A lot has been happening in Chicago’s waste management recently. The city has announced plans to expand Blue Cart collection of household recyclables to all single-family dwellings by the end of 2013, and a transition of garbage pickup from a ward-based to a grid-based system is underway. What does it mean? What other changes can Chicago residents expect?
One place to find out and ask questions of the experts is Foresight Design Initiative’s Green Drinks event, tomorrow (May 15) evening from 5:30-8:30 at the Jefferson Tap & Grill.
The next in Foresight’s ongoing sustainable civic innovation series, this month’s Green Drinks explores three different efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. John Edel’s “Plant” is seeking to create a closed loop system supporting a variety of companies who will put food (and drinks) on your table. Chicago’s Waste-to-Profit network is helping businesses connect their waste streams with partners for whom the materials are raw materials, creating value and diverting tons of resources from landfills in the process. Finally, everyone’s favorite topic, residential recycling, is getting renewed attention under Mayor Emmanuel. City Program Director – Recycling, Chris Sauvé, has been invited to share the latest about efforts to expand collection and reduce costs, as well as discuss what you can do to support a more robust local system, outside of consuming less, of course!
Pre-registration is required, so click the link to sign up. This event touches on issues raised in Roosevelt University’s seminars SUST 240 Waste (offered both downtown and online in Fall 2012), and SUST 230 Food (offered this summer). For more information, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, our Facebook site, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email applyRU@roosevelt.edu.