From Edgewater 2020
Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project - Welcome
_______________________________________ EESPs Project Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 8:00 am-9:00 am; 5533 N. Broadway Check here for any change. The meetings are open. _______________________________________
COURAGOUS CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS DECISION ON NO STYROFOAM TRAYS
On January 13th, Leslie Fowler, the Director of Nutrition Support Services for the Chicago Public Schools,announced 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
An ordinance is currently in the Chicago City Council Finance Committee banning the use of styrofoam in Chicago under various scenarios. Last month when Finance Chairman Edward Burke (14th) introduced the legislation, he commented at that time,that more than 250,000 CPS students use Styrofoam food trays every day. That means Chicago landfills get 35 million lunch trays thrown away every year, which is not only wasteful but ultimately an environmental and health hazard. This important ordinance remains in committee and more work needs to be done to finalize the wording and get the votes for approval. But the CPS announcement is a huge step forward. ____________________________________________
SUSTAINABLE CHICAGO 2015 ACTION AGENDA
Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the above action plan. "Sustainable Chicago is organized into seven categories critical to the sustainability of the city. It sets twenty-four specific goals and identifies key actions to take to reach those goals by 2015. It is a clear commitment of what government needs to and will do. It is also a roadmap for how Chicagoans, at home and at work, can get involved. The seven sustainability categories are related and reinforce each other – 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 ____________________________________________
US DoE-Energy Savers
(See Parks & Greening for body of position paper)
– Activities; Tours, Presentations
Planning, Development & Transportation
Air & Water
Parks and Green Spaces
Cleaning the Neighborhood
Education & Public Awareness
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 citywide accessibility for the proper disposal of expired & unused prescription and 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 to flushing medicines into the wastewater stream or placing them in municipal landfills. The main goals of the program are to help avoid unintended use, reduce or prevent recreational pharmaceutical use and to keep contaminants out of our waste water and public waterways.
By using the police facilities as a drop-off location, controlled substances can be deposited safely & destroyed under the observation of sworn 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.
Links to Renewable Energy Resources & Information
Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)
Illinois Renewable Energy Association (IREA)
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Illinois Wind Power
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