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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.

Fifth Annual Green Carpet Gala!

Join us on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile

By: Lisa Files



Imagine savoring Indian fritters and chatting with friends, activists, and artists, while looking through large glass windows at the shimmering lights of Michigan Avenue.

We invite you to celebrate in this style with us at the Green Carpet Gala, the opening event for the One Earth Film Festival, 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Fourth Presbyterian Church’s Gratz Center, 126 E. Chestnut St., in downtown Chicago. We will join with creative leaders from the sustainability and filmmaking communities to mingle, look back at past accomplishments and ahead, at what the One Earth Film Festival weekend will hold.

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ETHEL Combines Music with Environmental Images




ETHEL, a post-modern quartet known for its imaginative programming, will present, “ETHEL’s Documerica,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.20, in Dominican University’s Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. With multiple-screen video projections and original music by some of today’s top composers, ETHEL’s Documerica is a multimedia concert experience and meditation on America’s relationship with its land, resources and people.

ETHEL incorporates more than 3,000 photographs commissioned in the 1970s by the Environmental Protection Agency for a comprehensive exhibit called “Project Documerica” with the music of today. Throughout the program, the music is in constant dialogue with the projections of strip mining, political protest, pollution, fashion trends, natural beauty and urban decline, bringing an era fraught with social tension into the present.

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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.

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


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