Come to the Green Side

July 26, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Cell PhoneHelp the Schaumburg Township District Library participate in a used cell phone  drive.  The drive is sponsored by Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart as a means to distribute 911 Emergency Cellular Phones for Cook County senior citizens who are considered at risk.   By donating your old cell phone, you will be allowing seniors to feel more secure about living and traveling independently. 

Collected cell phones are free to seniors and can only be used to access 911 in case of an emergency. 

Bins are now available in the lobbies of the Central Library and its Hanover Park and Hoffman Estates branches.   This program will continue indefinitely.


July 19, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Gardening

The Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary of the Rain barrelSchaumburg Park District is now taking orders for rain barrels made from blue reconditioned plastic food barrels.   The cost is $50.  Orders will be accepted from all members of the public through October 1.   Rain barrels will be available for pick up sometime in November.

July 13, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Green Tips

Brought to you by the Illinois Green Government Coordinating Council.

1.  Take public transportation, carpool, walk or bicycle to work.
2.  Turn off office lights whenyou are not going to be in the room for a significant period of time.
3.  Adjust your computer settings to go on standby after 15 minutes on inactivity.  Select “None” as your screensaver setting because screensavers do not save energy.
4.  Turn off your computer monitor whenever you are not using it.
5.  Reuse office paper for notes, memos or printing drafts of documents.
6.  Set defaults for copiers and printers to double-sided printing.
7.  Bring a reusable travel mug to work for coffee and lunch breaks.
8.  Use products efficiently and completely before discarding.
9.  Recycle paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, toner cartridges, light bulbs, batteries and other waste for which recycling is available.
10.  Post memos and publications online or on an office bulletin board rather than printing multiple copies.
11.  Reuse file folders and envelopes, and keep mailing lists current.
12.  Share technical journals, magazines, newspapers and phonebooks with office colleagues.
13.  Edit documents on your computer screen rather than printing multiple drafts.
14.  Whenever possible, use e-mail for correspondence.
15.  Shut down your computer and other office equipment at the end of every workday.
16.  Buy from environmentally and socially responsible businesses.
17.  Use rechargeable batteries instead of disposable batteries.
18.  Buy organic and locally grown foods for lunch.
19.  Save and reuse plastic bags and office packaging.
20.  Remove plants, books and furniture that block office vents and radiators to promote more efficiency.

July 6, 2009, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environment, Resources

Gas PumpDo you own a vehicle that accepts biodiesel fuel or thinking of purchasing one that does?   If so, you’ll need to know where the public stations are in Illinois.  Check out the state of Illinois’ list here.