Welcome to
Go Green Barrington

Working together for the Environment!

About Us

Our Mission


The mission of Go Green Barrington is to raise environmental awareness in Barrington 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 Barrington a cleaner, healthier place to live.  Each step creates a better future.   

Get Involved

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 volunteers and new ideas to help us make our vision a reality. 

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Green Partners

Barrington joins in the fight for the environment!  Go Green Barrington is an active member of 

Go Green Illinois.

Look at this list of other groups all acting as stewards of the environment:

Go Green Park Ridge

Mindful Waste


Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Citizens for Conservation

Go Green Wilmette

Illinois Ocean Coalition

Go Green Glencoe

Go Green Northbrook

North Shore Green Women

Smart Farm of Barrington

Links to these Green Partners



SLURP handout

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.   They are one of the top items of trash found on beaches.   

Go Green Barrington is asking our local restaurant owners to adopt SLURP -- a Straws Literally Upon Request Policy.  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.    

Visit These Barrington Restaurants That Adopt SLURP

Improve Recycling

recycling symbol

How do you recycle old electronics?  Where can I take textiles that are beyond use by a charity?  Will an item made of both metal and plastic be recycled?  

Will an item with Recycling No.6 be recycled?  

Why doesn't Barrington have recycling bins on Village streets?


 Go Green Barrington works to educate residents about recycling and to advocate for more recycling resources in our Village.    Read the Guidelines on Recycling found on our website. 

Find out more From Solid Waste Agency

Reduce Plastic Waste

plastic cups in trash can

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.

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Residential Composting

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.    

Mindful Waste


Join us for "Green Drinks" when people who believe in the environment meet, learn, and discuss ways to help.  Everyone is welcome!   It is a great way to catch up with people you know or make new contacts.   These events are simple and unstructured   

January 22,  7 p.m. at 

Remember Charlotte's Pizza in Barrington.   

A representative of Shedd Aquarium will give a short presentation on sustainable fishing and the Shedd the Straw program.

More dates to be announced soon.

See More Events In Our Area

Barrington Restaurants Adopting SLURP

Egg Harbor

Egg Harbor

Ciao Baby

Ciao Baby

Remember Charlotte's Pizza

Remember Charlotte's

Learn more about efforts to reduce the use of single-use plastics at:

"Shedd the Straw"

Green Partners

Go Green Park Ridge

Look at the initiatives taken by Park Ridge Go Green!   They share and welcome others to adopt actions that help the environment.   They are a model for other communities.   

Go Green Park Ridge

Go Green Wilmette

The members of Wilmette Go Green lead the way.  They work with other community organizations.   They offer many opportunities for the community to engage via educational seminars, film showings, book discussions, and gatherings and activities throughout the year. 

Go Green Wilmette

Go Green Illinois

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.

Go Green Illinois

Mindful Waste

Mindful Waste works to eliminate food waste through prevention, education, and recovery.

Mindful Waste

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Learn more about what you can do on your own land to help the environment including information about native plants and rain barrels.    

Barrington Area Conservation Trust

Citizens for Conservation

Dedicated to preserving the environment, Citizens for Conservation provides information on native plants and ways to volunteer to help our community.   

Citizens for Conservation

Events In And Around Barrington

Just Some Of Many Great Events Near Us

Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - noon Far Field Preserve

BACT work day

Nov.13, 1-3 p.m., Glencoe

Go Green Illinois Meeting

Nov.14 Evanston Century Cinemark Theater.  Sustainable Nation Screening. Hosted by Go Green Wilmette.

Nov.15, 6 p.m.  Onion Pub

Showing Of Wasted Presented by Mindful Waste

Nov. 20, 7 p.m.  Flesk Brewing

National Parks Game Night
Hosted by BACT  

Nov.28 4:30-6:30 Onion Pub

Fox Valley Zero Waste School Event. Seven Generations Ahead 

SWANCC's Recycling Guide

These easy to follow recycling instructions were created by Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.   

Post them in your house or business!

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Get Involved!

Find out more ways to help!

Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities and ways to get our message to your friends and family.