The mission of Go Green Barrington is to raise environmental awareness in Barrington area and to inspire people to take individual actions to make a difference.
Go Green Barrington works with community groups as well as individual residents, businesses, and government bodies to educate and advocate on behalf of the Earth and its people. Each step by each person in our community is a step closer to making the Barrington area a cleaner, healthier place to live. Each step creates a better future.
Are you passionate about reducing plastic waste and taking other steps to help the environment? Would you like to hear speakers on particular topics? Let us know!
We are always looking for new members and new ideas to help us make our vision a reality.
We also encourage attendance at events and volunteer opportunities hosted by our Green Partners.
Contact us to add
your event to our list.
Barrington joins in the fight for the environment! Go Green Barrington is an active member of
Go Green Illinois.
Look at this list of just some of the many groups all acting as stewards of the environment:
Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club
Barrington Area Conservation Trust
Citizens for Conservation
Illinois Ocean Coalition
Smart Farm of Barrington
Learn more about the proposed legislation H.R. 7173 at this educational event. This is as a necessary step to address climate change. It’s supported by 88 countries and a broad array of public interest groups yet most Americans know very little about carbon pricing.
• Why pricing is an effective policy for climate action
• How pricing will speed a transition to renewable energy
• Many co-benefits including employment and jobs
Help Reduce Plastic Straw Waste. Did you know that in the U.S., we use 500 million straws each day? Because they are small, they do not get recycled.
Go Green Barrington is partnering with Shedd Aquarium in asking our local restaurant owners to Shedd the Straw! Instead of automatically providing straws, we ask restaurants to provide straws only to those patrons who ask for them.
What can you do? Tell your server about the campaign to reduce plastic straw waste. Use an environmentally friendly option or skip the straw altogether! Many small steps can add up to a big impact.
How do you recycle old artificial holiday trees? Where can I take styrofoam? Where can I take a mattress that is beyond use by a charity?
Go Green Barrington works to educate residents about recycling and to advocate for more recycling resources in our Village.
Better than Recycling is to Reduce Use of Single Use Plastics.
The average person uses 500 plastic bags each year. Those bags will last 1000 years only to then break down into tiny pieces that harm the soil and water. Similarly, billions of plastic cups are choking the lakes and rivers and piling up on land. Americans throw away 25 billion plastic cups per year.
Go Green Barrington takes action to promote the use of reusable cups and reusable bags. We want to educate on the harms of single use plastics.
After our showing of the film RIVERBLUE (see www.riverbluethemovie.eco), many asked us for ideas on sustainable fashion. We are not experts, but we are trying to share the resources we find.
Start with buying fewer items and investigate how & where things are made.
Visit these sites and click the button below for handouts.
Please click here to find information on fabrics and more.
Join us for "Green Drinks" when people who believe in the environment meet, learn, and discuss ways to help. Everyone is welcome! These events are simple and unstructured
March 20th, 7 p.m. at McGonigal's Pub,
105 S. Cook St., Barrington
Speaker on personal care products -- eliminate the toxins from your house and help the environment at the same time!
FUTURE GREEN DRINKS
Apr 24, 7 p.m. Topic Natural Lawn Care
May 29, 7 p.m. Topic Bike Paths
WHY GO SOLAR?
A residence uses 10,399 kilowatt hrs.
Every kilowatt hour of electricity produced from fossil fuels generates 1.84 lbs of carbon dioxide.
Learn more about solar:
Test a Solar Calculator on your house: https://www.comed.com/SmartEnergy/InnovationTechnology/Pages/GoingSolar.aspx
May 16, 7 p.m. BA Library-- Solarize! Chicagoland Solar Power Hour. Learn the basics about solar and group buy programs. Sign up for a free no-obligation site assessment if you choose.
Chloride hurts plants and animals and never leaves the system! Thanks to McHenry County Division of Water Resources for these tips about the impacts and proper use of salt.
One of the biggest items in landfills is organic waste. Go Green Barrington supports reduction of food waste and composting. Mindful Waste is an organization leading the way in the Northwest Suburbs on food waste reduction. Please click this link to learn more.
12 Million Gallons of Fuel is Wasted by Idling in the U.S. Every Day!
10 Seconds of Idling wastes more fuel than restarting.
We commend Barrington Transportation for their efforts to turn off buses and for fitting new buses with devices to reduce exhaust fumes.
Research before you apply chemicals to your lawn.
Some cause dangerous run off to the water supply and harm wildlife. LEARN MORE AT APRIL GREEN DRINKS!
Flushing unused medication will allow it to enter the water supply. Drop it off at Walgreens in Lake Zurich (910 Rand Road) or CVS in Crystal Lake.
Coal tar sealants may cause cancer and harm wildlife. Asphalt based sealants are a good substitute. Research the companies you hire and the products you use.
Drop off old clothes, worn out pieces of fabric, and even worn out shoes:
21988 N. Pepper Road,
Lake Barrington, IL
Take it to these locations instead:
Americans send 20 million mattresses to landfills each year.
If a charity will not take it, call Verlo Mattress 815-578-8375 to make sure it is recycled.
Did you start a quilt a decade ago that you don’t intend to finish? Did you start a craft project but never finish?
Please donate your unwanted art supplies and tools to
Brushwood Center Art Supply Exchange at
Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods,
21850 N. Riverwoods Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015
If you cannot make it there, please contact us to drop off on Green Porches in the Barrington area.
Take corks to
Barrington Public Works,
300 N. Raymond Ave. from Nov. 19, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Many more things can be recycled at special locations but should not be put in the curbside bin.
We strive to include all the events in the area related to the environment. Please contact us to add your event to the list.
The Onion Pub
Farmhouse on North
Cook Street Coffee
Dedicated to preserving the environment, Citizens for Conservation provides information on native plants and ways to volunteer to help our community.
Dedicated to preserving the community's rare and exceptional open spaces and educating the next generation of land stewards. Learn more about what you can do on your own land to help the environment.
Go Green Illinois works to encourage and support the establishment of citizen's environmental groups in every community in the northern suburbs, to share best practices among the groups and to collaborate on addressing environmental challenges that cross municipal boundaries. Learn about how to manage stormwater, how to use solar panels, and much more.
Mindful Waste works to eliminate food waste through prevention, education, and recovery.
Contact us to receive a newsletter, learn more about our upcoming events, volunteer, or share your ideas!