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Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce Green Committee

 

 

The Yorkville Green Committee has joined forces with the Chamber of Commerce Green Committee, known as the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce Green Committee.

Go Green Fair 2012!

The annual Green Fair will be held on Saturday, April 21st at the Beecher Center from 11am-4pm, with presentation from 12-3pm.

If you would like to be a vendor or exhibitorr, please click here for the application. Presenters are also needed! Contact Cheryl Lee at CLDesignBuild@aol.com.

Clean Air Counts Community

Click here to find out how you can help Yorkville become a Clean Air Counts Community!

City Articles on Being Green

Green Your Home for Your Health: Emissions and Indoor Air Quality

What is a "Carbon Footprint"

How to Lower Your Energy Bills

What is Global Warming?

Why polystyrene petroleum-based plastic products should not be used

I Care for the Earth Checklist

Do Something Drastic--Reduce the Plastic

Take the Carbon Diet Challenge

Can you reduce your household carbon footprint, the amount of greenhouse gasses produced-either directly or indirectly-as a result of your lifestyle? Use the cool-challenge calculator. Find out how you can reduce your carbon footprint here!

CFL News and Updates

If Illinois residents replaced their most highly used incandescent bulbs with CFLs, Illinois' total household lighting energy consumption could be cut in half. CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer than standard incandescent bulbs. However, many Illinois residents still have questions about CFLS--how to recycle them, how to clean up a broken CFL and the most frequently asked question--Is the mercury content in CFLs dangerous? To answer these questions, and much more Environment Illinois has set up  a CFL headquarters to deal with these very questions. If you have a question, please visit the CFL headquarters at www.environmentillinois.org.

Water Conservation Seminar Huge Success!

In 2025, water usage is projected at 30 million gallons per day. Without changes in how we use water, there won’t be enough groundwater for the projected population growth of over 300,000 by 2025. One-hundred percent of Lake Michigan’s water is allocated. Kendall County uses groundwater. Therefore, it’s important to start looking now at the ways we use water, and how we can save it together.

As a result, the city's Green Committee conducted a free community forum on Water Conservation in April 2008 that was co-sponsored by the state of Illinois' Environmental Law & Policy Center. The forum held at Yorkville's Public Library was a great success and covered water conservation topics including landscape and conservation design, and rain gardens presented by local experts including Nancy Wagner, Senior Policy Advocate for the Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Megan Andrews, Resource Conservationist with the Kendall County Soil and Water Conservation District. To view Megan Andrews' Rain Garden presentation click here. The event also featured exhibitors, interactive displays, raffles and free Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) door prizes to everyone in attendance. 

Information provided by the EPA

Water covers approximately 70 percent of the earth – but less than 1 percent is available for us to use. Worldwide, water consumption has tripled in the past 50 years - That’s why water conservation is a necessity. A family of four can use 400 gallons of water every day or more depending on the location. In the last five years, nearly every region across the country has experienced water shortages – and more than 30 states are anticipating water shortages by 2013. For more water saving tips and ideas click here.