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Updated 2-18-2015

Go Green La Grange! is a group of volunteers who live in and around La Grange, Illinois, and who care about the environment and sustainable living. We’re everyday people who believe that it’s possible to make great strides by providing folks with the information they need to do the right thing.

Please Join Us! We meet on the first Wednesday of each month on the lower level of the LaGrange Public Library. Our Next Meeting - Wednesday, March 4th, 7:30pm - 8:45pm, Lower Level of the LaGrange Public Library.

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Spotlight on Sustainability

GGL Visits The Plant On Chicago’s Southwest Side

From time to time, Go Green LaGrange likes to get out of the house. In the past we have visited the Hodgkins trash recycling transfer point, and the Center for Green Technology. On January 31st, it was The Plant on Chicago’s Southwest Side, a sustainable business incubator and aquaponics farm site.

From its beginnings as a 93,500 s.f. meatpacking facility, The Plant is being converted into a net-zero energy food business incubator. A complex and highly interrelated system, The Plant hosts indoor demonstration farms and educational facilities operated by Plant Chicago, NFP, and incubates sustainable food businesses by offering permanent tenant spaces at low rent and low energy costs through Bubbly Dynamics, LLC. The Plant functions under what’s known as a social enterprise model. This means there is a non-profit business, Plant Chicago, NFP, and for-profit business, Bubbly Dynamics, who work together to operate The Plant, and both are aimed at socially and environmentally responsible goals.

The press has noticed - there’s a great video here, and lots more press coverage here.

It’s BAACCK - The Keystone XL Pipeline

Now that the election is over, legislators and others are again advocating approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada to the United States.  Some legislators argue that the pipeline creates jobs, and that the benefit of cheaper gasoline outweighs the environmental costs associatedtar-sands-before-after with obtaining and refining the oil.  However, many of them are not considering the long-term costs of using tar sand oil for gasoline.  These include increased pollution of our land, air, and water--our vital natural resources.  The increased pollution also diminishes the health of our citizens and leads to higher health care costs.

Below are links to some articles describing the negative effects of tar sand oil, but you can do your own research.  There is a lot of information on the Internet about this controversial source of energy.  Please take the time to become informed on this important issue.  It affects all of us. You can contact your senator by following this link.

Green News and Information

New Naperville Hazardous Waste Facility Opens This Week

The City of Naperville will open its new regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility on Saturday, Feb. 21, giving area residents a larger, more efficient location to dispose of unwanted household chemicals, batteries, paint and other hazardous waste. The facility is located at 156 Fort Hill Drive, just north of the Department of Public Works building at Fort Hill Drive and Jefferson Avenue. Details here.

Go Green LaGrange Publishes Updated Waste Reduction Guide

Go Green LaGrange proudly announces its updated Waste Reduction Guide! Want to know where to recycle almost anything locally? This is the place. Download the guide here.

Composting Can Reduce Your Trash Volume and Improve Your Garden

More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Interested? The EPA has lots of information here.

Check Out This Blog That Focuses on Sustainability

CustomMade Products, a Boston company focusing on new products has put together a very nice blog about sustainable Surroundings, Living, and Industry. Have a look at their site.

Local Resident Seeks LEED Certification for New Home
The Lewendowski family decided they wanted to build a LEED certified home - the first in La Grange. It’s been a long, strange trip, but it’s happening! You can read about their plans and progress to date on their blog.

EPA Site Provides Resources for Living Green
Our actions impact the environment. Today we realize that each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. We all need to take ownership of environmental protection. EPA has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint. Learn more at EPA's Sustainability site.

Thinking Green
Our interactive blog for assessing the science behind the debate. Current resources for Climate Modeling, Alternative Energy Options, and Green Economics - links to current work that tries to set the record straight.

Our Friends

La Grange Village Site
La Grange Public Library
Environment Illinois
League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area
Illinois Sierra Club
Safer Pest Control Project

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