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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 […]

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 […]