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Posted on: January 30, 2017

[ARCHIVED] GREEN Speaker Series Provides Residents Environmental News

Village of Westmont
Published: Jan. 30, 2017

The Westmont Environmental Improvement Commission has scheduled a number of guest speakers to present on a variety of topics this year.  These free events will be presented at the Westmont Library, 428 N. Cass Avenue.
CONSERVATION @ HOME - Thursday, Feb. 23, 7pm
Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation will share a variety of conservation techniques including the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, and the selection and use of native plants.

BIRDS & BUTTERFLIES - Wednesday, March 8, 7pm
Judi Davenport, University of Illinois Master Gardener, will talk about ways to welcome birds and butterflies into your yard using bird feeders and easy to grow plants and shrubs.
THE EDIBLE FOREST - Tuesday, March 14, 7pm
Hear about forest gardening, a low-maintenance garden designed with fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, and perennial vegetables, presented by The Resiliency Institute.
NATURAL LAWN CARE BASICS - Monday, March 27, 7pm
Learn how to create a healthier lawn and reduce the health risks and environmental impacts of pesticides and herbicides from Ryan Anderson of the Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC).

Presented by Victor Zaderej from Molex’s Solid State Lighting Group, learn how to grow leafy greens, herbs, and vegetables indoors year round.
WHERE ARE THE MONARCHS? - Wed., May 3, 7pm
Local resident Pat Miller will look at historical environmental factors which affect the monarch butterfly population. Find out about efforts to turn the tide of population decline and what you can do to help.
Do you have water puddles in your yard or heavy clay soil? Learn how to deal with these water problems, and the secrets to composting all your organic material to make rich additions to garden and flower beds from Jim Kleinwachter of The Conservation Foundation.

For more infomation regarding the Environmental Improvement Commission and their initiatives, please contact Jon Yeater at


Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director
Public Information Officer
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