Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Special Event with Speakers Rinda West and Laurel Ross

Rinda West
Laurel Ross

Wed. May 2, Revere Park Field House, Special Event, 7 pm.  NNA's Environmental Committee will host speakers Rinda West (Rinda West Landscape Designs, http://rindawestdesigns.com) and Laurel Ross (Urban Conservation Director, Environmental and Conservation Programs - Field Museum) who will talk about:
  • the advantages of gardening with native plants
  • where to plant native plants in your home garden or public parkways
  • how to identify native plants
  • and, conservation efforts taking place throughout the Chicago region
This is an event not to be missed!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Greening of Northcenter, One Plant at a Time

The Greening of Northcenter, One Plant at a Time
By Patty Wetli
Center Square Journal

With the announcement of Montrose Green–a community garden in collaboration with the Peterson Garden Project–and the Parkway Corners Initiative, Northcenter is fast becoming the little green neighborhood on the prairie.
“Our overall mission is to reduce climate change; one part is plant sources,” says Elizabeth Wenscott, a member of the Northcenter Neighborhood Association’s (NNA) environmental committee. “Parkways, corners, homes, gardens—all things that are green, including green roofs–we’re looking at as an asset, an opportunity for education, a way of reducing carbon, adding beauty and providing food for birds, bees, bats and butterflies.”

For the rest of the article please go to http://www.centersquarejournal.com/news/the-greening-of-northcenter-one-plant-at-a-time and Facebook users be sure to "like" it.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Community Garden Within 24 hours!

This week we are celebrating April and our brand new community garden at Montrose Green! The garden filled up within twenty-four hours. Thank you to all who signed up to support us. We are very proud of this endeavor.

For all those who were one of the lucky ones to get a plot don't miss out on the community gardens first informational event on Monday April 9th at 7pm with LaManda Joy who will help us learn how to grow our own food, while we get to meet our new fellow gardening neighbors! 

April 9, 2012
Northcenter Neigborhood Association
Environmental Committee Presents
Revere Park Fieldhouse
2509 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago IL 60618

For more information on this evenings event please follow this link.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

April 9, 2012 Special Event 7-9pm

April 9, 2012
Northcenter Neigborhood Association
Environmental Committee Presents
Revere Park Fieldhouse
2509 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago IL 60618

7:00 - 8:00pm
LaManda Joy Talks About The New Montrose Green Community Garden

LaManda Joy, Founder of The Peterson Garden Project, will be speaking and answering questions about the new the new garden, Montrose Green Community Garden (Montrose and the Brown line). If you're interested in learning how to grow your own food or you would like to meet your new gardening neighbors, join us to learn more!

For more information about Montrose Green Community Garden please visit: http://thegreeningofnorthcenter.blogspot.com/2012/03/montrosegreen-community-garden.html

8:00 - 9:00pm
North Center Neighborhood Climate Change & Sustainability Plan
By Michael Ashkenasi

Global climate change is one of the largest issues facing cities in the 21st-Century. A continued reliance on fossil fuels and urban energy consumption patterns are putting us on an unsustainable path. Glaciers, permafrost and sea ice are disappearing. Extreme weather events will continue to cause more flooding, more drought, more public health problems, more economic distress, and more destruction of ecosystems. No area will be immune to these effects and neighborhoods that develop strong environmental visions, plans and policies will be better equipped to deal with these long-term challenges.

In 2008, the “Chicago Climate Action Plan” was published. It was an ambitious outline of how to reduce the city’s carbon (CO2) footprint 25% below 1990-levels by the year 2020, and 80% below 1990-levels by 2050. This “North Center Neighborhood Climate Change & Sustainability Plan” acts as a public resource for North Center neighborhood residents and stakeholders on how we can face climate change at the neighborhood level. While focusing on North Center specifically, the Plan is also meant to illustrate the links this area has to its neighbors, and to the Chicago region as a whole.

We invite you to the Monday, April 9th meeting of our Environment Committee where the “North Center Neighborhood Climate Change & Sustainability Plan” will be presented by neighborhood resident and NNA Environmental Committee member Michael Ashkenasi."