Do you know what the most irrigated crop in America is? Why is Lake Michigan at its lowest level in recorded history? What can you do in your own home and garden to protect Lake Michigan, our most precious asset?
Join us for “Rain Water, Lake Water, Bioswales and Native Plants,” the next in a series of “Why Green Matters Here” workshops, Monday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m., at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf, 2nd Floor.
Hear from some of the top experts in the field: 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. Our experts will inform us about the threats posed to Lake Michigan and tell us about the innovative initiatives underway to protect the Lake, our most precious asset.
We will also tell you what you can do to protect our Lake in particular and the environment in general. Members of the 49th Ward Green Corps Action Team will provide hands-on demonstrations of composting; vermi-composting; rain barrel installation; and home-made, earth-friendly cleaning products.
And our friends from the Gethsemane Garden Center will show us specific native plants that you can use in your garden. We will also be raffling a $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE from the Gethsemane Garden Center.
Once again, I wish to express my thanks to our sponsors, Whole Foods, Dominick’s, and Greenmaker Supply who have generously underwritten the cost of this great workshop series.
For a complete schedule of the “Why Green Matters Here” workshops, scroll down to the bottom of this e-mail.
Please feel free to post it in your building, the businesses you frequent, your place of worship, etc.
I look forward to seeing you this Monday, February 25th, and the following five Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse.
P.S. If you know of a young person who’s interested in business and the environment, don’t forget to attend tonight’s informational meeting for the “Nat Cap” Club, a new sustainable business club for teens. The meeting takes place tonight, Thursday, February 21st, 6:30 p.m. at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview.
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” and RogersParkParents.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