Have you ever wished you could build something in Chicago that would last for years?
Have you recently gotten out of a long term relationship and now need to focus on something new?
Have you ever realized how boring you are after someone asked you what you do for fun and all you could think of was laughing at memes so you decided you need a new hobby?
We have the solution to your problem!
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) is giving out free oak saplings to residents of Cook County. They have partnered with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative to create the “Restore the Canopy” project. All you need to do is go to one of their pickup locations to get them. You can choose between individual pots or bulk bags – it all depends on your level of commitment.
Never planted a tree before? No need to worry! You will get all the instructions you need once you get there.
What is the MWRD?
The MWRD, also known as District, is responsible for “protecting the quality of the water supply source (Lake Michigan), improving the quality of water in watercourses in its service area, protecting businesses and homes from flood damages, and managing water as a vital resource for its service area”.
Besides “Restore the Canopy”, MWRD has several other projects – for instance they are responsible for “greenifying” schools in Chicago. So if you liked this initiative you should definitely go to their website and learn more about them.
Why is MWRD doing this?
The goal is simple – restore the canopy! Besides making Chicago even prettier, oak trees provide lots of benefits to the environment. For example, they can reduce flooding, reduce air pollution and even provide protection from the wind.
How can I get them?
There are several pickup locations in Cook County. You can find them in Chicago at the Calumet Water Reclamation Plant (WRP) at 400 E. 130th St., Chicago. If you rely on public transportation, you can take Bus 34 to get there. To see other locations, access their website.
They distribute the samplings every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.
It’s time to get out of your comfort zone and go pick up your oak sapling! Make sure to take pictures and post them on Instagram to brag about your new environmentally responsible persona. Don’t forget to tag us with #ChicagoRises and #MyMWDRTree
Still have questions? You can call their public affairs office at (312) 751-6633 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other important phone numbers:
- Calumet WRP: (773) 256-3538
- Small Stream Maintenance (report blockages/debris in streams): (312) 751-5106
- Hazardous Waste Dump Hotline Illegal dumping of waste into waterways or sewers or complaints of water pollution: (800) 332-3867
Late one night, when we were all in bed
Old Mother Leary left a lantern in the shed,
And when the cow kicked it over, she winked an eye and said,
“There’ll be a hot time, on the old town tonight.”
Fire, fire, fire!
If you grew up in Chicago, chances are high that you’ve heard the song detailing the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The infamous event left the great city in devastation and shambles, but that’s not where the story ends. Some of the greatest minds from various industries joined forces, collaborated, and did the seemingly impossible. The community banded together to rebuild and better the city. Inspired by the spirit of growth and development that existed after the Great Chicago Fire, 1871 was founded in 2012. The organization has grown to be a valuable resource and support system for over 400 digital start-ups and events in the city of Chicago.
1871 is the main initiative of its parent non-profit organization, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC). CEC developed 1871 to provide a tangible address and work-space for Chicago based entrepreneurs in the technology and digital arenas. The entire operation is run and supported by CEC. According to their website, 1871 “is a place where you can share ideas, make mistakes, work hard, build your business and, with a little luck, change the world.”
There have been a variety of events held at the eye-catching and modern work-space, such as the StartupAmerica: 1 Year Anniversary National Event, Innovative Technologies in the Automotive Industry: a French View on the Green, and most recently The Purpose Pitch. I was particularly impressed with the push to get young girls interested and involved in the technology scene.
The main goal of the organization is to connect people to resources- be it financial, human collateral, work-space, or simply acting as a think-tank to bounce ideas around. A wide variety of programs are offered to fulfill that mission like mentor/mentee programs, volunteer opportunities, classes and seminars, and the opportunity to hold an event at the Merchandise Mart work- space.
1871 is growing in popularity and helping Chicago based entrepreneurs. The organization is a prime example of the ideal that we are better together, and is doing great things for the city of Chicago.
CALL TO ACTION
Check out 1871’s website, social media pages, and get involved! That can manifest as taking a class, attending an event, or even sharing their page on your social media sites. Digital technology is an ever growing and expanding field and you don’t want to get left behind!
From the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Co-Director, Jose Oliva, shared his experience, thoughts, and goals for the food system. Follow along to learn more about what’s happening and what you can do to help.
On November 15th, hundreds took to the streets of downtown Chicago, in a show of solidarity with the water protectors at Standing Rock, to take part in the national #nodapl day of action. Across the country people marched to Army Corps of Engineer offices to deliver petitions to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline, while in areas nationally/international without Army Corps of Engineer offices, people organized marches to the biggest donors of the pipeline like Wells Fargo.
If you’ve ever taken a stroll through a Chicago neighborhood park, you may have noticed small patches of plant and soil with wood built around it; a “mini garden.” These mini gardens are actually called “pop-up victory gardens” and have been sprouting all over Chicago as part of a large project called “Peterson Garden Project”.