Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

E-Waste Recycling Drive

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Did you know that nearly 75% of old electronics is put in the back of closets, garages and other storage areas around the home or workplace because of the uncertainty of how to dispose of them? Ben Smith’s Eagle Scout Project will solve your dilemma! Bring your e-waste to Blue Island’s Public Works Facility at 3153 Wireton Rd. on Saturday, October 8th, between 10 am to 2 pm.

Recyclable items include: DVD/VHS players, cell phones, mp3 players, computers and accessories, cable boxes, modems, and video game systems. A Certificate of Data Destruction is available on request.

So clear out the clutter the right way, and support a local Scout – recycle your e-waste on October 8th!

For more info download the flyer here!

Volunteers Needed for local Ash Tree Inventory (7/23-24)

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Your Help is Needed to Protect Blue Island’s Ash Trees

Ash Tree Identification & Inventory

Volunteers Needed to Protect Our Ash Trees

Blue Island’s Urban Forestry Board is looking for volunteers to help with a city-wide inventory of our Ash trees. No experience needed.

When: July 23-24, 2011
Where: Throughout Blue Island
Contact: Perry Recker

What will volunteers do?

Volunteers will be assigned to work in teams of 2 – 4 people with a trained leader from the Forestry Board.  Ash trees will be identified on a block by block basis starting in various areas  of the city. It is expected that each team should be able to cover 2 to 4 blocks in 2hrs.

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Celebrate June “Leave No Child Inside Month”

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

It’s time for kids to take a break from the TV and the computer and go back outside!

On May 19, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed the month of June as Leave No Child Inside Month in the State of Illinois.

One of the greatest gifts you can give your children is a love of nature. Blue Island Model Community partners encourage local families to come out to a June Leave No Child Inside Month event and rediscover with your family the joy and wonder of outdoor exploration!

Blue Island Park District

Get outside, have fun and make friends at a Park District event this June. Camp out under the stars. Attend Summer Camp. Sign up for a youth program.

Chicago Wilderness Alliance Events

The Chicago Wilderness alliance is celebrating by offering a series of free, family events featuring lively activities — like catching-and-releasing fish, playing with mud, and building a fort – designed to nurture children’s sense of wonder and appreciation for nature and to help parents and caregivers feel more comfortable guiding outdoor play and recreation during future trips to local parks, preserves, and nature areas.

Complete details, including event descriptions, hours, and directions can be found on the Leave No Child Inside website or follow @lnci on twitter for timely event updates.

Fay’s Point wins Green Ribbon Award from Friends of the Chicago River

Friday, June 11th, 2010
Fay's Point - 2010 Green Ribbon Award Winner

Fay's Point, Blue Island 2010 Green Ribbon Award Winner

Congratulations to Fay’s Point, LLC, OKW Architects, Inc and partners, on their recent Green Ribbon Award from Friends of the Chicago River in the 1st Annual Blue Ribbon Awards.

1 of 7 inaugural winners, Fay’s Point was recognized “as an excellent example of how residential development can utilize the river to enhance the quality of life for the residents— wild and human alike”.

The Blue Ribbon Awards, which ”recognize environmental leaders and the ecological precedents they set”, are part of the Friends’ new Chicago River Blue program that educates, encourages, and rewards river-sensitive developments and redevelopments that take people, wildlife, and clean water into account.  Chicago River Blue provides guidelines, ideas, examples, vendors, on-line resources, and an annual award to make sensitive river-edge development accessible to everyone.  Download the Press Release

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Recycle Your Electronics

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Blue Island Public Works is hosting an “e-waste” recycling day on Saturday, June 5, 9am – 1pm.

Recycle Your ElectronicsAny broken, used, or unwanted electrical or electronic appliance – except televisions – will be accepted.  It is important to recycle old electronics as many contain hazardous substances and are not biodegradable.  Recycling is our best option!  This ensures that they are handled in a responsible manner and useful materials are returned and reinvented as new products.

So spread the word!  Leave your televisions at home, but bring anything else you can plug in to the Blue Island Public Works Facility at 3153 Wireton Rd [map].

Call 708-597-8604 with any questions.