February Newsletter


Ready to leave our weird wintery weather behind? Let’s have some fun going greener, together.

It’s Around the Corner…MMM!

Meatless Mondays in March…MMM! 2014 promises ways to have more fun while eating less meat. More than just the month has changed in this year’s program to help South Loopers be nicer to the environment by eating less meat. This year you can…
– Join community outings organized for different Mondays in March (for example, GSLA’s Neighbors Night Out event on March 10, at Artists Cafe, with $1 off the Hummus Veggie Wrap…mmm!)
– Go mmm! at local restaurants, institutions, or at home on any Monday in March. NEW THIS YEAR: When you share shots of your favorite meatless dishes and tag them #mmmsouthloop, we’ll enter you in a raffle for MMM! prizes.
– NEW THIS YEAR: Enter your killer veggie chili in the Alliance for a Greener South Loop’sVeggie Chili Cook-off, MARCH 31. Register entries online by March 24, 2014! (General admission registration ends March 30)
Go to for participating restaurants/institutions, community event details, and to register for the Chili Cook-off.
NOTE: A $5 early-bird discount is available for Chili Cook-Off registrations by March 10 – for chili entrants and the general public.

From our partner, Columbia College Chicago

e-Waste (and small appliance) Collection Drive
March 7-8, 9am-5pm
Columbia College Chicago
Arcade Gallery
618 S. Michigan, 2nd Floor

Columbia College Chicago currently has an exhibit with an environmental message:Discarded: The Afterlife of Everyday Electronics. In it, artists explore the result of planned obsolescence and abundance of out-dated electronica.To help bring the exhibit to a grand conclusion, the Alliance is partnering with Columbia and Kristen Kula, the exhibit curator, to host an e-waste collection. There is an elevator to help you get things up to the gallery.
PLEASE NOTE: Small household appliances will be accepted. Many people have asked us about recycling small appliances, so this is a great opportunity. Please visit our website to see the complete list of what will, and will not, be accepted.

Screening of Revolution (documentary film)
Wednesday, February 26, 6:30pm
Columbia College Chicago
Film Row Cinema, 8th Floor
1104 S. Wabash

The One Earth Film Fest is partnering with Columbia College Chicago’s sustainability program, Sustain Columbia, for a showing of the documentary Revolution, directed by Rob Stewart (who also directed Sharkwater). Revolution tells the story of the beauty and natural wealth of the oceans and the power of the human spirit in the fight to save them.

Register for Tickets:
View the event on Columbia’s Event Calendar.

About One Earth Film festival: The fest runs from the weekend of March 7-9 with 7 pre-screenings around the city. The festival showcases eco-friendly films as an avenue for discourse, informing actions and solutions around environmental concerns in our community.

South Loop | Greener Together Event

Ride your Bike for a Week wins our 5th Annual Greener South Loop Award

The project will launch in January, culminating with Ride Your Bike Week Scheduled for April 21-25, 2014. The project proposes that students, teachers, staff, and community members ride bikes – or take public transportation – for one week, with prizes, celebration, and recognition to make it a fun and engaging project. Bike safety (education) and bike racks are part of the winning project.

“The judges loved the idea of getting kids excited about doing a project that is both healthy for them and the environment, and that they can do with their teachers, parents, school staff, and even community members,” said Aaron Joseph event Master of Ceremony and Deputy Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago.

“We are so honored and excited to be chosen,” said Delia Bleahu, project lead. “We did not expect to win. This is great!”

The Ride Your Bike for a Week proposal was submitted by Delia Bleahu, Youth Guidance/Extended Day Instructor and Kelly Smoots, Youth Guidance/Assistant Resource Coordinator at South Loop Elementary School. Youth Guidance is an organization committed to creating and implementing school-based programs that enable at-risk children to overcome obstacles in their lives.

The Alliance for a Greener South Loop will be working with Delia and Kelly to explore the many ways the South Loop can support and participate in this fun – and green – project.


Video by Hannah Rajnicek, Columbia College Chicago journalism student and South Loop resident