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Fans from around the world attend the 10...

Popular craft beer festival continues its zero waste tradition Under a perfect cloudless sky, more than 3,500 people—some from as far away as Belgium and Sao Paulo—poured through downtown Oak Park on Saturday for the 10th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review. This year, featuring more than 200 unique craft beers from 85 breweries, the […]

Illinois Soil, Water, Food and Compostin...

Thanks to everyone who attended the Summit!  See below for links to the day’s presentations. Click here for the agenda. What are the hurdles as we work towards statewide composting? What would the economic impact be of a composting industry in Illinois? Read these two reports and know the facts: View presentations: Break Out Session […]

GreenTown comes to Fox Valley

Seven Generations Ahead and Fox Valley Sustainability Network core partners Kane County, the City of Aurora and a5 Branding & Digital co-hosted GreenTown Fox Valley 2017 in late April at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. The intensive day featured 10 breakout sessions and keynote speeches by Jack Darin, executive director of the Illinois Chapter of […]

9th Micro Brew Review sees success—even

For the second year in row, an August downpour hit just as the Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review was getting started, but the festivalgoers who turned out for the popular craft beer festival didn’t miss a beat. More than 3,500 filled two blocks of downtown Oak Park’s Marion Street for the afternoon-to-evening event, which […]

FVSN forum looks at solar energy’s advan

Solar energy was the topic for Fox Valley Sustainability Network‘s second forum on June 8 at the Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. The network is a project of Seven Generations Ahead, Kane County, the City of Aurora, and a5 Inc., Branding + Digital in collaboration with the Fox Valley communities and counties. Among those giving presentations were Steve Johnson, vice president of […]

Lunch and Learn Round-Up

Through its Lunch and Learn forums, PlanItGreen covers some of the top sustainability topics of the day. The forums give institutional leaders a chance to engage with subject experts and take away valuable insights and information that can improve their communities. April was a busy month, with three forums, all held in the conference room […]

April Lunch and Learn session digs into ...

PlanItGreen holds regular Lunch and Learn sessions that provide institutional and communitynleaders with expert information and facts on various sustainability topics. The April 8th Lunch and Learn focused on CSAs, with Matt Sheaffer of Sandhill Family Farms as the guest speaker. Sandhill Family Farms has been delivering CSA shares to Oak Park residents for the last 11 years, […]

Farm to School Network holds Summit in S...

On June 7, the first Annual Illinois Farm to School Summit brought together teachers, food service staff, community advocates, and farmers from around the state. Designed to be interactive, the summit gave attendees a chance to prepare the lunch menu onsite and from scratch using locally sourced ingredients. “We wanted to revise the school lunch […]

4th Institutional Leaders Forum focuses ...

Adrian Fisher, Triton College’s Sustainability coordinator, highlighted the new Bike to Campus Coalition and environmental science program. Julie Moller, a member of the River Forest Sustainability Committee, reported on the annual Recycling Extravaganza, which has helped divert 160,000 pounds of electronics in the last four years. Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance, […]

PlanItGreen kicks off fall with educatio...

As part of its ongoing efforts to implement the Environmental Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest, PlanItGreen is introducing several educational opportunities for residents. A Green Guides program (sustainability block captain, of a sort), a Residential Waste Reduction Education Campaign and a new Lunch and Learn Series are all programs designed for Oak […]