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SGA builds support for green infrastruct...

There are many social and ecological benefits of green infrastructure: studies have shown that greenery reduces stress and improves well-being (1), and stormwater management projects can reduce flooding (2). In Illinois, many municipalities and private entities are investing in such projects to improve the sustainability of their region. On March 20, over 60 professionals, students, […]

IFSN shares farm to school with early ch...

Under SGA’s local food project, the Illinois Farm to School Network (IFSN), staff participated in the annual symposium produced by Collaboration for Early Childhood on Feb. 23. On this rainy Saturday, hundreds of early care providers filled Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, lighting the halls and classrooms with conversation and eagerness to learn. […]

Fox Valley Sustainability Network hits t...

After its final 2018 event in November focusing on the Greenest Region Compact, the Fox Valley Sustainability Network is building momentum with more events planned for 2019. The first forum in early February focused on solar energy and the Future Energy Jobs Act and engaged participants across every sector including developers, municipalities, energy providers, and […]

Oct. GreenTown event in Joliet kicks off...

On Oct. 26, over 300 individuals from various public and private sectors came together for GreenTown Will County at Joliet Junior College Renaissance Center. The day also marked the launch of the Will County Regional Sustainability Network (WCRSN), designed to connect people, communities and resources to make lasting improvements to the region’s economy, ecology and […]

Fox Valley Zero Waste Schools event spar...

On Nov. 28, 35 educators, school administrators, district staff, parents, and county recycling agency representatives gathered at the beautiful Onion Pub & Brewery in Lake Barrington for a meeting that sparked conversations and connections around zero waste initiatives in Fox Valley area schools and beyond. The event began with a presentation by Susan Casey, Zero […]

2018 PlanItGreen Lunch and Learn Wrap Up

As part of PlanItGreen’s (PIG) initiative to increase education on environmental issues and solutions, it holds regular lunch and learn sessions that provide institutional and community leaders with expert information and facts on various sustainability topics. In 2018, PIG hosted six lunch and learns covering topics like water, energy efficiency, native plants, solar, and more. […]

Solar, renewable energy forum features m...

SGA and the Fox Valley Sustainability Network hosted a Solar and Renewable Energy Forum at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora on Jan. 18. Among the topics that various speakers covered were financing options for community solar projects in Illinois, the different kinds of solar projects on the horizon, the Future Energy Jobs Act and municipal […]

Resilient Communities Forum offers clima...

The Resilient Communities Forum on Jan. 31 at the 19th Century Club drew 175 residents from Oak Park and River Forest. They heard from municipal and environmental leaders on ways nations and communities are addressing the challenges of climate change. PlanItGreen helped organize the event, which featured a presentation by SGA executive director Gary Cuneen […]