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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.

OPRF High School “Herban” Garden Grand Opening

We are proud to celebrate the grand opening of OPRFHS Environmental Club’s ‘Herban’ Garden and would be honored to share the special occasion with those in the community. Drinks and treats will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.  Please feel free to spread the word!!!

Questions email czgold@sbcglobal.net

OPRFHS Environmental Club

The Farmers’ Market is Back . . . Finally!!

The Oak Park FARMERS’ MARKET starts it’s 2011 season on Saturday, May 21st, 7am – 1pm, in the Pilgrim Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, one block west of Ridgeland and Lake. For more information visit www.oak-park.us/farmersmarket.

The Oak Park Farmers’ Market offers high quality, locally grown produce which you can buying from the farmers who raise the food nearby.

The Market is open the second to last Saturday of May through October.

The Market is much more than a farmers’ market. It is a concert site featuring the OP Farmers’ Market bluegrass band, a social event and a great place to pick up traditional and unusual plants, fresh cheeses, honey, flowers, vinegars, herbs, and much more.

PlanItGreen Nears Release of Final Sustainability Plan

The Draft Environmental Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest continues to generate feedback from residents, businesses, government, and community institutions. To review the plan and provide input via a brief feedback survey, please visit www.sevengenerationsahead.org/planitgreen . A summary grid of key plan strategies can be accessed here:  PlanItGreen OPRF Sustainability Plan Overview and Matrix.

Recent Activities

  • The Interfaith Green Network organized an energizing draft plan review forum at the Oak Park Library on Feb 16. 65 faith-based leaders, representing 17 congregations, attended and commented on the plan and discussed strategies that their congregations would commit to working on. View the report here.
  • A River Forest Residents Coffee was held in March and April to review the EDUCATION, WASTE and FOOD sections of the draft plan. The groups are making plans to implement key strategies in the coming months, and will meet again to develop a plan and funding proposal for implementation.
  • The Park District of Oak Park executive team met to discuss components of the plan related to Open Space and Ecosystems and their next steps for formally adopting the plan.
  • The Community Business Managers met on March 9 to learn about PlanItGreen, review key plan components, and discuss steps for having each of the institutions represented formally review and adopt the plan.
  • The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) hosted a PlanItGreen luncheon on March 10 to review the plan and provide feedback on priority strategies.
  • 30 staff members from the Villages of Oak Park and River Forest met jointly on April 22nd to provide suggestions for revising and adding to the PlanItGreen Environmental Sustainability Plan. The spirit of collaboration exhibited by both villages produced innovative ideas for cross-community partnerships, displaying an interest in creating efficiencies across municipal borders to achieve common sustainability goals.
  • Community-wide PlanItGreen Topic Area Forum – About 35 Oak Park & River Forest residents gathered to hear a report on PlanItGreen and give input on “what’s missing” and what should be our priority strategies.

Upcoming Events

The plan will be finalized in June and a plan release event will be held.  Details to be determined.

Work on the structure for implementation is underway.

PlanItGreen is a project of the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation’s Communityworks initiative, designed to engage community residents and stakeholders in creating and implementing a vision plan for a sustainable Oak Park and River Forest. Visit sevengenerationsahead.org to learn more.

Oak Park 2011 Schedule of Electronics Recycling Drop-off Days

Oak Park is now offering regular monthly opportunities to drop off electronics for recycling — the last Saturday of every month, 9am-1pm at the Public Works Center.  Click on link below for detailed list of acceptable items.


Please note:  The only kitchen appliance accepted is microwave ovens.

Sponsored in part by IL EPA and the West Cook County Solid Waste Agency.  For more information contact Public Works at 708.358.5700 or publicworks@oak-park.us

Contributed by Karen Rozmus

“No Idling” in Our Village . . . Not an Ordinance – YET!

Oak Parkers could breathe easier with the help of an anti-idling ordinance currently under staff consideration and possible recommendation to the Village Board.

Two years ago, the Environmental and Energy Advisory Commission started championing an education campaign built around encouraging drivers to turn off their engines while their cars are stopped for periods of time. They viewed this campaign as an effective way to educate the community about the health effects of emissions pollution.  These health effects are particularly harmful to children who have smaller, developing lungs and often ride on school buses that are not equipped with particulate air filters.  The campaign kicked off at village elementary and middle schools by placing “No Idling” signs near village parkways where cars and school buses drop off and pick up children.

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


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