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Oct. eNews:  Clean Rivers, How to Go Solar, Energy Saving Challenge

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10 Steps to Going Solar


Alan and Crystal Prechel have 29 solar panels, 3 kids, 4 chickens, and 2 electric cars. In his own words, Alan tells us what we need to know about going Solar, helping us learn from his Solar successes and failures.

READ MORE HERE.
 

Tree Tours for Block Parties

Walk along with the 800 block of South Kenilworth on a parkway tree tour led by Gordon Waldron of The Learning Gardens. Plus, learn the best thing you can do to help your parkway trees live long, healthy lives.

 


Our Future Rivers

Jump in for a swim! "Our Great Rivers" is an ambitious plan to make the Chicago, DesPlaines, and Calument Rivers free of litter, odors, and toxins by 2040. And there's more. . . .
(Photo by Ted Glasoe Photography)

READ MORE HERE.
 

Can You Meet Our Energy Challenge?

Learn how the Casey family reduced their electricity consumption by 17% and natural gas by 9% during the past 12 months. Can you beat their results?
 

Part of the One Earth Film Festival



Open to students from college age to third grade
with cash prizes from $75 to $500 in each category--
college, high school, middle school and elementary school.

Create a well-researched 3 to 8 minute film or a short, 45-second animation
on one of 6 specific issues related to climate change and sustainability
(energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems).

Submissions due January 15, 2017.


GET MORE DETAILS HERE.
 
 
Announcing
Young Filmmakers Workshops!

At The Depot, 401 Thatcher Ave., in
River Forest. Cost is $30 for residents,
and $35 for non-residents.


For Grades 3 to 5
12 to 2:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 4 and 11

Register here with code 2216.221


For Grades 6 to 8 
3 to 5:30 p.m.
Sundays, December 4 and 11

Register here with code 2216.220


Important: Bring an iPad or tablet, if possible. MORE INFO HERE.
 
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:

Kids from Ontario tell us how to stop climate change.
 

 

 

GREEN GUIDES FALL GATHERING
 


10 a.m. OR 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
Oak Park Main Library
834 Lake St., Oak Park


Learn about energy saving conservation opportunities, including
free energy audits. Share stories and strategies for building resilience 
with your block, building or organization. For more details,
go here.


Bring a friend!
RSVP HERE
 
                                                    

Upcoming Community and Regional Events


Sunday, Oct. 16, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., The Power of Observation: Making and Keeping a Nature Journal/Sketchbook, at Dominican University, The Priory, Room 259, 7200 W. Division St., in River Forest. Led by children's book author Sallie Wolf and sponsored by West Cook Wild Ones.  More here.

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 to 7 p.m., Building Green Lecture Series, at Austin Gardens, 167 Forest, in Oak Park. Learn the best ways to save energy and be environmentally friendly. Cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Register here. 

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7 to 9 p.m., Moroccan-Inspired Fair Trade Dinner, at Read It & Eat, 2142 N. Halsted St., in Chicago. Join Community Dining for a meal prepared by Chef Ronak Patel while discussing the ethical and economic consequences of Fair Trade. More info here.

More events at Forest Preserves of Cook County as well as Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory.


Sunday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m., Big Year Birding Field Trip, at Miller Meadow North, 8300-8374 W. Roosevelt Rd. in Forest Park. This is an owling walk. Register with Henry Griffin at trumpetswan@comcast.net.

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2 to 3 p.m., Fermented Foods Demystified, at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., in Oak Park. Cheryl Munoz and Dr. Paul Schattauer talk about fermentation.Cost is $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents. Register here.

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. OR 7 p.m., Green Guides Fall Gathering, at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., in Oak Park. Learn about free energy audits and energy saving conservation opportunities. RSVP here and bring a friend! 

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12 to 6 to 7:30 p.m., Winter Weatherization, at Austin Gardens Center, 167 Forest Ave. in Oak Park. Learn how to decrease your heating bill and help the environment. Each participant will leave with a winterization kit. Cost is $30 for residents and $45 for non-residents. Register here.

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