How green is your workplace? The 2008 Bicycle Commuter Challenge is now open to all companies who want to compete to be the most environmentally friendly company in Chicagoland. Sign up now at www.biketraffic.org/commuterchallenge.
Companies competing in the Bicycle Commuter Challenge strive to earn the highest percentage of employees biking for part or all of . . . → Read More: Join the 2008 Bicycle Commuter Challenge, June 7-13
Kevin Walsh of Chicago Peak Oil recommends The Story of Stuff, calling it “a great animated movie, which can be downloaded for free, that shows the story of resources from extraction, production, distribution, consumption to disposal.”
Illinois Rain Garden Initiative The Illinois Rain Garden Initiative is designed to empower students and communities to confront local flooding concerns, restore native Illinois prairie habitats, and learn about green solutions to storm water management. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office will award 22 grants of $500 each to plant rain gardens. Eligible organizations include public institutions, . . . → Read More: Opportunities and grant programs in Illinois
Emily Rothenberg posted this in an earlier comment thread about taking action on food safety:
Worked on a campaign called BioETHICS2006 last year, all about food policy around GMO’s and genetically-engineered meats and dairy. It’s so scary that they’ve done that – what a step backwards, gosh. Feel free to visit www.genewise.org if you are . . . → Read More: More on Food Safety
C3 Leader Elizabeth Wyman says:
Whether you eat meat or not, here’s a little something you may want to read this from the Consumers Union (Consumer Reports).
In late December, the FDA decided that milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat. This means that within a few . . . → Read More: Not in Your Food?
168 Elm Ave. – One Drop at a Time
This Web page describes the principles of innovative and responsible treatment of rain water in and around the home garden. The treatments are organized into seven subjects or stations: 1) the green roof, 2) the rain barrels, 3) the porous pavement, 4) the rain gardens, 5) . . . → Read More: Great Website About Home Rain Water Solutions
Carla Winterbottom shares this chance to chat more globally…
From Anthropocentrism to Ecocentrism: Making the Shift
You are invited to EcoRes Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to the free exchange of knowledge and ideas concerning society and climate change, invites you to join us for the first in a series of online e-conferences . . . → Read More: Online E-Conference: 14-30 April 2007
From Julie Peterson (C3 class of Fall ’06) at Beyond Today:
Dear C3 friends:
I’d like to invite you to join the Chicago Environment Meetup group. I just took it over with the intention of helping to get people out there at these events. Take a peek.
And here’s a great list of environmental . . . → Read More: Meetups and Calendars
…for TWO Greenest Cities.
See WorldChanging.com for what’s happening in Los Angeles.
Mayor Villaraigosa has made it one of his goals to transform Los Angeles into “the greenest big city in America.”
Looks like we’ve got our work cut out for us here in Chicago.
Join the WorldChanging.com team in Chicago?
From Gapers Block:
The Green Exchange, Logan Square’s proposed “green merchandise mart” has launched its website. Dedicated towards green living, the site offers building plans, an FAQ and a forum to discuss the building and issues surrounding its development.
Here’s a website about “Musings on Sustainable Urban Development & Design”: http://www.ecotectureblog.com/
Home tip from Living Gently Quarterly:
When the price of head lettuce climbs to $2.50 or more per head and the frigid arctic winds are rattling the windows, you can still enjoy freshly grown produce. And, you don’t even have to leave your home. It doesn’t require long-range transportation from warmer or tropical climes nor . . . → Read More: Sprouting: The Winter Garden
drive less. live more.
It’s about providing you with information and real solutions regarding viable and safe travel alternatives to your existing daily commute. It’s about easing congestion in northeastern Illinois by encouraging the use of public transportation and other alternative modes of travel.
Greenmapping.org Check out these online maps that you can use to search through 20 counties in the Chicago region, including Wisconsin and Indiana, and compile layer upon layer of useful information. The map is highly customizable, so you can choose an area by zip code, municipality, county, state or even watershed. Then you are able . . . → Read More: Green Infrastructure Map
Here’s a great way to help the River from home – add a rain barrel to your house. Rain barrels help you conserve water, reduce the amount of water going directly to the sewer system and provide water for your garden.
Friends of the Chicago River board member Grant Crowley has a great offer . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Rainbarrel — FREE BARRELS