Go Green Northbrook

Leave the Leaves

Go Green Northbrook joins Go Green Winnetka, the Glencoe Sustainability Task Force and other community environmental groups and asks you to “Leave the Leaves” this autumn. Let leaves stay where they fall this fall!  The Benefits of Leaving the Leaves You may have grown up thinking leaves create lawn litter and should be removed. It’s time…

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Somme Prairie Walk led by Laurel Ross, Volunteer Steward 10/17 3:30pm

Somme Prairie Walk led by Laurel Ross, Volunteer Steward Northbrook has one of the few remaining original prairie acreage in THE Prairie State. Please join us for a nature walk where Volunteer Steward, Laurel Ross will share with us the significance of the site, the rare flowering plants and grasses. We are sure to see wildlife too.…

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Youth Speaks to Board about Solar Power

https://illinoissolar.org/ Solar Power Green Moment by Emma Ugarcovici, GGN High School Student Intern I remember my first time seeing solar panels on a roof when I was eight and thinking they were some cool, new decoration. My parents told me what they were called and eight-year-old me heard something about sun and energy.  And now,…

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Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard by Doug Tallamy

Update: View Doug Tallamy’s presentation on youtube until October 11th here:Nature’s Best Hope with Doug Tallamy Nature’s Best Hope by Doug Tallamy offers a hopeful and achievable plan for suburban dwellers to help save the planet. Nature’s Best Hope             Nature’s Best Hope is the name of a book written by Doug Tallamy, noted entomologist and author.  In…

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Northbrook Solar and Electric Vehicles Tour Sept. 25, 2021 10-3pm

Want to go Solar? Talk to Solar homeowners and EV drivers in Northbrook. Be inspired to go green. In conjunction with Illinois Solar Education Association 2021 Solar Tour See the state-wide sites here. Northbrook has seven sites to see. Have Solar Panels and want to join the tour? Contact ISEA and Go Green Northbrook info@gogreennorthbrook.org…

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What is nature-deficit disorder?

If you have children, you already know the answer. Under lockdown, their world became digital and virtual.All year, they’ve lived in the glare of computers, televisions, and artificial lights.You’ve seen them grow moody, crabby, distracted.Maybe they’ve gained some weight, too.This, in a nutshell, is nature- deficit disorder. But summer is here.Now is the time to…

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Go Green Northbrook and Northbrook Park District – Wonderful Partners

Another Successful Collaboration between GGN and the Northbrook Park District!    On Tuesday, May 4, twenty-four new trees were planted at Wood Oaks Park. Thanks to a grant received by GGN from the Hanson Family Foundation and the Park District’s willingness to provide land, installation and ongoing maintenance the area of the park that borders Sanders…

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Native Plants and Pollinators Presentation

Monarchs, Milkweed, and More of Go Green Northbrook Presents      Mark Kosbab of Northbrook Park District speaking onNative Plants and PollinatorsMark will speak on what the NB Park District is doing to increase habitat for pollinators, mitigate stormwater, and increase carbon sequestration through the use of native planting.Please join us Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pmWe will meet in…

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Lunch and Learn: Community Solar, What is it and How to Subscribe

June 2 at noonCommunity solar refers to local solar facilities shared by multiple community subscribers who receive credit on their electricity bills for their share of the power produced. Cool, tell me more…Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Trajectory Energy representatives will share information How to find a Community Solar Project What are the advantages What are the savings Q and A…

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Dark Skies – Tips to minimize night light pollution

More lighting does not provide us with more safety. Well designed lighting is safer. Unshielded lighting makes it hard for our eyes to see. Better designed lighting is the safest way to go. Energy is wasted when we over light and that burns fossil fuels. Go outside at night to see if you are lighting…

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Your Input on Climate Action Plan is Needed

Public Hearing for the Climate Action Plan at July 27 Board Meeting: What is the Climate Action Plan?In 2020 the Board of Trustees directed Village staff to oversee the creation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP), put together in collaboration with 30 community stakeholders and an expert environmental consultant. The draft Climate Action Plan to reduce…

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Virtual Tree Walk  Virtual Tree Walk  Given by The Morton Arboretum’s Trinity Pierce We had a lively discussion and learned a lot about Tree ID, Selection, and Care. Here are some resources for you. Resources Tree Guides Michigan Trees, Burton BarnesThe Illustrated Book of Trees, William Grimm Trees of Illinois, Linda Kershaw Trees of Illinois, Stan Tekiel…

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THANK YOU NORTHBROOK TRUSTEES FOR ALL YOUR “GREEN” EFFORTS

Well, we finally have made it to spring!  We are thinking about tulips, daffodils, and planting flowers.  We are thinking about Earth Day; unfortunately, we will not be having our usual wonderful Northbrook Earth Day celebrations.  So, tonight, in honor of Earth Month, I would like to thank the Village Board for all you have…

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Pollution isn’t always obvious!

Spring is popping and how pleasant it would be to take a walk on a clear warm night looking up at all the stars.  However, no matter how clear a Northbrook night, we can see only the scattered brightest stars.  All of the Chicago metropolitan area lives under the nighttime glow of artificial light.  Light…

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Monarchs, Milkweed, and More

Monarchs, Milkweed, and More promotes native plantings to enhance habitats for monarchs and all wildlife through education, community programs, and collaboration. Please join us: A Morning of Native Plants at Fremont Township Community GardenJoin us on Tuesday May 11 from 9 to 11 (rain date, Saturday, May 15) (in Mundelein)We will help plant in the…

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WATCH OUT FOR BUCKTHORN

One of the most prevalent invasive species in Northbrook,Buckthorn is a large plant, typically seen as a shrub or a small tree. The plant ranges up to six meters in height, and it is usually found in lightly shaded areas and all types of soils. It can be seen all around Northbrook — for example,…

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CLIMATE ACTION PLAN: WASTE MANAGEMENT

Climate Action Plan: Waste Management In September 2020 paleBLUEdot, the Village’s environmental consultant, presented its findings for generating a Climate Action Plan. Its goal is to align our emissions with those set by the 2015 Paris Agreement. Since 2012, the total municipal solid waste handled in Northbrook has increased 5.3%, from 13,880 tons to 14,613 tons…

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PLEASE – NO IDLING

At Go Green Northbrook, we greatly care about the health of our planet and our community. With the amount of Greenhouse gas emissions rising worldwide, we are doing what we can to monitor humanities impact. Go Green Northbrook invites you and your business to join us in our No-Idling Campaign this upcoming Spring. The No-Idling…

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COMMUNITY SOLAR

On a typical Chicago area winter day, the temperature is frigid but the sun is shining.  Did you know that to produce solar powered electricity it does not matter if the temperature is frigid?  It only matters whether the sun is shining.  Actually, the sun does not even have to be shining to produce some…

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What is Film Plastic?

There is much confusion over what types of plastic bags or wrappings are recyclable.  We use the term “film plastic”, but many people do not understand what that means.  Film plastic is thin stretchable plastic used mainly in bags or packaging.  If you press your finger against it, it will stretch.  Items that are recyclable…

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Support our Local Eateries – but Minimize Waste!

Unfortunately the country, and Illinois, are reaching daily highs of Covid cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.  That means more of us are sheltering in and ordering food in.  That means more trash, more waste. Recently, Tom Sietsema, a food critic for the Washington Post did a self-study on his waste habits.  He retained all his takeout…

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Virtual Environmental Book Club – Zero Waste Read a zero waste book of your choice and come prepared to share 3 new habits you’ll start this year. Reserve a book for curbside pickup or find a digital copy on Hoopla or Libby. Can the zero waste lifestyle make a comeback during COVID? Let’s discuss solutions…

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Raging Fires are mainly due to Climate Change!

According to the National Interagency Fire Center as of last Thursday 102 active large fires have burned more than 4.4 million acres in 12 states.  That is an area about three times the size of the state of Delaware. Smoke has reached as far east as Russia and our skies here retain a smoky haze. …

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One Person Makes a Difference

Thank you Sharon Brown for securing a grant from Morton Arboretum for trees. Thank you for pulling in the Northbrook Park District to work with us. Because of your hard work, SALCEDA PARK NOW HAS 22 NEW TREES!

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Upcoming Events:

Northbrook Solar and EV tour
Saturday, September 2510:00am – 3:00pm

Nature’s Best Hope: Meet Conservationist Doug Tallamy
Thursday, September 23rd on Zoom via the Northbrook Public Library