We're a team of volunteers enthusiastic about sustainability. Right now we're organizing to end pollution from the NRG coal fired power plant; Stop the Rt. 53 Tax Hike to save thousands of acres of open space in Lake County; Protect our region from Exploding Oil Trains; and Keep Coal Tar Sealants out of the Des Plaines Watershed. We would love to have you join us! We're the Woods and Wetlands Group of the Sierra Club, with 1800 members in Lake and northeast Cook counties in Illinois

Join the Climate Change March

This video was recorded by Democracy Now! at the UN Climate Summit COP19 last November (2013) in Warsaw, but the need to cut carbon emissions to survive climate disruption is only getting more important as our efforts to reduce our carbon footprints fall far short of the 80% reduction needed. This September 6th you can join the Great March for Climate Action as it passes through Chicago. Learn more at Great March for Climate Action. Or you can join others in buses travelling on September 20-22 to the NY City Climate March event at NY City Climate March. Contact volunteer JC Kibbey with questions. 

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 our county can now move ahead, and we can ask our villages to follow suit. Please contribute to W&W. Check our calendar for future W&W events.

 

 

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 

Establishing this 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 W&W. Check our calendar for future W&W events.
For more information, see our April edition of the W&W Stream».
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Health 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 in Waukegan at the North Shore Church of Christ, and speakers included 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».

 

 

 

Hike 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.

Learn about W&W Outings - join the W&W Outings List.
You can do it Online or by e-mail: Just click Outings List to address an e-mail message to listserv@lists.sierraclub.org.

Then watch for confirmation e-mails and reply according to the instructions.

Make sure these commands are included in the body of the message: 
SUB il-wwg-outings-forum firstname lastname 
(substituting your name) and send the message.

Recycling

Confused 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 bin?

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 logo.

Recycling 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».

   

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Wed, 05/06/2015 Planning Meeting
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6557 Grand Avenue, Gurnee, IL 60031, USA

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