Moraine Township

Supervisor's Letter to Editors
Thanks to Green Partners for Two October Events


Letter to Editor
October 25, 2010

Moraine Township co-sponsored two events in October to facilitate a greener community, and we could not have been as successful as we were without the gracious cooperation of others.

Thank you to Lake County Board representative Anne Flanigan Bassi for bringing to our attention the SWALCO notice that it was now possible to recycle bulk styrofoam at Abt Electronics in Glenview. Abt has purchased a machine that converts the styrofoam into smaller coils of that material, which is then shipped to China for re-use as packing material. Because of Anne's initiative, and the cooperation of Abt and the Highland Park Park District, a 53 foot Abt trailer was parked at Hidden Creek AquaPark on Saturday, October 23. Scores of residents helped to fill it with bulky styrofoam and also many miscellaneous electronic items, which Abt also recycles. (Since the City of Highland Park already collects electronics at their facility on Half Day Road, that was not our focus.)

Bassi recruited volunteers who staffed the trailer collection from early morning in pouring rain through late afternoon on Saturday. Thank you to Highland Parkers Debbie Brown, Bryna Gamson, Ellen Gussin, Nancy Himmelfarb, Sulie Holt, Jean Sogin and Cindy Wolfson, and to Lake County volunteers Susan Vancil (from Stormwater Mgt.) and Robert Rampale (whose wife works for SWALCO).

According to the Abt Electronics website, styrofoam takes 20,000 years to biodegrade. Annually, their recycling center saves over 240,000 pounds of styrofoam from going to the landfill. We were glad to do our part. The event was so successful, we definitely hope to repeat it, most likely after the winter holidays.

The previous week, on October 14, Moraine Township co-sponsored a free public program on "Creating & Sustaining Green Schoolyards" by two California eco-expert authors, Sharon Gamson Danks and Rachel Pringle. We are very grateful to them for sharing their expertise. Co-sponsors were Districts 112 and 113, Lake County Board member Bassi and the Highland Park Public Library. We want to extend particular thanks to Jane Conway, Library Executive Director, for her own and her staff's professional assistance, and to Nancy Rodkin Rotering for her help with program details. Participant feedback was very positive; we expect to witness a higher profile for greener school communities. For those who missed the talk, former Highland Parker Danks' and Pringle's books are on sale at the Chicago Botanic Garden gift shop.

I am proud to say that Moraine Township was able to accomplish these "green" initiatives as collaborative events using volunteer help and in-kind resources. We look forward to doing more of them when the opportunity arises. Watch our website for announcements, and go online to see photos of the events.

Mari Barnes, Supervisor
Moraine Township
(847) 432-3240

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