Posts Tagged ‘Interfaith Green Network’

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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A Tax We Hope No One Will Pay!

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Editor’s note: Since the goal of the Oak Park single-use bag fee is to dramatically reduce the use of both paper and plastic single-use bags, we hope it is one that will rarely be applied.  Many are already using reusable bags, and plans are underway to ensure that those who need reusable bags will receive them when the single-use bag ordinance goes into effect.

The Village of Oak Park has unanimously passed an ordinance requiring stores over 5000 square feet to charge 10¢ a single-use bag. The new rule goes into effect on January 1, 2018, and will apply to both paper and plastic bags. The new 10¢ fee will be evenly split between the retailer and the Village, with the Village’s share earmarked for “environmental sustainability initiatives” which have yet to be named.

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15 OPRF Congregations Join in Collaborative Sustainability Initiative

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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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Connect to Action: Congregation Green Teams Make a Difference

Green Teams associated with 20+ congregations in the Oak Park and River Forest areas are making a difference in their faith communities, in their facilities, in their community and

Euclid Ave UMC installs Geothermal HVAC

Euclid Ave UMC installs Geothermal HVAC

in state policies that promote sustainability.  If you are looking for a place to get involved and make a difference locally, often your own congregation is a great place to start!

If your congregation has a green team, consider joining it; if not, consider starting one.  You will find start-up ideas and resources in the GreenFaith Start-up Kit and GreenFaith Sustainability Resources.

Continue reading to find out how Oak Park and River Forest congregations are taking action to care for the earth.

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Energy Efficiency Workshop for OP-RF Congregations

Start the New Year off right and learn how faith-based institutions in Oak Park and River Forest can achieve PlanItGreen goals and save energy and thousands of dollars every year!

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