GO GREEN WILMETTE was founded in 2006 in Wilmette, Illinois. Our mission is to raise environmental awareness in the Wilmette community and to inspire residents to take action to make a difference. We believe that individual choices matter and that our collective efforts can change our community for the better.
Go Green Wilmette works with residents, schools, the Park District, the Library, the Village, local businesses and nearby communities to achieve our goals. We organize campaigns and projects that make Wilmette a healthier place to live. We serve as a resource to the community and to other environmental organizations on the north shore. We offer educational seminars, film showings, book discussions, and gatherings and activities throughout the year. Our largest event is the annual environmental fair, Going Green Matters, that is held on the second Sunday in March.
Board of Directors
|Beth Drucker, President
Resident of Wilmette since 1988. Helped found GGW in 2006. Chairs the organization’s annual environmental fair, Going Green Matters. Helped establish and volunteers in D39 school gardens. Co-facilitates Go Green Illinois, a consortium of north suburban environmental organizations. Serves on the D39 Sustainability Working Group, the New Trier High School Sustainability Committee and Bike Wilmette.
Favorite way to Go Green: Traveling by train and bicycle
|Margaret Martin-Heaton, Vice-President
Resident of Wilmette since 1997. Oversees publicity, recycling and public enquiries. Serves as vice-chair of the organization’s annual environmental fair, Going Green Matters. Works with local business on green practices. Enjoys ceramics, gardening, reading, classical and jazz music, and seasonal outdoor activities.
Favorite way to Go Green: Walk or bike to local destinations
|Tina Schultz, Treasurer
Resident of Wilmette since 1991. Recently retired from a 30 year career in public accounting. Serves as GGW website content manager. Enjoys playing tennis, reading, cooking, and enjoying our beautiful community.
Favorite way to Go Green: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse as much as possible
|Trudy Gibbs, Secretary
Wilmette resident since 1972, recently moved to Northfield. Trained as microbiologist (University of Chicago), now retired from career as a medical writer/editor. Active with League of Women Voters-Wilmette and early adopter of solar panels. Enjoys gardening and all things outdoors.
Favorite way to Go Green: Downsizing and purchasing restraint
Wilmette resident since 1994. Created and chairs both the Alternative Yard Tour and the Tree Walk. Board member of the Women's Exchange in Winnetka. Volunteer at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Tree-keeper with Openlands, and founder of Go Green Lahore, Pakistan. Enjoys international travel, gardening, yoga, writing and hiking.
Favorite way to Go Green: Promoting sustainable gardening and natural yards
Wilmette resident since early 1980s. Retired professor of English and Reading at Harold Washington College in Chicago. Currently serving second term as a board member of the Wilmette Public Library. Serves as the liaison between GGW and the Library’s “Greener Choices” community education programs. Special passions are renewable energy and clean water.
Favorite way to Go Green: Supporting programs to create a healthier, greener Wilmette
Resident of Wilmette since birth. Grew up in a house with solar panels, compost bins and rain barrels, which led her to become an activist for the environment today. Works part-time as a Sr. Business Analyst in the financial industry. Serves as the liaison with local school districts to help them adopt sustainable practices and environmental education, as well as serves on the New Trier High School Sustainability Committee. Enjoys playing softball, volleyball, dancing, reading and sharing her knowledge around how to live a greener life.
Favorite way to Go Green: Riding a bike around town
After interning at GGW from January 2015, became a board member in May 2016. Works full time for the Nature Conservancy of Illinois as a Development Assistant on the operations team. Serves by connecting with the community and local businesses through fundraisers and managing Go Green Wilmette's social media presence. Enjoys canoeing, biking, and hiking.
Favorite way to Go Green: Composting
|Karen Glennemeier, Ph.D.
Resident of Wilmette since 2007. A Conservation Ecologist from the University of Michigan, spends her professional hours restoring wetland habitat in our local forest preserves with the Shedd Aquarium. Works with residents and Park District staff to create more natural habitat in Wilmette. Serves on the board of the Ouilmette Foundation for the Parks. Loves reading, playing music, and anything that gets her outdoors.
Favorite way to Go Green: Growing vegetables and native plants
Wilmette resident since 1992. Retired Ordained Minister and Pastoral Counselor. Guides canoeing and camping trips through her company, Women’s Time Out. Other interests: natural gardens, photography, Gillson Beach, participating with spiritual or small environmental groups.
Favorite way to Go Green: Paddling my canoe with a few companions
|Anne Nagle, M.D.
Resident of Wilmette since 1995. As a physician, very committed to promoting safe opportunities for walking and bicycling as a means to one’s best health. 2017 recipient of America Walks Walking College Fellowship program: a program that promotes walking and walkable communities across the United States and Canada. Enjoys vegetable gardening and cooking from it, kayaking, and baking. Science Olympiad anatomy coach at Marie Murphy School.
Favorite way to Go Green: Spending time in nature
Resident of Wilmette from 1995-2016. Active volunteer in the local schools and sports organizations. Currently actively involved with the League of Women Voters-Wilmette. Enjoys paddle tennis, reading, hiking and traveling.
Favorite way to Go Green: Garden for all the native birds, bugs and butterflies
|Ruthie Gold -- Intern
A native to New York, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. After teaching high school sciences in Maryland, moved to Chicago in 2015. Currently the Student Engagement Coordinator at the Garfield Park Conservatory, where she manages all school, youth, and adult group visits, develops content for teachers, and supervises the teen docent program.. Enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, traveling, and rock climbing.
Favorite way to Go Green: Recently began composting...it's the best!
GO GREEN WILMETTE
TOP TEN ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR 2016
- Produced Going Green Matters, our environmental fair that involves nearly 1,200 participants. Increased our resources by securing $20,000 in sponsorships for the event allowing us to donate 500 LED bulbs to attendees and 500 LED bulbs to low-income households in Chicagoland.
- Provided more than 25 public education programs including movies, field trips, bird walks, speakers and discussions.
- Organized a natural lawn care campaign that included our Native Plant Sale, Alternative Yard Tour, a Tree Walk, distribution of pesticide-free yard signs, coal-tar sealant awareness and continued efforts to increase enforcement of the leaf blower restrictions.
- Collaborated with the Wilmette Citizens for Active Transportation to make Wilmette a better place to walk and bike. Co-sponsored the Active By Design Summit that was attended by more than 300 people from 18 communities.
- Worked with local schools to increase environmental awareness. Continued our efforts to encourage local schools to develop and meet sustainability goals.
- Facilitated the Consortium of North Suburban Environmental Groups (CONSEG) — an organization founded by GGW to promote sustainability efforts in 18 North Shore communities. Initiated the creation of a CONSEG website.
- Raised $2,000 through our first community fundraiser event.
- Recruited and led more than 50 volunteers in planting bird habitat at Gillson Park, joining nearly 300 other people to plant nearly 20,000 native plants.
- Supported the sustainability efforts of our Village and monitored the work of the Wilmette Environmental and Energy Commission.
- Improved communication through increased use of the Go Green Wilmette website, Facebook, and Twitter account; and benefited from many positive news stories.