Archive for March, 2009

Results from The Waste Diet

Most diets are just too boring for me to stick to, but not this one.  Check out the amazing adventure of waste consciousness, reduction and rejection at

I read about their efforts right before their experiment began, and I admit that I had my doubts.  What surprised me the most was the immense effect that their kitty litter had on their waste.  Makes you think, doesn’t it?  So what surprised YOU about this project?  What are you thinking about?  Critics and supporters alike are welcome to comment.

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Safe CFL Disposal

A great page to quell some of the fears that exist about CFLs and their mercury content. Also contains information on clean-up in your home.

This information was approved and dissemenated by the NRDC.

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Earth Hour 2009

Are you registered?  Visit to register as an individual or organization who plans to participate in Earth Hour 2009.  I’m looking forward to comparing this year’s results to last year’s inaugural effort.  More info about Earth Hour:

March 28, 2009, 8:30 pm local time

World Wildlife Fund is asking individuals, businesses, governments and organizations around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – to make a global statement of concern about climate change and to demonstrate commitment to finding solutions.

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Be Heard TODAY!

My sincere gratitude to Faith in Place, who sent me an alert to contact my state legislators to support important environmental bills that are coming up for a vote.  It felt so good to know that my voice was being heard.  All of the people who answered my call took down my message.  Some asked for a zip code or a name, but you can opt to leave that information out if you feel inclined.

Be heard today!

Today nearly 150 environmental leaders from around Illinois (including nearly 20 Faith in Place members!) are in Springfield lobbying for the best chance we’ve had in a while to pass good environmental legislation. Together with other state environmental advocacy groups we are making our presence known and our voices heard! Keep us in your prayers today and support our efforts through action…

Help us make an impact by calling your state legislator today!

You can join us by lobbying in spirit if not in person. Your calls to your legislators will make our collective message louder and stronger. Call (217)782-0244, or visit to find your legislators and their individual phone numbers.

This year Faith in Place is advocating for three bills:

  • Cap and Auction (to cap carbon in Illinois and produce significant revenue for greening our economy) (House Bill 3668)
  • Clean Cars (making Illinois the 15th state in the country to increase its auto fuel efficiency) (Senate Bill 1941, House Bill 422)
  • Local Food, Farms, and Jobs (to source 20% of the State’s food locally by 2020) (House Bill 3990, Senate Bill 15).

Call and say that you are a member of the faith community and that you urge your legislators to vote YES! on the following:


  • HB 3668 (Cap and Auction)
  • HB 422 (Clean Cars)
  • HB 3990 (Local Food, Farms, and Jobs)


  • SB 1941 (Clean Cars)
  • SB 15 (Local Food, Farms, and Jobs)

When Springfield is flooded with phone calls, we know we’ll have you all to thank!

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Battery Disposal & Earth 911

Now that we’ve started accepting CFL bulbs, many customers are asking if we take batteries.  There’s good news and bad news:

Bad news: We don’t take batteries
Good news: A lot of places do!

Are you familiar with  Well, you should be.  We all should be.  I visited the site to see where in the Oak Park area I could dispose of batteries, and here is the big list of places I came up with:

Isn’t that fantastic?  I do recommend calling ahead before dropping off stuff, just in case policies have changed at some of these locations.  Use as your resource for all sorts of proper waste disposal.

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Update on Energy Efficiency Incentives

This is an update to our recent post on tax incentives for 2009.  Stimulus package funding has changed the course of incentives for homeowners, allowing for higher limits.  See all of the information here!

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