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Spring is always filled with great programming on a variety of environmental topics. Mark your calendars - there's sure to be something that interests you! Program details follow the listing. Plus, follow us on Facebook for more current events and eco-news!

March 24: Become a RainReady Community

March 30: GMOs: What Are the Issues?

April 5: Cool Cities Coalition Meeting

April 5: Native Plants for All Seasons

April 7: Meet the Conservation Foundation

April 7: Silent Spring: Leslie Goddard as Rachel Carson

April 9: Electronics and Metals Recycling Event

April 14: 100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin

April 16: Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza

April 28: Clean Power Clean Jobs

April 30: Prairie Path Clean Up

April 30: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

May 3: Elmhurst's Great Western Prairie

May 4: The Importance of Nature to Our Health and Well-Being

May 20: Sustainable Home Landscaping

May 21: Green Garden Fair

Ongoing: NEW - Smoke Detector Recycling

Become a RainReady Community

Thurs., March 24, 8 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

DePaul University Naperville Campus

Learn more about the Center for Neighborhood Technology's (CNT) RainReady program. Learn how RainReady can help transform your community's stormwater planning decision-making process and implement initiatives that simultaneously tackle urban flooding and build safer and more beautiful neighborhoods. To register visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/become-a-rainready-community-tickets-21491049307?invite&err=29&referrer&discount&affiliate&eventpassword

GMOs: What Are the Issues?

Wednesday, March 30, 7-8 p.m.

Elmhurst Public Library, Meeting Room A

Food made with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered Foods have made headlines with questions about safety, labeling, and the environment. Learn about GMOs to make informed decisions about your food. Register online, by phone, or in person. 630-279-8696 http://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org/registration/

Cool Cities Coalition Meeting
Tues., April 5, 7 p.m.
Elmhurst Public Library Kossman Room

Meetings open to the public. All are welcome.

Native Plants For All Seasons

Tues., April 5, 7-8 p.m.

Elmhurst Public Library, Large Meeting Room

Discover the advantages of using prairie plants in the home landscape, planted in the garden according to their peak growing time. Register online, in person, or by phone. 630-279-8696http://elmhurstpubliclibrary.org/registration/

Meet the Conservation Foundation

Thurs., April 7, 8-9 a.m.

Elmhurst Hospital, 155 E. Brush Hill Rd. (Arboretum Conference Center—Lower Level)

Meet the Conservation Foundation is a one-hour presentation (no solicitations or obligations) highlighting the mission and work of The Conservation Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving land and rivers in northeastern Illinois. We feature our work through a series of stories told by volunteers and staff. Space is limited, to attend please RSVP to Scott LaMorte at slamorte@theconservationfoundation.org or 630-428-4500 x142.

Silent Spring: Leslie Goddard as Rachel Carson

Thurs., April 7, 2:00 p.m.

Elmhurst History Museum Education Center

While aesthetically pleasing, lush lawns can come at a price. Conservationist Rachel Carson’s monumental book, Silent Spring (published in 1962), documented the damaging effects that pesticides used in farming and gardening had on the environment. Join popular first-person history interpreter Leslie Goddard portraying the legendary biologist to learn more about Carson’s role and experiences in shaping the environmentalism we know today. Suggested Donation: $5; EHF members: FREE

Electronics and Metals Recycling Event

Sat., April 9, 8 am. – 1 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Elmhurst, York and St. Charles Rd.

Recycling ALL electronics, appliances, car/truck batteries, crayons, x-ray film, car parts, ALL metals, steels and irons, non-perishable foods for Yorkfield and IC food pantries, and clothes for First Baptist of Elmhurst Clothes Closet. For a full list of acceptable items, see Heavenly Angels Recycling’s Facebook page. HeavenlyAngelsRecycling@yahoo.com or Matt at 630-215-8611.

100 Heartbeats, Jeff Corwin

Thurs., April 14 7 p.m.

Elmhurst College, Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel

Roland Quest Lecture Series, $10

Emmy-winning television host, author and biologist Jeff Corwin works for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems around the globe. For nearly 20 years, Corwin has produced and hosted a variety of popular television series broadcast on Disney Channel, Discovery Channel, NBC, Anemal Planet, Travel Channel and the Food network. Corwin is executive producer and host of the award-winning series Ocean Mysteries.

Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza
Sat., April 16, 9 a.m. - noon
Alexander Street parking lot (vehicles must enter at Prospect Ave. and Walter St.)

The Recycling Extravaganza is free and open to anyone bringing household-generated electronic waste and other items. Several nonprofit social service and green-focused organizations will be on hand to take donations of a wide variety of items, including usable building supplies, clothing, bicycles, carpeting, books, eyeglasses, household items, appliances and much more. This year, televisions will not be accepted for recycling, although most other kinds of electronics, including computers and computer monitors, will be. Paper shredding will be available, but will be limited to two boxes or bags. For more a list of acceptable items, visit http://media.elmhurst.edu/…/Recycling_Extravaganza_Acceptab…

Clean Power Clean Jobs

Thursday, April 28, 7-8 p.m.

Elmhurst Public Library

Cool Cities and the Elmhurst League of Women Voters partner to bring you Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council. Jen will discuss the federal Clean Power Plan aimed to reduce energy usage on the entire grid, and the Illinois Clean Jobs bill which is expected to bring environmental benefits, savings for consumers, and the creation of 32,000 new jobs in Illinois.

Prairie Path Clean Up

Sat., April 30, 9 a.m.

Municipal parking lot behind the Knights of Columbus Hall

A rain or shine event of community volunteers. All volunteers are welcome. Student service hours are available. Please call Jon Schroeder at 630-833-4437 for more information and to volunteer.

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Sat., April 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Elmhurst Police Station

Look through your medicine cabinets and bring expired or unwanted medications to the Elmhurst Police Department.

Elmhurst's Great Western Prairie

Tuesday, May 3, 7-8 p.m.

Elmhurst Public Library

Join Cool Cities and the Elmhurst Park District to learn about the Great Western Prairie: its history, its value to the ecosystem and to our community, as well as opportunities to assist with maintenance and upkeep.

The Importance of Nature to Our Health and Well-Being

Wednesday, May 4 • 7-8 p.m.

Elmhurst Public Library • Large Meeting Room

Learn how research is confirming what our parents always told us: fresh air and sunshine are good for you! Learn about many ways engaging with nature can benefit us at any age. Register online, by phone, or in person.

Sustainable Home Landscaping

Friday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. FREE

Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave.

Americans are shifting away from the “perfect lawn” to a more sustainable home landscape that incorporates native and edible plants. Join local award winning garden educator, environmentalist, and practicing landscape horticulturist Vicki Nowicki of The Land Office in Downers Grove as she shares tips and practical knowledge to show how to introduce native and edible species into your own yard this spring. Attendees will receive heirloom tomato or other seeds, and discounted drink coupons for Pints (112 S. York St.) to continue the conversation. Priority registration to Elmhurst residents and Elmhurst Public Library card holders. Reservations at elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

Green Garden Fair

Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 235 S. Kenilworth, Elmhurst

Growing and eating your own food is a great investment in your health and well-being – and can be rewarding and downright tasty! Sweet Home Organics and First Congregational UCC in Elmhurst bring you vegetable and herb seedlings grown organically – without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified seeds. A portion of the First Congregational UCC sales will be donated to the First Congregational UCC. You can pre-order your seedlings and pick them up at the Green Garden Fair - orders due April 28th. http://sweethomeseedlings.myshopify.com/

Smoke Detector Recycling


Elmhurst Fire Stations 1 & 2 and City Hall

Smoke detectors have a life span of 10 years and should be replaced after that period. Many smoke detectors are ionized and contain a small amount of radioactive material, and hazardous waste sites will not accept them. Check the back of your detector for a warning label to determine if your smoke detector is ionized.