Last week, we passed a resolution supporting the Water for All Ordinance. Check out the meeting summary for details!
We also talked about action plans for summer and fall, upcoming events (there are many!), and received updates on the Indigenous People’s Day Coalition, composting, reuse, and plastics projects,
We hope you will join us for our upcoming events and our next coalition meeting on Wednesday July 14th at 9am.
VIEW THE MEETING SUMMARY HERE
- Action plan created for summer and fall
- Voted on a resolution supporting Water For All
- Contact your city legislators on the Urban Forestry Advisory Board. We thank Alders Osterman & Vasquez for being co-sponsors!
- Star Farm Container Reuse, collected 146 containers used to grow seedlings for sale.
- Native plant planters are planted in Andersonville on Clark
- Housing/Development efforts on MCZ Development on Berwyn
EEC Wins Big Blue Stem Award for Environmental ImpactFor a project had a significant environmental impact. It serves as an example of how people working together can effect change for the better in our local and global ecosystems.
Every Halloween, over one billion pounds of pumpkins are tossed in landfills throughout the US where they are left to rot amongst other materials releasing methane. Edgewater Environmental Coalition, in partnership with SCARCE had an pumpkin composting initiative, Pumpkin Smash.
We are always impressed by EEC's projects and the way they engage their community and are proud to have supported such an impactful community project embodying the Big Blue Stem Award for Environmental Impact. Congratulations EEC!
Save the Dates
- 6/20: EEC Sunday Summer Solstice Celebration at Edgewater History Museum's Garden 6pm, 5358 N Ashland Ave
- 6/21, 6/28: Edgewater Monday Market 3-7pm
- EEC Tabling/Fun 6/28
- EEC Tabling/Fun 6/28
- 6/16 @7pm - EEC Commons Orientation @ Vedgewater
- 6/19 @1pm: Flax Feminism Workshop @ Vedgewater
- 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16 : Vedgewater Work Day 10am-12pm (3rd Saturday of the month)
- 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16 : West Ridge Preserve Stewardship: Third Saturdays 10 AM
- 7/14: Next Wednesday monthly meeting, 9am
- 7/19: Soil Workshop @ Vedgewater
- 7/25, 8/29, 10/10, 11/21: Hollywood Beach Stewardship
- 8/21: Bioswales & Rain Garden Workshop @ Vedgewater
- Wednesdays 3-7pm: Andersonville Farmers Market
VIEW EVENT DETAILS HERE
Illinois Environmental Council's Chicago City Council Environmental Scorecard
Receiving input from EEC and other Chicago based IEC affiliates, there is a newly released scorecard. Congratulations and thank you to the alders receiving 100% environmental scores, including our own Andre Vasquez!
VIEW THE FULL 2021 SCORECARD HERE
Use Openlands' Amplification Toolkit to spread the word on the Urban Forestry Advisory Board
I need your help and it should only take a couple minutes of your time. The City Council is going to vote on an ordinance to establish an Urban Forestry Advisory Board on June 23, 2021 - but it won’t pass it unless they hear from people like you.
The Urban Forestry Advisory Board (UFAB) would bring together forestry leaders and City departments to create a strategic and cohesive plan and policies to increase, protect, and support our Urban Forest.
CDOT Shared Streets Mapping
CDOT announced the return of Shared Streets. Shared Streets use temporary traffic control devices to create a more comfortable and spacious atmosphere for people to walk, bike, and roll safely through their neighborhoods. The program began last year in response to social distancing needs related to COVID-19 and we're bringing it back this year as part of the city's ongoing recovery efforts.
NEW THIS YEAR - you can suggest a Shared Street location by drawing a line on an interactive map and answering a few questions about what makes your suggestion a good candidate for a Shared Street. You can find the interactive map and learn more about Shared Streets by visiting chicago.gov/openstreets.
Bike Week, June 25th
Let’s make Chicago a better place for biking! Chicago Bike Week provides the perfect opportunity for learning how you can support the movement for better biking in your neighborhood and throughout the city.
Sign up now for one or more of these exciting events, all of which you can learn more about at activetrans.org/bikeweek.
West Ridge Nature Preserve Volunteer Workday, Saturday, June 19th, 10 AM
Saturday, June 19th is the third Saturday of the month. This is an opportunity to volunteer at the Workday at West Ridge Nature Park. First of all–pray for rain, the NP needs it much more than a workday. If it’s not raining, however, we plan on removing Black Knot fungus from our red Chockberry trees, blocking an off-path trail, and moving some much into the Nature Play Space.
We’ll meet at 10 AM at the south end of the pond. We’ll have gloves and tools, sunscreen, insect repellent and water. An outdoor Potty is available.
If you plan on attending, it would be useful for planning to email Tom Murphy at email@example.com
In Case You Missed It
UPDATED ORGANIZATION STRATEGIC INTENTIONS
Summary Blog Post
NEW STRATEGY ON WEBPAGE HERE
View post-meeting recap and materials here.
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Edgewater Monday Market