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Updated 3-20-2015

Hey Kids - Enter the Go Green Lagrange Green Video Contest!


Kids Video Pic (696x393)Wednesday, April 22nd, is Earth Day and it is time to show your support for a clean and healthy planet!  Go Green La Grange is asking students in any grade to make a video 3 minutes or less showing what people in the La Grange area can do to help the environment.  Students can team up with friends or with members of their eco clubs or scout groups to make the video.  Go Green La Grange will award an earth-friendly prize to the creators of the video that best inspires people to protect the planet.

Please submit your video entry to info@gogreenlagrange.org by midnight on Sunday, April 19, 2015 and let's make a difference in our community.

GGL Visits The Plant

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.
 

Green News and Information

New Naperville Hazardous Waste Facility Is Now Open

The City of Naperville has opened its new regional Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility, 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.

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition Urges Lawmakers to Increase Renewable Energy in Illinois

Members of the recently-formed Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition stood with state lawmakers who introduced a bipartisan bill in Springfield that would create 32,000 jobs per year across Illinois once the standards called for in the bill are fully implemented - on top of the 100,000 clean energy jobs that already exist in the state. Read the story here.


Green Earth Institute Hosts Green Earth Fair On Sunday, May 3rd

This educational and fun event will include speakers, exhibits, music, food, kids' activities, tours, cooking demonstrations, and our ever-popular plant sale of organic vegetable seedlings. Details here.


Dupage Forest Preserve District Native Plants Sale

The Native-plant Sale will be open on Friday, May 8th from 9am to 7pm and on Saturday, May 9th from 9am to 4pm at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W 31st Street in Oak Brook. Presale orders must be placed by Thursday, April 30, 2015.  Presale orders will be pulled and ready for pick up on Thursday, May 7th 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Payment is due at pick up.  Any orders not picked up will be returned to inventory. Details and on-line ordering here.


Save the Prairie Restoration Work Day Scheduled for April 4th

Join other volunteers for a Restoration Work Days this Spring! The first work day is scheduled for April 4th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Wolf Road Prairie on the corner of Wolf Rd. and 31st St. in Westchester. Please dress for warmer weather (sunscreen, bug spray, work shoes/boots, long pants, etc. Please no sandals/open toed shoes, shorts, etc). 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.


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.

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