What can you do to help save the planet and live a more environmentally conscious and sustainable life?
I am pleased to announce a unique series of workshops–“Why Green Matters Here”–that will help answer that question. Beginning Monday, February 18th, 6:30 p.m., at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd Floor, and continuing for the next six Monday evenings, members of the 49th Ward Green Corps and I will show you how together we can make the 49th Ward a more sustainable and livable community.
We kick off the series on Monday, February 18th with “An Urgent Call: Local Actions for Global Solutions,” a workshop that examines how our daily activities affect the global environment. Presented by Pam and Lan Richart, co-directors of the Eco-Justice Collaborative, the workshop will explore what our neighborhood might look like in the future if we adopt more environmentally sustainable practices, both individually and as a community.
To obtain a complete schedule of the “Why Green Matters Here” workshops, scroll down to the bottom of this e-mail.
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You can also visit my website at www.ward49.com on the GREEN CORPS page.
Leading the workshop series will be members of the 49th Ward Green Corps Leadership Circle. This is a group of environmental leaders who reside in the community or have long ties to our neighborhood and who have volunteered their time to give direction, provide expertise, and support the work of the Green Corps Action Team. I simply can’t thank them enough for their hard work and commitment to our community.
Supporting this workshop series will be many members of the 49th Ward Green Corps Action Team. These are residents like yourself who have taken the time to engage in environmental stewardship training provided by the City of Chicago’s Department of the Environment Conservation Corps and who have banded together to work on making the 49th Ward a more sustainable and livable community. They’ll be providing demonstrations throughout the workshop series on things like how to install a rain barrel at your home, how to compost in your apartment, how to weatherize your home and how to make your own earth-friendly cleaning products for just pennies.
Come meet these wonderful neighbors, and join the movement to save our planet and improve our community. The workshops are free. We’ll be raffling off prizes and giving away a few goodies.
The 49th Ward Green Corps and I wish to express our thanks to our sponsors, Whole Foods, Dominick’s, and Greenmaker Supply who have helped us make this great series of events free to all.
I look forward to seeing you Monday, February 18th, and the following six Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse on the 2nd Floor.
WHY GREEN MATTERS HERE.
MONDAY NIGHTS at 6:30 PM
Loyola Park Fieldhouse 2nd Floor
1230 W. Greenleaf at the Lake
FREE ADMISSION – GIVEAWAYS & RAFFLES!
Presented by Alderman Joe Moore’s
49th Ward Green Corps Leadership Circle Members
Feb 18 An Urgent Call: Local Actions for Global Solutions
What is the link between our daily actions and the environmental challenges we face as a world community? What might our future look like locally if we stay the course? Learn why your actions and the choices that you make today CAN make a difference, and how you can join your friends and neighbors to make the 49th Ward a more sustainable community!
Presented by Pam and Lan Richart, Co-Directors, Eco-Justice Collaborative
Feb 25 Rain Water, Lake Water, Bioswales & Native Plants
Do you know what the most irrigated crop is in America? Is Lake Michigan now at its lowest level in recorded history? Learn what is happening in our community and what you can do to help.
Co-Presented by Bill Eyring of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner and Ann Whelan, founder of the Loyola Park Beach Dune Restoration Project.
Mar 3 Green Parenting 101
Lifestyle options and consumer choices for parents and other family members with an emphasis on baby and child health and on reducing impact on the planet.
Presented by Manda Aufochs Gillespie, new parent and author of “The Green Mama Blog” andRogersParkParents.com.
Mar 10 Recycling & Composting
Learn how to recycle and compost in your home, whether you live in an apartment, a single family home or a large building. Learn where the City of Chicago is heading with recycling and what you can do to make sure your recyclable materials don’t end up in a dump!
Co-Presented by Rae Mindock, engineer and Primary Consultant for the Chicago Multi-Unit Recycling Study Project; Betsy Vandercook, President of the Chicago Recycling Coalition and Chief of Staff to Alderman Joe Moore and Mike Erickson, 49th Ward Streets & Sanitation Superintendent.
Mar 17 Simple Things You Can Do to Green Your Home
Save money and go green! Affordable do-it-yourself ways to green your home and an introduction to the products available for homeowners and renters alike.
Co-Presented by Green Corps Action Team member Dane Watkins and Claudia Regojo, owner ofGreenmaker Supply.
Mar 24 Food Choices for Healthy Bodies and a Healthy Planet
From organic gardening on our back porches and in our gardens, to community supported agriculture and the impact of our choices. Come learn and share.
Moderated by Katy Hogan, owner of the Heartland Café, and featuring leaders in Community Supported Agriculture, Fair Trade practices and organics.
Mar 31 You Care. Do Something. We’ll Help.
Alderman Joe Moore’s 49th Ward Green Corps and The City of Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) Programoffer ways for you to learn more, put your passions into practice, make friends and make an impact in your community. Come learn what your neighbors are launching locally and how you can get involved supporting those actions or launching your own action team project.
Presented by the 49th Ward Green Corps Action Team