SCARCE Green Fair

SCARCE Green Fair

The SCARCE Green Fair is back!

The highly anticipated annual SCARCE Green Fair will be held Sunday, October 23rd, 2016 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds from 10-4. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up. Come interact with a variety of environmentally friendly vendors covering these topics:

Green Practices
Solar Energy
Money-saving products
Energy efficiency
Water conservation
Green & up-cycled products
Green landscaping
And More!
This fun, family event will feature eco-friendly vendors, live entertainment, a kids craft corner, STEM/STEAM activities and plenty of food to keep the crowds happy! The Green Fair will also feature Nature Cat from WTTW – Channel 11. Nature Cat loves nature as much asnature-cat we do!

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Chaplin Fundraiser Hosted by The DuPage Building Trades with Special Guest Speaker Susana Mendoza


I am pleased to announce that The Building Trades of DuPage County will be hosting my next fundraiser on July 14th. Susana Mendoza will be the Special Guest Speaker.

Democratic Candidate for Illinois Comptroller

Also speaking at the event,  JEAN KACZMAREK and AZAM NIZAMUDDIN

Thursday, July 14, 2016

5:00PM – 7:30PM

IBEW Local 701 Hall
28600 Bella Vista Parkway
Warrenville, Il

Checks payable to: Citizens for Elizabeth (Liz) Chaplin
5623 Pershing Ave, Downers Grove, Il 60516

Platinum Sponsor $1000
Gold Sponsor $500
Silver Sponsor $250
Bronze Sponsor $100

Suggested Donation: $75






Wheaton LWV – Flooding from the Ground Up

For those interested fell free to stop by my Fundraiser at The Brick House on April 21, 2016  before attending this most important presentation by the Wheaton LWV. Click on the provided link for more information Fundraiser.

from 5:00 – 7:30 and then head to the Wheaton LWV – Flooding from the Ground Up.

Wheaton LWV

Wheaton, IL, United States ·
Flooding from the Ground Up
on Thursday, April 21, from 7 to 9 p.m.
at the Wheaton Park District Community Center
1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton

One hundred year floods don’t happen every one hundred years. Three years ago, the League of Women Voters of Wheaton planned an April program about flooding in our area, and it had to be cancelled due to severe flooding. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

The LWV of Wheaton welcomes the public to a free program titled “Stormwater: From the Ground Up”.

Our speaker will be Krista Grimm, an urban planner, current Vice President of the LWV Lake Michigan Region, and Water Issues Specialist for LWV of Illinois. Her presentation, funded by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will focus on 1) why flooding is happening more frequently, 2) negative impacts on the environment from greater stormwater, and 3) green infrastructure solutions, primarily aimed at homeowners, but relevant to municipalities, too.

Please join the League on April 21st for an interesting and informative evening.

East Branch DuPage River Watershed Workshop


East Branch DuPage River Watershed Workshop
By: The Conservation Foundation

Event Description
The permeable-paving parking lot at the Morton Arboretum includes bioswales to filter and reduce the amount of runoff from the parking lot. Michelle Cantania, Soil Science Research Assistant, from the Morton Arboretum, is going to report on the research detailing what tree species were best at removing stormwater from bioswales and cycling runoff back into the atmosphere and other results of their research.
Along with the presentation on Morton Arboretum’s research, Daniella Peireira, Regional Forester, at Openlands will be discussing the TreeKeeper program. Since 1991, more than 1,700 trained volunteers have provided “eyes and ears on the ground” year round in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland to identify potential tree-related problems and lead neighbors in tree planting and tree care. Daniella is going to discuss their TreeKeepers program and how the volunteers help in a variety of situations.
11:45-12:00 Registration/Lunch
12:00-12:45 Morton Arboretum – Benefits of Trees in Bioswales
Michelle Catania, Soil Science Research Assistant, Water Quality Supervisor, Morton Arboretum- Michelle manages laboratory and field projects at The Morton Arboretum. Under the direction of Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, they focused on the study of urban soils and their (in)ability to support urban trees. They examine above-and below -ground tree growth parameters aiming to improve the overall performance in such harsh environments. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Plant Science and a Masters of Science in the Department of Geography from Northern Illinois University. In her free time, she trains 2 young boys (9 months and 4 years-old) to be human. Michelle will be presenting Bryant’s recent publication titled “Tree Species Suitability to Bioswales and Impact on Urban Water Budget” published in the Journal of Environmental Quality Special Section, The Urban Forest and Ecosystem Services. The Morton Arboretum’s main parking lot is on of the first and largest green infrastructure installations in the Midwest, constructed of permeable pavers and is situated between Meadow Lake and the East Branch of the DuPage River. The authors examined the use of trees in bioswales as a means of transpiring water back into the atmosphere. They examined (1) soil characterization and tree physiological response, (2) tree growth and condition, and (3) the water budget. Overall, the bioswales trees accounted for 46-72% of total water outputs via transpiration; thereby, reducing runoff and discharge from the parking lot, concluding that large and mature trees contribute best to bioswales function.

12:45-1:30 Organizing and Training Volunteer TreeKeepers
Daniella Pereira, Regional Forester, Openlands-
Daniella was originally from Chicago, and returned home after working for New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation where she managed forest restoration in the Bronx and the natural areas focus of the Million Trees NYC Initiative. She also oversaw two different green job training programs where members performed hand-on service and were trained in arboriculture, environmental education, green infrastructure, and ecological restoration. While there she was recognized with the USFS Chief’s Honor Award. Daniella has B.A. in Anthropology, from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a M.S.. In Forestry, from the Michigan Technological University Since 1991, more than 1,700 trained volunteers have provided “eyes and ears on the ground” year round in neighborhoods all over Chicagoland to identify potential tree-related problems and lead neighbors in tree planting and tree care. Daniella is going to discuss their TreeKeepers program and how the volunteers help in a variety of situations.

Professional Development Hours Certificates are available for this workshop.
WHEN -Wednesday, April 13, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CDT) – Add to Calendar
WHERE – Village of Downers Grove Public Works – 5101 Walnut Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60515 – View Map
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Pace Public Hearings


Pace announces public hearings to discuss DuPage County service modernization plan

March 15, 2016 2:00:00 PM
Media Release Office: (847) 228-4225
Contact: Patrick Wilmot (847) 228-4225
Highlights include all-new Ogden Avenue bus route and over $1 million of new service
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL- Continuing its practice of modifying existing bus service to improve efficiency and reinvesting the savings to improve current service or add new bus routes, Pace will restructure several routes in western and central DuPage County this summer. The service agency’s service modernization plan increases the number of trains served on Metra’s BNSF Line and invests over $1 million toward new bus service in the area. Public hearings to discuss the proposed changes occur March 29, 30 and 31 in Naperville, Lisle and Downers Grove respectively. Impacted communities include Naperville, Lisle, Downers Grove, Woodridge and Lombard.
The all-new Route 722 Ogden Avenue will operate approximately every 30 minutes Monday through Saturday between the Naperville Metra Station and Yorktown Center in Lombard. A portion of the new route overlaps the existing routing of Route 714 College of Dupage – Naperville – Wheaton Connector on Ogden Avenue, so Route 714 will be rerouted to provide new service to Diehl Road and Washington Street in Naperville. Route 722 will also overlap much of the existing Route 829 Lisle – Naperville Office Corridor in the Warrenville Road area, so Route 829 would be combined with the new route. However, Route 722 will be scheduled to meet all trains currently served by Route 829 and the expanded service on Route 722 would meet two additional evening trains not served by Route 829.
“We’re working every day to improve both service and efficiency, and this proposed plan is another example of this type of effort that we have implemented successfully in numerous other parts of the region,” said PaceChairman of the Board Richard Kwasneski. “We encourage the people who live and work in the area to join us at our public hearings to learn more about the service proposal, ask questions and provide feedback that we can use to shape the final plan.”
Pace routes connecting local neighborhoods in Downers Grove with the village’s two Metra stations will be adjusted to improve efficiency by combining Route 464 West Downers Grove with Route 821 IL53/83rd St. – Belmont Metra Station and realigning Route 462 Southwest Downers Grove to have a simplified, shorter routing. The new, combined route would meet six Metra BNSF Line trains not currently served by the existing service.
In Naperville, Route 684 Naperville-Maplebrook and Route 686 Naperville-Old Farm would be combined into a single route with simplified routing, as the two current routes operate geographically close to one another. Pace analyzed ridership patterns for both routes, and the combined route will serve the areas with the highest demand for ridership to mitigate impacts on current customers. Additionally, some customers can use Route 678 Naperville-Carriage Hill, which operates on Washington Street, as an alternative. The same strategy would be employed to combine existing Route 688 Naperville-Huntington and Route 689 Naperville-Hobson Village. Again, some customers impacted by the change can consider using Route 678 as an alternative. As in Downers Grove, the new, combined routes would serve six additional Metra BNSF Line trains not met by the existing service.
The public hearings are an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the proposed changes and to ask questions and provide feedback to staff. Based on the input received, the plans may be adjusted before the Pace Board of Directors votes on whether to approve the plan at their April 13 meeting. Implementation of the service changes is tentatively scheduled for June.