Month Year Vol 1, Issue 1


Spring 2014       

3rd Annual Recycling Extravaganza
May 3
8 a.m.-1 p.m.

River Forest United Methodist Church
Gather your recyclables and help us make this the biggest year yet!
We make it easy to properly dispose of a wide variety of electronics, scrap metal, batteries, prescription medications, and more. New this year, we're accepting cooking oil.

To volunteer click here, or for more information contact Julie Moller at [email protected].

See the poster for a complete list of accepted items. 

Out of Bin Recycling Guide

Not sure what to do with recyclable materials that aren't accepted in curbside collection containers? We've created a Guide to some area locations that accept a variety of items. To download a pdf of the guide, click here.

Earth Week: April 21-25
Earth Day: April 22 

All of the schools are encouraging students to bike or walk to school as much as possible. 

For Willard's "How I helped the Earth" program, each class will receive leaves to put on a Green Tree that will be on display through May 2 to spread the word about things  kids are doing to protect the Earth, such as walking to school, packing a Zero Waste Lunch, starting a garden or recycling. On Wednesday, students will watch Willard students' winning entry in the "One Earth" film competition during an assembly. Students who bring a Zero Waste Lunch (all containers are either compostable, recyclable or reusable) on Thursday will receive a ticket for a chance to win a water bottle. On Friday, the Recycling "Out of the Bin" Guide and a Recycling Extravaganza postcard will be sent home with students.

Lincoln students are encouraged to wear green all week.  Parents can help get their kids ready for the Zero Waste Lunch Challenge by purchasing re-usable lunch supplies through the Lincoln PTO. If you are interested in Wrap-n-Mats, Snack Taxi's  or stainless steel water bottles, contact Vicki Freund at [email protected]

Roosevelt  will be focusing on recycling and composting. With Green4Good volunteer help, Mr. Kadlec's 7th grade science class will work in the biology garden to compost the winter rye planted last fall and grow edible crops for the science room turtles. In addition, they will talk about urban gardening, plastics, and recycling. 

Check with your school to learn more about all Earth Week activities.

D90 Receives Grant for Solar Energy

In March, District 90 won a generous grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation for three solar installations, one each at Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Willard schools. The project is educational in scope and will allow D90 students to learn about solar energy and the importance of  renewable energy as part of their science and technology curriculum. Many thanks to the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation for the funding, Eco Solar Solutions for their assistance wih the grant process, and each school PTO for their support and partnership in this exciting project.

D90 Schools Helping Monarch Butterflies

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have officially declared the Monarch migration to be an endangered biological phenomenon. In response, both Willard and Lincoln schools are planning to plant milkweed in their gardens. Milkweed plants are the host to Monarch eggs and caterpillars, and are essential to the butterflies' survival.

Willard, Roosevelt Student Films Win
One Earth Young Filmmaker Awards

Photo courtesy of One Earth Film Festival 
In March, two District 90 filmmaking teams won their age categories in the One Earth...Our Earth Young Filmmakers Contest. From Willard, Jaxon, Danny, and Ray took home first prize for their film, Where Did the Rest of Us Go? (an electronics recycling story). From Roosevelt, Ana, Haley, Cia, Lilly, Marta, and Isabella took the middle-school award for their film Earth 2114, which was set in a future facing water shortage and drought. The third division was won by Hinsdale Central High School students. Winners took home cash awards and a donation to the environmental charity of their choice. The contest was part of the third annual One Earth Film Festival. Some 2,500 people attended 30 films in 28 locations.
In This Issue
Earth Week
D90 Receives Solar Grant
Schools Help Monarch Butterflies
Students Win Film Fest Honors
About Green4Good  
Be Part of Green4Good