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Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project - Welcome
EESPs Project Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month, NOTE THE NEW TIME: 9:00 am- 10:00 am; 5533 N. Broadway Check here for any change. The meetings are open. Join us and volunteer to work in your area of interest. _______________________________________
CHICAGO ORDINANCE-BAN PLASTIC BAGS
At the April 9th EESP meeting the members discussed the ordinance presented by Ald. Moreno (1st Ward); to amend the city code to ban the use of plastic carryout bags. Retailers would be required to provide reusable bags (free or for a fee). The intent of the ordinance is to minimize the cost and effort of dealing with discarded plastic bags and to encourage the use of biodegradable and compostable paper bags or reusable bags. The discussion focused on the possible emission of methane when the biodegradable bags were disposed of in landfills vs the fossil fuel content of plastic bags and their longevity in the environment. Similar bans are in force in a number of other cities and countries and have worked well. The Alderman is undecided at this point on supporting this ordinance. The ordinance is scheduled to come out of committee on April 15th and proponents hope for a full council vote on April 30th.
Leslie Fowler, the Director of Nutrition Support Services for the Chicago Public Schools,announced on 1/13/2014, that within 24 months, students will be carrying their food on an “affordable alternative” to Styrofoam food trays at a cost reduced by pooling the purchasing power of six cities With 250,000 students, this will eliminate 35 million styrofoam lunch trays thrown away each year, which is a health hazard & environmental problem.
In addition, Ed Burke (14th) of the Chicago City Council Finance Committee introduced an ordinance banning the use of styrofoam in Chicago under various scenarios. This important ordinance remains in committee and more work needs to be done to finalize the wording and get the votes for approval. ____________________________________________
SUSTAINABLE CHICAGO 2015 ACTION AGENDA
The Sustainable Chicago Plan is organized into seven categories deemedcritical to the city'a sustainability. It sets twenty-four specific goals; & identifies actions needed to reach those goals by 2015. The seven sustainability categories are related – success in one can lead to or amplify success in another.
For More details on the Chicago 2015 Action Agenda click this link: http://www.chicagosustainability.org
(See Parks & Greening for a map and the body of our 2013 position paper)
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Minimizing current demand while conserving resources for future generations. ___________________________________________
EESP Focus Areas:
US DoE-Energy Savers
PHARMACEUTICAL DISPOSAL DROP BOXES AVAILABLE IN EVERY CHICAGO POLICE STATION
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in partnership with the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced that its pharmaceutical disposal drop box program is now available at all Chicago police stations to allow for the proper disposal of expired & unused prescription over-the-counter drugs.
"Discarding our medication responsibly protects our waterways, our environment and our neighbors," said CDPH Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D. "Now that our drop boxes are available citywide, residents can stop throwing their medicine in the trash or down the drain & instead dispose of them in a safe & convenient way." Available year round 24-hours daily, Chicago's pharmaceutical disposal program offers residents a convenient & environmentally friendly alternative. The main goals of the program are to help avoid unintended use; reduce or prevent recreational pharmaceutical use & keep contaminants out of our waste water and public waterways.
By using the police facilities as drop-off locations, controlled substances can be deposited safely & destroyed under the observation of law enforcement officials. Pharmaceuticals (non-controlled substances) also can be brought to the city's Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility at 1150 N. North Branch Street.
Renewable Energy Links
Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)
Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA)
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Wind Power
Clean Air Links
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