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Be inspired by your neighbors and learn new ideas! Bike, walk or carpool with friends and family to visit great examples of what real people are doing to create sustainable community. Recommended donation for the tour is $10 (volunteers and students free), and covers up to 3 one-hour tours, numerous drop-in sites, as well as the Harvest Picnic. Please register for each Tour or Drop-in site that you plan to visit by indicating the number of people that will be in your party. Space is limited at some sites, so please reserve your space now. We hope you enjoy your day with us! Please see the Green Community Connections web site (http://greencommunityconnections.org/green-living-learning-tour-2013) for updates and more details about the tour.

2013 Green Living & Learning Tour, presented by Green Community Connections

Green Community Connections

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM

2013 Green Living & Learning Tour, presented by Green...

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Donate to this event and become a GCC SUSTAINABILITY SPONSOR
For this event, the suggested donation is $10, with students and volunteers free. Thank you for helping to fund the Green Living and Learning Tour 2013! If you donate $10 or more now, you will be recognized on the Green Community Connections website as a "Sustainability Sponsor" (please leave us a comment during checkout here if you do not want your name published). Your donation will help fund GCC programming throughout the year, including the 2014 One Earth Film Festival where your name will be in the printed event program. Thank you for joining us in supporting sustainability!
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TOUR #1: River Forest Passive House. 1pm; 1430 Jackson, River Forest   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #2: Certified Wildlife Habitat. 1pm; 1165 Wenonah, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #3: 0% Rainwater Runoff! 1pm; 630 N Marion, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #4: Ecological Design...+Bees! 2:30pm; 807 Forest Ave, River Forest   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #5: Simple Solutions. 2:30pm; 214 S Elmwood, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #6: Eco-conscious Home was Effort of Local Experts. 2:30pm; 634 Clinton Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #7: Grey Matters. 4pm; 165 N Taylor Ave., Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #8: Frank Lloyd Wright Home with Geothermal. 4pm; 534 N East Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
TOUR #9: Save $/Increase Comfort/Decrease Carbon Footprint. 4pm; 616 Wenonah, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (A): Repair Café. Noon-2pm; Learning Center Oak Park Arms .414 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (B): Cheney Mansion Native Gardens. Noon-3pm/Tour at 1pm; 220 N Euclid Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (C): Bicycle Safety & Biking Support. 1-3pm; 105 S. Marion, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (D): Going Green in a Condo. 2-4:30pm; 166 N Humphrey Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (E): Native Landscapes Mini Tour with Wild Ones! 2:30pm; Cheney Mansion, 220 N Euclid Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (F): Raising Tilapia & Making Wine. 2-4:30pm; 1009 W Madison, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (G): Mini Solar House Noon-4pm; Corner of Forest & Lake, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (H): Save $ on Water. 2-4:30pm; 714 N Grove Ave, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  
DROP-IN (I): Kids Explore Bees, Butterflies & Worms. 3-4:30pm; River Forest Library, 735 Lathrop, River Forest   more info Ended Free  
HARVEST PICNIC. Hosted by Sugar Beet Co-op. 5:00-7:00pm; Northwest Corner of Field Park, Oak Park   more info Ended Free  

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Event Details

Saturday, Sept 28, 2013

Oak Park & River Forest, IL

Green Living & Learning Tour – be inspired by your neighbors & learn new ideas!

Join us on September 28th for a day of discovering the thriving, resilient, sustainable community we have in Oak Park and River Forest!!  Seize this opportunity to learn about sustainable living right in your community by touring green sites, asking questions and learning skills to do it yourself!  Bring your whole family and end the day at the Harvest Picnic hosted by Sugar Beet Co-op for food, music, games, more fun learning opportunities and camaraderie.

 The Green Living & Learning Tour is a great opportunity to:

  • Listen to the stories of your neighbors as they describe their green initiatives, their implementation experiences, and the results of their work.
  • Learn about practical, everyday ways to apply ecological principles
  • Speak with knowledgeable resource persons and homeowners
  • Meet like-minded neighbors

Event schedule:

12 noon – 4:30 pm Visit up to three of nine one-hour guided site tours and/or any of nine drop-in sites.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm  Harvest Picnic in Oak Park's Field Park (Berkshire & Woodbine)

Focused on four Sustainability Plan priorities

The Green Living & Learning Tour will be focused on 4 priority topic areas of OP/RF’s Sustainability Plan (PlanItGreen) which are highlighted in the tour visits and in “how to” skill-building opportunities. 

Energy:  We are moving toward renewable sources of energy for heating, cooling and transportation, and we use energy efficiently in our homes and buildings!


Waste Reduction:  In nature there is no waste and there is no “away”  — so we reduce, reuse, and recycle everything!  We are moving towards “zero waste!”


Water:  We value our water as an essential resource that supports life, so we conserve it, we support the natural water cycle and we keep toxic substances out of our water supply.


Food:  We are transitioning to a food system in which our food is produced locally & ethically; and we work to provide and promote local, healthy food available year round.


ALSO:  Learn about Native Eco-Systems

 

Share your ideas, volunteer, participate!

Planning is underway now, and volunteers are needed for the day of the event.   Visit our  website for more information about volunteering:  http://greencommunityconnections.org/green-living-learning-tour-2013/volunteers/

 

Contact for Questions and Additional Information

Judith Hamje at 708.357.8345 or jhamje@gmail.com.

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Various Locations in Oak Park and River Forest, IL



Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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Organizer

Green Community Connections

Green Community Connections is a deep-roots organization devoted to creating a sustainable future in the Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois area.  We work together to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable community locally, and we strive to be an environmental leader in the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Our mission is to develop a deeper understanding of natural systems, build community, and inspire change that promotes sustainability at the family, organizational and public policy levels. 

Our Initiatives

FilmFest-logo-HiRes4One Earth Film Festival

In 2015 Green Community Connections will host the fourth annual One Earth Film Festival in Chicago, Oak Park, River Forest, Forest Park, Berwyn & River Grove, March 6-8.  One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest's premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement through sustainability-themed films and facilitated discussion.  We engage private, public and non-profit sector community partners in the sponsorship and production of the film festival.  

 One Earth...Our Earth! Young Filmmakers ContestYoung Filmmakers Contest

In conjunction with the 2014 film festival, Green Community Connections sponsored the second annual Young Filmmakers Contest.  The contest was created with the goal of engaging the youth in the discussion about sustainability issues and getting them thinking about solutions. 

 

GLT2013-Logo-greenGreen Living & Learning Tour

The Green Living & Learning Tour is a great opportunity for Oak Park and River Forest residents to share what they are doing to make their lives more sustainable with innovative green initiatives.  Participants see first hand practical, everyday ways to apply ecological principles, and they can ask questions of knowledgeable resource persons and homeowners. 

 

Web & Social Media Connections

Green Community Connections' web site, e-newsletter and social media pages will keep you informed about sustainability initiatives and events in the Oak Park and River Forest area.  We also are a resource for tips and ideas that can make your home and way of life more sustainable.

 

To stay informed and get connected:

Green Community Connections is what we make it together.  Sign up now to stay informed and be involved!

Visit our website:   www.greencommunityconnections.org

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Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GCC_Sustain

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