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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.

An Evening with Thoreau

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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?


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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15 OPRF Congregations Join in Collaborative Sustainability Initiative



Area congregations have demonstrated that they can make significant contributions to community sustainability through their facilities and operations including installation of geothermal and solar systems, energy efficiency retrofits, native and edible gardens, and zero waste programs, as well as advocacy for sustainable policies.

The Interfaith Green Network, with the support of a grant from the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, is initiating a collaborative process to support and accelerate the impact of congregations in achieving the sustainability goals established by the community.

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Aromatherapy: Using Nature’s Brilliance


We hear the term aromatherapy everywhere. Avoid the electrical outlet plug-ins and petrochemicals. Real aromatherapy uses plant-based essential oils.

Gina Orlando, wellness consultant and coach, explains that essential oils are, “concentrated, distilled, aromatic, volatile molecules of certain plants. They are the essence of plant intelligence.”

Plant Power

This intelligence has evolved over millions of years, as plants developed chemicals that help defend from predators or attract pollinators. Throughout human history, we have experimented by crushing leaves and other plant parts, processing them in some way, and using the essential oils to improve our own physical or emotional health.

“We have a symbiotic relationship with plants, a biological unity,” says Orlando. “We benefit from their intelligence, healing power and beauty….There is brilliance in nature.”

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