The Green Committee mission: to promote environmentally responsible behavior within the church and by its members.

We are always working ways to make the church and church activities more “green”.

  • We had dishwashing stations at the kick off picnic and encouraged people to bring non-disposable plates/cups/etc.

  • We work to make sure all rooms/offices in the church have trash AND recycling bins.

  • We’re always trying to educate the congregation about green initiatives and simple things they can do at home to be more green.

  • We had a big collection of bottle caps the past couple years. We collected over 800 lbs. of caps and that was used to make 2 benches that were then donated to Pilgrim Park and Tower Hill Camp – sister UCC camps in IL and MI.

  • The Green Committee has been active during rummage sales by collecting unused cardboard and plastic bags.

  • We have promoted the use of China and glass during coffee hour and special events to eliminate the use non-recyclable cups and paper.

  • The Green Committee sponsored several Styrofoam collections and transported the Styrofoam to a company that recycles it to prevent this material from entering landfills where it does not degrade.

  • We helped spearhead a movement that has resulted in the village of Western Springs agreeing to have a monthly Styrofoam collection – the first Saturday of each month, starting in November 2017 at Grand Avenue Community Building parking lot. (Cleaned food Styrofoam and packaging Styrofoam only – NO PEANUTS.)

  • Plus we’re always looking for new projects!

The Green Committee is looking for new members to fulfill its mission.  If you are interested in joining the group, contact Wendy Vichick (708-784-0275) or Dick Kassner (708-784-1870).

 

Monthly Village Styrofoam Collection!

Starting in October 2017! The Village of Western Springs is sponsoring a monthly styrofoam collection the 1st Saturday of every month at the Grand Avenue parking lot from 9am – noon.

*Small to medium sized bags of (cleaned) food-related styrofoam that can be donated at the monthly Village Styrofoam Collection (Nov. 4) may be brought to church on October 29 (the Sunday prior to the collection) and left in the Light Court. A Green Team volunteer will take it to the collection.