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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.

Join the Movement to Reduce Single-Use Plastics

We’ve seen the images of seagulls caught in plastic bags, microscopic plastic beads in plankton, and the Great Norther Pacific garbage patch. Plastic is so ubiquitous that cleaning up our enormous mess sometimes seems hopeless. But three opportunities are available for those with a heart to make a difference.

A Plastic Ocean

“A Plastic Ocean” will screen from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 28, at Euclid Avenue Methodist Church, 405 S. Euclid Ave., in Oak Park. Conversation and action opportunities will follow. This screening is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Watch the trailer:  plasticoceans.org/watch-trailer/

“A Plastic Ocean” shows the heartbreaking impact of plastic pollution on marine life and offers potential solutions.

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Green Your Block Party!

Go green at your next block party! Demonstrations on butterfly gardening, edible gardening, organic lawn care, and composting are among the activities offered by Green Community Connections and PlanItGreen to help bring a sustainability focus to your neighborhood event. More info on how to schedule a green event is available at www.greencommunityconnections.org/green-guides

“I Can Fly” Youth Leadership Program, Summer 2017

Green Community Connections, One Earth Film Festival, and its partners are hosting a youth leadership program, “I Can Fly”, this Summer. High school youth living in the Austin community of Chicago are eligible to apply HERE, through any one of our partnering organizations (Douglass High School, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Loretto Hospital). Eligible youth must complete THIS APPLICATION FORM and submit it online or in person (instructions here) NO LATER THAN Wed, June 28, 2017. Accepted youth will be notified by the program start date of July 5th.

For a Summary of the program, which  will involve, among other things, the planting of native monarch butterfly gardens as well as edible garden beds by youth in Chicago’s Austin community, see here.

The program kicks off with a FREE film screening of the acclaimed film Can You Dig This? on Thursday evening, June 29th, at Harambee Garden in Chicago’s Austin community. Get details and to reserve your free ticket now.

To support the program with cash, food, or supply donations, please contact ana@oneearthfilmfest.org ASAP.

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GreenBuilt Home Tour

Galewood House at 6909 W. Armitage will be one of at least 12 homes on tour.

Update on July 11: Galewood House  at 6909 W. Armitage will no longer be shown on the tour. Check out others such as the West Town GreenStar Retrofit at 2219 W. Cortez St. and +Plus House at 919 W. Cullerton St., both in Chicago.

The 5th annual GreenBuilt Home Tour will feature at least 12 homes around Chicagoland that are “built tight and vented right.” The tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 22 and 23, and will showcase sustainable innovations in older and newer homes. (All are third-party verified to confirm they are constructed according to nationally recognized standards.)

For example, Galewood House at 6909 W. Armitage, in Chicago, is an EnergyStar rated home that also holds the DOE Zero Energy Ready designation. In this all new construction, the owner collaborated with builder, Greenline Homes, and each learned from the other.

Passport tickets are available to see all homes at $20 for two people. Individual homes can be viewed at $5 for two people. Tickets and more information are available here.

Science and the Future of Food

How will we feed the world amid climate change? And what can we do about the rise in food allergies? Three scientists will address these issues at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 S. Cass Ave, in Argonne. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. Register here.

Speakers include Argonne microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert, Argonne agronomist Cristina Negri, and University of Chicago research fellow Joshua Elliott.

This is part of the OutLoud Lecture Series. For more information, call 630-252-5501 or email outloud@anl.gov.

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


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