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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.

Halfway Through the Plan!



Reprinted with permission from the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation.

The PlanItGreen Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest – was created through compiling baseline data and holding many community forums, led by Seven Generations Ahead in collaboration with the Delta Institute.  The planning was funded primarily by the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation’s Communityworks Endowment Fund. Communityworks has three priority areas, including Environmental Sustainability.  PlanItGreen was established as a 10 year plan in this area, beginning in 2011. Thus, we are half-way through the Plan.

Please read the report PDF by the Foundation which summarizes the impact of the plan over the past five years. What is captured in the summary is just a glimpse into what many of our community institutions, organizations and community residents have done to achieve the goals of the Plan.  Thank you for everything you have done.

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Free Screening of “Food Choices”


CCL Sets Bold Goal: Submit & Pass Carbon Fee & Dividend Legislation in 2017

The big news this month is the commitment made by CCL staff and 1,000 assembled volunteers at the International Conference: SquareBlackBack-450x344to have a Carbon Fee & Dividend bill introduced in Congress in 2017, and to secure its passage.  This is a new chapter for CCL, so come to the meeting to hear a report on the conference and the beginnings of a new legislative strategy.

Our guest speaker this month on the national conference call will be Matthew Anderson, director of the National Audubon Society’s Climate Initiative. In 2014, Audubon released a report, Birds and Climate Change, which found that 314 bird species — nearly half of all North American birds — are severely threatened by global warming.

We will meet in the main floor meeting room in the Dole Branch of the Oak Park Public Library, 255 Augusta Avenue in Oak Park, 11:30am. 

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Do It Your Way with DIY Green Block Parties



Summer is upon us and with it the annual block party season. Block parties are a special part of celebrating community and our wonderful outdoor spaces. It’s also a great way of recognizing and celebrating the many sustainability initiatives and resources in our community – whether it’s native or edible gardens, backyard or curbside composting (offered through the villages of Oak Park and River Forest), solar panels or learning about the awesome trees on your block. By shining a light on these important community assets, we encourage one another and help to build a more resilient future for our children.

One of Oak Park’s Green Guides worked with her block to plan a DIY green party on her block: “I held a Green Party yesterday in order share the Green Guides sustainability information. Attached are some pictures. The day started out doing eco-crafts with the kids to educate about upcycling and the environment. Next, we went on backyard tours of different gardens and compost setups. This was followed by a green themed dinner on a neighbor’s lovely back deck. Bringing our own plates and silverware was a big change but we got the hang of it. :)”

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Summer Green Guides theme: Healthy Lawn, Healthy Family

Join us for refreshments, conversation and to learn how residents are getting beautiful lawns that are healthy for pets, children and all living things. Lawn care seems to be an ongoing challenge — whether it’s a battle with creeping charlie or the challenge of reaching agreement with your spouse about who and how lawn care is done — you’ll hear stories and tips from professionals and residents on their experiences and recommendations.

Get useful information about creating and using “black gold” by composting organic materials to use in gardening and lawn care.

We’ll also share our stories of green block parties and other ways of sharing ideas and resources in our neighborhoods that are making them healthier, greener and more resilient. Please sign up here to let us know you are coming.

Green Guides gatherings are free and open to the public.  They are for current Green Guides, residents that are interested learning more about Green Guides and about the focus topics.  For more information see:  Green Guides.

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


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