Field Trip - Join Us at The Plant on Dec 31st
From time to time, Go Green LaGrange likes to get out of the house. In the past we have visited the Hodgkins trash recycling transfer point, and the Center for Green Technology. This month, it’s The Plant on Chicago’s West Side, a sustainable business incubator and aquaponics farm site.
From its beginnings as a 93,500 s.f. meatpacking facility, The Plant is being converted into a net-zero energy food business incubator. A complex and highly interrelated system, The Plant hosts indoor demonstration farms and educational facilities operated by Plant Chicago, NFP and incubates sustainable food businesses by offering permanent tenant spaces at low rent and low energy costs through Bubbly Dynamics, LLC. The Plant functions under what’s known as a social enterprise model. This means there is a non-profit business, Plant Chicago, NFP, and for-profit business, Bubbly Dynamics, who work together to operate The Plant, and both are aimed at socially and environmentally responsible goals.
The press has noticed - there’s a great video here, and lots more press coverage here.
You can meet us in the lobby by the ticket counter by 1:45pm on Saturday, January 31st. The Plant is located at 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago, IL 60647. It is accessible by public transit and there is plenty of parking available. Tickets are $10 per person, and may be purchased in advance at this location. For a ride, contact us at email@example.com.
It’s BAACCK - The Keystone XL Pipeline
Now that the election is over, legislators and others are again advocating approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sand oil from Alberta, Canada to the United States. Some legislators argue that the pipeline creates jobs, and that the benefit of cheaper gasoline outweighs the environmental costs associated with obtaining and refining the oil. However, many of them are not considering the long-term costs of using tar sand oil for gasoline. These include increased pollution of our land, air, and water--our vital natural resources. The increased pollution also diminishes the health of our citizens and leads to higher health care costs.
Below are links to some articles describing the negative effects of tar sand oil, but you can do your own research. There is a lot of information on the Internet about this controversial source of energy. Please take the time to become informed on this important issue. It affects all of us. You can contact your senator by following this link.