Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Climate Change in the Arctic - A Polar Explorer’s Perspective

Date:Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Time:7:00 PM
Presented by:River Prairie Group
Leader:Moira Noll - 630-469-1606 moiradowell@aol.com
Location:Glen Ellyn Civic Center, 535 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn, IL

Be sure to put DECEMBER 2 on your calendar for a special presentation from Glen Ellyn native, John Huston. 
A veteran of the first American expedition to reach the North Pole unsupported, John speaks with a passion challenging and inspiring others to believe in their potential to meet their goals.   John has also completed major expeditions to the South Pole, on Greenland, and on Ellesmere Island.  
This presentation takes you to the frontlines of climate change, the Arctic. John’s stories from the North Pole and the Canadian Arctic demonstrate how climate change is affecting the polar regions. Without a significant reduction in atmospheric carbon levels, there may not be enough ice to ski to the North Pole in the near future. This presentation is about melting ice and the beautiful Arctic, but it is also about working together to make forward-thinking choices.  
Plan to join us for an evening of stunning photographs and motivational stories.  As an added bonus, John’s book will be available as the perfect holiday gift for adventurers in your family.  He has offered to give personalize signatures as well. 
Our meeting will be the Glen Ellyn Civic Center, December 2, 2015 at 7 pm, Sponsored by the River Prairie Group.  (As posted on the RPG's web page)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

DuPage County Eco-Events and Actions

Upcoming Events:

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

August 22 (Warrenville) - Meet and greet the board of Illinois Prairie Path

August 22 (Glen Ellyn) - Prairie Path cleanup hike with a little bit of trash pickup, Sierra Club River Prairie Group

December 2 (Glen Ellyn) - Sierra Club lecture by John Huston, polar explorer, Sierra Club River Prairie Group

The Morton Arboretum Events

Prairie Conservation and Management
5 Saturdays, August 15-29 and September 12-19, 2015, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
and 3 Thursdays, August 20-September 3, 2015, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Learn about prairie function and ecology, how to tell a hill prairie from a dry mesic prairie, and become familiar with prairie flora at The Morton Arboretum. Learn More.

Intro to Natural Areas Management
Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:00-9:00 p.m.; Sunday, August 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Saturday, August 29, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Learn principles and practices for managing critical habitats at The Morton Arboretum.
Learn More.

Openlands TreeKeepers® at The Morton Arboretum
4 Tuesdays, September 15 to October 6, 2015, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
and 4 Saturdays, September 18 to October 10, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Take action to care for and protect trees in your community and join a corps of volunteers dedicated to trees in our urban forest of cities and suburbs. TreeKeepers® support the work of professional arborists and local governments’ forestry staff. The Morton Arboretum partners with Openlands to provide TreeKeepers® training and support in the western suburbs of Chicago. Registration opens July 15, 2015. Learn more.


(1) To keep the Forest Preserve District independent, sign the petition.

(2) support the Clean Jobs bill, http://ilcleanjobs.org/
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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Energy Efficiency Program


Energy Efficiency Is Interesting When You Can Save $500/year

SCARCE, a local nonprofit, is working with Elevate Energy, a Chicago non-profit that creates and promotes programs that provide smarter energy use.  This educational effort can help you save money and become more comfortable in your home right away by providing options for buying and using electricity and through prioritized home improvements.

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.

To learn more about this program and other energy-related information, attend SCARCE's Energy Palooza on Friday, July 17.  A variety of organizations have been invited.  See http://www.scarceecoed.org/  Otherwsie, contact SCARCE at 630-545-9710 or info@scarce.org to be connected with your local energy advocate

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!