Green Tuesdays in the Village

Date(s) - 04/08/2014 - 04/29/2014
12:00 am

Oak Park Library

Green Tuesdays in the Village: 2014


Green Tuesdays in the Village is an annual public lecture series on various environmental topics and issues specifically relevant to the Village of Oak Park. Started in 2006, this is the 9th annual event.

From Copenhagen to Chicago, Beijing to Brussels, Osaka to Oak Park, every year over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Month. Like Green Tuesdays of the past, the 2014 series will focus on the unique local environmental challenges of our time. As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever. This year, Green Tuesdays in the Village will locally seek to do just that by aligning with the 2014 Earth Day global theme of Green Cities.

Sponsored by the Oak Park Environment & Energy Commission.

Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake Street, 7:00 – 8:30pm.


April 8:  Veterans Room

Cities as Urbanized Ecosystems

Presenter:  Michael Iversen, Architect, PhD Candidate / University of Illinois at Chicago

This session examines cities as complex dynamical ecosystems, which are being stressed from the convergence of urbanization, fossil-fuel energy consumption and climate change. Using an ecosystem-based approach, Urbanized Ecosystems™ (UrbEcoSys™), planning is re-conceptualized as the intentional shaping of energy, material, information and monetary flows that act as metabolic inputs and outputs of a complex ecosystem. The analysis of these flows may then serve as the basis for informed planning decisions and policymaking.

April 15:  Small Meeting Room

State of the Environment 2014: Village of Oak Park

Presenter:  Michael Iversen, Architect, PhD Candidate / University of Illinois at Chicago

Green Tuesdays’ annual report of performance metrics concerning energy, materials, and costs pertaining to the Village of Oak Park. This report is based on the UrbEcoSys methodology introduced in the April 8 session, and models Oak Park as a complex, dynamical ecosystem. The Village report is based on scoping, inventorying and assessing its critical variables and relationships as represented by the flux and cyclic processes of energy, materials, costs and information.

April 22:  Small Meeting Room

Greening Oak Park

Presenter:  Karen Rozmus, Environmental Services Manager / Village of Oak Park

Skyler Larrimore, Local Organizer, Elevate Energy

This presentation will focus on residential waste diversion rates being achieved from recycling and composting programs and the environmental benefits that can be measured. The new Green Block Party project will be unveiled, leading to the discussion of how Oak Park can increase program participation through school programs, new recycling initiatives and public education opportunities.

Skyler Larrimore will present on how Elevate Energy (formerly CNT Energy) is connecting Oak Park homeowners to resources that will lower energy costs and boost the comfort and value of their home. Elevate Energy is a nonprofit that designs and implements energy efficiency programs that lower cost, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most.

April 29:  Small Meeting Room

Green Campuses: Models for Green Cities

Presenter:  Cynthia Klein-Banai, Associate Chancellor for Sustainability / University of Illinois at Chicago

As institutions seek ways to become more sustainable, they have used a variety of metrics and indicators to evaluate their baseline and progress towards those goals. This session will examine two such metrics being used at the University of Illinois at Chicago; greenhouse gas inventory and ecological footprint analysis. Session will also include how university sustainability programs and commitments may serve as models for cities, and a look at local collaborations in the Chicago area.



For additional information, please contact Mike Iversen (, or Karen Rozmus(708.358.5700, Rozmus@oak-park.


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