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On Feb. 1, 2017, Go Green Glencoe and Grab the Wheel had more than 80 people attend the screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s film Before the Flood at the Glencoe Union Church. The documentary explores the topic of climate change, and what must be done today to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. Margie Kelly, Strategic Communications Manager from NRDC led a discussion following the film.
We had a packed house at the Glencoe Public Library on Tuesday, May 17 to hear Public Trust expert Jeffrey P. Smith, former General Counsel to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will address the question “Where Can We Legally Walk on the Illinois Shore?”
Jeffrey gave a comprehensive history and context for a complicated issue about who owns what and what are the Public’s rights in Illinois to have access to Lake Michigan shores.
Experience the wonder of metamorphosis by raising and releasing your own Monarch butterflies. It is a perfect home project for your kids and educational for all. Read more in this detailed how-to guide.
Small Things Add Up!
Are you changing your smoke alarm batteries? Does your printer need a new ink cartridge? Just changed a CFL lightbulb? Are you thinking of replacing your old cell phone? Want to discard some out-of-date vitamins, drugs, or medicine?
It is easy to throw out the small stuff instead of making a special trip to Glencoe’s Recycling Center, but this small stuff adds up, and proper disposal makes a big difference. Why not get organized, and place a container or bag in your garage to collect these small items?
When the container is full, drop it off at the Glencoe Public Works Building, 320 Hazel Ave. any week day. Please drop off medicines across the street at Village Hall, 325 Hazel Ave.
The Glencoe Recycling Center also accepts used electronic equipment by appointment. For contact information, click here.
Making your house weather proof is an easy way to help the planet AND save on utility bills. Energy Impact Illinois is distributing grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund energy efficiency improvement in the Chicago area. Grants are awarded based on energy savings, so larger homes qualify. The organization will do a full audit of your home, including blower-door testing, for $99 and suggest a weatherization plan and qualified contractors. For more information, see http://energyimpactillinois.org/residential/
Half the junk mail delivered in the US is thrown away. We pay $320 million each year to dispose of this unwanted advertising. Transporting junk mail costs $550 million dollars a year and produces more greenhouse gas emissions than 9 million cars. Click here for 7 easy ways to opt out
Cold water is kind to your clothes and saves energy. Today’s washing machines and detergents are more than up to the task of cleaning your clothes with cold water. Since 90% of the energy used for washing is heating the water, the average home can save about 350 lbs of carbon dioxide emissions annually by opting for cold. Take the heat out of your wash! More discussion here.
Zoos, aquariums, national parks, wildlife refuges and nature centers are all homes to wild animals. You can learn about these animals and how people can help them by visiting these places.
One of the best ways to make a difference is to tell someone else how they can help. Ask family members and friends to think about being “green” when they make choices. Together we can make a big difference!