Environmental Action Team

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 Waste Management
Waste Management is a proud environmental partner of the Buffalo Grove Park District.

 

 

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Next Meeting
Thursday, May 19

Green Fair
Sunday, June 26
8 am - 12:30 pm
Mike Rylko Community Park (corner of Route 83 and Deerfield Parkway)

This free event for the whole family will provide information and activities to help residents learn about the small steps they can take at home, work and in the community to improve our environment and make Buffalo Grove a greener and healthier place to live.

Working Bikes will be collecting bikes and bike parts at the 5th annual Buffalo Grove Green Fair, hosted by the Buffalo Grove Park District’s Environmental Action Team, will be held on Sunday, June 28 from 8 am - 12:30 pm at Mike Rylko Community Park, located at 951 McHenry Road in Buffalo Grove (next to the Farmers Market).

Working Bikes gives new life to old bikes and independence to those who ride them in the underserved communities of Chicago, Africa, and Central and South America. This action diverts bicycles from the waste stream in Chicago by repairing them for sale and charity. They repair some bikes for local donation and sale to help fund the overseas shipment and donation of all the remaining bicycles.

Each year Working Bikes gives away over 5,000 bicycles. They distribute about 500 bicycles and wheelchairs in the Chicago area alone.

The fair will be also be collecting the following items for proper recycling or repurposing:
• Small electronics
• Bicycles and bike parts
• Eyeglasses and hearing aids
• Keys
• Shoes (all types)
• Crayons (any condition)
• Books
• Clothing and linens
• CDs, DVDs and game disks
• Used knives, scissors and other blades

This free event for the whole family will provide information and activities to help residents learn about the small steps they can all take at home, work, and in the community to improve our environment and make Buffalo Grove a greener and healthier place to live.

For more information, contact Martha Weiss at 847.850.2104 or mweiss@bgparks.org.

Green Fair Flier

Exhibitors

SWANCC Electronic Recycling Event
Saturday, September 10
8:30 - 12 pm
Banner Plumbing Lot, located at 151 Hastings in Buffalo Grove
Environmental Action Team members will be assisting at this event.

Buffalo Creek Clean Water Partnership


 

Mission Statement

The Environmental Action Team of Buffalo Grove strives to raise awareness, improve our community’s natural environment and encourage sustainability practices for present and future generations.

 
Environmental Action Team

Buffalo Grove is in the center of Chicago Wilderness, an area surprisingly rich in diversity and native species.  Would you like to improve our local environment and meet other people with similar interests?

If so, join the Buffalo Grove Park District Environmental Action Team.  As our name implies, we are an action team, and we are looking for new ideas to improve the environment in Buffalo Grove.

If you have questions, please contact Jeff Weiss at environmental@bgpkr.org or 847.224.0965.

History by the Buffalo Grove Environmental Action Team (BGEAT)
 

Winter 2015-16
BGEAT and volunteers from the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve processed native seeds in December that were collected in the fall to be planted in Park District parks.

Fall 2015
BGEAT assisted in recycling efforts during a BG Days community event on September 3.
BGEAT assisted with traffic control at the SWANCC document destruction and electronic recycling event on September 19.
BGEAT conducted an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on Deerfield Parkway on October 4.
BGEAT members participated in a local Climate March and Rally on October 14.
BGEAT hosted a community seed collection at Mike Rylko Community Park on October 18.

Summer 2015
BGEAT hosted the 4th annual Green Fair on June 28, with 20 exhibitors at Mike Rylko Community Park, and collected many items from the public for recycling.

Spring 2015
BGEAT conducted a rain barrel sale and Park District staff delivered the barrels directly to residents’ homes.
BGEAT members participated in the Deer Grove West Earth Day Event on April 18.
BGEAT conducted an Adopt-a-Highway Road Cleanup on April 26.
BGEAT hosted a Mike Rylko Community Park Workday on May 16 with community volunteers.  Lake County Stormwater Management Commission awarded a $500 grant for this event.
BGEAT members assisted in Riverwatch testing of the health of local streams on May 23 and May 30.

Winter 2014-15
BGEAT, along with volunteers from the Deer Grove East Forest Preserve, processed native seeds collected in the fall which were then planted in Mike Rylko Community Park in February.

Fall 2014
BGEAT assisted in recycling efforts during the BG Days community event and staffed a booth to get the word out about the team.
BGEAT assisted with traffic control at the SWANCC document destruction and electronic recycling event on September 13.
BGEAT hosted a seed collection at Mike Rylko Park on October 18. 
BGEAT conducted an Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on Deerfield Parkway on Saturday, October 25.

Summer 2014
BGEAT hosted a 3rd annual Green Fair on June 22 with 20 exhibitors at Mike Rylko Park, including a very successful collection of many items for recycling.

Spring 2014
BGEAT extended the rain barrel sale into the summer and added a rain barrel demonstration to the Green Fair.
BGEAT hosted an Earth Day event on April 22 at the Raupp Museum, featuring the movie “Green Fire” about environmentalist Aldo Leopold.
BGEAT members participated in the Deer Grove East Volunteer Event on April 26.
BGEAT conducted an Adopt-a-Highway Road Cleanup on May 3.

Extended History

 

Meeting Minutes

May 14, 2016
October 28, 2015

April 22, 2015

March 11, 2015

October 9, 2014
August 20, 2014
June 18, 2014
May 6, 2014
March 25, 2014

February 18, 2014 meeting

December 4, 2013 meeting

September 25, 2013 meeting
August 15, 2013 meeting
June 27, 2013 meeting

May 22, 2013 meeting
April 17, 2013 meeting