The monthly meeting agenda, new education topics, composting, volunteering, and more!
Hello EEC friends, community members, and environmental stewards! This is our monthly pre-monthly-meeting general newsletter. We hope to see you at our September monthly meeting on the 14th at 6:30pm, on Zoom or in-person at 6018 N Kenmore. We'll be sharing and discussing about: our Shoreline Seed Grant work with a new nature-based solutions webpage and 9/21 Walking Tour, ward-wide composting project, ongoing volunteering at Berger Park, Park 559, Vedgewater, and Osterman Beach Dunes. The breakouts planned for the meeting are on 1) composting and 2) sustainable & green development. The breakouts are used to dive deeper into conservation to build out projects and our advocacy efforts. A big shout out to Edgewater's Senator Mike Simmons and Rep Kelly Cassidy for receiving a 100% rating on the Illinois Environmental Council's scorecard. We thank them for supporting the policy we care about and will will continue to advocate for them to continue doing so! On top of mind currently is many exciting and educational upcoming events. Scroll down to see a listing for them all - from us and our friends and partners. Make sure to come out for the 9/9 WFCW Parkway Clean Up for Parkways for Pollinators, Water Music on the Beach: Persephone, Sunday, September 17 at 5:30 PM at Lane Beach. We also look forward to seeing you soon! Our monthly meetings take place at 6:30 PM every second Thursday of the month, and they are all posted on our Events page.
Our Upcoming Events
9/9 WFCW Parkway Clean Up for Parkways for Pollinators + Fall Distribution
2023 EEC Monthly Meetings Remaining: 9/14, 10/12, 11/9
Hollywood Beach Stewardship: Sunday, 10:30am-12:30pm: 9/24, 10/29
Vedgewater Work Days: 15th of the month every month
Vedgewater Garden Commons Volunteer Orientation: 9/15 at 6pm
Saturday, Sept 9 Andersonville Parkway for Pollinators Clean Up Join David Oakes and neighbors to help keep the neighborhood beautiful by lending some time to beautification of Andersonville. Remove weeds in and around the Parkways for Pollinator plots-South of Foster, North of Bryn Mawr (There are 11 total). And more! RSVP + More Info Saturday, Sept 17th
Water Music on the Beach series highlights Chicago’s proximity to Lake Michigan through compositions and scores that reflect, react to, or personify the sounds of water. Free and open to the public this event features experimental musicians and artists. Performances happen without a formal platform – the sand is our stage, the water and sky our backdrop. RSVP + More Info Thursday, Sept 21st
Nature-Based Solutions Walking Tour Do you prefer sandy beaches and dunes or concrete walls with no swimming allowed? This walking tour shows how “green infrastructure” like dunes offer a better solution to shoreline protection. It will explain how natural solutions can safeguard property, create wildlife habitat and build more beaches. RSVP + More Info Here!
EDGEWATER HERITAGE TREE SURVEY, 9/10 10 am – 12:30 pm
West Ridge Nature Park Volunteer Workday, 9/16 10am-12pm
BOOK DISCUSSION: "To Speak for the Trees" 9/23 2-4 pm
2023 Montrose Dunes Stewardship, Saturdays 9-12p: 9/30, 10/21
West Andersonville Gardens working days April - October, 9 - 12PM
Andersonville Arts Weekend - September 29 - Sun Oct 1
Edgewater Mutual Aid Food Distribution: Saturdays 12-1:30pm
Jazz in the Yard with sustainable off-grid energy by Glenwood Systems, Sundays 4-6pm, Senn Courtyard
Water at 6018 North
Presented as a partner project of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Water uses the Chicago River as an entryway to discuss the interconnectedness and relational importance of water upon the City and its people. From pre-settler colonialism to present day, the availability of water has impacted the City of Chicago’s formation, rise, and current environmental concerns. The exhibition begins with a contemporary view of the Chicago River through the video of artist/architect Jennifer Buyck walking along the entire river. The exhibition also looks to Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River to correlate universal costs of exploitation, commodification, control, and renewal of waterways. Water’s impact and importance is much more than just economical and environmental. Water—essential to life—is a shared resource that connects all. All information here!
Edgewater Tree Events EDGEWATER HERITAGE TREE SURVEY - September 10, Sunday, 10 am – 12:30 pm, Helping out the Edgewater Historic Society with their ongoing heritage tree survey BOOK DISCUSSION: "To Speak for the Trees", September 23, Saturday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Location: Senn Unity Garden
Fall Soil Keepers Classes “What if we endeavor to build a network of soil advocates who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to create social ecologies that are resilient to the challenges of the 21st century?” Eventbrite here. Wednesday Sept 20th and 27th from 5:30-7:45pm.
Steve Knight Trio is performing on Senn lawn on most Sundays with off-grid sustainable energy most Sundays from Jim Nelson and Glenwood Systems.
Did you know that more than two thirds of all Chicago’s greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings? Although our state is on path to 100% clean energy by 2045, most of our buildings still run on fossil fuels. RSVP
Volunteer for Project Wingspan! Collect Seeds! Save Pollinators! Pollinator Partnership is training volunteers to collect native wildflower seeds throughout Illinois. Learn about native wildflower species and complete the full training and certification process at one of these events or via materials on this webpage: pollinator.org/wingspan/seed-collection. Wednesday, October 11th , 2023 @ 6:30 pm - Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89510636622 Meeting ID: 895 1063 6622 One tap mobile +16694449171,,89510636622# US or +1 312 626 6799 US