Not everything green that is going on in Chicago merits an entire article all on its own so here I have created the “Little Green Tweet” – just like a Twitter post but with a bit more life to them so maybe I should call it a “ green crow” instead of a tweet. News and event shorts that are definitely worthy of note to keep Chicago greenies “in the know” so you don’t miss out on anything.
GIVE SOME GREEN TO HELP THE GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY
On June 30, 2011, large hail damage much of the glass roof of the 104 year old historic Garfield Park Conservatory causing damage estimated into the millions. The Conservatory offers a strengthening of the relationship of community to the environment and strives to help humans understand their connection to plant life. It also gives us an opportunity to experience various plant biomes in their various display houses that we might not all get a chance to experience unless we are world travelers.
They also offer Growing & Green Adult Programs which feature beekeeping and composting workshops and special Green Teen, Family and other special programs. Rooms that sustained damage were all nine of their production houses and the historic Fern Room, the Show House which hosts a rotating seasonal botanical display and the Desert House. Fundraiser events are now happening to help this Chicago landmark get back on its feet so please consider attending one of the following events and support a local green organization.
What: Benefit Concert at Lincoln Hall
When: Thursday, August 18h at 8 pm.
Where: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL.
Lincoln Hall is hosting a benefit to help raise funds for the huge undertaking of repairing The Conservatory after the hailstorm. The benefit will feature music by Bobby Conn, Del Rey, Sunken Ships, Bare Mutants, and DJ Scary Lady Sarah. There will also be silent auction items, a raffle and more! Please visit the Lincoln Hall website for ticket information.
Also to benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory:
What: August Bloom Anniversary Celebration: A Conservation of Time
When: Thursday, August 25h at 7 pm.
Where: Zhou B. Art Center, 1029 W. 35th Street, Chicago, IL.
Come celebrate for a cause at August Bloom’s 2nd anniversary celebration, “A Conservation of Time”, a “fleuranthropic effort” to benefit the Garfield Park Conservatory. August Bloom has dedicated their 2nd anniversary celebration to the GPC and made it a personal mission to raise funds and help restore the historical landmark and its greenhouses.
“A Conservation of Time” will be the unveiling event of August Bloom’s new floral art collection, “Timeless”, inspired by legendary musicians who have created beautiful music that transcends time. There will also be a silent auction and raffle, of which 100% of the proceeds will go toward the repair and recovery of the Garfield Park Conservatory. General admission includes, light hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktails, and live entertainment. Click Here for more information.
LEARN ABOUT GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
The Friends of Ryerson Woods will be hosting the “Green Design Film Festival” this coming Saturday evening of August 20th at 8 pm. The free film festival is just one part of their “2011 is the Year of Green Design” series in which they are having several green focused events throughout the year. Located on the grounds of Brushwood in the Ryerson Woods area, the festival will feature five film shorts focused on green and sustainable design. One of them, “The Green Machine,” focuses green and sustainable design in Chicago.
Before the film, there will be a free gallery tour of the “Art of Green” group exhibit inside the Brushwood home. The Friends of the Ryerson Woods is a not-for-profit organization whose goal it is to build a local environmental ethic through education and outreach.
The optional gallery tour start at 7:30 p.m. and the films at 8 p.m. Films lineup includes: “Flower Tower,” “The Green Machine,” “Halle Pajol and Gardens,” “The Nature of Cities” and “Tour Phare.” Guests are invited to bring a picnic supper will enjoying the films on the lawn of Brushwood under the stars.
What: Ryerson Woods Green Design Film Festival
When: Saturday, August 20th at 7:30 pm.
Where: Ground of Brushwood in Ryerson Woods, 21950 N. Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL.
Sound interesting but don’t want to come on your own? This is the perfect opportunity to socialize and network with other greenies who are attending so join a local green group like the Chicagoland Green and Eco-Living group and meet other greenies in Chicago.
ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET THE DIRT ON DIRTY COAL
About a month ago, the eco-documentary “The Last Mountain” made its debut here in Chicago. Please read my Examiner review here. If you did not get an opportunity to catch this important film on its first screening in Chicago, the Sierra Club, NRDC and State Representative Karen May are giving you another chance. As I stated in my review, this is a very thought provoking film and not to be missed for anyone who is concerned about the consequences of burning coal for energy. If you never thought of the consequences of flipping on your light switch, you will after you see this film. It is timely film to see to be educated on the current state of coal in American especially considering some up and coming changes for the Chicagoland area where burning coal is concerned with the current issues of the Clean Power Ordinance and the Coal gasification plant.
What: Free Screening of the Last Mountain
When: Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 pm – Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Where: Renaissance Place Cinema, 1850 Second Street, Highland Park, IL.
Donations to Sierra Club and NRDC will be accepted to defray the cost of the film. Limited Seating Available – Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your reservation.
THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
Coming up on September 17this the local Chicago chapter of the Sierra Club’s Beach Sweep which is part of the International Coastal Clean-Up efforts of the Ocean Conservatory. Sierra Club is partnered up with the Alliance for the Great Lakes and they have adopted the Montrose Beach for many years and have yearly cleanups there. The September 17thcleanup is a special beach sweep in that debris picked up will be documented, weighed and the data sent to the Ocean Conservatory to help with its special Great Lakes report on the condition of the world’s beaches.
What: Sierra Club International Coastal Beach Cleanup
When: Saturday, September 17th at 9 am.
Where: Montrose Beach, Chicago, IL.
“To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded.”— Ralph Waldo Emerson