Here we are in September – the start of fall, the start of a new school year, the start of our new newsletter format – the start of so many things!
Including the PR for a new contest for greening the South Loop. See details below for the South Loop | Greener Together Contest.
Also in this issue:
Resources for Going Greener
Green Apple Day of Service
Bike the 2nd Ward
South Loop | Greener Together Contest
The search for the most engaging and green community project for the South Loop
Are you always looking for ways to go greener by … riding a bike more? Recycling more? Composting? Using more energy efficient fixtures?
Do you wonder if you might be able to do more if you combined your efforts with your friends, neighbors, or co-workers?
Have you had an idea scratching at the back of your mind of something fun to do with them – to all go greener together?
If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, the Alliance for a Greener South Loop has just the incentive to help you take a next step in going greener:
This year, for the 5th anniversary of our Greener South Loop Awards, we will be awarding a $1000 cash prize to implement a winning plan that engages folks to go GREENER TOGETHER in the South Loop.
The South Loop | Greener Together Contest will award the money to winner of the most engaging and green community project design for the South Loop. Let’s break that down. . .
- What’s “engaging?” – a project that lots of folks will actually participate in
- What’s “green?” – a project that makes an environmental impact, by contributing to the City’s Sustainability Plan.
- What’s a “community?” – any group of folks who have something in common: living, working, going to school, or playing. Work in the South Loop? It’s your co-workers. In school in the South Loop? It’s fellow students (or their families). Play in the South Loop? It’s your gardening club or softball team members (for example). Live in the South Loop? It’s your neighbors, members of your condo or town home association, etc.
To sum it up, contenders for the prize will be project designs that engage folks in the South Loop to work together on a project that contributes to the City’s Sustainability Plan. The winning project will have a clear environmental focus, a way to actively engage community members, a budget, and a four-month implementation timeline. The winning prize of $1000, funded by our contest sponsors, will be awarded to help implement the project.
The contest will launch in mid-October, but we wanted to give you a heads-up so you can get yourGreener Together ideas churning. How can YOU use $1000 to go greener, together?
Resources for Going Greener
Looking for ideas and inspiration for ways to go greener, together?
Alliance member Roosevelt University is hosting their second annual Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago event, November 1-3. According to participants, last year’s inaugural event was both inspirational and practical, the best kind of event. Click here to learn more about this year’s event.
ALSO: Check out our Resources page on our website for a directory of organizations and businesses that can inspire, guide, and support your efforts.
The Green Apple Day of Service, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations the opportunity to transform schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments through local service projects.Although no South Loop school is registered officially for this event with the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois, we wanted to use The Green Apple Day of Service idea to invite you to reach out to a South Loop school, to volunteer to help with one of their “green” projects.
Or let us know where you might volunteer, and we can put you in touch with the right person(s):
Daystar School, 1550 S. State Street
Jones College Prep, 700 S. State Street
Old St. Mary’s, 1474 S. Michigan
Perspectives Charter, 1930 S. Archer
South Loop Elementary, 1212 S. Plymouth Court
South Loop Early Childhood Learning Center, 1915 S. Federal Street
Bike the 2nd Ward with Alderman Fioretti, Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM.
Alderman Fioretti will lead riders on a 17-mile leisurely bike ride to see scenic and historical sites in the current and new 2nd Ward.
and End Point: Fairlife, 1001 W. Adams Street.
Ride Begins: 9am sharp, please arrive no later than 8:30.