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
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.
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.
Harper School 4th graders visited a Wilmette home with solar panels for a lesson in clean, renewable energy. They learned about solar thermal systems for hot water and solar photovoltaic systems for electricity from two solar experts. Contact us if you’d like to join the “sunshine revolution.”
This spring GGW has:
- Hosted 1,400 people at Going Green Matters
- Recycled 50+ ice rink liners,totaling 3,600 pounds of plastic
- Sold 1,179 native plants and shrubs
- Reached 1,600 households with our newsletter