Looking for some short cuts on your quest to go greener?


Here’s a hodge-podge of websites, blogs and forums of local groups I tend to turn to for good eco-information…


Backyard Nature Center:  learn more about interacting with nature in New Trier Township, including outdoor play options, healthy backyard ideas and education/stewardship opportunities


Chicago Center for Green Technology:  this green design educational center offers seminars, guided and self-guided tours, and a resource center


Chicago Botanic Garden:  this website offers ideas to enjoy CBG’s natural wonderland, resources for gardening, eco-classes for youth & adults, and more


The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE):  find out if you can save money by going green… DSIRE lists financial incentives in Illinois for efficiency and renewable energy… also, for purchasing a fuel efficient car after 2010, you can possibly save up to $11,500 with an Illinois rebate and federal tax incentives


Ecohousewalk:  check out this Winnetka Energy Star home and local resource listing… also see the  Glencoe Green Home and Evanston Revelle home


Environmental Law & Policy Center:  this environmental advocacy organization will help you stay apprised of Midwest issues through their website, blogs, and events


Faith in Place: find out how to make your place of worship greener, this group has partnered with over 800 congregations in Illinois


Green Drinks: monthly “think globally, drink locally”  forums in Evanston and Chicago (Foresight Design Initiative) present speakers on a wide range of eco-issues and offer a great networking opportunity


Friends of Ryerson Woods & Smith Nature Symposium:  this Deerfield Nature Preserve hosts great events, including nature walks, art/photo exhibits, American environmental literature book chats, and interesting presentations


Go Green Wilmette & Going Green Matters: this active group is dedicated to raising environmental awareness and helping residents take action, and the website provides green tips and promotes a variety of eco-events worth checking out


The Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition: find a guaranteed green restaurant in Chicago


League of Conservation Voters: track how your federal elected officials are voting on environmental issues, see where they rank on annual scorecards, and hold them accountable


Little Bits of Green: this great blog provides Chicagoans with healthy, earth-friendly resources in a fresh and simple way


The Local Beet – Chicago: find regional CSA’s and farms, nearby farmers market, local food at stores and restaurants, and a lot more


Make It Better: Green Living: this North Shore Magazine often features articles on green living


Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – Midwest Office: this environmental advocacy organization will keep you informed of local (and national) issues through their website, Switchboard blog, and events


Safer Pest Control Project: learn about safer solutions in Illinois for pest control problems, including natural lawn care, integrated pest management in your home and children’s school, and much more


Sierra Club – Illinois: this environmental advocacy organization will help keep you current on local (and national) issues through their events, outings, website and blog


Sprout Chicago: this cool blog presents an urban guide to a green life


Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC): find out where to recycle nearly anything in the Green Pages and ideas to greening your children’s school


US Green Building Council – Illinois: check out resources for residential green building, healthy and green schools, and maps of Illinois LEED certified projects


it’s really hard limiting this list!

of course many other great local sources for green info are out there including schools and universities, garden clubs, libraries, municipal governments, non-profit orgs, business groups…



& a few other (non-local) eco-sites worth checking out…


all purpose news: The Daily Green, GristHuffPost Green, Mother Nature NetworkTreeHugger,  World Changing


business:  Fast Company co.exist, GreenBizTriple Pundit


consumer info and buying guides: Big Green PurseThe Good Guide, Greener Choices, Skin Deep Cosmetics Database


design and DIY: Apartment TherapyDaily Danny, Inhabitat, Natural Home and Garden


health & wellness:  Healthy Child Healthy WorldThe Wellness Wire