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Updated 13-Mar-2014

Go Green La Grange! is a group of volunteers who live in and around La Grange, Illinois, and who care about the environment and sustainable living. We’re everyday people who believe that it’s possible to make great strides by providing folks with the information they need to do the right thing.

Please Join Us! We usually meet on the first Wednesday of each month on the lower level of the LaGrange Public Library. Our Next Meeting - Wednesday, April 2nd, 7:30pm - 8:45pm, Lower Level of the LaGrange Public Library.

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Spotlight on Sustainable Gardens

Local Events

Forest Preserve District of Dupage County Schedules Sustainable Gardening Programs

Organic Gardening: Discover the rewards of growing organic veggies and herbs at home with topics such as garden management, pest control and soil amendments. April 06, 2014, 11am – 12:15pm, Fullersburg Woods, Hinsdale. Details here.

Native Plant Sale: This year’s Native Plant Sale is Friday, May 9 from 9am to 7pm and Saturday, May 10 from 9am to 4pm at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook. You can also place your order online for pickup on May 8 between noon and 6pm at Mayslake. Details here.

earth day

Fertilizer Hall of Shame:  Algal Blooms in the Chesapeake Bay

algal blooms

A so called “Algae Bloom” occurs when there are too many nutrients (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) present in the water. Algae populations boom at an uncontrollable rate and create a suffocating blanket on top of the waters surface. This nutrient excess is caused by growing populations, industry dumping and fertilizer runoff.” Read the whole story here.

Learn About Sustainable Gardening

Here are some materials we recommend to get on top of sustainable gardening and related issues.

  • The Chicago Botanic Garden has has a nice guide to becoming more sustainable here.
  • Wondering where and what to plant, and where you can buy your seeds and plants locally? Freyja Conrad of DigRightIn has provided this helpful list.

Green News and Information

League of Women Voters to Sponsor Program on Genetically Modified Organisms

Join Cook County Farm Bureau member Kim Morton as she examines the history and safety of genetically modified foods. Wednesday, March 19th, 7:00pm - 8:45pm, LaGrange Public Library, Lower Level.

Save the Prairie Society Schedules Prairie Restoration Workdays

You can help eliminate buckthorn and other invasive plants from the Wolf Creek Prairie. March 15th, 22nd and 29th, at 1pm. Meet at the Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Dr, Westchester. Details here.

Village of LaGrange Hosts Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is coordinating a national effort to collect unwanted, unused, and expired medications on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. The La Grange Police Department, located at 304 W. Burlington Avenue, will serve as a regional drop off facility. Details here.

Recycling Extravaganza at Fullersburg Woods April 26th

Load up your car with recyclables, and head for this drive-through community event instead of the landfill. All ages. Free. Registration not required. Fullersburg Woods, Saturday, April 26, 9am to Noon. Details here.

Green Earth Institute to Hold Green Earth Fair on May 4th

"Celebrating Sustainability" is the theme for this educational and fun event. Speakers, exhibits, music, food, kids' activities, tours, demonstrations… A celebration of Spring, Earth Day, and organic food, combined with learning more about how you can live green! Green Earth Institute, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, Sunday, May 4, 12:30pm to 5pm. Read more here.

SCARCE to Host Garden Fair, May 10th

Purchase organic vegetable and herb seedlings and high quality compost. Order a rain barrel. See compost bins, worms, and lead-free hoses. Check out earth-friendly products and services from local organizations. Bring new or used garden tools, tomato cages, and gardening supplies to donate to local school and community gardens. 799 Roosevelt Rd, Building 2, Glen Ellyn, Saturday, May 10th, 9am to 1pm. Event details and flyer here.

Composting Can Reduce Your Trash Volume and Improve Your Garden

More food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in municipal solid waste (MSW). In 2010 alone, more than 34 million tons of food waste was generated, with only three percent diverted from landfills and incinerators for composting. Interested? The EPA has lots of information here.

Local Resident Seeks LEED Certification for New Home
The Lewendowski family decided they wanted to build a LEED certified home - the first in La Grange. It’s been a long, strange trip, but it’s happening! You can read about their plans and progress to date on their blog.

EPA Site Provides Resources for Living Green
Our actions impact the environment. Today we realize that each thing we do can help or hurt our planet in many ways. We all need to take ownership of environmental protection. EPA has tools to help you learn and understand the issues and help you reduce your environmental footprint. Learn more at EPA's Sustainability site.

Thinking Green
Our interactive blog for assessing the science behind the debate. Current resources for Climate Modeling, Alternative Energy Options, and Green Economics - links to current work that tries to set the record straight.

Our Friends

La Grange Village Site
La Grange Public Library
Center for Neighborhood Technology
League of Women Voters of the La Grange Area
Illinois Sierra Club
Safer Pest Control Project
Environment Illinois
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