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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 Us! ‘I Can Fly’ Youth Program Graduation & Zero Waste Block Party

Green Community Connections was pleased to partner with so many incredible partners for its inaugural I Can Fly Youth Leadership Program this summer.

Learn about I Can Fly! See photos from the program, review the program backgrounder, and meet the wonderful partners and supporters who made it all possible.

Be sure to JOIN US on Sat, Sept 16th from 11am-2pm to celebrate this year’s amazing program cohort. Complete details on the graduation (and zero waste block party) event are here.

Submissions Accepted Now for Young Filmmakers Contest

Take a peek at our new video encouraging students from grade 3 to college age to enter the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest. In addition to winning cash prizes, all winning films will premiere at the One Earth Film Festival in March 2018. More details here.

Video animation by 2013 contest winner Léa Kichler. Music by Abby Lyons.

Native Trees and Shrubs are Ecological Powerhouses

Sassafras tree blossom, Hill’s Oak leaves, and Buttonbush blossom–all available through the Native Tree and Shrub Sale. Photos from Possibility Place Nursery.

Pre-order now for the 2017 Fall Native Tree and Shrub Sale.

Trees and shrubs provide butterflies, moths, birds, and bees many different resources. Planting trees and shrubs is also a great way to help out the environment, since they produce oxygen, sequester carbon, clean the air and water, and provide numerous other benefits. You can even forest bathe right in your own yard!

This shrub and tree sale offers canopy trees (taller species), understory trees, and shrubs in order to make it easy for anyone to create a layered landscape that generates visual interest and provides wildlife support throughout the year. Many of the plants produce spring flowers; then berries or nuts and other types of seeds develop in the fall and winter.

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Native Garden Tour Elicits ‘Oohs and Ahs’

Mary Ann DeBruin (far right) shows her native plants to Michelle Cronin. Mary Ann’s garden was one of 15 private and public native gardens on tour during peak season.

“Visitors loved seeing the goldfinches on the anise hyssop and cup plants, the monarchs landing on the swamp milkweed and bumblebees everywhere. There were literally ‘oohs and ahs,’” says garden host Adrian Fisher.  With Mother Nature’s cooperation, the Interfaith Green Network, Green Community Connections and West Cook Wild Ones hosted a successful “Birds, Bees & Butterflies: A Native Garden Tour” in Oak Park and River Forest on August 6.

One of the best things about the tour, Fisher and other garden hosts agree, was all the pollinators and birds that flitted about in the yard, putting on a fabulous demonstration about why gardening with native plants is so important and wonderful.

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Take Action: 2017 Environmental Scorecard

Representatives LaShawn Ford (8th District), Camille Lilly (78th District), and Chris Welch (7th District) received 100% ratings from the Illinois Environmental Council. Photos from ilga.gov.

It’s easy to get discouraged by anti-environment action happening on the federal level…but our state government is actually making a lot of progress in growing our Illinois clean energy industry, protecting our state wildlife, shaping our expanding local food industry and much more. Here in Illinois, there’s actually a lot to feel hopeful about. You can get a snapshot of legislative action in a newly published 2017 Environmental Scorecard, which evaluates individual Illinois state legislators on their environmental voting records. The Scorecard is created by the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), a non-partisan organization promoting sound policies and environmental laws in Springfield.

Three of our state representatives received 100% ratings: Representative LaShawn Ford, Representative Camille Lilly, and Representative Chris Welch.

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