Go Green Wilmette attends the Wilmette French Farmer’s Market three times during the season, usually once in June, July and September. It’s an opportunity for you to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved. Check our calendar for the dates we will be in attendance and stop by for a visit!
Go Green Wilmette organizes an Alternative Yard Tour each summer highlighting yards that work hard managing storm water, producing healthy organic food, composting food and yard waste, and providing critical native habitat for birds and beneficial insects.
Local gardeners share their passion, experience, and wisdom, and each yard features creative, beautiful and practical ideas that tour guests can put to use to make their own yards more sustainable.
Participants are encouraged to bicycle from one featured yard to another using suggested bike route maps.
Go Green Wilmette partners with the Wilmette Park District to host bird walks each Sunday morning in May at Gillson Park. Migrating birds love Wilmette’s lakefront! Gillson Park is an important place for them to rest and eat on their way north in the spring, and it’s a great place for birders to see many beautiful birds. No experience is necessary, kids are welcome, binoculars are a plus but not essential. Check our Calendar for specific times and dates.
For a listing of birds sited in Gillson Park, see this listing
Go Green Wilmette organizes fun and interesting field trips throughout the year to educate residents about environmental topics. We have toured a landfill and recycling center, a vertical farm and food business incubator, explored a climate change exhibit at The Field Museum, enjoyed the Chicago Flower and Garden Show, voiced our opinions at EPA hearings, swelled the ranks at rallies, listened to inspiring speakers and attended film screenings and conferences together. Sign up for our newsletter and check our web site and calendar frequently to learn about field trip opportunities. Join us!
Go Green Wilmette sponsors a variety of community-focused environmental programs in partnership with the Wilmette Public Library. The programs are included in the library’s Greener Choices Series.
Programs range from climate change (The Climate Reality Project) to gardening (butterfly and vegetable), birding, healthy air and water, the true cost of fashion and many, many more.
All Greener Choices Series events at the library are followed by lively discussions moderated by a Go Green Wilmette board member. Sign up for our newsletter and check our website and calendar frequently for information on upcoming library programs.
Members of Go Green Wilmette helped establish North Shore Green Women in 2013. Working with women from other north shore communities, we modeled this group after Chicago’s Women In Green (WIG) and the two groups are affiliated.
The purpose of the group is to provide opportunities where women working to make the world a greener place can meet to develop sustaining personal relationships and be inspired by each other. Women create connections and share ideas in an informal manner, enjoying old friends and meeting new ones.
North Shore Green Women meets at green venues and hosts spend a few minutes sharing their sustainable practices. If you are interested in being added to the invitation list, please visit the NSGW facebook page.
Go Green Wilmette produces a guide to help residents in the Wilmette area to recycle a variety of goods as efficiently and as locally as possible. The Go Green Wilmette Recycling and Resource Guide for Households and Businesses is updated in March of each year.
Go Green Wilmette also organizes recycling collections throughout the year to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and to divert toxic waste to the proper processing facilities. Our largest event is held at our annual Going Green Matters fair on the second Sunday in March, at which we have collected a large variety of goods, including electronics, bicycles, household batteries, textiles, writing utensils, vases and Styrofoam. In January of each year, a complete list of what we will collect at the fair can be found on our website.
Go Green Wilmette has collected over 158,000 pounds of electronics at Going Green Matters since our campaigns began. Materials have been properly recycled through our carefully selected partners, Vintage Tech Recyclers from 2010 – 2015 and Shore eCycle, in 2016.
Throughout the year, residents have a number of other options for recycling electronics, many of which are listed in Go Green Wilmette’s Recycling Resource Guide and on the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (S.W.A.N.C.C.) website.
Plastic Ice Rink Liners
In April of each year since 2014, we have partnered with Adams Plastics to recycle plastic ice rink liners. Please see our calendar in January to find out about upcoming ice rink liner recycling collections.
Styrofoam, a (#6) plastic, is not accepted in residential recycling programs. To address the sharp increase of Styrofoam refuse after the year-end holidays, we offer a recycling opportunity in late December/early January of each year. Please visit our website in December to find out about upcoming Styrofoam recycling opportunities.
To learn more about Styrofoam, click here.
Throughout the year there are other options for recycling Styrofoam. Residents can take block Styrofoam to Abt Electronics in Glenview, Winnetka Public Works and Highland Park. Winnetka Public Works will also take clean Styrofoam (#6) food trays and containers of all colors.
Styrofoam peanuts are not accepted by any of the above organizations, but UPS stores will take clean peanuts and reuse them. You can keep the peanuts in the box they came in and drop it off at the nearest store.
Each summer, Go Green Wilmette participates in Wilmette’s Summerfest, a two-day event that brings thousands of people into downtown Wilmette. We have an information booth manned by our summer intern and local volunteers. It is an excellent opportunity for us to share information about our campaigns and upcoming events. We also ask passersby for feedback about environmental issues in Wilmette. Stop by and see us at Summerfest this year!
Go Green Wilmette hosts a fall Tree Walk in partnership with the Village of Wilmette and the Wilmette Park District. Wilmette has many beautiful parks with majestic trees, so each year we select a park as the venue for a free, guided tour. The purpose of event is to help people
- Learn to identify trees in their yards, neighborhoods and parks
- Explore the basics of how to protect their trees from environmental stresses
- Know which trees to plant in their yards
- Discover the benefits of native tree species
Each year Go Green Wilmette marches in the annual Holiday Parade on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. We carry signs with environmental tips, display energy efficient cars, rides bikes and scooters and pass out information to spectators. We encourage school green teams and families with children to join us. The highlight is our “Plastic Bag Monster” that reminds people to use tote bags.