Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Eco-activities and news for DuPage County

There is a lot going on in Glen Ellyn and surrounding suburbs.  Here is  a sampler of upcoming  events and news items.

Cool Calendar:

November 20 - Prairie Food Coop offers its first public forum in Lombard to learn about what a food coop store is and how to become an owner.

November 23 - Naperville Astronomical Association open house at Astronomy Education Center in Naperville.  Look through large amateur telescopes (weather permitting), NAA stargazing.

November 27 - Deadline for energy efficiency grants for schools, Illinois State Board of Education.

November 30 - This Thanksgiving, you can recycle cooking oil in Glen Ellyn.  For other locations, see the list posted on the SCARCE web site.

December 8 - Ten Thousand Villages fundraiser for Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters, shopping from 12-4 pm. - new location.

December 14 - Next restoration work day at Glen Ellyn Park district

Various dates - DuPage Forest Preserve Restoration workdays and progress tours.

News items:

Illinois DNR proposes new hydraulic fracturing rules for oil and gas wells.  The photo above shows Jennifer Hensley of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club explaining the new fracking laws at the Glen Ellyn Civic Center during a recent Sierra Club River Prairie Group program.

The Conservation Foundation announces a new preserve.

Illinois is more energy efficient than you might think, at least when compared to other states, ACEEE.  But for renewable energy sources like solar to really take off, we need to fix the rules, veto session update

Shop local.  Due to growing demand, Glen Ellyn has a second electric vehicle charging station in its central business district, map  Naperville has them also.

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