Taste of Chicago (Grant Park, Now till July 6th)
If you haven’t made your way out to Chicago’s annual food gorge-a-thon, you’ve still got a week. While it may not be the greenest of festivals, there have been efforts to provide more recycling outlets for all the plastic cups and forks used. Cooking oil will also be recycled into biodiesel fuel, of which generators will provide power for some of the entertainment stages.
Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Open ( July 5, 8 am till 3pm., 1150 N. North Branch St.)
Rid your home of unwanted chemicals, paints, and computers and other household materials by bringing them in this Saturday to the City’s permanent facility at 1150 N. North Branch St., 2 blocks east of the Kennedy Expressway at Division St. For a complete list of accepted materials, visit www.cityofchicago.org/Environment and click on “Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility” in the right-hand column.
Green Drinks (July 9, 2008, 5:30–8:30pm, Jefferson Tap & Grill 325 N Jefferson Chicago, IL 60661)
Don’t miss this Green Drinks meeting as they have a panel discussion with some of Chicago’s top green Entrepreneurs . The topic is Sustainable Chicago Entrepreneurs: After the Start-Up
L.A.T.E. Ride (Grant Park, July 12-13)
Friends of the Parks is sponsoring the twentieth anniversary of this all-night bike riding affair. Join 10,000 other bikers as you pedal 25 miles throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods and lakefront. Proceeds benefit the creation of new Chicago parks as well as better management of resources, not to mention your own cardiovascular system. Check out www.lateride.org to sign up.
Sustainability & the City: A Panel Discussion (Harold Washington Library, July 16th)
Stop in for a debate on Chicago’s sky-scraping architecture and its effect on the environment, as well as steps towards green architecture and green retrofitting in the city. Panelists include Gordon Gill of Smith+Gill Architects; Christopher Kennedy, President of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.; Sundee Wislow, Director of Sustainability of U.S. Equities Realty and Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of Chicago Department of Environment. Visit the Chicago Public Library for more information on this event as well as many others.
Green City Market Chefs’ Summer BBQ Festival (Green City Market, July 17th)
Buying fresh meats and produce from Chicago’s Green City Market is one thing, creating a delicious and tasty meal is another. For those of us whose culinary skills fall a bit short, this event features the dishes of over 50 of Chicago’s top chefs using the same foods you bought last weekend. For reservations, contact the Green City office at (773) 435-0280.
Summer Tree ID Walk (Garfield Park Conservatory, July 18th)
When you walk down the street to catch the el or grab a bite to eat, can you name the types of plants you see? Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory and take a tour with tree keeper Jim DeHorn of Openlands Project as he points out Chicago’s native plants. Dress appropriately for weather, as the walks take place rain or shine! For location and time, as well as many other events, check out the Garfield Park Conservatory online.
Chicago Green Home Fair (Chicago Center for Green Technology, July 19th)
Find out how to create a more environmentally-friendly home for your family at the Chicago Green Home Fair. The conference will include information on what’s new on the green building scene and will feature various vendors and retailers with sustainable products to help create a greener home. Call 312-746-9642 for more information. Make sure to stop by the GreenWerks table!
Chicago Green Drinks (July 23, 2008, 5:30–8:30pm, Jefferson Tap & Grill 325 N Jefferson Chicago, IL 60661)
Personal savings and checking accounts, retirement planning, mortgages, stocks, bonds, home equity loans, college loans, etc., what is a sustainability-minded person to do?! While socially responsible investing tends to get the most attention, there are a myriad of other personal financial management choices we make that, ideally, we’d like to keep in line with our values. This month we delve into as many of these areas as possible, exploring the issues, opportunities, and sometimes contradictions of pursuing this kind of alignment. Whether you’ve amassed a sizeable nest egg, or have just started repaying student loans, we’ll strive to provide something for everyone.
Chicago Solar Powerup! ( Wednesday, July 30, 11:30am – 1pm, Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.)
Chicago Solar Powerup gives kids ages 9-11 the opportunity to design, build and race model solar cars while learning about renewable energy resources. Join us on Daley Plaza for the exciting finale and cheer on the contestants. Note: The event will be canceled if there is unfavorable weather. Call (312) 746-4155 for more information.
Environmental Resource Event (Saturday, August 9, 9am – 3pm, Northeastern Illinois University, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.)
Be safe at home. Participate in the Department of Environment’s third Environmental Resource Event of the year and take the opportunity to:
• properly dispose of your household hazardous waste
• recycle your old computers, monitors, laptops and cell phones
• bring in your expired or unused medications and keep them out of our water system
• pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb (limit one per household)
• drop off your old gas-powered lawn mower and receive a $100 rebate towards an electric or push mower
• purchase a $30 outdoor compost bin to reduce your landfill waste (available to Chicago residents only, must pay with check or money order, limit 1 per household)
• purchase a $40 rain barrel (available to Chicago residents only, must pay with check or money order, limit 1 per household)
Call the Chicago Department of Environment at (312) 744-7606 for more