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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.

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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Recycling Extravaganza Drive Thru

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Celebrate Earth Day with Us


We invite you to continue the One Earth Film Festival fun and celebrate Earth Day with us by watching the award-winning film, “Growing Cities” on Friday, April 22, at Chicago’s official Earth Day celebration in two locations. This 60-minute film is friendly for all ages.

Clarendon Park Community Center (Gymnasium)
4501 N. Clarendon Ave., Chicago
6 p.m. for refreshments
7 p.m. film screening
8:30 p.m. star gazing activity (weather permitting)
Adler Planetarium, Johnson Star Theater
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago

6:30 p.m. for refreshments
7 p.m. film screening
8:30-10 p.m. telescope observing (weather permitting)

Seating is limited. FREE advance registration recommended at this link.

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


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