DOE News and Opportunities, May 2008

Department of Environment News and Opportunities – May 2008
- May 10: Smart Home Green + Wired
– May 10: Green Your Closets and Drawers
– May 15: Daley Plaza Farmers Market
– May 17: Clean and Green
– May 17-18: Green Festival
– May 17-18: Great Chicago Places and Spaces Tour

Smart Home Green + Wired
– Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
– Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. and Lake Shore Drive

Check out the Museum of Science and Industry’s 3-story modular sustainable home, learn about the Chicago Green Home Remodeling Series and pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb, while supplies last. For more information on the Smart Home Green + Wired, visit

Green Your Closet and Drawers
– Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– Donations accepted at: Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.; North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.; St. Ailbe’s Church, 93rd and Stony Island.

Bring in your used clothes and eyeglasses to be reused by the Lion’s Club and the Salvation Army and receive a green gift, available while supplies last.

Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market
– Thursday, May 15, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Fill your produce bags with fresh fruits and vegetables at the first Daley Plaza Farmers Market of the season. For more information, visit

Green Festival
– Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18
– Navy Pier

Come celebrate what’s working in our communities, hear from environmental speakers and check out vendors for the latest in the green movement. Visit the Chicago Department of Environment exhibit to learn how you can reduce your environmental footprint. For more information, visit

Great Chicago Places and Spaces Tour

– Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18
– Locations throughout Chicago

Come explore Chicago’s rich heritage in architecture and design during the 10th Annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces celebration. This is a weekend dedicated to architecture and design that offers more than 200 free tours of Chicago and it’s neighborhoods given by prominent architecture, design specialists and community leaders. Most walking tours are outside, please dress accordingly. For more information, visit

Mayor Daley’s Clean and Green

– Saturday, May 17
– Locations throughout Chicago

Community groups throughout Chicago can make an immediate difference in their neighborhood by volunteering for Mayor Daley’s Spring Clean & Green Day. For the past 20 years, Chicagoans like yourself have teamed up with community groups and the City of Chicago to help beautify your communities by cleaning up and recycling accumulated litter and trash. The City provides materials. For more information or to register, call 3-1-1.