Woods & Wetlands

Woods & Wetlands

2009 Meetings

You could stay home and watch another murder mystery drama on TV - or you could find out what the local Sierra Club W&W Group is doing to protect the most biologically rich territory in the state of Illinois ...

All are invited to our W&W Public Meetings. You'll meet members, learn a little about our conservation work and hear a short talk by a specialist on a current topic. Map:

At Conservation Meetings, members plan campaigns to protect our local environment. We need your help to take on problems where you live!

Planning Meetings are open to all members interested in the operation and policies of the W&W Group. Those who would like to address the Executive Committee may e-mail the Chairman below to get on the agenda, or just to reserve a seat.

See our Community Calendar, listing environmental events offered by organizations in our territory.


Here is a list of our past Monthly Meetings for the year 2009, updated 4/21/09: 

Month

Planning Meetings
members only
6:30 p.m.

Outing Committee Meetings
Fourth Friday
6:30 p.m.

Panera Bread, Libertyville

Conservation Meetings
now every month at 6:00
Just before the Public Meeting.

Public Meetings
everyone welcome
Third Wednesday or Thursday
6:45 p.m.

Vernon Area Public Library
300 Old Half Day Road in Lincolnshire. Take Old Half Day Rd west from Milwaukee Ave (Rt 21), turn south (right) into the Library parking lot before Rt. 22. Meeting room is off foyer.

November
2009

Thursday the 8th 6:30 p.m.
Trans Art Cafe, Mundelein
Click here to submit agenda items, and have us save you a seat at the table.
Tentative Date: Friday the 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Panera Bread, Libertyville
Click here to be included in this Meeting.
ConCom Meetings now at 6:00,
just before the Public Meeting.
Click here to submit agenda items.
Ok to bring food.

Meet John Wasik, Local Author

Cul-de-Sac Syndrome:

Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream

Named by the Sierra Club Green Life newsletter as a favorite book about consumerism.

When:   Sunday, November 22, 2009, 4:30
Where:   The Maras Loft
389 Center Street, Grayslake
(above the dental office)
Other:   Food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.
This event is free, but donations always appreciated.
Contact:   Jeff Maras
Cell phone: 847-274-0857
jeff.maras@illinois.sierraclub.org

Gather with other members in a casual setting, and hear a short talk by the author. An incisive look at the consequences of today’s costly and damaging suburban lifestyle, this new book exposes the economic, cultural, environmental and health problems underlying life in suburbia. John Wasik provides powerful insights into how the U.S. suburban lifestyle became unsustainable and what can be done to salvage it. Wasik’s observations are firmly grounded in exclusive on-the-ground research, interviews with thought leaders, and the latest studies and statistics. He exposes the untold truths about home ownership: green isn’t always so green, life isn’t cheaper after accounting for gas, water and taxes, and modern suburban isn’t so idyllic considering the toll it takes on our health. Wasik’s trenchant analysis adds a new dimension to an important topic, with exclusive research and analysis that debunks the many myths of suburban living, while exploring innovative solutions being developed in cities and suburbs around the country.

May
2009

Thursday the 8th 6:30 p.m.
Trans Art Cafe, Mundelein
Click here to submit agenda items, and have us save you a seat at the table.
Tentative Date: Friday the 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Panera Bread, Libertyville
Click here to be included in this Meeting.
ConCom Meetings now at 6:00,
just before the Public Meeting.
Click here to submit agenda items.
Ok to bring food.

 

     DEPENDENCE ON OIL HAS GOTTEN US THIS FAR ...

COME SEE HOW ELECTRIC CARS CAN TAKE US FARTHER    

 

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OIN US FOR A NIGHT OF ELECTRIC CARS AND CONVERSATION


Featuring a Presentation From Bruce Woods, President of ePower Synergies
And an Electric Vehicle Car Show

Wednesday May 27, 2009

5:00 PM Electric Car Show
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Question and Answer Session
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Presentation from Speaker Bruce Woods

Byron Colby Barn
1561 Jones Point Rd
Grayslake, IL 60030
Please contact Larry Marvet at 847-537-2083 with any questions

No fee is required for entry but donations are always welcome and appreciated

Sierra Club Lake County Woods and Wetlands Group                 illinois.sierraclub.org/w&w

 
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April
2009

Friday the 4th 6:00 p.m.
Trans Art Cafe, Mundelein
Click here to submit agenda items, and have us save you a seat at the table.
Tentative Date: Friday the 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Panera Bread, Libertyville
Click here to be included in this Meeting.
ConCom Meetings now at 6:00,
just before the Public Meeting.
Click here to submit agenda items.
Ok to bring food.

A Personal Look at Solar Energy

Lisa Albrecht,
Illinois Solar Energy Association

Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 6:45 p.m.
Vernon Area Library

W&W Public Meeting

Until recently, solar energy has been relegated to a few calculators and some experimental cars. Global warming has changed things, driving a demand for clean energy that makes solar a nearly perfect option.

Our speaker, Lisa Albrecht, is on the board of directors for Illinois Solar Energy Association and works for the pioneering firm, Solar Service, founded in 1977, long before solar was cool. She will speak to us about the role of solar energy nationally and world wide as we tackle climate change. Additionally, Ms. Albrecht will describe ways we can use solar energy in our homes.

Click Meetings, or contact Larry Marvet at 847-537-2083 with any questions.

Conservation Committee Meeting Immediately preceding, 6:15 p.m.

Help unite members eager to have public meetings. See Help W&W! to join our membership committee.

March
2009

Friday the 7th 6:00 p.m.
Trans Art Cafe, Mundelein
Click here to submit agenda items, and have us save you a seat at the table.
Tentative Date: Friday the 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Panera Bread, Libertyville
Click here to be included in this Meeting.
ConCom Meetings now at 6:00,
just before the Public Meeting.
Click here to submit agenda items.
Ok to bring food.

Pharmaceuticals In Our Waterways

pills Pictures, Images and Photos

Cecily Smith, Prairie Rivers Network

Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 6:45 p.m.
Vernon Area Library

W&W Public Meeting

Unused pills that are flushed down the drain end up in our local streams and lakes. Pharmaceuticals in our waters are dangerous for the fish and other wildlife that live there. Knowing this, Illinois residents want to take steps to properly dispose of their unwanted and unused medications. Do you know what you should do with pills you don't take?

Pharmacies are crucial partners in efforts to create convenient and consistent collection programs. Is there have a permanent pharmaceutical collection facility in your area?

Learn more about what you can do to keep drugs out of our waters ».

Click Meetings, or contact Larry Marvet at 847-537-2083 with any questions.

Conservation Committee Meeting Immediately preceding, 6:15 p.m.

Help unite members eager to have public meetings. See Help W&W! to join our membership committee.

February
2009

Thursday the 7th 6:30 p.m.
Trans Art Cafe, Mundelein
Click here to submit agenda items, and have us save you a seat at the table.
Tentative Date: Friday the 22nd, 6:45 p.m.
Panera Bread, Libertyville
Click here to be included in this Meeting.
ConCom Meetings now at 6:00,
just before the Public Meeting.
Click here to submit agenda items.
Ok to bring food.

Permaculture in Practice

Judy Speer, Director, Small Waters Education

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 6:45 p.m.
Vernon Area Library

W&W Public Meeting

Join us for our first meeting of the new year, where we'll hear about the system and philosophy of permaculture. Coined from the combination of permanent and culture, the creators of permaculture work with the sun, wind, rain and their own ingenuity to create sustainable places.

Living on 7 acres adjacent to the 900-acre Alden Sedge Meadow (McHenry County Conservation District site), Judy, along with husband Jack, are volunteer site stewards working to restore a globally-endangered oak savanna near the headwaters of the Nippersink Creek. They design and lead experiential programs for children, teens and adults on ecological restoration, permaculture and deep ecology. Judy holds a certificate in permaculture design from the Permaculture Institute of Australia and is working towards a certificate in ecological restoration through the McHenry County Conservation District. Judy and Jack put permaculture into practice by integrating nature’s flows and patterns into the retrofit of their home and land, which bears abundant fruits, vegetables, and herbs, while supporting biodiversity. They are recipients of the 2008 Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project Grassroots Conservation Leadership Award.

As our minds wander towards the start of spring, take some time to learn more about living holistically and sustainably with the land, no matter the size.

Check out Judy's favorite websites to learn more:
midwestpermaculture.com »
permacultureproject.com »

Click Meetings, or contact Larry Marvet at 847-537-2083 with any questions.

Conservation Committee Meeting Immediately preceding, 6:15 p.m.

Help unite members eager to have public meetings. See Help W&W! to join our membership committee.

January
2009

Thursday the 5th 6:30 p.m.
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Friday the 20th, 6:30 p.m.
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Wednesday the 25th, 7:00 p.m.
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Winter Blues Party

What: Gather with Sierra Club Woods & Wetlands Group members and our environmentally minded friends for food and drinks.
When: Saturday January 24, 2009, 6:00 PM until close of party.
Where: The Maras Loft – Located in downtown Grayslake at 389 Center St., Second Floor 2 buildings east of railroad tracks, above dental office.
Why: To celebrate the achievements of the Sierra Club in the past year and our survival of another holiday season.
Hosts: Jeff and Amy Maras
Phone: (847) 223-9180
Jeff’s cell: (847) 274-0857
Amy’s cell: (847) 644-1568
Jeff’s e-mail: jeff.maras@illinois.sierraclub.org
Volunteers: Anyone willing to help with set-up please contact Jeff or Amy.
Silent Auction: Bid on a few fun items by 8:00 p.m.
RSVP: ww-blues@illinois.sierraclub.org
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