Come to the Green Side


Green cleanersThe Spring Valley Nature Club is happy to sponsor the second in a series of green/environmental programs.

What:  Green Cleaning At Home
When:  April 2, 2014 at 6:30 P.M.
Where:  Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL

This free event will feature guest speaker Andrea Vollf who is a member of the Schaumburg Environmental Committee and principal of Sustainable Concepts.  She will talk about the benefits of green cleaning and how to create your own environmentally safe cleaning products at home.

Refreshments will be served.


February 17, 2014, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs, Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary

Green HomeThe Spring Valley Nature Club is happy to sponsor the first in a series of green/environmental programs.

What:  Going Green At Home
When:  March 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Where:  Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, IL

This free event will feature guest speaker, Andrea Vollf, Principal of Sustainable Concepts and member of the US Green Building Council.  She will explain easy and attainable ways to save both money and the environment by “going green” at home.  Q&A follows the program.

January 26, 2012, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs

The Stillman Nature Center in South Barrington is sponsoring a program on the various animal tracks you might see in your backyard.  Join Susan Allman as she shows you how to recognize the different types of tracks made by winter’s active animals.   The event will be held on Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m.

After an indoor introduction, explore Stillman’s trails for signs of rabbit, squirrel, deer and fox.   Remember to call (847) 428-OWLS to make reservations.

The Stillman Nature Center is located at 33 W. Penny Road in South Barrington.

December 4, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Energy, Environmental programs

Are you interested in controlling the energy costs in your house but don’t necessarily have the money to do it?  Look into obtaining an Energy Impact Low Interest Loan to eliminate the upfront cost and allow you to pay for the improvements over a longer period.

Loans can be used on the following types of efficiency upgrades:

  • Boiler or Furnace With Additional Items –  Water heaters, programmable thermostats, central AC or any other Energy Star appliance or equipment are eligible if done in conjunction with a boiler or furnace
  • Whole Home Improvements – Anything recommended by a certified energy assessor that results in a comprehensive savings of 15% or more

Check out this website for a list of the lenders and the contractors so you can get started now on bringing your house up to its maximum energy efficiency!

October 9, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs

What:  The Environmental Fair is an annual event where speakers discuss current environmental issues and local environmental organizations share information about their organizations.
Who:  Sponsored by the Hoffman Estates Environmental Commission
When:  Saturday, October 29, 2011 9:30 to 3:30
Where:  Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates, IL
Cost:  Free

Enjoy the educational benefits of expert speakers on fascinating eco-subjects such as “Creating a Green Organization” and organic gardening.  Visit unique displays featuring over 20 conservation and environmental groups. 

For more information, contact Village Forester Kelly Kerr at 847-490-6800 or at  kelly.kerr

April 17, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs

The Library’s Green Committee invites you to an Environmental Fair from1-3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 30 in the Rasmussen Room on the second floor.  Admission is free.  Representatives from the following groups are scheduled to attend:

  • Hoffman Estates Garden Club
  • Poplar Creek Prairie Stewards
  • River Trail Nature Center
  • Schaumburg Bicycle Club
  • Spring Valley Nature Center
  • SCARCE [School & Community Assistance for Recycling & Composting Education
  • The Tomato Lady
  • The Urban Worm Girl

The following Ecological & Fair Trade Retailers will also be on hand:

  • It’s Our Earth
  • SARET Treasures of Hope
  • Ten Thousand Villages

Staff members Niki Martinez and Steven Zanfardino will demonstrate crafts and present “Go Green Awareness Activities.”

The following items will also be collected for recycling:

  • Used crayons
  • Eyeglasses
  • Flags
  • Keys

Join us at the Fair!

“Our Green Future” Panel: Earth Institute’s Brower Youth Award Winners
March 27, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Environmental programs

When:  Wednesday,  April 06, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Where:  Harper College Performing Arts Center
Who:  Co-sponsored by Harper College Campus Activities Board and Whole Foods Market
Cost:  FREE Harper students w/current HarperCard
$3 Harper faculty/staff, seniors and other students w/valid ID
$5 general admission

The Earth Island Institute’s Brower Youth Award, considered North America’s top prize for bold, young “green” leaders, is awarded annually to six young people who have shown outstanding leadership on a project or campaign with positive environmental and environmental justice and social impact.  

The “Our Green Future” panel will feature three award recipients sharing their stories, followed by a Q&A session.