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Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Aurora GreenFest: Celebrating the Power of Ten

  • Prisco Community Center and McCullough Park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come to the Aurora GreenFest on Sept. 28 and learn how to take care of the environment and have fun at the same time. Be ready for a day filled with fun activities to live more sustainably and help save our planet. As always, the GreenFest is a free and accessible event, so bring the whole family. 

The GreenFest is 10 years old this year!  This year’s theme: “Celebrating the Power of Ten!”  all about the top 10 ways to help the environment and stop climate change. 

Aurora Greenfest invites lots of wonderful, sustainability-minded exhibitors, including local non-profits and businesses with a green story to tell. They welcome local farmers, who help them find clean, organic food. They invite local artists and crafters with a theme of reusing old or found objects or nature themes. Volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors please sign up on their website, www.auroragreenfest.com.

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Illiois Solar Tour
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Illiois Solar Tour

  • Many locations throughout Illinois (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Illinois Solar Tour is a series of FREE PUBLIC OPEN HOUSES. Home and business owners with renewable energy installations will open their homes to the public to share their passion, knowledge and experience of owning and living with renewable energy. Visit any site at any time between 10am and 3pm. Homeowners will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions.

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Solar Panels: Behind the Scenes
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Solar Panels: Behind the Scenes

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new solar panel installation at the Oak Park Conservatory, learn how solar energy is being used, and interact with a solar panel expert to learn how you can support solar in your energy conservation effort at home. Presented by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory (FOPCON). FREE for FOPCON members; $10 for non-members. Visit www.fopcon.org to become a member.

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Community Converstation on Clean Energy, Jobs, and Environmental Justice
Oct
13
3:00 PM15:00

Community Converstation on Clean Energy, Jobs, and Environmental Justice

Join members of the community, policy experts, and state legislators for a discussion of how Illinois can lead the transition to clean energy and a just economy. We will discuss the future of distributed energy in the Oak Park area, and in all of Illinois. Featuring Sen. Kimberly Lightford, Sen. Don Harmon, Rep. LaShawn Ford, Rep. Camille Lilly, as well as representatives from Citizens Utility Board, Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, and Blacks in Green.

Advance registration strongly encouraged; walk-in registration also available at the event, which is open to all.

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Green Built Home Tour, Day 2
Aug
4
10:00 AM10:00

Green Built Home Tour, Day 2

Join the Illinois Green Alliance to tour sustainable, healthy homes in Northern Illinois. Meet the builders, designers, and homeowners behind the green homes, experience the latest sustainable home technologies in action, and learn what you can do in your own home. Passport Tickets are now available for the 2019 tour. More information coming soon about the homes featured on this year’s tour!

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Green Built Home Tour, Day 1
Aug
3
10:00 AM10:00

Green Built Home Tour, Day 1

Join the Illinois Green Alliance to tour sustainable, healthy homes in Northern Illinois. Meet the builders, designers, and homeowners behind the green homes, experience the latest sustainable home technologies in action, and learn what you can do in your own home. Passport Tickets are now available for the 2019 tour. More information coming soon about the homes featured on this year’s tour!

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Author Susan Subak of 'The Five-Ton Life'
Jul
10
7:00 PM19:00

Author Susan Subak of 'The Five-Ton Life'

Meet author Susan Subak and hear her presentation about discovering low carbon culture in west suburban Chicago. Her program is based on her book, The Five-Ton Life, a 2018 release from the University of Nebraska Press.

Subak explores important information related to Oak Park's greenhouse gas emissions profile, including fuel mix, the built environment, and mobility patterns, grounded in part by a history that pre-dates the widespread use of the automobile. She will review how Oak Park is considered, along with its neighbors Forest Park, Berwyn, and Maywood. The presentation includes a slide show and a book signing. Her book discusses carbon dioxide emissions from west suburban Chicago and other examples located on the East Coast of the United States.

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