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  Otherwsie, contact SCARCE at 630-545-9710 or to be connected with your local energy advocate

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer eco-events and eco-actions in DuPage County and beyond

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

Upcoming Events:

August 1 (Naperville) - Solar Saturday on the Riverwalk, sponsored by the Naperville Astronomical Society

August 8 (Batavia) - Green Fair on the Fox

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

August 12 (Wheaton) - Perseid meteor star part at Cantigny 

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 (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

The Morton Arboretum Events

Tree ID and Ecology
5 Sundays, July 12-Aug 9, 2015, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois
Enjoy the leafy summer canopy and learn in the shade as you become familiar with the trees common to the woodlands and neighborhoods of the Chicago region at The Morton Arboretum. Learn More.

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.

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!).