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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.

Protect Oak Park from Pesticides



Go Green Oak Park asks residents of Oak Park to add their names to a petition, which calls upon our Board of Trustees to take bold measures toward eliminating the use of toxic products within the borders of our village.

There is a growing movement across the United States to adopt policies at the local level to reduce or prohibit pesticide use on private and public property. Numerous confirmed studies have linked pesticides to a wide range of health conditions in adults, and particularly in young children. Serious human health risks from lawn pesticide exposure include cancers, asthma, reproductive and hormone problems, neurological effects including learning disabilities, and Parkinson’s Disease. This is now broadly understood to be a community health issue.

The moral challenge of our time arises because the natural world, and all species in it, are subject to countless toxic assaults. These arise from industrial human activity on a massive scale, grounded in the use of petrochemicals and fossil fuels. Please sign our petition, and help spread the word today.

One Earth Film Festival Schedule Announced!

One Earth Film Fest 2016 Films and Schedule are here!

One Earth Film Festival returns March 4-6, 2016 for its milestone 5th annual event. The festival will showcase 35+ thought-provoking films on a variety of environmental topics in the Chicagoland area. With more than 40 screenings, One Earth brings to you engaging films that will educate and inspire.

Check One Earth Film Fest page for more information about film selections and fest weekend schedule. See our full list of films and get started planning! Get tickets for screenings now.


Fix Your Yard Drainage Problems

Flood1If you have an irritating wet area in your yard or are trying to disconnect your downspouts, you won’t want to miss Jeff Swano, owner of Dig Right In Landscaping, Inc., at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, at LaGrange Park Public Library, 555 N. LaGrange Rd. He will describe what causes drainage problems and present solutions in his presentation, “Yard Drainage Problems,” sponsored by Salt Creek Watershed Network. To learn more, go here, or call 708-828-0435.

In 1998, Jeff helped form the Salt Creek Watershed Network, a local river-advocacy group, and served as its Executive Director until 2004. He served eight years on the Village of Brookfield’s Conservation Commission, and as its Chairman helped Brookfield to restore an award-winning 10-acre oak savanna. He also started “Meet the Creek” day.

Goodbye to Green Home Experts–and Good Luck!



Our beloved all-things-green store is closing this month, and owner Maria Onesto Moran is moving on to a new mission. On Jan. 31, Green Home Experts will sell off the last of its stock and close its doors.

We will sure miss not only Maria’s sparkling conversation from the front counter, but also the bright native plants and vegetables, the green school supplies, and the bulk cleaning products dispensed into our own containers. We also will miss the fun parties, classes and events that GHE hosted in its cheerful venue.

“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to my customers,” says Maria. “Closing the store is very bittersweet. My business will continue with new opportunities. But I had my business before I had my kids. This is my second family… I will never forget the relationships that were formed here, and I am so grateful.”

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Join us for a Green Guides Kick-off Event

Help us launch Green Guides to make OPRF Greener, Healthier and more Resilient!

SeedShivaThe Green Guides network is being initiated in response to the need to engage people in every neighborhood.  To learn more about Green Guides join us at the Oak Park Main Library, 834 Lake St., 2nd floor small meeting room, for a Green Guides meet-up on either of the following dates:

10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28
7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2nd  

We’ll share our ideas and get your ideas on how to move the needle on sustainability goals:

  • Reduce, reuse and recycle 50% of our waste
  • Conserve water and keep it clean
  • Support our eco-systems with native plants
  • Meet more of our food needs from local, sustainable growers (including ourselves!)
  • Transition to renewable and efficient energy

Small changes can make a big impact when we act together!

Be part of the achieving the PlanItGreen Sustainability Plan Goals.  Green Guides are not expected to be experts, just to have a willingness to help make it easier for neighbors to do the things they want to do.  Start a conversation, inspire an action, connect neighbors to resources.

See you at the Green Guides Kickoff Event for refreshments, idea-sharing and conversation!

RSVP here

Let us know you’re coming or that you want to be kept in the loop.  For questions, email Lisa, Seven Generations Ahead, admin@sevengenerationsahead.org or call Sally Stovall at 773-315-1109.

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


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