Andersonville Composting Pilot Program

Andersonville, you are officially invited to participate in a first of its kind community compost pilot program.

In Chicago over 30% of our waste could be diverted through composting. Many large cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Austin, and now New York have set forth initiatives to start citywide composting in order to reduce the overfilling of landfills, cut methane gas pollution, and support area agriculture.

eco-Andersonville is partnering with Better Bag, the Chicago Resource Center, and Loyola University Chicago to offer this unique service at an affordable price to the entire neighborhood.  Over the next month they will be working to sign up as many residents and businesses as possible to take advantage of this program. Their goal being to set the model and provide the data needed to eventually roll out compost collection city wide. The more people and the more businesses we sign up the more affordable they can make this program.

To start off the program all residents within the boundaries of Lawrence, Ravenswood, Broadway, Ridge and Peterson will be able to receive a 5 gallon collection bucket at $3.00 per pick-up.

Andersonville Businesses can receive collection beginning at $15.00 per tote pick-up, with ample opportunity for lower prices as more businesses choose to participate.  Businesses can choose between 32 gallon, 60 gallon, and 96 gallon totes at no extra charge.

The plan to implement a pilot program for composting in Andersonville will start September 30th.

Once you have registered, you are encouraged towill be able to sign up for one-on-one training or group demonstrations that will be held throughout Andersonville.

Below are a list of valuable resources:
RSVP here.

Click here to see if you are eligible to participate.

Interested in the City of Chicago’s composting ordinance, check it out here.

Learn more about bokashi composting here.

Learn more about Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program here.
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Symphony of the Soil

Chicago Premiere of Symphony of the Soil at Facets Cinémathèque

Symphony of the Soil opens Friday, October 4 and runs through Thursday, October 10 at Facets Cinémathèque

Director Deborah Koons Garcia will be present for a QandA post screening on Friday (10/4), Saturday (10/5) and Sunday (10/6) evening programs.

Symphony of the Soil is a new feature-length documentary from Deborah Koons Garcia (The Future of Food) that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, from climate change, to dead zones, to feeding an ever increasing world population.

Advance tickets available from the Facets Cinémathèque here.

For more information about Symphony of the Soil or to follow on Facebook and Twiiter:

http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com

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Green Apple Day of Service – Sign Up Today!

Green Apple BannerThe 2013 Green Apple Day of Service is quickly approaching!  What are your plans?  This fall, the US Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter is inviting schools and volunteers to join this international initiative.  Participants will support a local campus sustainability project in September-October, build new connections, and earn community service or credential maintenance hours.  Check out our Project Suggestions and Sign Up Today!