Earth Month



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April is Earth Month! Dating back to 1970, both Earth Month and Earth Day, held this year on April 22, have been times to bring together millions of people throughout the world to celebrate environmental progress, educate each other about stewardship and justice, and advocate for sustainable policies and practices.  By participating in Earth Month locally, you help support implementation of Northbrook's Climate Action Plan.

Ongoing Events:

  • Village of Northbrook Green Recognition Programs - Ongoing
    • Reach out: tessa.murray@northbrook.il.us
    • Are you making a difference with environmental stewardship in the community and think others could learn from your efforts? Residents may apply for the Green Stewardship Spotlight- details on this page. Business community members are invited to reach out to Village Sustainability Coordinator at tessa.murray@northbrook.il.us to participate in the pilot Northbrook Green Business Program!

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Meet the Village's partners for a sustainable Northbrook!

ggnGo Green Northbrook has a mission to promote environmental sustainability through education, community programs and collaboration with local governmental entities. From installing LED bulbs, saying no to single-use plastics, or integrating native plants into your landscape, GoGreen asks you to "do one thing". 

Reach out: info@gogreennorthbrook.org
ngcNorthbrook Garden Club seeks to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to aid in the protection of native trees, plants, animals and insects, and to encourage civic planting. They will be having a plant sale this May. In addition to plants donated from members' gardens, there will also be a much larger selection of native plants available this year. Plant experts will be present and can help guide how to incorporate native plants into your existing garden beds with beautiful results. Their newly formed Sustainable Gardening Committee provides education about good environmental practices in our landscapes and the benefits of adding native plants to our yards

Reach out: nbkgardenclub@gmail.com
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One Earth Film Festival (OEFF) is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement. Inspiring and thought-provoking environmental films are followed by interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions.  Their Earth Day events are listed here.

RTNCRiver Trail Nature Center is part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County in Northbrook. Its free exhibits, walking trails and onsite nature educators help tell the story of the plants, animals and natural landscapes formed by the Des Plaines River. Learn how to make maple syrup, meet an owl or join a guided hike at all-ages events each week—or just let the kids climb and create at indoor and outdoor play areas.


Community Garden logoNorthbrook Community Gardens, Inc. is a member driven Illinois non profit for Northbrook residents to grow food for themselves and charity and to educate the community about sustainable food. Plots are open at the Temple Beth-El Community Garden location, 3610 Dundee Road. 

Sign up: brianbrucesr@sbcglobal.net.
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Northbrook Farmers Market’s mission is to support local farmers, producers and artisans by providing an economic outlet, and to serve the greater Northbrook area by making available for purchase fresh food and other locally made goods for the benefit of all. Our goal  is to educate residents on the benefits of buying locally, eating healthy, and living green, as well as supporting local farming families and entrepreneurs. Each season the Market’s vendors donate thousands of pounds to the food pantry.

Reach out: NorthbrookFarmersMarket@gmail.com

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A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife's mission is to work in joint cooperation with all avian rescue groups to try and eliminate the need for rescue groups by educating the public about avicultural issues. Until that is accomplished, we will provide a sanctuary for those unfortunate parrots that are in need of a home.



CCL (10)Monarchs, Milkweed, and More promotes native plantings to enhance habitats for monarchs and all wildlife through education, community programs, and collaboration. The Village recently partnered with this group to spread awareness about the endangered rusty patch bumble bee and what you can do to help its survival. Watch the webinar recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E8Wt7bpzZA

Reach out: monarchsmilkweedandmore@gmail.com
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Friends of the Somme Preserves work to restore native ecosystem habitat in Northbrook's natural areas. Since the 1970s, volunteers have been hard at work removing invasive plants, collecting natural seeds, and carefully conserving wildlife and plants at the Somme forest preserves in Northbrook. Each week volunteers enjoy time outdoors and each other’s company as they restore nature at the Somme preserves.   Everyone is invited to help – or just to enjoy. Volunteers meet every weekend or Tuesdays from 1-4pm.

Reach out: sommepreserve@gmail.com

togThe Organic Gardener Ltd. is based in Northbrook and creates beautiful, productive organic edible gardens. We construct unique, interactive outdoor spaces tailored to meet each client’s needs. Our team engages in your project from start to finish, and offers a full line of services including design, installation, maintenance, and education. Our design process focuses on complimenting the existing landscape and architecture. We work with clients of all experience levels – whether we handle every detail “hands-on” from planting through harvest, or we work side by side as guides throughout the season. Our approach is rooted in the idea that anyone, anywhere, can grow their own food. 

Reach out: INFO@THEORGANICGARDENER.NET
REDSReds Garden Center provides Northbrook with exceptional gardening and landscaping service. In 1968, Dundee Road was a quiet two-lane street and Reds Garden Center was a small family business selling nursery plants and firewood in Northbrook. Fast forward 50 years, and Reds is a comprehensive source for an enormous range of trees, shrubs, flowers, garden essentials, and more. Reds' Team is ready to "talk green" year-round. Stop in to say hello and start planning your gardening for the season.

Reach out: reds@redsgardencenter.com
fgsFerraro Garden Spot is a family-owned garden center that opened its doors in Northbrook in 1955. They are open year round and sell various items for all four seasons: flowers, plants, trees, containers, and more!

Reach out: ferraro1840@att.net  
ULUnderwriters Laboratories LLC is the global leader in safety science and provides the expertise, insights and services necessary to achieve core business objectives including sustainability. Did you know 100% of emissions from UL’s headquarters facilities in Northbrook are offset? UL’s sustainability services and solutions are achieving worldwide recognition: from the development of more than 80 globally recognized sustainability standards to expertise in supply chains and product life cycles for greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Check for their labels like ECOLOGO or EPEAT when purchasing new products to ensure you're supporting sustainable practices.
Shred SpotShred Spot is a local Northbrook business that provides document destruction with drop off, pickup, scheduled, or rental paper shredding services to commercial and residential clients. All of the paper we shred is made into recycled paper. Even our forklift, which we use to move the bales, is environmentally friendly. It runs on battery power which is far more energy efficient than diesel or propane powered forklifts and does not emit harmful fumes. 

Reach out: https://shredspot.com/contact/ 
Copy of CACoorlas Architecture LLC, co-founded by Stephen & Kristin Coorlas, subscribes to the conscious practice of addressing real-world environmental and socially ethical problems. Our concern for the environment encourages Eco-Friendly, Organic, and Non-Toxic product sourcing when available. We also promote Renewable Energy, Water Efficiency, and Conservation of Land in an effort to reduce Carbon Emissions, Prevent Pollution of Natural Resources, and Limit Building Material and Product Waste. We donate regularly to charities and nonprofits that support these efforts through reforestation, clean water, and collective knowledge initiatives that we believe are helping to foster and nurture a physically healthy ecosystem and mentally healthy society for years to come. Coorlas Architecture is also dedicated to experimental research in emergent technologies such as 3D printing, which are helping to reduce carbon emissions and construction waste due to their additive, no-waste, on-site fabrication characteristics. We participate in these studies with the ambition of restoring fundamental principles of architecture in our modern day and future society. We believe in a future that can operate harmoniously with nature while employing technology as an instrument to harness the resilience and efficiency of our Earth.
fbNorthbrook Free Box promotes the idea of borrowing before buying and sharing before selling. Post anything you'd like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors. Ask for anything you'd like to receive for free or borrow. We've all probably heard of the phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle.” But have you heard about the other two “Rs”? The Five Rs are guiding principles for reducing the waste we output. A great way to “refuse, reduce, reuse” before items ever get to the “recycle” stage is through the Northbrook Free Box. 
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Norwex has a mission of improving quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. Healthier homes are created with fewer harmful chemicals, and less plastic when cleaning with Norwex microfiber products. The silver embedded in the cloths removes 99% of bacteria throughout your home when just using water with them. Email for more info and monthly discounts.

Reach out: Laura Morgannorthshoregreenclean@gmail.com 
SealedSealed modernizes houses with insulation and the latest HVAC tech to eliminate uneven temperatures and make your house up to 3 times more energy efficient. Best of all - Sealed covers the upfront costs and manages the whole project from start to finish, using the money homeowners currently waste on energy. Northbrook homeowners can now sign up for Sealed’s Early Access program.

Reach out: hello@sealed.com 
apaAnyPlaceAmerica.com offers over 1 million free topographic maps for points of interest in the United States. Hikers and campers can search for nearby water, land and man made points of interests to explore. Anyone can also search these points of interest by name or geo-location in addition to viewing images and maps.

Reach out: support@anyplaceamerica.com 
NTThe Northfield Township Road District is committed to comprehensive environmental protection and employs only the most socially and environmentally responsible recycling practices. Our environmental mission includes: 1. Environment - Dedicated to meeting or exceeding the requirements of relevant environmental law and regulation to keep our landfills free of unnecessary pollutants and to reducing energy use. 2. Transparency - To keep recycling practices as clear as possible and free of charge so that each of our residents feels secure in using the service. 3. Convenience - Dropping off the recyclable must be quick and trouble-free. 4. Operations - Regularly evaluate our operation to respond to relevant emerging environmental issues. 5. Reuse - Reuse should come first and strives to find partners that will find second homes for all electronics that we accept. Items that cannot be reused will be recycled responsibly.
AAThe Alzheimer's Association promotes brain health by way of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and offers hands-on tools on how to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. For centuries, we've known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. 

Reach out: ansampley@alz.org 

nplThe Northbrook Public Library nurtures community and stimulates lifelong learning through innovative, responsive programming, partnerships, resources, and services. We deliver excellent customer service to our patrons to create a welcoming, inclusive environment. Recently, the Library adopted Northbrook's Climate Action Plan and began an internal staff committee to begin implementation. See calendar for upcoming sustainability events.
npdNorthbrook Park District 's mission is to enhance our community by providing outstanding services, parks and facilities through environmental, social and financial stewardship. Many sustainable measures are taken, both daily and with larger capital projects, throughout the District. Techny Prairie Activity Center is a new 44,200 square foot Net Zero Energy facility. The 833 rooftop solar panels will produce more energy than the building consumes in a twelve-month period. The facility was officially verified as a Net Zero Building by the New Buildings Institute in March 2022 and is both Phius+ and Source Zero Certified by the Passive House Institute US. Heritage Oaks Golf Club re-opened to the public after course renovations and clubhouse construction. Sustainability was front of mind, from furnishing selections to permeable pavers and from construction methods to the planting of 356 new trees. Recycling is conducted at all facilities and parks. Special attention is given to water conservation and stormwater management using permeable pavers and bioswales while LED lighting and highly efficient HVAC and mechanical systems conserve energy. The District manages 52.5 acres of native plantings and is home to several Monarch butterfly gardens and milkweed planting areas while walking and biking are encouraged on the District’s 7.7 miles of trails. Northbrook Park District is responsible for over 500 acres of open space. Preserving this land and its assets is at the heart of what we do as a park district.
CUB_IL_LogoBadgeRGBAdminLogoCitizens Utility Board provides great resources for those looking to switch to renewable energy. CUB challenges utility rate increases, appeals unfair regulatory decisions in the courts and fights for rate reductions and refunds. CUB also promotes tougher consumer protection laws in the state legislature, publishes consumer-friendly information and holds hundreds of educational events each year.
28Northbrook School District 28 committed to the goals of Northbrook’s Climate Action Plan and has many projects demonstrating their leadership. With 2 green roofs, 2 organic gardens, 1 permeable pavement parking lot, and numerous recycling opportunities, District 28 leads by example in sustainable practices.
27Northbrook School District 27 offers recycling opportunities including an annual hazardous waste drive. Students are empowered to learn about environmental challenges through school clubs for recycling and technology. Get out your earth tone colored gear: students will be celebrating Earth Day this year with a Spirit Day!
30Northbrook/Glenview School District 30 is a dedicated partner in local sustainability efforts through their commitment to Northbrook’s Climate Action Plan. The School District promotes a culture of eco-awareness with recycling and composting opportunities, plus integrating environmental values into school curricula with hands-on projects such as pollinator gardening.
Simple RecSimple Recycling makes it simple to reduce the 40 billion tons of clothing in the nation’s municipal waste stream through their curbside collection program. 85% of clothing does not get recycled or donated, it gets trashed. Clothing and housewares account for approximately 10% of the municipal waste stream. 

Learn more: https://www.northbrook.il.us/475/Refuse-Recycling
mwrd_seal_1_0Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is an award-winning, special-purpose district responsible for treating wastewater and providing stormwater management for residents and businesses in its service area, which encompasses 882.1 square miles and includes Chicago and 128 suburban communities throughout Cook County. As the protector of our water resources, the MWRD continues to work diligently to protect Lake Michigan, the source of our drinking water, as well as the health and safety of citizens and area waterways.
nsmadNorth Shore Mosquito Abatement District manages local mosquito populations to reduce the risk of disease from mosquito-borne viruses and minimize the negative impact mosquitoes have on the quality of life in the District. The NSMAD uses the most environmentally products possible and follows principles of integrated pest management, meaning chemical spraying only occurs when absolutely necessary after a threshold level of unsafe mosquito populations is reached in our area.
mmcThe Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 towns that frequently meets to work on sustainability issues, from electric vehicles and community solar to sensible road salting and green infrastructure. MMC recently created a Regional Climate Action Plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and this was adopted locally by Northbrook's Board of Trustees.
CEEPComEd’s Energy Efficiency Program, which is funded in compliance with State law, offers incentives, rebates, discounts and recycling opportunities to assist customers in conserving energy and saving money as a result. See resident or business discounts online.
openlands_square_400x400Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives. There are many ways to help protect the nature you love with Openlands. Whether you’re a teacher that wants to teach outside or a tree lover who wants to volunteer in their community, there are opportunities to connect with nature where you live. 
Active-Transportation-Alliance-LogoActive Transportation Alliance is a coalition of people who are working to make walking, biking, and public transit safe and equitable options for getting around Chicagoland. We envision the region with half as many crashes and where half of all trips are made by walking, biking, and transit. These goals can be achieved by building a movement around active transportation and making it easier for people to be active.

Reach out: maggie@activetrans.org
0lgexMge_400x400Working Bikes gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities. We know that bicycles are the most reliable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly transportation option available, and we’re working towards a world where everyone has access to bicycle transportation, whether in Africa or Chicago! Drop off used bikes at Northbrook’s Earth Day recycling event.

Reach out: info@workingbikes.org
IFSC-Logo-BigThe Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a thriving not-for-profit organization advancing diversion and composting of organics in Illinois through advocacy, program implementation, market and business development, policy, and outreach. Composting food scraps reduces methane generated from rotting food in landfills. Landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane in the country, accounting for 18% of methane emissions. Today, methane accounts for 10% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.

Reach out: illinoiscomposts@gmail.com

crpcmcClimate Reality Project was founded by Vice President Al Gore to bring the world together to solve the climate crisis and make sustainability a reality. In 2017 a Chicago Metro area chapter was established as a way to come together locally. Climate-concerned members of the public are welcome to join a team to tackle the following subjects: electric vehicles, regenerative agriculture, youth action, and zero waste.

Reach out: bit.ly/CRPCC-join  
trees.comTrees.com started out as a simple blog and has evolved into a company with a single mission: To help readers learn how to build their optimal outdoor space. They are the online authority for gardening advice, hydroponics, product reviews, DIY, and design ideas. With the help of horticulture experts, arborists, and tried-and-true gardeners, they offer a wealth of knowledge and actionable guidance, so that even novice gardeners have the tools to be successful.