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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group hosts residential energy forum

On Wednesday, November 12, the Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group is sponsoring a residential energy forum at Glen Ellyn's Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. 

It's all about making your home comfortable, safe and efficient this winter while saving money.  We will also explain the benefits of smart meters and how overall energy use can be reduced 20 percent with a modest effort. The Environmental Commission, ComEd, Nicor, Elevate Energy, and Pro Energy , the Environmental Commission, and Pro Energy will help us out. We need just 2 things: a catchy name for the event and your presence. Submit your idea for a name for a chance to winare participating in this educational event, and will explain their various programs and incentives that benefit homeowners.  We will focus on what really matters while keeping it straightforward and understandable.

The Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group promotes environmental quality in Glen Ellyn and the western suburbs.  Among other things, it promotes energy efficiency to reduce air pollution and to support a vibrant local economy by reducing energy costs.  More information about this and other activities may be found on Facebook.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

The 2014 Green Earth Fair in Naperville

There are many ecologically-focused festivals in the western suburbs these days.  The strong interest in family-oriented activities like this reveals the depth of our commitment to our regional environment.  One of the longer-lasting and genuinely enjoyable of these is the Good Earth Festival in southern Naperville, located on the grounds of the Conservation Foundation and the Green Earth Institute.  The Institute is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) enterprise that produces organic vegetables to its customers.

This year's festival was held today on a cool May day in a beautiful rural-like farm setting within Naperville's city limits.  Various organizations and vendors were present, along with continuous live music all afternoon, good food, and a number of children's activities.

As stated in a Meet-Up event review about this year's festival, 
Just love this event. It's outdoors, with lots of environmental and sustainable groups represented. Plus, there are informative presentations - e.g., I heard one on fruit tree guilds. You can also purchase vegetable seedlings, fresh eggs, organic fertilizer, jellies, & sauerkraut. There's also a delightful children's garden area with gnomes and oversized insects. We had some very good chili, too. Always meet such interesting people.

Successful events do not happen by themselves.  They are the result of extensive planning and preparation. After coming down from clouds in the wake of the our very successful Earth Day festival at Lake Ellyn, we are already thinking about next year. Naperville is giving us some good ideas.