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Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project - Welcome
EESPs Project Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 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 PUBLIC SCHOOLS DECISION ON NO STYROFOAM TRAYS
Leslie Fowler, the Director of Nutrition Support Services for Chicago 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. EESP supports this decision and will monitor the progress of CPS. ____________________________________________
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.
For More details on the Chicago 2015 Action Agenda click this link: http://www.chicagosustainability.org __________________________________________
Information on programs to make your building more comfortable while saving money, 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
EESP Focus Areas:
US DoE-Energy Savers
PHARMACEUTICAL DISPOSAL DROP BOXES
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) 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 prescriptions & 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, [this] 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.
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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