Composting is easy. Composting is good.
Those were the main messages the University of Illinois Extension/Cook County composting project wanted to convey during an event hosted Saturday, July 24, by the Village of Homewood and the Homewood Science Center.
The event was set up to make composting accessible. Everyone in the community was invited to bring household food scraps or light yard waste and pitch it into a dumpster set up in the village hall parking lot.
Everyone was also invited to take home some mature compost provided by the Extension.
The Flossmoor Green Commission is working to help reinvigorate the Monarch butterfly population in Illinois with preparations for milkweed gardens, and an informational video for the public showing the stages of a butterfly that was prepared by a Homewood-Flossmoor High School student.
In February, at the suggestion of the Green Commission, former Flossmoor Mayor Paul Braun joined with more than 100 mayors nationwide who signed the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge to stimulate the monarch butterfly population in Illinois.
After five meetings and 20 hours of questioning by commissioners and the public, Homewood Planning and Zoning Commission members concluded that plans to develop an industrial distribution center on the site of Calumet Country Club do not rise to the standards set in the village zoning code.
To put it casually, all the plastic we’ve produced is really starting to pile up. A more serious sort of person might say we’re facing a global plastics crisis. People concerned about the environment are reckoning their plastics usage to reduce their reliance and shift to more sustainable materials.
Even people who routinely recycle might find it difficult to dispose of those things that can't be placed curbside, but they want to handle things responsibly. That's where Recyclepalooza comes in.
[Updated April 14, 2019] Litter — the enemy of any clean community — has accumulated during winter months, but local residents fought back on Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 6. On this sunny, warm spring day, eight organizations and dozens of volunteers fanned out across Homewood, Flossmoor and Olympia Fields to spruce up the area picking up the discarded bottles, cans, food containers and even used diapers that have piled up along roadways over the winter months.