Event Recap: Urban Rivers Volunteer Day

June 2017 Zero Waste Chicago event

For our June community meet-up, ten of us rolled up our sleeves and joined Urban Rivers in a volunteer day to plant floating gardens that have since been installed in the Chicago River. The gardens span 166 feet and provide necessary habitat for local wildlife such as fish, ducks, and turtles, as well as helping to filter the water and keep debris from the river. You can follow along with the progress of the gardens on Urban Rivers’ Instagram, or check the gardens out yourself behind the Whole Foods on Kingsbury Street, near North & Clybourn.

We also had the opportunity to table with The Chicago Market at their BBQ pop up in June. We spoke with folks of all ages about simple switches to reduce waste in our daily lives, and met wonderful local food and product vendors. The Chicago Market is an upcoming food co-op, who recently submitted a proposal to utilize the space in the Gerber Building at the Wilson red line stop in Uptown for their future grocery store site. You can support their bid for the historic building by signing their petition!