Fall is officially here in Chicago and I hope your summer was nice and green. It is easy to get out and green your summer when the weather is so accommodating but it gets a little harder for some when it turns cooler to stay involved in our green communities. But, do not fret; the Chicago Green Activism Examiner has more green events and soirees for you to put on your calendar for this fall, or more specifically for the month of October!
P.O.V FREE PBS Online Screening of “If a Tree Falls” until October 13th
One of these days or nights, when it is a too bit cold to be outside, you can snuggle inside with some organic popcorn and watch a free online screening of the recent eco-documentary “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”. The film won several awards including the Sundance Film Festival, Documentary Editing Award. This film first premiered in Chicago at the Andersonville Green Week back in July. To get a synopsis on the film, read my Examiner review here before you watch the full length feature here. The free full length feature is only available for streaming until October 13 so don’t wait too long for your chance to see this passionate and thought-provoking documentary.
October 1: 2011 Illinois Solar Tour
From the Chicago Climate Action Plan’s Event Website: On Saturday, October 1, Illinois residents will “Be Solar Inspired” by attending the World’s Largest Solar Energy Event. The Illinois Solar Tour is a FREE self-guided, statewide event that demonstrates how Illinois homes and businesses are using solar, wind, geothermal, passive solar design, and energy efficiency to become energy independent. Renewable energy system owners and installers will be providing tours on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am to 3 pm. Tour guides will answer questions on how you can harness the power of the sun and wind to fuel your home and business. Learn how you too can reduce your monthly utility bills, increase property values, and be part of the energy solution. To register for this free event and download a guidebook visit www.illinoissolartour.org. Solar Tour guidebooks are also available in the September edition of Mindful Metropolis Magazine, available at 600 locations in Illinois including Whole Foods.
The Three R’s and your Halloween Costume: National Costume Swap Day October 8th
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – your Halloween costume! Isn’t this a cool idea whose time has come? Halloween has become a throw-away holiday and it is time to green it. That is what “Green Halloween” is doing with its “National Costume Swap Day” on October 8th. Use their page to find a local costume swap. According to the Green Halloween website, “Swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce the annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons equal to the weight of 2500 midsize cars!”
GreenTown Returns to Oak Park on October 12th
The GreenTown Conference will once again be returning to Chicago. This year it will be held in the Chicago’s suburb of Oak Park at the Unity Temple in Downtown Oak Park on Wednesday, October 12th. In partnership with Village of Oak Park, several local organizations such as Communities Putting Prevention to Work, Good Heart Work Smart Foundation and the Oak Park Pioneering Healthy Communities, will feature a day-long event schedule including keynote speaker Mark Fenton, host of “America’s Walking” on PBS. The event will be focusing on making communities greener, healthier and more prosperous. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about Oak Park/River Forest’s Community Sustainability Plan called PlanItGreen. The event will begin promptly at 8:30am and will close at 4:30pm with a micro brew reception.
Green Halloween in Oak Park Oct 15th
The Village of Oak Park does it again this month with their version of a “Green Halloween” on Oct 15th from 11am to 3pm. Created for kids ages 3 through 6, “Green Halloween” is an EEK-O-friendly, healthy green event. Participating local businesses, organizations and churches will be on the “Green Pumpkin Trail” to participate in FREE kids’ activities and collection healthy, eek-o-friendly treats! There will be a pumpkin patch, a kids costume swapping, upcycle activities and a DIY recycled Halloween bag workshop. See the event page website for more details on this special event. Costumes are optional!
Chicago’s Fashion Goes Green: Vert Couture’s 3rdAnnual Eco-Fashion Show on October 20th
Attention Eco-Fashionistas! Get your Green Fashion on at Chicago’s Eco-Fashion Runway show! Who says you can’t be green and fashionable? Anyone who has ever said no hasn’t been to this show! Conscious Living TV presents the 3rdannual Vert Couture Spring 2012 Eco-Fashion Show on Thursday, October. 20, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm. The event will be held under the tents at Millennium Park at 201 E. Randolph St. The eco-runway show is a carbon-neutral charity event which benefits “Keep Chicago Beautiful” and is one of four headlining shows during Fashion Focus Chicago 2011.
Vert Couture will highlight Chicago’s sustainable, fair trade fashion movement. The event will feature models wearing the spring and summer 2012 collections from some of Chicago’s most talented eco-designers. Tickets range from $35 for general admission to $95 for VIP. Check their Facebook link for tickets on what tickets include. They are selling fast so do not wait too long to purchase yours online at http://www.vertcouture.com/. And don’t forget your “green carpet” photo op!
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Go Go Green 5K Run and Walk Oct 22thTH
The Nature Museum’s 4th annual Go Go Green 5k Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, October 22th. According to the Nature Museum’s website, this event isorganized to raise awareness about our urban ecosystem, support Nature Museum programs and educate Chicagoans about living a more eco-friendly life. All proceeds will benefit the Museum’s vision to be the urban gateway to nature and science.
The race be begin at 9am and following the race will be all kinds of “green” post-race activities at the Nature Museum from science experiments and recycling to visiting with the Museum’s reptile residents. Plus participants in the race will have the first opportunity to see a brand new Nature Museum exhibition called, Eww! What’s Eating You?, which digs into the history of humans and our closest companions – the parasites that live inside us. See the Nature Museum’s Event Page for more details!
So – Is that enough to help you have a Green October?
“Recycling is always in fashion.”