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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.

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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

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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

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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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A Posthumous Appreciation for an 86-year-old American Elm Tree

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As I left church a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a huge base of a tree trunk on the parkway of our church property. I felt a mix of surprise, anger and sadness. Clearly it was a very large tree that I hadn’t really paid much attention to. In the coming weeks, I started seeing more signs of other trees that had been cut down. These images of previously large, beautiful trees that had stood for years, now shaved off at the ground haunted me, and I wanted to know more.

I asked a knowledgeable friend and then finally called the village forester, Rob Sproule. He told me that “my” American Elm had been identified as having the symptoms of Dutch Elm disease and therefore had been marked for removal. He also shared with me more information about the village’s parkway tree maintenance program, and I learned that, Village foresters must continually monitor trees for damage, disease and insect infestations, with an eye toward public safety. Most trees also have a set life span. Removing trees and planting new ones is a basic part of the life cycle of an urban forest.”

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