There are many ways each of us can make a positive difference in our community. We can work with our Village, library, schools and Park District to create a more sustainable community so that our residents are healthier, our lake is cleaner, our air is clearer and our open lands are available for generations to come.
Local politics matter. Learn about all the candidates running for office, then help spread the word about those who support green initiatives. The League of Women Voters of Wilmette organizes Candidate Forums and creates a Voters’ Guide, both of which are good resources for our local elections. Attend the forums, ask candidates questions and then vote. Policy matters – on the local level as well as state, federal and global.
Our Village is run by a very capable staff and by residents who volunteer to serve on the many boards, commissions and committees in our Village. These groups make many of the important decisions that impact the environmental health of our community. Run for public office or encourage excellent candidates who value protecting the environment to do so. Consider serving Wilmette by volunteering for the Village, our schools, our library and our Park District.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD
Stop by the Listening Post at the Farmers Markets and talk to our elected officials and managers about issues you think need attention. Don’t miss our “Conversations with Policy Makers” at our annual environmental event, Going Green Matters. Communicate with our elected officials when you have a concern or a suggestion. Send emails, write letters and consider submitting a letter to our local papers. Contact information for all Wilmette public officials is on the Village, Park District, District 39 Schools and Library websites.
Follow important environmental issues and attend public meetings when new ordinances are being discussed or decided (for example, Village Board, Zoning Commission, Park Board and Environmental & Energy Commission meetings). Submit or present your views so that our elected officials hear our voices. Urge them to support actions that will help our community and the planet.
Shopping in Wilmette saves time and gas and supports our local businesses. For a full list of Wilmette and Kenilworth businesses, see the Chamber of Commerce Shopping Directory. To learn more about local merchants who have qualified for Go Green Wilmette’s Business Partners for a Greener Wilmette.
FREQUENT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKETS
The Wilmette Farmers Market, located at the Wilmette Metra Station, opens every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm from the first Saturday in May to the last Saturday in October. The market offers a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheeses, meats and pastries as well as crafts items. There are a growing number of farmers bringing organic produce to our market and many of the non-organic farmers follow responsible growing practices. Go Green Wilmette has a booth at the market three times each year. It is an opportunity to stop by and hear about important issues and upcoming events, and learn about opportunities to participate in our activities. Neighboring communities also have local markets, some that run all year round. Learn more about Evanston’s Farmers Markets.
The Go Green Wilmette web site and calendar is a great resource for finding out about relevant community issues, programs and events. Check it regularly for frequent updates. Sign up for our bi-monthly newsletter or our weekly updates. The Village of Wilmette also supports a variety of green initatives.
USE OUR LIBRARY
The library has many resources to learn more about environmental issues. Search their collection for documentaries, books and magazines. The librarians are always ready to provide additional help. The library hosts environmental programs and book discussions throughout the year in their Greener Choices Series. Check the library calendar and our programs and events. You can donate used books to the Books Down Under Learn more about the library’s many green initiatives.
SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS
All our schools have environmental awareness committees and school gardens. You can get involved by contacting your PTO. Learn more…
Get outside and play in one of our many beautiful parks. You may also help restore native habitat so that our parks provide an even more inviting home for birds and butterflies. Contact us to learn more about Parks & Nature opportunities.