Update: Oak Park residents voice strong support for green energy PLUS how to Opt for Green (Energy)

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Oak Park Residents Voice Strong Support for Green Energy

Oak Park residents packed the house to send a message to Village trustees: We want green energy back!

Citizens came out in full force to voice support for green energy at the Oak Park Village Board meeting on Monday, April 21. The audience filled all the seats, sat in the aisles, stood at the back of the room and even went up into the balcony. Participants let the Village Board know that they disagreed with the decision to go with a brown energy supplier for Oak Park's municipal aggregation electricity program.  They pointed out the climate impact of continued fossil fuel use, clearly a key concern for many in the room.  It was a powerful and inspiring experience for residents and trustees alike.

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Updates on Oak Park’s Energy Aggregation Program OPTIONS

On April 11, 2014, the Village of Oak Park selected a fossil-based energy plan as the primary energy default for its residents.  However, residents who act by MAY 8 will be able to select a renewable energy alternative at one tenth of a cent per kilowatt hour more than the "brown" (fossil fuel) option. For the average energy user in Oak Park, this rate is about 91 cents more per month.

More information about opting out of brown and into the green plan is available from the Village of Oak Park here. 

Green Community Connections has created an information hub regarding the energy aggregation issue.  Please visit the page here.

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Upcoming Community and Regional Events

Green Tuesday Series: Tuesday, April 29, 7:00pm, Oak Park Public Library. Free:  Green Campuses:  Models for Green Cities - Cynthia Klein-Banai, UIC - Using greenhouse gas inventory and ecological footprint to measure progress towards sustainability goals.

Repair Café:  Sat., Apr. 26, 10am - 2pm, Oak Park Senior Citizens Center, 414 S. Oak Park Ave.,  Oak Park 

Oak Park EarthFest: Sat., Apr. 26, 10am - 2pm, t
he Village of Oak Park’s fifth annual celebration of green living. Oak Park Public Works Building, 201 South Blvd, Oak Park.
Recycling Extravaganza: Sat., May 3, 8am - 1pm, River Forest United Methodist Church, 7970 Lake Street, River Forest.

25th Annual Plant Sale: Sat., May 3, 8am - 4pm and Sun., May 4, Noon to 3pm,
 Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St, Oak Park.

Save the date:  Interfaith Green Network, Working Forum for Green Teams:  Congregation Green Teams are invited to participate in a presentation by Gary Cuneen on PlanItGreen sustainability plan strategies that congregations are encouraged to work on to help achieve our communities goals.  The presentation will be followed by small group sessions and information on house of worship energy efficiency program.

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