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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.

Citizens for Safe and Vibrant Madison Street

Madison St TrafficActive Transportation Letter invites support for plans to narrow and improve Madison street:

After years of outreach, public meetings and planning, Oak Park is moving forward with plans to narrow Madison and make it a more pleasant and safe street that is also more inviting for new development.  The project has been approved, but a few residents are speaking out against the project and trying to persuade the village board to reverse course. It’s important for the village board to hear from us.

Please take action by clicking here to join OP Citizens for a Safe and Vibrant Madison and signing the letter below to the village board to demonstrate your support for these changes. The coalition will also work to ensure that the village makes the most of this important investment.

Also, please attend the Jun 13, 7PM, Village Board meeting to show your support.

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Your Input is Needed at the Oak Park/River Forest CMAP Forum!

Photo courtesy of Steven Vance: Comments on what the plan should consider

Photo courtesy of Steven Vance: Comments on what the plan should consider

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the official planning agency for the 7 counties that make up the Chicagoland region, is looking for your perspective on what the region should look like in 2050 as it draws up a new plan to succeed the GO TO 2040 plan.  The federal government requires every urbanized area of 50,000 or more inhabitants to create a regional plan.

Now in development, ON TO 2050 will be the next comprehensive plan for metropolitan Chicago. Our region has changed in significant ways since the GO TO 2040 plan, was adopted unanimously in 2010 by leaders from across the seven counties. Collaborative efforts at the local, state, and federal levels have helped to implement GO TO 2040 recommendations, yet difficult realities persist even as new challenges continue to emerge.

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An Evening with Thoreau

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Bring a chair and food to share. More information at this link.

Breaking Free from Fossil Fuels

Photo courtesy of Bob Simpson.

Photo courtesy of Bob Simpson.

During the first half of May, tens of thousands of people on six continents held protest actions under the banner of “Break Free From Fossil Fuels.” Called for by 350.org and organized by hundreds of regional and national environmental and social justice organizations, each action was unique, but the purpose was the same: to keep fossil fuels in the ground and build a just transition to a new kind of 100% renewable economy … and do it now.

In Germany, over 4,000 people shut down one of Europe’s largest lignite (think soft and dirty) coal mines for over 48 hours through successive acts of civil disobedience. In Washington state and Albany, New York, protesters blocked oil trains around refineries and rail transit points, resulting in scores of arrests.

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What’s That New Building in Austin Gardens?

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On Saturday June 11, the Park District of Oak Park will hold a community celebration to mark the opening of Oak Park’s new, state-of-the-art Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, located north of the intersection of Forest Avenue and Lake Street.

It looks like a terrific morning. We hope to see you all there (before or after the Farmers’ Market, of course).  The morning kicks off with a free yoga class from 9 to 9:45 a.m. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Visitors can enjoy music, give-aways, light refreshments, “Ask the Turf and Tree Expert,” children’s crafts and tours of the Platinum LEED-designed facility.

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

    

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