Thursday, April 28, 2016

Solar energy education this spring and summer!

Power Your Home With the Sun, presentations will be held by an Illinois Solar energy Association "Solar Ambassador" on various dates at public libraries DuPage County.  Learn how solar energy works in Illinois and how it can be put to use at your home. Come and ask questions and get answers. Contact any of the  following libraries to reserve seats.

May 9 – Villa Park Public Library
May 24 – Winfield Public Library
June 7 – Elmhurst Public Library –  in cooperation with the Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition
July 14 – Glen Ellyn Public Library – see the newly refurbished solar house!
July 20 – Lombard Helen Plum Library
August 4 – Bartlett Public Library District

Clean Power, Clean JobsApril 28, 7-8 p.m. at Elmhurst Public Library. Elmhurst Cool Cities and the Elmhurst League of Women Voters partner to bring you Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council. Jen will discuss the federal Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce energy usage on the entire grid, and the Illinois Clean Jobs bill which is expected to bring environmental benefits, savings for consumers, and the creation of 32,000 new jobs in Illinois.

Illinois Solar Lobby Day, May 4.  Visit your legislators in Springfield wiht others.  A powerful lelalrnign expereince and an opportunity to inpact public policy n a positieve way.  Register through ISEA

Solar Social, June 22, 7 p.m. at The Conservation Foundation's McDonald Farm in Naperville. Come and see how solar energy is used for the benefit of McDonald Farm in a relaxed social setting.  If the skies are clear, we might even set up a telescope to see Mars.  This spring Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in 10 years.

Energy Palooza, July 13, 1-3 p.m. at Cantigny Park. The newly-refurbished solar house will be on display. More information pending for this family-oriented event. 

You can find more information for about solar energy educational events by periodically visiting the Illinois Solar Energy Association.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Earth Day Festival at Maryknoll Park a Chilly Success

Thanks to the Glen Ellyn Park District, The Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission, and the various volunteers, vendors, speakers, and volunteers that made this year's celebration a success.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Earth Month events and more

List updated May 28:

April 28 (Elmhurst) – Program, Clean Power, Clean Jobs, →Elmhurst Public Library

April 29 (Lisle) – Celebrate Arbor Day, →The Morton Arboretum

April 30 (Glen Ellyn) – Adopt-a-Trail cleanup and 2-mile hike, →Sierra Club RPG

April 30 (various communities) – Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail clean-ups,→

April 30 (Wheaton) – Native Plant sale, →Wheaton Park District

May 7 (Glen Ellyn) – Pre-order your garden compost and pick it up at the annual Get Your Garden Growing Green event, →SCARCE

May 14 (Palatine) – Program, Climate Action;Making Solar Happen, →Interfaith Green Partners

May 21 (Argonne) – Argonne National Lab Open House, see video then register, →Argonne

May 21 (DuPage County) – 2016 DuPage River Sweep, →Conservation Foundation

Friday, April 8, 2016

James Hansen speaks at Benedictine University

Dr. James Hansen
James Hansen speaks at Benedictine University on Thursday, April 21, at 7 PM.  A free event, with open but limited seating. Offered by Benedictine University's Center for Civic Leadership.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Updated Earth Day Announcement from Glen Ellyn Park District

Come Celebrate Earth Day 2016

Age: All
The Glen Ellyn Park District will host its 2016 Earth Day Celebration at Maryknoll Park on Friday, April 22 from 6-8pm. The festival – which is free to attend – is themed “Sustainable Landscaping,” providing information on ways to incorporate sustainable practices at home, in our yards, and sharing ways to become involved in various community efforts related to the stewardship of our natural resources.

New this year, three 30-minute Q&A sessions will be featured:
6:30pm: Organic Gardening Basics by Sweet Home Organics
7:00pm: Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens by The Conservation Foundation
7:30pm: Native Plants for Your Yard by Greater DuPage Wild Ones

Other festival highlights include:
• Eco Expo Zone where attendees can connect with over 12 local, earth-friendly organizations
• Kid’s scavenger hunt and nature activities
• Storytelling and migration dances with “Mona the Monarch”
• Night sky viewing with the Naperville Astronomical Association
• Free milkweed seeds and oak saplings (while supplies last)
• Organic vegetable seedlings for sale
• Food available for purchase by World Fusion Cuisine
• Giveaways and raffles

NEW: Spring Rain Barrel Program
Order a rain barrel offered through Upcycle and The Conservation Foundation. Orders are taken on-line via credit card or checks can be mailed to Upcycle. Barrels can be picked up during the Earth Day event, from 6-8pm. Click here to order your rain barrel!

Eco Expo Zone Groups:
• The Conservation Foundation
• DuPage Monarch Project
• Faith in Place
• League of Women Voters
• Morton Arboretum
• Naperville Astronomical Association
• Prairie Food Co-Op
• River Prairie Group/Sierra Club
• School District 41
• Sustain DuPage
• Sweet Home Organics
• Wild Ones - Greater DuPage
The 2016 Earth Day Celebration is presented in partnership with the Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group and Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission.

Date: Friday, April 22, 2016

Time: 6pm

Location: Maryknoll Park, 845 Pershing Avenue in Glen Ellyn

Fee: FREE to Attend