Reduce Waste this Holiday Season!

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 9:45am

Americans contribute 25% more volume to landfill between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Follow these tips from SWANCC to reduce the amount of garbage you generate and embrace the holiday spirit.

Holiday To-Do List

  • When entertaining, use reusable dishes, glassware, silverware, and napkins rather than disposables.
  • Reuse gift bags or wrap gifts in a piece of cloth or lace, pillow cases, blankets, holiday tins, or comics from the Sunday paper.
  • Shop with reusable bags – smaller ones for produce and fruit.
  • Recycle your old holiday lights in the bin behind the Village Garage, Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm
  • Make ornaments from nature, use a pine cone, twig, bark, etc.
  • Decorate a large plant with lights and ribbons rather than a Christmas tree.
  • Create homemade gifts. Check out these ideas.
  • Give “gifts of the heart” – coupons for house chores, snow shoveling, making a meal, giving a massage, babysitting, etc.
  • Give “certificates” for doing things together, like going to a concert, sports events, a movie, ice skating, bowling, or a bike ride. 
  • Go gift-free and make the gathering about family being together.
  • Use the money you would spend on gifts to make donations to your favorite charities - either one large one as a family, or smaller ones for each member individually.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food pantry.
  • Visit with an elderly or housebound neighbor – take a decorated plant.
  • Put together a care package and send to troops overseas.
  • Put seed out for the birds.
  • Donate gently used books to a children’s hospital.
  • Go sledding, build a snowman or have a snowball fight – no matter your age!

Green Up Your Holidays

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 3:30pm

Looking for ways to celebrate the holidays without all the waste and expense? From decorations and gift wrap to creative gift ideas, try these suggestions for creating new festive traditions that are less resource intensive.

Green America's holiday preparation tips
Green America's gift giving suggestions
Gift packing tip: use shredded paper for packing boxes instead of buying Styrofoam peanuts.

Let's talk about Climate Justice!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 2:45pm

Join other interested neighbors in discussing the book Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future. Author Mary Robinson travelled the world meeting ordinary people, mothers and grandmothers like herself, whose efforts were driving change in the fight for climate justice. This hopeful book features stories of individual ingenuity that has resulted in extraordinary change.

Pick up your copy at the Reference Desk.

Tuesday, October 15
Civic Room

Register here

Monarchs, Milkweed and Migration

Sunday, August 25, 2019 - 1:00pm

Monarch butterflies across the Midwest will soon begin their migration south. Learn more about monarch life cycles, the importance of native milkweeds and what you can do to help.

FREE. No registration required. Adult supervision required.

Please note: Pets are not allowed at Ryerson Woods.

Plastic Free July

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 9:30am

Take the plastic free challenge. Say no thank you to straws, single-use cups and cutlery. Bring your own bags. Choose products with less packaging. Need more ideas? Sign up below for ideas and to join others pledging to try plastic free options.

Spring Clean-Up. New in 2019!

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 7:00am

On June 8, from 7am-1pm, residents can bring unlimited household waste to the Advanced Disposal Transfer Station (2800 Shermer Road), Public Works Department (655 Huehl Road), or 'Grainger Property' (1657 Shermer Road) for free disposal. IDs will be checked to confirm residency. 

The Spring Clean-Up event does not include landscape waste, organics, construction debris, rocks, sand, hazardous waste, electronics, tires, or other restricted waste.

Volunteer with the Chicago River Eco-Warriors (CREW)

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Since 1979, Friends has been working to improve the health of the Chicago River system for the benefit of people and wildlife and by doing so, has laid the foundation for the river to be a beautiful, continuous, easily accessible corridor of open space in the Chicago region.

Chicago River Day is just around the corner. This year it is on Saturday, May 11th. 

More info can be found here:

New date to discuss The Death & Life of the Great Lakes - April 30

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

Come to the Environmental Book Club on Tuesday, April 30 to discuss Dan Egan's The Death & Life of the Great Lakes. Discussion led by member of Go Green Northbrook. No need to register, just come and talk about the book!

Tuesday, April 30


Second Floor, Youth Services Activity Room

Environmental Graphiti - The Art of Climate Change

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 11:30am

The Northbrook Public Library is proudly displaying a rotating exhibit by artist Alisa Singer. We have one piece, located on the wall outside the Collaboratory, and the work changes approximately every 2 months.

The full collection of art will be on display for a year (until March, 2020) at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. There is no opening event planned so feel free to stop by at your own convenience. (The Environmental Graphiti exhibit, featuring sixteen pieces of art, can be found in the South Gallery on the second floor.) 

As many of you know, the museum is located in a modern new building across from the Lincoln Park Zoo and close to the Lincoln Park Conservatory. The museum's butterfly exhibit is well-known and much-loved, but the museum has many other attractions, including (until June) a very compelling nature photography exhibit featuring 40 large award-winning photographs by the highly respected nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen. 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, at Lincoln Park, Chicago. 

2430 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Two environmental film festivals

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 3:00pm

Join the One Earth Film Festival as they go ALL IN for our planet at the Midwest's premier environmental film festival. See the nine films conveniently located here in Lake County and more about their times and locations.

March 2-10, 2019 


Also don't miss the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Evanston! March 9-10, 2019.

  • Friday, February 22, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Friday, March 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm (New in 2019!)



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