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Glen Ellyn Earth Day Symposium

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Actionable ideas for improving the environment in 2021 from your own backyard. Speakers: Conservation Foundation, Morton Arboretum, and more

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Join this online event sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District and the Glen Ellyn Environmental Commission. Guest speakers include the Conservation Foundation, the Morton Arboretum, and Groot.

Admission is free but capacity is limited to the first 100 registrants

Symposium Schedule

1:00pm Keynote Presentation

1:45pm Breakout Session A (choose 1)

  • Urban Forest Stewardship
  • Landscaping for Birds & Pollinators
  • Creating Darker Skies
  • Stormwater Solutions

2:30pm Breakout Session B (choose 1)

  • Natural Lawn Care: Health and Environmental Impacts
  • Recycling Basics & Curbside Composting
  • Urban Forest Stewardship
  • Stormwater Solutions

3:15pm Breakout Session C (choose 1)

  • Creating Darker Skies
  • Landscaping for Birds & Pollinators
  • Organic Lawn Care: the Science and Strategies
  • Recycling Basics & Curbside Composting

Each breakout session is offered twice during the afternoon.

Missed a session? All sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants for post-event viewing.

Symposium Presentations

Keynote: Conservation @ Home

Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation

Invite nature into your yard and get certified! The Conservation @ Home program is all about creating eco-friendly yards. The "typical" property can easily be improved to help reduce water run-off, increase wildlife habitat, and improve the soil. Benefits include reducing your water and chemical use, less lawn mowing, control of invasive species, and supporting local wildlife. Learn about the certification process. Plant lists and help will be available, along with a scheduled yard visit to get you started.

Presentation at 1:00pm

Creating Darker Skies

Adam Kreuzer, Delegate with International Dark Sky Association

Learn what you can do at home to reduce outdoor light pollution. Excessive light at night negatively impacts your health, our wildlife friends and our ecosystems. It wastes energy and money and contributes to global warming. It also diminishes our ability to see the stars and planets that inspire us! Adam will guide us to what fixtures, bulbs and other measures we should consider to save and protect our beautiful night sky.

Breakout Sessions at 1:45pm and 3:15pm

Landscaping for Birds & Pollinators

Denis Kania, DuPage Birding Club and Instructor with The Morton Arboretum

You’ve made the decision to landscape for nature, but how we landscape and the features in our yards can have varying levels of benefit for local wildlife. Both bird and insect populations are declining, but collectively we can make small changes at home that have positive environmental impacts. Learn about the right plants, trees and shrubs that attract pollinators and provide food and shelter for birds. Learn what management practices will enhance the quality of your yard as a home for critical species.

Breakout Sessions at 1:45pm and 3:15pm

Natural Lawn Care

Ryan Anderson of Midwest Grows Green

Jeff Swano of Dig Right In Landscaping

2:30pm Our nation uses a lot of pesticides, fertilizers, and water to maintain its largest irrigated crop: turfgrass. In this presentation, Midwest Grows Green’s Ryan Anderson covers the far-reaching environmental and health effects of the US lawn & garden sector and the need to follow the cost-effective, more biologically sound approach of natural lawn care.

3:15pm Jeff Swano, President of Dig Right In Landscaping presents the "Organic Lawn Care: the Science and Strategies". With more than 13 years of technical experience providing organic yard care services, Jeff and his team of soil scientists have developed the state-of-the-art organic lawn care techniques. This presentation covers the pros and cons of traditional lawn care practices, and practical advice for you to transition your lawn using organic practices and products.

Recycling Basics & Curbside Composting

Bart Visser of Groot Recycling and Waste Connections

Get your recycling questions answered. Learn what you can and should recycle, the prep needed before you toss things into your curbside container, ideas to reduce waste, and information about the curbside composting program.

Breakout Sessions at 2:30pm and 3:15pm

Urban Forest Stewardship: Native Tree Selection & Community Engagement

Trinity Pierce, Stewardship Coordinator, Chicago Region Trees Initiative based out of The Morton Arboretum

Our urban forest needs you! With over 150 million trees in the 7-county Chicago region, our urban forest is an invaluable living heritage in need of your protection and care. Learn more about the different tree species that make up our urban forest, the importance of diversity in selecting native species, and different ways to engage others in stewardship to ensure a sustainable future.

Breakout Sessions at 1:45pm and 2:30pm

Water Management & Stormwater Solutions at Home

Jan Roehll of The Conservation Foundation

Amy McKenna, Stormwater Engineer with the Village of Glen Ellyn

This educational program will help you discover a variety of techniques to help you tackle those tricky wet areas in your yard through the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, permeable pavers, drywells and the selection and use of native plants to solve problem areas in your yard. For those do-it-yourselfers, find out what permits are needed and the Village codes for some of these site developments.

Breakout Sessions at 1:45pm and 2:30pm

Missed a session? All sessions will be recorded and made available for post-event viewing.


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