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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.

Green Built Home Tour 2018

Modular Prefab Modern Farmhouse at 634 N. Taylor St. in Oak Park will be certified as a Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home.

Two Oak Park buildings will be featured among 16 Illinois residences in the Green Built Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29: the District House condominiums at 702 Lake St. and the Modular Prefab Modern Farmhouse at 634 N. Taylor St.

The District House, with green roof terraces, should receive its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Home certification soon.

The Modular Prefab Modern Farmhouse will be a DOE (Department of Energy) Zero Energy Ready Home (pending). As a prefab, it was built in an Indiana factory by Hi-Tech Housing, and assembled at 634 N. Taylor St. on August 23, 2017.

“It took 3 trucks and one large crane to place the six modules together, and after six hours, there stood a fully enclosed and roofed house ready for finishes,” writes architect Tom Bassett-Dilley, who guided the process.

In this case, “prefab” meant working with modules, but Bassett-Dilley designed the layout, siting, HVAC, and thermal enclosure foundation in coordination with the modular factory.

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Add a Green-Themed Activity to Your Block Party

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Planning a block party in Oak Park for July, Aug or Sept? Check out these green-themed “show & tell” activities offered by Green Community Connections and partners.

  • Mobilizing for monarchs: Stories of the amazing monarch butterfly and how we can help them survive and thrive! (with: West Cook Wild Ones)
  • Tips for a beautiful, family friendly lawn: Get tips on solving common lawn-care problems without toxic chemicals. (with: The Deep Roots Project)
  • Strategies for making eating more sustainable: Enjoy tasting yummy plant-rich dishes and share ideas for reducing food waste.

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Research Reveals Surprising Solutions for REVERSING Climate Change

“Think of the causes of global warming, and fossil fuel energy probably comes to mind. Less conspicuous are the consequences of breakfast, lunch and dinner. . .  [but] what we eat turns out to be the number one cause of global warming.”   — Paul Hawken, DRAWDOWN, pg. 37

In atmospheric terms drawdown is that point at which greenhouse gasses peak and begin to decline on a year to year basis. Research conducted by a team of 70 researchers, and reviewed by 120 advisers and 40 outside scientific reviewers identified 80 solutions which are highlighted in the book titled “DRAWDOWN,” that together could bring the world to the point of drawdown within 30 years.

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Chicago Joins National March for the Ocean

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During the weekend following World Oceans Day on Friday, June 8, over 140 organizations, including the local Illinois Ocean Coalition, are converging across the country to “March for the Ocean,” to highlight the importance of clean water in our rivers, lakes, and oceans.

This vast coming together of grassroots and national organizations (e.g., Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Future’s Society, Mission Blue, Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and World Wildlife Fund) is taking place to demonstrate to government and polluting industries that we stand united to protect the waters that support life as well as our livelihoods.

You can support the ocean (and lakes that lead to the ocean) by participating in events held throughout Chicagoland from Thursday, June 7, to Tuesday, June 12. Here’s how:

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An Evening of Art and Activism

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The Pivot Arts Festival and Chicago Community Climate Partners will present an evening of Art and Activism from 5:30 to 8:40 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Loyola University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability at 6349 N. Kenmore Ave., in Chicago.

The evening begins with a reception and tours of the LEED-certified, sustainable building at 5:30 p.m. A pre-performance panel will convene at 6:30 p.m., before “Not Every Mountain,” to discuss the impact of climate change locally, legislative victories, and arts activism.

Panelists are award-winning playwright Kirk Lynn; policy expert Karen Hobbs of Natural Resources Defense Council; and Rev. Booker Steven Vance of Faith in Place, an environmental justice organization. Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, will moderate the discussion. Please RSVP at marketing@pivotarts.org. More details here: http://pivotarts.org/project/art-activism-pre-show-discussion/

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