Join Us for ProAction Cafe #2 on May 4

By Sally Stovall

Join the conversation as we move from ideas to action projects that will help shape a healthy and resilient future for our children! We will build on the good work we achieved at the first Green ProAction Café in February. At that meeting, 82 people gathered to share ideas in eight different working groups, on topics ranging from creating a native plant corridor to federal climate action. The ProAction Cafes are intended to increase the number and diversity of residents who engage in dialogue and collaborative action to build a healthy and resilient community.

The second Green ProAction Café will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, May 4, at the Oak Park Main Library at 834 Lake Street.  We invite all residents who are interested in helping to weave a strong fabric for the Oak Park and River Forest communities. We hope to have people who came to the first café as well as new participants.  Please invite your neighborhood groups, block clubs, congregations, school-based groups and neighbors in your apartment complex.

The evening will begin with a light supper, during which you will have the opportunity to learn more about the action projects up for discussion. You are invited to choose one that you would like to join for the working session. The program will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. with mini presentations on each action project and the break-out sessions will start at 7 p.m.

The ProAction Café is an interactive, small-group process that moves us from ideas, question or project, toward creative action.

Sign up here to let us know you are coming.

Action projects that groups will work on in the May 4 break-out sessions include:  (Click here for more details. )

  • Living Landscapes Native Gardening Conference

  • Community electrical aggregation and renewable energy

  • Creative approaches for reducing pesticide use

  • Recommend ways we would like to enjoy and learn from our OP arboretum

  • Learning and action campaign re: national climate action

  • Time-banking to build community and address challenges

  • Experimenting and learning from adoption of personalized family food policies

We will hear from each group after the break-out sessions and explore how we can help support one another’s projects.

For more info or questions contact or 773-315-1109.

The Green ProAction Café 2 is sponsored by Green Community Connections, along with the following partner groups:  West Cook Wild Ones, Sugar Beet Schoolhouse, River Forest Sustainability Committee, Interfaith Green Network, Oak Park TreeKeepers’ Historic Oak Propagation Project, The Learning Gardens, Mutual Aid Network, Our Village Life, GoGreen OPRF, Repair Café, Citizens Climate Lobby, Oak Park Environment & Energy Commission, Seven Generations Ahead.

The Green ProAction Café is partially funded by a grant from the OPRF Community Foundation.