We are delighted to have these businesses and organizations join us to produce our second annual One Earth Film Festival.


Presenting Sponsors

manaaki logo 2Mission: Providing support for people who are making real and positive change in our world.  Lending support and assistance to those who are enhancing our local and global communities via their leadership in offering either opportunities for education, providing access to healthcare, empowering the disadvantaged, creating environmental awareness or helping cultivate alternative media outlets.  The foundation operates with an emphasis on locating and supporting grass roots organizations that are making a positive impact on the health and well being of our society, humanity and our planet.


Garden Club of Oak Park & River Forest is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization comprised of experts and novices who are committed to helping hobbyists learn about garden design, plant materials and culture for their own back yards. The Garden Club holds eight monthly meetings, the first Wednesday of the month at various venues in our community. In addition to our educational and social programs, we have hands on classes and field trips to become more successful and creative gardeners. Our primary mission is to spread understanding of horticulture throughout Oak Park and River Forest and to promote it as an important way to enrich and beautify our communities. No matter where you live, the Garden Club welcomes you as a special guest at our events.


MSCM_Logo_1st Choice_PNG_09202012Ever since our doors opened in 2004, Marion Street Cheese Market has been strongly focused on sustainability and local food issues. We have always been an American artisan-centric cheese shop with a mission of supporting small, local independent cheesemakers, family farmers, and food artisans. When deciding on what cheeses to offer, we have always felt that the closer to Oak Park the better, while still looking to offer artisan cheese from domestic cheesemakers who were farmstead in operation and practiced sustainable farming and cheesemaking practices, wherever they may be – around the United States or around the globe. With the build-out and opening of our expanded Market (July 2008) to include a Bistro and Bar, we continued our green focus, not only with all of the food products and beverages we source and provide, but throughout our construction, furnishings, and daily operations.


WebTrax Studio is committed to bringing positive change to our communities and to our planet. We are generous with our support for social change and arts groups. There are several organizations whose missions we deeply believe in, and we often work on their projects pro bono. We train young media workers who are eager to expand their portfolios by working on low budget and pro-bono jobs.


Greenline Wheels works to reinforce the values of the Oak Park River Forest community and contribute to its vibrancy by renting bikes and accessories, engaging with community partners of all types to support local commerce and tourism, promoting and expanding bike safety education, and promoting a more bicycle friendly community.

We rent bikes and accessories by promoting them as a great way to slow down and live local; to tour and explore the area’s treasures; to get off the beaten path and have an adventure; to incorporate biking into a healthy lifestyle; and to commute economically and stress free.


Carleton logo (New)

Whether you’re visiting the Chicago area for business or pleasure, The Carleton of Oak Park offers gracious accommodations in the Oak Park tradition. Our hotel is nestled in a residential historic district and within walking distance of downtown Oak Park. The Carleton, has been providing area visitors with exceptional service for over eighty years.

Our boutique hotel is a local landmark and the destination of choice for thousands of visitors who travel near and to Chicago. The Carleton, with its beautifully appointed guest rooms, is the perfect hotel for romantic getaways, a long-awaited vacation or corporate retreats. Local attractions, such as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio and Hemingway’s Birth House are within several blocks of the hotel. Downtown Chicago is just 10 miles away and conveniently accessible via train. The CTA and Metra Train Stations are located one block from the hotel


Sustainability has been a part of the fabric of Dominican University since its founding, and it will continue to move the university forward. Caring for the Earth’s resources and people throughout the world is part of Dominican’s mission statement to “participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.” Students, faculty and staff are involved in sustainability when they recycle, ride their bike to work, reuse items and conserve resources. The university has taken larger steps to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve water and energy, and educate students on ecology and sustainability.

In the spring of 2011, the university launched 4Rfuture: A Sustainability Plan for Dominican University. If you would like more information or have an idea about a way to help, please contact Elena Maans, the sustainability coordinator, at emaans@dom.edu or (708) 524-6897.


firstunitedLogoEnvironmental Stewardship Group:  This group meets every month to plan educational and worship activities that focus on protecting the earth’s natural resources. We feature a monthly column in the newsletter called “Green Space” to provide tips for the congregation. There is a Gardening and God class that is taught by church member and botanist Paul Aeschleman. The class explores sustainable gardening, ecology and the spirituality of creation. The class is seasonal and experimental and takes seasonal bike tours of members’ gardens. For more information, contact Laurie Bunkers lbunks@comcast.net or Paul Aeschleman aeschlemanp@sbcglobal.net.


ubm-studios-webUBM Studios, a UBM company, is the global leader in digital events, environments, communities and solutions.  UBM Studios creates rich, powerful and intuitive digital solutions that help organizations connect, educate and engage with audiences to capitalize on growth opportunities.  From the design, construction and deployment of highly interactive web environments to the development, production and distribution of deeply engaging video solutions, UBM Studios provides marketing as a service for truly authentic digital interactions, allowing for the delivery of the right content to the right audience with the right user interface. For additional information on UBM Studios, visit www.ubmstudios.com.


Building Sponsors


Globally, Oak Park is known as the home of world-renowned residents like prairie-style architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway. Regionally, Oak Park is recognized as a leader in environmental initiatives. Oak Park boasts an impressive list of environmentally conscious accomplishments. Visitors are invited to experience the thriving, environmentally aware community residents know and love. With its celebrated architecture, eclectic business districts and welcoming accommodations, there is something here for everyone. No carbon emissions are required for enjoyment. Enjoy the sights by accessing public transportation, riding abicycle or walking the beautiful tree-lined streets. For more information on Oak Park's environmental initiatives and programs, call 708.358.5778 or e-mail sustainability@oak-park.us click to send an e-mail.



Pleasant Home, also known as the John Farson House, is a landmark Prairie Style house museum located in the heart of Oak Park, Illinois, one the nation’s most architecturally significant villages.  Pleasant Home is a national architectural treasure, designed in 1897 by prominent Prairie Style architect George W. Maher for investment banker and philanthropist John W. Farson. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of Prairie School architecture and is the finest surviving example of Maher’s work.  Though Maher designed more than 300 structures in the Unites States, Pleasant Home is the only Maher building open to the public as a museum.  Pleasant Home is operated by the Pleasant Home Foundation, which was formed in 1990 to preserve, restore, and operate the home.


UT final

Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation brings together people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, interests, and talents into a single community where this diversity is cherished as the source of our strength.

Wright was 38 years old when he received the Unity Temple commission. It was his first major public building and one of the most significant projects of his lengthy career. 

The American Institute of Architects named Unity Temple one of Wright’s most influential buildings. In 1971, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated Unity Temple a National Historic Landmark. It remains one of the most exciting and influential buildings in 20th century architecture.



Moller Family Foundation


Lighting accounts for the largest single amount of energy consumed in a commercial building, and thus represents a significant opportunity for reducing overall energy costs and supporting a comprehensive sustainability objective. At KSA Lighting, we represent manufacturers who lead in providing sustainable lighting products and control systems.

Whatever your sustainable lighting objectives are, KSA Lighting has the products, expertise and tools to support your needs.


Sugar Beet

The Sugar Beet Cooperative is building a new kind of grocery store in Oak Park to open by Summer 2014.

The Sugar Beet will be a community managed, full-service grocery store that will provide access to and programming on local food. The store will include a commercial kitchen where our community can take classes on cooking and preserving, growing our own food, and eating for health. The Sugar Beet Co-op will be a gathering place for people to grow, cook, discuss, and celebrate good food together.  Be a part of something transformative by becoming a member now!


Harlem Lake Marion Corporation, doing business as Downtown Oak Park since 1988, is a downtown business association comprised of property owner and retail owner members within Oak Park's Special Service Area #1.

Our mission is to promote business development and expansion of Oak Park’s central business district.  Our Corporation, in all its efforts, encourages a spirit of cooperation and the maintenance of high business standards among its Members. Downtown Oak Park, as a partner agency of the Village of Oak Park, works cooperatively with the local government and other local agencies to make Downtown Oak Park a great place to shop, dine, work, play and live.


Logo for GCC copyEileen at E M Photography is a fine art portrait and documentary photographer serving the greater Chicago area from her home in Oak Park, IL. She works both in black and white and color, in the studio and on location. Her interest in all genres of photography is apparent in her work from conceptual to documentary styles. Over the years she has worked on architectural, product, portraiture, and photojournalism photography. She is available for corporate portraits, professional head shots, social networking images and documentary photography.



Sustaining Sponsors

 Euclid logo  VisitOP tree_final
 NewMediaAccesslogo seopco_logo


 Partnering Sponsors


Forest Printing logo GHblack300dpiAlt1Gil
 LWV_Logo  River Forest Park District  Bumpers_4 x 6_K
 CSLogo    use-me-logo-1
 centennial-book-cover-003_003 VRF-Logo   beye-130th-anniv-logo
 Holley-Court-Terrace-Logo  river_forest_library_logo browncowlogo
 603315_115031665331414_870564164_n sub auto  Dr. Charles Lo


Thank you, also, to our Donors, Friends and Partners:

  • Richard Alton and Sally Stovall
  • Mary Susan Chen
  • Community Bank OPRF
  • Earl Lemberger and Robin Sheerer
  • John Mac Manus
  • John Porterfield
  • Maggie Testore


  • Chef Marwin Brown, www.foodfidelity.com
  • Buzz Cafe, Oak Park
  • Constructive Chaos, River Forest
  • Famous Liquors
  • Jewel-Osco, River Forest
  • Keep Oak Park Beautiful
  • Lake Street Kitchen + Bar, Oak Park
  • Mac Specialist, Oak Park
  • M&D Szupina Photography
  • Maya Del Sol, Oak Park
  • Scoville Square Associates, Oak Park
  • Trader Joe's, Oak Park
  • Village of Oak Park Environment and Energy Commission
  • Winberie's Restaurant & Bar, Oak Park


Retail Partners:
  • Marion Street Cheese Market
  • Greenline Wheels
  • Barclay's American Grille
  • Hutong Fresh Asian Cafe
  • Delia's Kitchen


Parital support for Green Community Connections and its programs - including One Earth Film Festival 2013 - is provided by Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.