Go Green Wilmette works closely with the Village of Wilmette in the following ways:
The Village of Wilmette co-sponsors our biggest event, the annual environmental fair Going Green Matters, which is held each March. We also work with the Village on business recycling, Stryofoam collection and other projects through out the year.
OBSERVE AND SPEAK UP
Our board members watch the agendas for public meetings so that observers can be sent to listen and speak up when environmental issues are discussed. We have participated in the development of the Lakefront Master Plan. Go Green Wilmette played an active part in trying to get our Village Trustees to support renewable energy for the community for the electrical aggregation program. We also took great interest in the resolution of the right-of-way at the end of Elmwood Avenue and were pleased to help with the restoration of what is now Wilmette’s Elmwood Dunes.
Go Green Wilmette members communicate with staff, Trustees and Commissioners in person or in writing about environmental issues. We bring their attention to programs we have learned about that have worked well in other communities. On issues of particular importance, we submit a statement of endorsement for a particular point of view (eg, selecting renewable energy versus fossil fuels for the aggregate) or signed petitions that signify the depth of support in the community for a particular issue (eg, opposing the Park District’s proposed 6 foot fence for South Beach). We share our ideas with elected officials and managers at the “Listening Post” each Saturday at the local farmers market.
At election time, we submit a series of questions to candidates and publish their responses as a means of helping the voting public decide who will best represent their views.
We participate in many local events like the Wilmette French Market (our local farmers market) and Summerfest (the annual Chamber of Commerce sidewalk and street fair). Our booths are well stocked with information about upcoming educational programs; food issues like avoiding endangered fish or pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables; better options for leaf blowers; where to recycle household goods; and so much more.