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Green Schools: Consortium Negotiates Alternative to Stryofoam
EESP SUPPORTS THIS CPS INITIATIVE
- The Chicago Public Schools joined with New York, LA, Dallas, Miami-Dade & Orange County (Orlando). These school districts were determined to eliminate polystyrene service-ware and replace it with a greener, "healthier" tray that was also cost neutral. Their joint purchasing power gave them sufficient leverage to drive the cost down to a feasible point. A compostable, pulp-based tray should be phased in during Spring, 2015. Details will be forthcoming in the following weeks. We encourage other institutional buyers to follow this example.
IS YOUR HOME ENERGY EFFICIENT?
Interested in helping Edgewater do more energy efficiency retrofits: contact Tom Murphy-email: email@example.com
Get information on how to make your building comfortable while saving money, check the following links for tax credits and rebates.
For residential buildings:
Information for buildings with 2 units & up can be found at:
A booklet with tips on saving energy and money for homes is available to download or purchase at: *http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/energy_savers.pdf
US DoE-Energy Savers
SUSTAINABLE CHICAGO 2015 ACTION AGENDA
The Sustainable Chicago Plan is organized into the following seven categories deemed critical to the city'a sustainability. It identifies actions needed to reach specific goals by 2015.
- 1. Economic Development and Job Creation
- 2. Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
- 3. Transportation Options
- 4. Water and Wastewater
- 5. Parks, Open Space, and Healthy Food
- 6. Waste and Recycling
- 7. Climate Change...
For More details on the Chicago 2015 Action Agenda click this link: http://www.chicagosustainability.org
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EESP Monthly Meeting
EESPs Project Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 9:00 am- 10:00 am; 5533 N. Broadway The meetings are open. Check the volunteer opportunities column for contact info in your area of interest. Note: No December meeting.
Events &Volunteer Opportunities
- Neighborhood Greenscapes - Join this team to foster well-designed, well-tended neighborhood plantings. To participate email: Maya Lea <firstname.lastname@example.org> Goals:
- Re-connect with Edgewater Beautiful
- Form network of garden experts and seek a venue to teach gardening techniques
- Form and hold neighborhood support garden planting rallies (barn-raising type gatherings)
- Work with established garden tours to expand viewings and pride of place in entire community
- Seek public or private funding to provide grants for planting of parkways, rain gardens etc.
- Yard Waste Pick Up Pilot Succesfull EESP promoted pilot via RBCs & informational flyers at local hardware stores. Cleaning & Recycling chairs will work with city for a permanent plan. To participate email: email@example.com
- Climate Change Project Join EESP & work on activities at a grassroots level. Contact Tom Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle Be a Blue Cart captain or volunteer for Clean & Green events. Contact Ginger Williams: ginger@48thWard.org
- Senn Park Advisory Council Help plan renovations for this multi-purpose park complex Email: email@example.com Check the Senn Advisory Council facebook page
- Gateway Garden at Ridge & Hollywood
- Volunteer to help. Contact Dewey Howell: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ongoing Projects
- Illinois Environmental Council EESP is a member of IEC
- Edgewater Reads Little Library EESP funded at Senn Park's Thorndale Garden.
- West Ridge Nature Preserve 20+ local woodland acres. EESP's Comeau, Murphy & Metzger are PAC members
ILLINOIS ENVIRONMENTAL LEGISLATION PASSED IN 2014
State Senator Heather Steans, 7th District Sponsored or Co-Sponsored the following environmental measures
- SB2727 Bans microbeads in cosmetics, (they escape water treatment systems & collect in the Great Lakes)
- SB2966 Directs DNB and local agencies to report on the causes & effects of urban flooding, with Chicago as a focus.
- SB3049 Adds the gray wolf, American black bear and cougar to the list of protected species that may not be hunted, captured, possessed (with specific exceptions).
- HB2427 Illinois Power Agency will do a one-time, supplemental procurement of solar energy credits of up to $30 million in money held in Renewable Energy Resources Fund.
- SB2780 Allowed more types of water pollution projects (including stormwater runoff treatment) to qualify for financial assistance.
- In 2013: HB2335 Relaxed legislation of composting operations to encourage urban composting.
GOAL: A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
By minimizing current demand while conserving resources for future generations.
EESP Focus Areas:
- Youth Outreach & Involvement - Activities, Tours & Presentations
- Information Source on Sustainable Issues – Fact Sheets; Educational Information; Legislative Issues
- Multi-Media Publicity for Public Action & Education
- EESP will be one of the Edgewater community's leading advocates for environmental issues
- EESP volunteers will collaborate with other like minded community groups, schools & universities, businesses and faith groups in Edgewater and in the Chicago area.
EESP Project Blueprint [Here]
Renewable Energy-Google Map
EESP Awards & Recognition
- Chicago GreenWorks Community Leadership Award
- 7th State Senate District Community Leaders Award
- Friends of the Park - EESP Development
- Keep Chicago Beautiful "Community Vision" Award
- Illinois State Senate Proclamation for Community Service
- National Wildlife Federation - Thorndale Community Garden Certified as Wildlife Habitat
- EESPs Little Free Library in the Senn Parks Thorndale Garden registered in the official National Network of Little Free Libraries (EESPs LFL recognized as an initiative for Youth Outreach with a focus on environmental readings)
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