us for a discussion with members of Growing Power, the urban agriculture organization featured in the documentary Fresh.

Growing Power teaches individuals and communities sustainable practices to grow, process, market, and distribute food. Learn how eating “green” can mean eating fresher, healthier foods while reducing your grocery bill and supporting local farmers.

We hope you will drop in for this special series of events!  River Forest Library, 735 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest.  Programs are free and our website is www.riverforestlibrary.org, phone is 708-366-5205.

Barwin calls for more Corporate Environmental Leaders Like Walgreens

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzrcxJXafJk&feature=player_embedded  Siting Walgreens as a model, Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin calls for more corporate leadership on environmental issues in his blog posted 4/20/2011, as he writes about the new green-certified Walgreen’s drugstore at Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue.Walgreens has a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and they have now installed a new electric car charging station.   Gov. Pat Quinn and Oak Park Village President, David Pope toured the store Tuesday, and commended Walgreens on their environmental leadership. Click here to learn more about the store and what it means to the community.

Greenline Wheels offers “Eco-Happy” Transportation to Visitors & Residents

David is in a hurry to get to Cheney Mansion where he is a scheduled presenter at its Green Sunday event today. Despite this he readily answers questions about the store and the many products he sells (actually, mostly rents). The store where David works is Greenline Wheels, near the Green Line el stop at 105 S. Marion in Oak Park. Before he leaves he shows us a gigantic pedal-powered three-wheeler with two seats that can be used with a child or physically challenged person. Several electric bikes are available as well as a host of large and small bicycles for almost any member of the family – all for rent by the hour or day. Outside the shop sits what we came to see: a four-passenger NEV, or Neighborhood Electric Vehicle. There are 5 of these vehicles available to rent, 3 four-passenger and 2 six passenger. While not legal for streets with speed limits over 30 mph, they can be driven around town, rain or shine, and are ideal for sightseeing. In fact, the store provides maps of Oak Park/River Forest highlighting a number of routes around town that showcase the many interesting homes and neighborhoods that visitors come from miles to see, as well as some of our adjacent cemeteries. Guided tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district are also available with advance notice. For riders, helmets, child seats and trailers are available, and other items that might come in handy for visitors, such as souvenir water bottles and tee shirts can be purchased. For more about Greenline Wheels check out their web site.

Oak Park Conservatory Offers Green Thumb Workshops

Each spring, The Oak Park Conservatory at 615 Garfield Street, offers helpful workshops for all sorts of gardeners, from home owners to deck planters in condos and apartment building.   This year you can attend one of the following:
Gardening 101 – 3 Wednesday from May 11 to May 25, from 7-9 p.m.   The cost is $40 for residents and $60 for non-residents.
Composting 101 – Saturday, May 14 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  $20 for residents and $30 for non-residents.
Care and Maintenance of Trees – Thursday, May 19 from 7-9 p.m.  $15 for residents and $22 for non-residents.
You can register online at www.oakparkparks.com or at the Conservatory.   See the calendar of events for more opportunities at the Conservatory.

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