October eNews: Order Tickets for One Earth Rocks!; Lead Neighbors in Sustainability; Build with Reclaimed Wood; March for Climate Justice 

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Join in to Help Meet Our 50% Goal

By Lisa Files
PlanItGreen is launching a campaign to make a big reduction in the amount of material we send to the landfill. The PlanItGreen sustainability plan outlines a goal to divert 50 percent of Oak Park and River Forest â€œwaste” away from landfills by 2015 and into compost and recycling, where it becomes a resource.

Right now, Oak Park and River Forest together are diverting 37 percent. That’s not bad, but we believe we can do better – working together – to meet or exceed our goal. That’s where “Green Guides” come in. Central to this initiative will be a new communications network called Green Guides

Learn more about becoming a Green Guide.

Old Wood Made New Again

By Katie Morris
Walking through the doors, it’s easy to see why the ReBuilding Exchange is considered such a hidden gem! The first time that I, an avid do-it-yourselfer, stepped into the warehouse, I almost squealed with delight. Every square inch of space is filled with reusable materials; there are areas designated for lighting, plumbing, windows, doors, etc. My favorite is lumber. Looking at those shelves, it's hard not to feel a connection to the past and imagine the story behind each piece of wood. 

Read more and see Katie's finished table.

Changing the Climate: The Bumpy Road to Paris


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By David Holmquist
Climate activists are preparing to pressure the negotiators and heads of state for decisive action at the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris, France, beginning with worldwide rallies and protests on October 14 (today!). In the Chicago area, the main event will be a climate justice vigil and march beginning at Old St Pat’s Church in the West Loop at 700 W Adams, from 5 to 7 p.m. TODAY. Join folks from Oak Park/River Forest and the many sponsoring groups.

But the real action will start on the day before the opening of the Paris COP. A demonstration on the order of last year’s People’s Climate March—where 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City (pictured above)—is planned for Paris on November 29. Companion events across the globe are in the planning stages. Information on these developments is available on the website of the People’s Climate Movement.
At a “wonkier” level, one can also get involved in Citizens’ Climate Engagement Network, a project of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which is organizing global grassroots participation in the development and negotiation of international climate policy.

Get the full background on the United Nations climate talks here.

Join Us at One Earth Rocks!

Have a Great Time for a Great Cause
Order Your Tickets Today!

Get your Green Groove on for ONE EARTH ROCKS on Friday, November 6, at The Wire in Berwyn. Join us for a concert and party to benefit the One Earth Film Festival. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the program begins at 8 p.m.

The evening will include live music from acclaimed local group The Redmonds, a benefit auction and raffle, film preview for our 5th annual festival in March 2016, and special giveaways from green businesses. Guests can enjoy sustainable spirits, and there will be food for sale from Native Food Café.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased at at the early bird price of $35 before October 30. After that date, tickets are $40 each. 
As creator of the One Earth Film Festival, Green Community Connections believes in the power of film to inform, inspire and transform. Our Keeping It Reel feature curates short videos and feature-length film trailers that focus on a variety of sustainability and environmental issues that affect us all.  

Here is this month's selection:

The documentary “Disruption. Climate. Change.” was produced as a promotional film for last year’s People’s Climate March in New York. It is clear on the science, persuasive on the need for change, and compelling on the importance of social movements. Click to view the trailer.

Upcoming Community and Regional Events

Wednesday, October 14, 5 to 7 p.m., Climate Justice Vigil and Marchbeginning at Old St. Pat's Church, 700 W. Adams, in Chicago. Join the People's Climate Movement Chicago beginning with a vigil and reflection, followed by a march throughout the Loop and West Loop. RSVP here.

Thursday, October 15, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Outdoor Art Night at Thatcher Woods Pavilion, 8030 Chicago Ave., in River Forest. Get in touch with nature and your artistic side with a paint night. For ages 21 and older; BYOB (no glass). More information and registration here.

Friday, October 1610:30 to 11:15 a.m., Free Toddler Nature Explorationat the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Bring your 18 to 30-month old for a story, a hands on activity, and a walk through the conservatory. Color is the theme for October.  More here

Friday, October 16, 12:15 to 1 p.m., Free Preschool Nature Exploration, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Bring your 3 to 5-year-old for a story, a hands on activity, and a walk through the conservatory. Color is the theme for October. More here.

Saturday, October 17, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Midnight Sun Farm Tour in Sandwich, Ill. Tour this working farm and purchase fresh produce for home. Help cut, stack and bind corn shocks. Sponsored by Sugar Beet Food Co-op.  Cost is $12 per member and $15 per non-member. Children ages 17 and under are free. Bring a lunch or order one from Sugar Beet. Register here.

Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m., Autumn Walkbeginning at Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave., in River Forest. Explore the beauty of the changing seasons on a guided walk  through the woods, and near a pond. Register at least two days in advance by calling 708-366-6530. More here.

Sunday, October 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Regional Interfaith Green Team Training at Ascension Catholic Parish, 601 Van Buren St., the Pine Room, in Oak Park. Learn about sustainability resources (such as a free energy audit) available to your house of worship. Register here.

Sunday, October 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Eco-Sensitive Garden Clean-upat Dominican University, 7200 W. Division St., The Priory, Room 259, in River Forest. Join Stephanie Walquist to discuss why we should alter our fall and spring clean-up practices and plan strategies for eco-sensitive maintenance. Learn more here.

Friday, October 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.The Faith & Sustainability Forum, at ICA Greenrise, 4750 N. Sheridan Rd., in Chicago. Exchange stories, ideas, and resources about what faith communities are doing in sustainability. Leave with an action plan for next steps. Cost is $25. Register here.

Monday, October 26, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Deputy Registrar Training, in the large Township Room at 130 S. Oak Park Ave. in Oak Park. Help voters be a part of the democratic process by learning how to register them to vote. Email or call 708-524-0483 before October 22, to be placed on the lis

Wednesday, November 4, 8 to 9:30 a.m., Interfaith Green Network - Annual Breakfast Meeting, at First United Church of Oak Park, in Centennial Hall, 848 Lake Street. Agenda includes report by Gary Cuneen on PlanItGreen's recent scorecard, followed by Alan Taylor speaking on divestment from fossil fuel companies. Both clergy and lay leadership are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Dick Alton (773-344-7172 of by October 28.

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