Monday, June 29, 2015

Energy Efficiency Program

Energy Efficiency Program

A message from our friends at SCARCE,  A Glen Ellyn non-profit.

We are working with Elevate Energy, a Chicago non-profit that creates and promotes programs that provide smarter energy use. We can help you save money and become more comfortable in your home right away.

Take the first easy step by enrolling in an alternative electricity rate. Since 2008, ComEd’s Residential Real-Time Pricing has saved participants over $100 per year. Sign-up takes just a few minutes.

Go further by making practical and lasting improvements to your home. Schedule a $99 assessment to learn how to fix your home, or host an energy house party and get your assessment for free. Qualified contractors will find the most cost-effective approaches, identify instant rebates, and SCARCE will ensure the work gets done right. Join the 4000+ homeowners who have made improvements and are reducing their energy bills by 15% or more.

For these and other opportunities, contact SCARCE at 630-545-9710 or to be connected with your local energy advocate.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer eco-events in DuPage County and beyond

Photo: The Illinois Prairie Path - get out and enjoy.


July 7 (Naperville) - The Naperville Astronomical Association has a lecture about our Perpetual Twilight

July 12 (Elmhurst) - Elmhurst Garden Club hosts the Elmhurst Garden Walk

July 16 (Normal, IL) - The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference, sponsored by the Center for Renewable Energy

July 17-18 (Glen Ellyn) - Energy Palooza, an energy fair for the whole family, offered by SCARCE 

July 25-26 (Chicagoland) - Greenbuilt Home Tour

August 9 (Glen Ellyn) - Restoration day at Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve

August 15-16 (Lisle) - A major vegetarian food festival, the Chicago Veggie Fest

August 19-20 (Chicago) - Green the Church National Summit, organized by Green For All

August 22 (Glen Ellyn) - Prairie Path cleanup hike (easy), Sierra Club River Prairie Group

Listings without Web page links have details pending.  Due to the diversity of views within the environmental movement, this calendar does not imply endorsement by the Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group of all events listed or the positions taken by various groups.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Viilage of Glen Ellyn provides mulching advice

As posted in today's e-newsletter from the Village of Glen Ellyn (below).  Sadly, many local landscaping contractors still don't how to properly mulch a tree.  We need to be inspecting their work.

Help Stop the Practice of Volcano Mulching
"Volcano Mulching" refers to the practice of piling mulch against the trunk of a tree, thereby creating a volcano shape at the base of the tree. This practice is extremely harmful to the health of trees.

Mulch provides numerous benefits which include; insulates soil, retains moisture, prevents weed growth, prevents soil compaction, reduces lawnmower damage, and adds an aesthetic touch to a yard or street! To mulch trees properly, remove any grass within a circular mulch area between 3 to 10 feet in diameter, depending on tree canopy's outer diameter. Pile wood chips, mulch shred, or bark pieces within the circle, but NOT touching the trunk. Many landscapers recommend creating a "well of mulch", where the least amount is around the trunk, fanning the mulch up and out, but only piled 2 to 4 inches above the ground line. Anything higher, or piled right up to the trunk, is referred to as "volcano mulching".

This practice prevents air from circulating around living bark, and can harbor mold and bugs. The use of this practice can eventually kill a tree. Be a protector of our parkway trees. Participate in these tree preservation practices, encourage landscape contractors to also do so, and help ensure the health of our Village trees for decades to come! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Earth Day Festival 2015 at Lake Ellyn

Announcing another great festival at the Boathouse.  Thanks to the lead role taken by the Glen Ellyn Park District, we are very excited to have a variety of business and nonprofit organizations (at least 15 of them) share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the community.

Here are a few details provided by the Park District:

Date:                     Wednesday, April 22nd
Event Time:        7:00 PM to ~ 9:00 +/-
Set-up Time:      6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location:              Lake Ellyn Park in the Boathouse
Address:              645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn

This year we are going with a FOOD theme, but know that not everyone has this as a central mission. Therefore, we hope to highlight the ideas of locally sourced food, organic and sustainably grown food, vegetable gardens, composting, and edible landscaping.  We’ll also have information about smarter energy use, better indoor/outdoor lighting, the benefits of native plants, upcoming environmental events, the Glen Ellyn Saves Monarchs initiative, as well as giving away free oak saplings.  Something Different will be sharing their musical talents and the Naperville Astronomical Association will be setting up  telescopes for closer looks at our night sky (let’s hope for a clear night!).