Chicagoland Sustainability Calendar

Listing selected events for those interested in living more sustainably with emphasis on ecological food production. Featuring the activities of the Chicagoland Urban Permaculture (CUP) Group -- promoting integrated living through permaculture. See Greening Chicago Calendar for more events.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Coming up soon....

Gardening with Mushrooms
Saturday, March 24th
12 - 4 pm
Find out how to grow food as part of natures recycling program. Select two (logs or other processes) from several species and techniques to take home with you. Some are colorful and remain so for months. To register, $15 checks to Kenneth Otto, must be received by March 20. Please include your phone number. Follow up guidance will be provided.
At North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, 60646
Send checks there.

posted by Rael  # 12:20 PM

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Permaculture and Sustainability ANNOUNCEMENTS --
Compiled by Chicagoland Urban Permaculture Group (CUP)
Best to verify all information, in case of changes.

** Home Hints
Sprouting: Winter Gardening - easy, nutritious, inexpensive
Simplifying your life? Take the online survey

*** NEW
* Biomimetic Biofuel Potential
Mixed prairie plantings on degraded land, => 2-5-fold net energy return
and also are significantly carbon negative. 7 December 2006
* Latest in local green homebuilding http://greenbean.typepad.com/
* UN report: cattle greatest threat to climate, produce 18% of greenhouse
gases. http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article2062484.ece

Since climate change is here, and could be horrific:
1) See An Inconvenient Truth on global warming, starring Al Gore, with our planet's story.
Find showings in the area http://www.climatecrisis.net/findatheater/
Teachers get free copy < 11/18 http://www.participate.net/educators/ 50,000 copies available
Also If your school hasn't < 1/10 http://focusthenation.org/eblog/
2) Join a Global Warming Solutions Action Group for Chicago and Illinois.
3) Related free videos are:
* David Attenborough's Climate Chaos
Part 1: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/640x480/xmq0n
Part 2: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/640x480/xmy11
* Global Dimming

OPPORTUNITIES for ecological living
* For Rent - share large 3 floor home - garden,
Eco-living intentional community possibilities.
Pulaski/Lawrence area. (773)283-0133 or 860-3296.
* Intentional Community forming in Woodlawn.

Continuing Through January 6
Sustainable Architecture in Chicago
Museum of Contemporary Art,

** Additional Selected Events COMING UP

Sunday, January 7, 10am-1? Stelle intro, (near Kankakee)

Tuesday, January 9, 12:15pm-1pm Shanghai's Ecological Cities
New Urban Settlements, Gary Lawrence, Arup
John Buck Company Lecture Hall Gallery
ArchiCenter, 224 S. Michigan. Free

Wed, January 10, 7pm. Alliance for a Post Petroleum
Local Economy (APPLE). UU Church of Elgin

Wed, January 10, 7pm. Chicago Peak Oil
Energy Awareness Oriole Park Library, 7454 W. Balmoral

Thursday, January 11, 6pm, Natural Builders Meetup
Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W Grand, Chicago

Saturday, January 13, 9-11:45am Voluntary Simplicity Chicago
Also Northwest Suburbs (2nd Wednesday)

Tuesday, January 17, 5:30 -7pm 21st Century Chicago Plan
Benefits of 3-8 Chicago Zoning Ordinance changes.
Garden for every home. Zero Energy House, Zoka Zola, 0/$15
AIA Chicago, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1049

Wednesday, January 17, 5:30pm-9:00pm Chicago Green Drinks
7-8 pm discussion - Local sustainability organizations
Jefferson Tap & Grill 325 N. Jefferson Cost: $5/2
http://www.foresightdesign.org/events/ (312) 670-7812

Saturday, January 20, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Town Hall Meeting on Global Warming
Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin, Chicago,

Thursday, January 25, 7 pm Chicago New Urbanism &
Sustainable Development Meetup,
Starbucks, 828 N State. http://newurbanism.meetup.com/21

January 29 - February 2 Campus Climate Challenge
Put the heat on a new Congress. So far at NEIU, Truman College, UIC,
Get your local campus involved FREE Inconvenient Truth DVD

Monday, February 5, 7pm Chicago Environment Meetup
Mystic Celt, 3443 N Southport

Wednesday, February 7, 7-9 pm Urban Permaculture: Food Growing
Learn how to apply permaculture to urban living, home or apartment. Food/fertilizer, indoors/out. With Bill Shores, a professional organic grower. Includes a demonstration of indoor salad greens production. http://sustainCUP.blogspot.com/
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski; Chicago

* Green Tech classes: www.cityofchicago.org/Environment/GreenTech
* Greening Calendar quarterly http://www.greennetchicago.org/
Find community gardens in your neighborhood
* Conscious Choice Calendar http://consciouschoice.com/
* Get involved in restoring our local natural capital (nature)
At North Park Village Nature Center. Wednesday/Sunday. 9 am -12
Sites on the Chicago River http://www.northbranchrestoration.org/
Other places in Northern Illinois http://tinyurl.com/ok8cx

** UPDATE ** City's New Recycling & Drop-Off Centers
During 2007, blue cart recycling will be coming to wards 1, 5, 8, 19, 37, Wards 46 & 47. In the meantime, deposit unsorted recyclables (including #3, #4, #5 & #7 plastics) in the boxes at 15 Chicago Drop-Off Centers. The Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento is one of the sites. http://tinyurl.com/cmeb4 And for electronic and hazardous wastes, the Household Chemical and Computer Recycling Center, 1150 N. North Branch St. on Goose Island, is open Tues 7am-noon; Thurs 2-7pm; & 1st Sat 8am-3pm. Info call 311, http://tinyurl.com/wg4y3

World faces hottest year ever, as El NiƱo combines with global warming
..."essential" that a global agreement on emissions is struck quickly.
...[expect] extreme weather ...for at least the first four months of 2007
...[perhaps] lasting up to 18 months,... 01 January 2007

Monday, February 27, 2006

Coming up in April...

Crises and Opportunities
- Learning from Cuba?

Saturday, April 8th, 2-4pm

View and discuss The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil a recently released 50 minute documentary on their response to losing over half their oil imports in 1990. A review of resource depletion and climate change concerns will highlight the story's relevance to Chicago's future.

According to one reviewer, "In Cuba, the sudden weaning off petroleum started bringing rapid improvements in productivity through experimentation, citizen involvement, and eventually feelings of security for all concerned. Now the nation has a proud track record of having coped with serious adversity (beyond the threat of U.S invasion and subversion)."
-- Jan Lundberg in Culture Change Letter #124

At North Park Village Nature Center 5801 N Pulaski, Chicago
Turn left at the T intersection.
Free and open to the public.
Information: 773-907-1465 or raelearth (@ no spam) yahoo (dot) com

posted by Rael  # 9:47 PM

Friday, December 30, 2005

Coming up next...

Bioregional Blessings
Saturday, February 25, 2-4 pm
At North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago. Free.

Bioregionalism, often considered synonymous with permaculture, is gaining in influence. Driven by it's compelling vision, BioRegional spearheaded the development of the Beddington Zero Energy Development (BedZED), the UK's largest ecovillage and first zero carbon development. This project inspired China to contract with the BedZED engineers to design and build a number of eco-cities. Learn more about the bioregional vision, these projects, and other applications, plus similar ones in Illinois.

Find out about one of the more promising alternatives to corporate globalization -- bioregionalism. The presenter, Rael Bassan will talk about his experiences with the bioregional movement for over ten years, starting with Chicago's Wild Onion Alliance. Additional material discussed will include parts of Mike Carr's recent book Bioregionalism And Civil Society: Democratic Challenges to Corporate Globalism (July 2005). It describes the values, strategies, and tools for building sustainable societies, developed by this continent's bioregional movement.

Info: 773-907-1465 or raelearth(no spam at)yahoo(dot)com.

Additional bioregional resources include:

Toward a Bioregional State : A Series of Letters About Political Theory and Formal Institutional Design in the Era of Sustainability - by Mark D. Whitaker (May 2005).. He proposes that sustainability requires an overhaul of our democratic institutions -- suggesting the addition of over 60 different novel checks and balances.

Mark has also created: Get to Sustainability through Bioregionalism? A Reading List

Another definitional view... [Click there for more bioregional stuff]
Bioregionalism is a fancy name for living a rooted life. Sometimes called "living in place," bioregionalism means you are aware of the ecology, economy and culture of the place where you live, and are committed to making choices that enhance them.

posted by Rael  # 8:47 AM

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Coming up next...

Natural Building Futures
Wednesday, September 21, 7-9 p.m.,
At North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago. Free.

Join our five panelists in discussing our "Natural Building Futures". Find out about opportunities for building and decorating more ecologically, using materials that are nearby and easy to use. Help envision greater use of these techniques in Chicagoland and at the Nature Center. Consider how significant a contribution they can make to living sustainably.

Panelists are:
Chad Bliss, experienced in cob and strawbale construction, founder of the The Cob Connection.
Miguel Elliott http://yourmudhut.com/ a cofounder of Urban Habitat Chicago, which is pushing alternative material building in Chicago. He has recently started ChiCobCo.
Dave Kozlowski, of Little Green Houses, who has incorporated natural and greener building materials in numerous remodeling projects and new construction.
Judy Speer, who has utilized many techniques at her gathering center in McHenry County, which is offering
an introductory workshop, Saturday, October 22, $55 (includes lunch). Register by 10/15
815-648-1372, smwaters@intergate.com
Jamie Topper, creator of the cob hands sculpture in the Nature Center's preserve.

Some additional details about potential at the Nature Center
The Nature Center is considering using natural building techniques to create a structure at their nature study area in the next year or so. The nature study area is 12 acres at the SE corner of North Park Village, which is separate from the preserve, and has fewer restrictions on structures. A preliminary proposal will be developed for a future design charette at the Nature Center that primarily focuses on the preserve. This panel discussion will help those interested to explore the next steps.

The Nature Center's advisory committee initiated discussion of the project last month. They envision a secure (lockable) multi-functional structure, whose uses could include: tool and equipment storage, workshop presentations, nature observation and meditation. It could be build on the site of a demolished building in the north east leg of the nature study area, which has an intact cement floor. However, do not let this initial conceptualization limit your creativity.

For more information contact Rael Bassan at 773-907-1465 or raelrearth@yahoo.com

posted by Rael  # 2:39 PM

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Our next event:

Sustainability Stories

Wednesday, August 31, 7-9 pm
Share recent sustainability experiences and news. Integrate the visions they generated. Explore new opportunities. Discuss their relevance and how they can be best developed. Consider how we can jumpstart a more sustainable future.

Three regional sustainabiity fairs provided major resources for inspiration:
1) The 1st Illinois Sustainable Living Fair and Earth Day Celebration was held at Bloomington/Normal, April 22-23, 2005.
They plan on repeating it in 2006.
2) The 16th Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, Custer, WI (worlds largest)
held June 17-19, 2005. www.the-mrea.org/energy_fair.php
3) The 4th Illinois Renewable Energy Fair, August 13-14, added Sustainable Living to their title this year, together with a Sustainable Living Tent, which housed the contributions of numerous participants. http://www.illinoisrenew.org/events/events.html

And coming up in November...
A "Peak Oil" and Community Solutions planning meeting, inspired by the
2nd U.S. Conference on "Peak Oil" and Community Solutions
September 23 - 25, Yellow Springs, OH.

At North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago.
Turn left at the first "T" intersection.

Sponsored by Chicagoland Urban Permaculture (CUP)
Free and open to the public.
Information: Rael Bassan, 773-907-1465, raelearth@yahoo.com

posted by Rael  # 2:49 PM

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Coming up in May...
Info: Rael 773-907-1465 raelearth at yahoo.com

Permaculture Principles; Urban Food Production
Wednesday, May 18, 7-9 pm
Explore the significance of permaculture and it's principles, and how they can be applied to urban living and food production. Whether you have limited indoor growing space or an extensive yard, producing more of of your own food may be increasingly valuable. Applying ecological insights can make the process more efficient and delightful. Featuring Bill Shores, a permaculture grower from Ohio.
North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago

Gardening with Mushrooms
Saturday, May 21, 11 am - 4 pm
Find out how to grow food as part of natures recycling program. Select two (logs or other processes) from several species and techniques to take home with you. Some are colorful and remain so for months. To register, $15 checks to Kenneth Otto, must be received by May 18. Please include your phone number. Follow up guidance will be available.
At North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago, 60646
Send checks there.

posted by Rael  # 11:10 AM


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