Sunday, January 25, 2015

Current Eco Events Listing for DuPage County and beyond

Pogue's Run food co-op in Indianapolis (left). Photo by J. Gahris

March 28 (everywhere you can make it happen) - Earth Hour 2015

March 29 (Glen Ellyn) - Screening of the movie "GMO OMG" by Food and Water Watch

March 28 (Batavia) - Earth Hour celebration, 

March 30 (Wheaton) - Energy Savers program for small business at IIT’s Rice Campus (special program) Cancelled; will be rescheduled at a later time.

April 1 (Winfield) - Powering Illinois: Our Energy Future, an important discussion about energy policy at the DuPage Coffeehouse

April 7 - election day 

April 10 (Palatine) - Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Countryside Unitarian Universalist Church

April 11 (Palatine) - Climate Action 411, a conference co-sponsored by Faith in Place, Countryside UU Church, and the Sierra Club

April 14 (Glen Ellyn) - Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting, The GardenWorks Project

April 19 (Glen Ellyn) - 9:00 to 12:00 Churchill Glacial Ridge. Come out and enjoy the special spring wildflowers. Park at Walnut Glen Park, corner of Walnut St. and Longfellow Ave, west of Whittier and north of Hill Ave. Site steward is Bruce Blake. Call Volunteer Office, (630) 933- 7681. Work days also scheduled for May 17, June 14, July 19, and August 9, 2015.

April 19 (Lisle) - Arbor Day 10K run at Morton Arboretum

April 21 (Naperville) - Introduction to Spring Plant Identification, by Pat Armstrong, at 
The Resiliency Institute

April 22 (Glen Ellyn) - Earth Day Festival at Lake Ellyn, with a food theme this year, event listing

April 23 (Woodridge) - Earth Day Benefit dinner for the Conservation Foundation

April 22 (Springfield) - Earth Day Rally organized by Illinois Environmental Council

April 24 (USA) - Plant a tree on Arbor Day

April 25 (DuPage) - The Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trails cleanups.  The Sierra Club will handle a portion of the IPP in Glen Ellyn.

April 25 (Glen Ellyn) - Recycling Extravaganza in Glen Ellyn
See also other communities on various dates.

April 25 (Downers Grove) - For the benefit of numerous groups, DuPage Human Race

May 2 (Naperville) - Come to a Permablitz and help plant fruit trees, organized by The Resiliency Institute

April 30 (Naperville) - Green Infrastructure and Nature-Friendly Landscaping, a free workshop at Morton Arboretum, offered by the Conservation Foundation

May 2 and 3 (Lake Barrington) - Annual Native Plant, Shrub & Tree Sale, sponsored by Citizens for Conservation

May 9 (Glen Ellyn) - Get Your Garden Growin' Green, an outdoor event at SCARCE

May 16 (West Chicago) - Blooming Fest

May 16 (DuPage) - Annual Conservation Foundation DuPage River Sweep

May 17 (Warrenville) - Sierra Club’s Party on the Farm fundraiser social with live music

June 13 (Aurora) - Aurora Greenfest

June 12-19 (various locations) - Bike to Work Week

Aug 10 (Naperville) - Veggie Fest

News items:

Smart meters and renewable energy, oh my!

The Glen Ellyn Historical Society hosted a popular event this past Saturday about the history and future of electricity, presented by ComEd. After ComEd's excellent presentation about the benefits of smart meters and real-time pricing, interesting questions arose about the real time pricing options, electrical aggregation, and community-wide purchasing of clean energy based on wind power.

Although most homeowners realize smart meters are being rolled out, many do not understand the nuances of how electricity is purchased and delivered to residences.  It is also not clear that the most Glen Ellyn residents are aware that we are purchasing wind power through the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs) through the Village's electrical aggregation program. To be fair, this is not intuitive.  RECs are nevertheless considered by regulators to be valid way to buy wind power.  An excellent explanation is of how RECs work is published by the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Eco-Social scheduled for Wednesday, January 21

Come to our eco-social at Shannon's in downtown Glen Ellyn beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a short meeting around 7 p.m. or so, on Wednesday, January 21. Learn about exciting environmental initiatives and how we fit into a growing movement in DuPage County.  

Some examples follow:

  • April 22 Earth Day festival – (proposed food theme) – planning committee being formed
  • February 5 – Green Group forum at Lombard library (noon luncheon) – GESG invited
  • SCARCE/Elevate Energy  home energy efficiency program – hold house parties for free energy audits
  • Quarterly Prairie Path cleanups with Sierra Club
  • March 30 – IIT small business and nonprofit energy efficiency outreach programs
  • Prairie Food Co-op coming to Lombard
  • Solar energy program at library (ISEA Solar Ambassador outreach)
  • Village may install LED street lights – possible committee?

  • Flooding – DuPage County seeking feedback through survey and public meetings
  • Green Power Plan for Illinois
  • Idling at schools
  • Electronics and CFL recycling
  • Plastic Bags – Environmental Commission holding information meeting on February 3rd

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ringing in the New Year with a list of upcoming environmentally-themed events

Jan 6 (Elmhurst) - Home Energy Program at the Elmhurst Library, 7 pm, sponsored by Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition (see attached file)

Jan 10 (Glen Ellyn) - Restoration work day at Churchill Park, just east of Geneva and Bloomingdale Roads, Glen Ellyn Park District

Jan 14 (Glen Ellyn) - Free office supplies at the Non-Profit Workshop, SCARCE

Jan 17 (Glen Ellyn) - Used book sale at the Glen Ellyn Public Library,

Jan 18 (Lombard) - Book discussion, The Green Boat (Mary Pipher), Sierra Club River Prairie Group

Jan 20 (Glen Ellyn) - Program meeting; History of the Illinois Prairie Path, Sierra Club River Prairie Group

Jan 24 (Glen Ellyn) - Public lecture, The History and Future of Electricity, Glen Ellyn History Center

Jan 27 (Warrenville) - Book discussion, The Green Boat (Mary Pipher), Sierra Club River Prairie Group

Jan 31 (Chicago) - Wild Things Conference at UIC Student Center East, Chicago Wilderness


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Our sister group, the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition, makes a good point when they say that ice dams on a roof mean that there is a poorly insulated attic.  Internal damage and health issues may result if this is not attended to. This issue, and what to do about it, will be covered in our Residential Energy Forum on Wednesday, November 12, at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center.  7:30-9 pm.