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Craft Swap a success

Mon, 02/01/2016

Thanks to everyone who participated in our craft swap. We collected donations of fabric, yarn, trim, rubber stamps, scrapbook materials, and much more. The swap was attended by 163 people looking for supplies for their next project.

We look forward to doing it again next year!

Eco-Friendly Holiday Decorating

Fri, 12/04/2015
  • Approximately 50 million Christmas trees are purchased each year in the US. Consider a tree that can be planted in the yard, or an artificial one to be reused for years to come.
  • The smaller the bulbs on a light strand, the lower the wattage. Low-wattage bulbs use less energy and give off less heat.
  • Make a nature ornament from twigs, bark, pine cones, etc., or laminate a special photo for the tree.
  • Tie old buttons onto a length of string to make old-fashioned looking garland.
  • Make your own luminaries.

Gifts that Reduce Holiday Waste

Mon, 11/30/2015
  • Give waste-less gifts such as certificates for massages, pedicures, and restaurants or tickets to a concert or museum exhibit.
  • Shop for unique gifts at antique shops or estate sales.
  • Shop for decorative functional items at places like, Wild Mint, or Hipcycle.
  • Pick eco-friendly stocking stuffers: seed packets, artisanal soap bars, washable snack pouches, or certificates promising to do chores like free babysitting, cooking dinner, etc.<

New Recycle Center

Tue, 11/17/2015

Recycle your old batteries, eyeglasses and cell phones in the new Recycle Center at the east entrance of the library near the cafe.

Presenting Green Scene

Fri, 10/30/2015

We are excited to introduce a new film discussion series on environmental topics. Every few months, we will show a documentary followed by a discussion led by members of Go Green Northbrook.

Join us on Monday, November 9 at 7pm in the Auditorium for our premiere event as we watch and discuss Plastic Paradise - a powerful film on the impact of plastic waste in everyday life.

The next Green Scene will be in March on the topic of bees. Check our website next year for updates.

Lighting Tips for Darker Days

Tue, 10/06/2015

As the days get darker, we turn the lights on earlier and leave them on more each day. Lighting accounts for about a quarter of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Here are some tips from EarthShare to lighten the energy load while keeping your home bright:

Celebrate Forest Preserves

Thu, 09/10/2015

The Forest Preserves of Cook County are celebrating their 100th anniversary with a calendar of 100 events from September 20 to 27.

Events in Northbrook include:

Energy-Saving Tip

Fri, 07/24/2015

By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don't want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you're pouring your morning coffee.

From 50 Ways to Help the Planet.

Northbrook Yards Tour

Mon, 06/29/2015

Go Green Northbrook is sponsoring a tour of local yards that are healthy habitats for all living creatures -- kids, pets, birds, butterflies and pollinators. The tour will feature rain gardens, local species gardens, composting, food gardens, native plants and trees, and natural lawns.

A guide to the yards has been posted at the Go Green Northbrook website.

Saturday, July 18 from 1pm to 4pm

Farmers Market now open on Wednesdays

Wed, 06/17/2015

Shop for locally grown produce and other locally made goods at the Northbrook Farmers Market every Wednesday from 7am to 1pm until October 14. The market is located at the corner of Cherry and Meadow.

Looking for recipes to make with your purchases? Take a look at our From Your Farmers Market board on Pinterest for ideas.