sustainability

Oak Park/River Forest Resilient Communities Forum

Oak Park/River Forest Resilient Communities Forum

On Wednesday, Jan. 31, the Oak Park and River Forest area residents are invited to participate in the Resilient Communities Forum. We will hear first-hand how nations and communities are addressing the challenges of climate change, and explore practical ways in which we can make a real impact locally. The event takes place from 6:30-8:30 pm, at the 19th Century Club, 178 Forest Ave in Oak Park, IL.

Free Sustainable Food Class for High School Students

Free Sustainable Food Class for High School Students

A free sustainable food class for high school students will run throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays from June 8 to July 27, at Triton College in River Grove. Faculty and community gardeners from Triton's Horticulture/Sustainable Agriculture department will teach the class by utilizing a new greenhouse and garden on the east side of 5th Avenue.

Immediate Opening for Development Coordinator

Immediate Opening for Development Coordinator

The Development Coordinator will be responsible for leading a comprehensive program to identify, cultivate, and solicit funds to support Green Community Connections (GCC) programs with a primary emphasis on the One Earth Film Festival. This leadership position is responsible for designing and implementing strategies to achieve annual fundraising goals and develop relationships with donors and prospects.

Town Hall Meeting on Moving Toward Clean Energy

Town Hall Meeting on Moving Toward Clean Energy

Wondering how to make your home and neighborhood more energy-efficient? Interested in getting solar and other clean energy projects off the ground, or in getting jobs in the industry?

You are invited to an informal town hall meeting about local and state clean energy initiatives and how they are translating into jobs in energy and sustainability. You will hear the latest from your elected officials and speakers from environmental groups advocating for clean energy. Afterwards, you'll have a chance to exchange ideas and opinions with the experts.

Halfway Through the Plan!

Halfway Through the Plan!

The PlanItGreen Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest – was created through compiling baseline data and holding many community forums, led by Seven Generations Ahead in collaboration with the Delta Institute.  The planning was funded primarily by the Oak Park River Forest Community Foundation’s Communityworks Endowment Fund. Communityworks has three priority areas, including Environmental Sustainability.  PlanItGreen was established as a 10 year plan in this area, beginning in 2011. Thus, we are half-way through the Plan.

One Earth Film Festival Receives Recognition from the City of Chicago

One Earth Film Festival Receives Recognition from the City of Chicago

One Earth Film Festival is proud and honored to be recognized by Karen Weigert,  chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago, as a regional leader for sustainability. The festival's growth over the past four years has pushed the event beyond the borders of Oak Park and River Forest, establishing a strong presence in Chicago and throughout the greater Chicago area. This expansion demonstrates that interest and participation in solution-oriented discussion and action is growing and that change, truly is possible.