Our 5th Annual Alternative Yard Tour featuring natural yards attracted nearly 200 visitors from as far away as Hyde Park! Many thanks to our nine hosts and many volunteers who made the day such an enjoyable success. Let us know if you want to be on next year’s tour! View photos from the tour. [Read more…]
The House Appropriations Committee approved full $300 million funding for the important Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that has supported more than 3,000 sensible projects since 2010 to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem and improve infrastructure. The bipartisan House Appropriations Committee votes are in line with the public’s overwhelming support of Great Lakes protections. Learn more here.
New Trier High School is working to reduce food waste! After a successful trial, the District has committed to a full year food compositing pilot on the Freshmen campus in Northfield starting in August. If the pilot goes well, they hope to expand the program to the Winnetka campus in 2018. Kudos to the New Trier Sustainability Committee, Mary Allen of SWANCC and all the Freshmen who did such a great job! Reports were that you could instantly tell which students had composted food in their feeder schools. All 3,600+ District 39 Wilmette students compost food waste every day. Many Kenilworth, Winnetka and Glencoe students also know how to separate food for composting.
ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, was compelled by 62% of shareholders to be more open about the impact of climate change on its business in a “historic” surprise vote recently. The vote to more clearly report how climate change affects Exxon’s business comes as investors are increasingly demanding companies disclose the likely impact of global warming and follows the passing of similar proposals at two smaller energy companies earlier this month. Learn more here.
Thanks to the Village of Winnetka and The Winnetka Park District, there is now a brand new bicycle rack installed on the Green Bay Trail near the bridge over Winnetka Avenue. This will make it easier for both train commuters using the Indian Hill Station and New Trier students and staff to use the trail and lock their bikes near their destination. Getting more people to bicycle to the station and to school, while not increasing car/bike conflicts and potential accidents, is a win-win for all. Spread the word and help get the rack filled everyday!
Before the Flood screenings have drawn large audiences in Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe and Kenilworth, and more screenings are planned. This eye-opening documentary on climate change can move viewers from “a bit concerned” to “ready to take action.” Can YOU arrange for a public screening in your community or a private screening in your home? Contact us for information. View the documentary here. (www.beforetheflood.com/screenings)
The Illinois legislature passed a sweeping, comprehensive new energy bill, one of the most significant state energy legislation passed in the US in decades. The Future Energy Jobs Bill will include:
- At least 4.3 gigawatts of new Illinois wind and solar power – as much capacity as two nuclear power plants and two coal plants combined
- Requirements that Illinois utilities Ameren and ComEd invest $6 billion in energy efficiency over the next decade
- A new Illinois Solar for All program that will invest up to $400 million in new solar projects in economically disadvantaged communities, and train those most in need of good jobs in the clean energy technologies of the future.
Read more here
Go Green Northfield is in formation! Please spread the word to your friends and contacts in Northfield. Join up or find out more contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than twenty people participated in a walk audit in Wilmette with Mark Fenton. (See story on the Active By Design Summit) Interested residents, active transportation advocates, Village trustees, planners, and engineers, and School District 39, Park District and Police Department representatives observed streets, traffic, crossings and intersections and discussed how to make Wilmette a better place to walk and bike.
Nearly 350 volunteers worked with Park District staff and the Ouilmette Foundation for the Parks to plant 20,000 native plants in Gillson Park in an unprecedented show of community spirit. Twenty different community groups provided volunteers, [Read more…]
The Lake Forest Council moves ahead on its sustainability plan. Get the details here: http://jwcdaily.com/2016/08/02/lake-forest-council-moves-ahead-on-sustainability-plan/
The morning storm passed and the sun came out in time for close to 150 visitors that attended the Alternative Yard Tour!
The yards on the tour were carefully selected to illustrate a variety of sustainable gardening ideas for our visitors. This year’s yard tour had examples of pollinator gardens, native gardens, shade gardens, rain gardens, vegetable gardens, rain water runoff solutions and more.
There were clever ideas for people to learn on how a garden can be a haven for butterflies, bees, birds and other pollinators! There were also lots of opportunities to learn about native plants and the benefits that they have for our gardens and the environment. One garden had caterpillar host plants were visitors saw beautiful Black Swallow tail caterpillars! Guests had a chance to learn creative ways of growing vegetables and fruits-including an idea for a roof top garden! At some gardens yard hosts shared information about mitigating rainwater runoff and green infrastructure solutions- an issue that many of the communities are facing. Some yard hosts explained the importance of composting andhow homemade compost can be used to enrich the soil in their own gardens.
It is exciting to see the yard hosts and community members engaged in conversations about sustainable gardening ideas and solutions.All our outstanding yard hosts and volunteers were instrumental in promoting GGW’s mission!!
Go Green Wilmette’s mission is to raise environmental awareness and inspire people to take action. The goals of the Alternative Yard Tour align with GGW’s mission. We hope that through this event we can raise awareness about the value and importance of sustainable gardening and have people be inspired to make environmentally responsible choices in their own back yards.
The Consortium of North Suburban Environmental Groups (CONSEG), consisting of 35 members from sixteen north suburban communities, gathered recently at the Chicago Botanic Garden to learn how to protect and enhance our suburban trees and forests. Best practices and smart policies were shared. Speakers included experts from the Chicago Botanic Garden, the Morton Arboretum and Openlands. If you are interested in starting or joining a TreeKeepers chapter in your community, please contact us.