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Lake County Creates Sustainability Director Position
On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the Lake County Board adopted its 2014 budget, which for the first time includes a Sustainability Director position. The new position is for a senior level expert with the experience and skills to guide the county to most effectively reduce its environmental footprint. This dedicated professional should identify significant environmental impacts, set goals and targets, evaluate performance, take corrective actions where needed and continually improve. This video shows introduction, debate (heros and zeros) and passage. See our public comment starting at 00:12:30
position was one of our three top goals for
2013. Thanks to our members for your concern for our environment, and for responding to our April alert. Without your calls to your board members to prioritize sustainability in their Strategic Planning process, we likely would not have won their committment now. With your help we can leverage the county's progress by asking our villages to follow suit. Please contribute to
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For more information, see our April
edition of the W&W
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De-Growth Necessary to Survive Climate Disruption
This video was recorded by Democaracy Now! last year, but the message is only getting more important as our efforts to reduce our carbon footprints fall far short of the 80% reduction needed.
Many of you have switched to more efficient lightbulbs and separate your recyclables, and deserve to feel good about it. We need to go much further and demand fundamental changes to the way our communities work and play. With your help we can leverage the county's progress by asking our villages to follow suit. Please contribute to
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and Environmental Justice Forum
We helped bring
members of the community together to learn
about the health impacts of pollution from
the Midwest Generation coal-fired power
plant on the shore of Lake Michigan at the
end of Greenwood Avenue. The event took place on June 13th
the North Shore Church of Christ, and
leaders from the community, Respiratory Health, Little Village
Environmental Justice, NAACP, and the Sierra
Club, with a surprise announcement from a
city alderman. Thanks to all of the Clean
Power Lake County coalition
members, especially Lake Forest LWV for
producing this video. Watch and learn!
This campaign is one
of our three top goals for 2013. With your
help we can win a closing date for Lake
County's biggest source of pollution, and
a transition plan to a healthier future.
Please contribute to W&W. For future CPLC
events, check our calendar.
For more information, visit the Sierra
Club's Beyond Coal campaign website».
the FAP 342 Corridor
A group of 18
enjoyed a beautiful hike through these
frozen wetland areas last January. Stay
tuned for more Outings through this secret
public wildlife corridor that spans half
of Lake County.
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about what you can recycle? Not sure
where to drop off that broken microwave?
Wonder if you should bag those
recyclables or just toss them in the
In April we
reported our success in defeating a plan
to build incinerators in Lake County.
Now everyone needs to pitch in to the
best alternative - Recycling! Recent
news reports reveal that plastics and
steel manufacturers need more of
our trash to supply their needs. It's
time for us to seize the opportunity and
be one of those chasing arrows in the
specialists from the Solid Waste Agency
of Lake County provided a wealth of
information at our May meeting. If you
missed it, don't despair! You can still
get involved with the Club to help
increase recycling, and you can get
great information anytime all about
recycling in Lake County at their
website at SWALCO».
Municipalities Approve Phosphorus
Listen to the Antioch
Trustees. Read the ordinance. Get one in your
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We're a team of volunteers enthusiastic about sustainability. Right now we're organizing to end pollution from the Midwest Generation foal fired power plant; Support students eager to help us; and convince Lake County to hire a sustainability director and create a sustainability committee. We would love to have you join us! We're the Woods and Wetlands group of the Sierra Club, located in the north
east Illinois region. The Group includes 2000 Sierra Club members in
Lake and Northeastern Cook counties.
Does your yard look like the picture?
|If you live in Lake County, IL, chances are
pretty good that it used to. If you look closely near the
middle of the picture, you can imagine that you see an egret
that was catching small fish on the day of the picture. There
were also some Herons! (Click the one in the top left W&W
logo to hear them.) Besides serving up fast food for
endangered species, these wetlands purify the water as it
seeps into the ground, and reduce flooding of the rivers. The
woods in the background complete a common scene in our
territory, after which we name the group. The presence of many
other ecosystems here, in addition to the woods &
wetlands, makes our territory home to more threatened and
endangered species than any other in Illinois. Our Forest
Preserves feature prairies, savannas, lakes and dunes. Because
many species rely on vast open space beyond the borders of our
Forest Preserves, we cannot rely on them alone to retain our
spectacular wildlife. Please explore this website, and join us
in protecting our environment ... for our families, for our
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