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Updated 21-Oct-2014

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, November 5th, 7:30pm - 8:45pm, Lower Level of the LaGrange Public Library.


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Spotlight on Sustainability

Fall is Still Farmers Market Time!


Summertime is the best time to get fresh local produce directly from the farmers. Listed below are some that are in La Grange and surrounding neighborhoods.  You can see the Chicago Tribune’s complete list of all area farmer’s markets and descriptions here.
 

Mondays

  • Hinsdale: Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave., 7am -1pm, June 3-Oct. 14

Tuesdays

  • Lemont: Talcott and Stephen streets, 8am - 1pm, June 4-Oct. 29

Wednesdays

  • Elmhurst: York and Vallette streets, 7am -1pm, June 5 -Oct. 30
  • Lombard: Yorktown, Butterfield Road and Highland Avenue. 3pm - 7pm, June 5-Sept. 4
  • Riverside: Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, 2:30 - 7pm, June 5-Oct. 2

Thursdays

  • Burr Ridge: Burr Ridge Village Center, 701 Village Center Drive, off County Line Road South, 10am -2pm, June 13-Sept. 12
  • La Grange: La Grange Road and Cossitt Avenue, 7am -1pm, May 9-Oct. 24
  • Westmont: Cass and Burlington avenues, 4 - 8pm, June 6-Aug. 29 (no market July 4)
  • Western Springs: French Market, Hillgrove Avenue between Lawn Street and Grand Avenue, 2 - 7pm, May 2-Oct. 24

Fridays

  • Glen Ellyn: French Market, 400 Main St., 8am -1pm, May 24-Oct. 25

Weekends

  • Brookfield: Village Hall parking lot, 8820 Brookfield Ave., 8am -1pm Saturdays, June 1-Oct. 26
  • Downers Grove: Main Street train station at Burlington Avenue, 7am -12:30pm Saturdays, May 11-Oct. 19
  • Lisle: French Market, Metra parking lot between Spencer and Center streets, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 4-Oct. 26
  • Oak Park: 460 Lake St., 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, May 18-Oct. 26
     

Go Green LaGrange Tours the Chicago Center for Green Technology


On July 17th, members of GGL toured The Chicago Center for Green Technology. CCGT is the first rehabilitated municipal building in the nation to receive the LEED® Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley dedicated the building in 2002 and it has gone on to become a national model for sustainable design and technology.

The tour covered highlights such as energy efficient heating, cooling, and lighting, vehicle emission reduction measures, solar technology and a greenhouse, a green roof, bioswales with native plants, permeable paving, and water conservation using cisterns and a retention pond. The Center also maintains a comprehensive Green design center with lots of information regarding methods and materials.

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Green News and Information

LaGrange Leaf Recycling to Start on October 6th

The Village’s fall leaf pick-up program will start Monday, Oct. 6, and continue through to Nov. 26. Leaves will generally be collected every other week by the Public Works Department from each Village street. Leaves may be raked to the curb and street gutters to be removed by the Village’s Public Works Department. Read details here.


Chicago’s Green Festival returns to the Chicago Navy Pier October 24th, 25th and 26th!

For the past 13 years, Green Festival has been committed to helping people in America find solutions to make our families and communities healthier – socially, economically and environmentally. Join us at the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the country and celebrate the best in green living. Details here.


Time to Rake Those Leaves? Think Again...

Don't send your precious leaves to the curb! You can mulch them and add them to your lawn, vegetable garden, flower beds, or compost pile. If you have lots of trees or native plants, you won't even have to mulch the leaves--they can protect and feed the soil right where they fall. This year, make it easy on yourself and the planet! Read all about it here.


Fracking Bill Dies in the Illinois Legislature

A bill that sought to make radical changes to the “Fracking” bill passed last year died at the last minute in the Illinois State Legislature. This means that, for now, it will not be possible for energy companies to get around the rule-making process the bill requires. Rule-making is expected to be time consuming, so this defeat is considered to be a victory for groups opposed to Fracking. Read the Sierra Club story here. And read the Chicago Tribune story 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
Center for Neighborhood Technology
League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area
Illinois Sierra Club
SCARCE
Safer Pest Control Project
Environment Illinois
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