Friday, February 19, 2016

Spring Eco Calendar

Find more details by following links () to the sponsoring organizations.  See also Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group’s Facebook page.

Event Listing:

April 2 (Elgin) – Meet lawmakers in an informal setting, Legislative Solar Social, ISEA

April 5 (Wheaton) – 10th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge for High School Students, SCARCE

April 5 (Wheaton) – Learn about residential solar energy, registration suggested Wheaton Public Library

April 7 (Glen Ellyn)  Earth Friendly Yards
Glen Ellyn Park District

April 7 (Carol Stream)  Program about sustainable butterfly gardening, DuPage Organic Garden Club

April 9 (Naperville)  Solar energy class, PV 101: Introduction to PhotovoltaicsIllinois Solar Energy Association

April 13 (Chicago)  showing of the highly-regarded film Catching the Sun→ ISEA

 April 20 (Wheaton) – Succession Planning and Body Smart Gardening, →Sweet Home Organics

April 20 (Wheaton) – Spring Kickoff Volunteer Meeting, The Gardenworks Project

April 21 (Springfield)  Sign up for Environmental Lobby Day, Illinois Environmental Council

April 21 (Wheaton)  Stormwater From the Ground Up, a presentation by Krista Grimm, League of Women Voters of Wheaton

April 22 (Glen Ellyn) – Our Earth Day Festival returns! This annual event is co-sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District, the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission, and Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group.  New location -Maryknoll Park!  The theme this year is Sustainable Landscaping, Glen Ellyn Park District

April 23 (Glen Ellyn)  First of a series of workdays at Glacial Ridge Forest Preserve, Sierra Club Outings

April 28 (Elmhurst)  Program, Clean Power, Clean JobsElmhurst Public Library

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,

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

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

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

Learn more about solar energy,  Illinois Solar Energy Association calendar

Sierra Club service projects and outings, Sierra Club Illinois Chapter

Spring gardening and horticulture classes (Lisle), The Morton Arboretum

Permaculture classes (Naperville), The Resiliency Institute

Outdoor preservation activities, Churchill Woods Protectors

Organic gardening classes (various locations), Sweet Home Organics

County-wide event listing, Cool DuPage

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Community Trees Program

Do you have historic, notable, BIG trees in your community?
Do you know about the Illinois Big Tree Registry?
Do you want to recognize and protect these living legends?


Every community has large, special trees hidden away - or right in the parkway! These trees should to be celebrated. This FREE workshop gives an overview of the Illinois Big Tree Registry program, the nomination process, and certification process. In addition, we will share information about protecting and preserving trees in your community. This workshop has been approved for 3.5 ISA CEU's.

February 24, at The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, 8:30 a.m. to noon
February 25, at McHenry Municipal Center, McHenry, IL, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Bring a sack lunch and stay until 2:00 p.m. to learn and practice measurement techniques. This information is provided by Beth Corrigan of the Morton Arboretum. Register for this FREE workshop by email to Beth Corrigan at

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Updated eco events listing

Eco Events Calendar:

February 17 (Naperville) - Lecture, Climate Disruption: Science Based Evidence of What You Need to KnowLWV of Naperville.  The speaker will be Doug Sisterson, of Argonne; see a video of him speaking at TedxNaperville.

Featured event - Plight of the Pollinator | Feb. 23 at 7pm
Learn more about the simple, easy things that can be done to help pollinators at an upcoming free program sponsored by the DuPage Monarch Project, River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club and Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission. "Plight of the Pollinator" will be presented by Andre Copeland, Interpretative Programs Manager of the Chicago Zoological Society at Brookfield Zoo on Tuesday, February 23 at 7pm.  Location: Glen Ellyn Public Library. Registration is not required

February 25 (Downers Grove) - Green Watershed Workshop for the East Branch DuPage River Watershed, DuPage County

February  27 (Wheaton) - DuPage Engineers Week at IIT's Rice Campus

March 3 (Lombard) - Winter Membership & Awards Luncheon, topic: Regional Sustainable Food Systems, The Conservation Foundation

March 4-6 (various locations) - One Earth Film Fest 

March 5 - Square Foot Gardening program, Sweet Home Organics

March 6 (Elmhurst) - One Earth Film Fest showing of The Human Experiment, sponsored by Elmhurst Cool Cities

March 19 (Batavia) - Earth Hour observance and activities, Batavia Park District 

April 5 (Wheaton) - 10th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge for High School Students, SCARCE

April 5 (Wheaton) - Solar Energy 101, Wheaton Public Library

April 22 (Glen Ellyn) - Earth Day festival, Glen Ellyn Park District 
This annual event is co-sponsored by the Park District, the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission, and Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group - details coming soon!