Plainfield group supports ‘green’ initiatives
BY MADHU MAYER Correspondent September 15, 2013 9:42PM
Updated: October 17, 2013 6:02AM
There’s more to “green living” these days than just recycling.
As more people drive electric cars and use energy-efficient appliances and even light bulbs, a group called Conservation Plainfield is spearheading efforts to provide the community with more environmentally friendly programs and activities.
During the village board’s committee of the whole workshop last week, village planner Jonathan Proulx — a member of the Conservation Plainfield Board — outlined upcoming events for those who want a greener lifestyle.
Conservation Plainfield was founded in 2001 as a cooperative venture of various government agencies and area residents. Representatives meet monthly to discuss conservation issues, determine ways to increase the public’s environmental awareness and offer educational opportunities in the community, including at schools.
The organization has 60-plus resident members and 13 business members. The mission of the nonprofit is carried out through various programs, events, classes and projects. For instance, over the weekend, residents and organizations were invited to plant native prairie grass, collect native plant seed and remove invasive plants at Eaton Preserve.
Conservation Plainfield also will host Fall Clean-Up Week from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to pick up litter in areas they frequent to keep Plainfield clean and beautiful.
Marilee Hays of Plainfield said she relies on Conservation Plainfield for programs that improve the community’s quality of life.
“I like the DuPage River sweep and the rain barrel program,” the mother of two said. “I especially picked up valuable tips at the spring environmental expo where they demonstrated sustainable products and practices.”