Green Issue
Dear Neighbor, 

Spring is in full bloom, and the 43rd Ward is more vibrant and verdant than ever. This Green Issue includes tips, programs, and events that will help you lend a hand in beautifying our community and protecting our environment. I can't wait to see you outside enjoying this splendid season!

43rd Ward in Action

Photo by David Crosby
Neighbors Clean the Alley

Your neighbors at the Edith Spurlock Sampson senior apartments, 2460 & 2720 N Sheffield, participated in this year's city-wide Clean & Green event. Volunteers braved the chill to clean the alley behind their gardens using tools supplied by Streets and Sanitation. Want to get the neighbors together for a spring cleaning? Contact us at or 773-348-9500.

 Gardening Tool Drive

Let's help the "Gardens of Edith" senior gardeners get the tools they need to tend their gardens. The 43rd Ward office is accepting gently used equipment.. Rakes, shovels, and spades are especially needed. Drop off contributions to 2523 N. Halsted from May 2nd - May 31st. 

Photo by Reatha Kay
RANCH Triangle

RANCH Triangle's Clean & Green event was a family affair, with neighbors of all ages pitching in to clean Adams Playground Park in time for the warm weather.

Photo by Sally Drucker
Lincoln Central Association

Members of Lincoln Central Association exercised their green thumbs, tending to the Fire Station Park garden, planting herbs and preparing vegetable beds. 

Paper Shredding, Expired Medication & Recycling Drive


We've partnered with Sheriff Dart's Office and the Peggy Notebaert Museum to 
host a paper shredding and electronic  recycling drive on May 14th from 9 - 11AM
at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr. We will accept
the following:
  • Paper documents 
  • Unwanted electronics, including televisions 
  • Expired prescription medications
Documents will be taken for shredding offsite by Sheriff Dart's Office, which is 
NAID certifiedWhen you arrive, pull into the Nature Museum's receiving  lot
and look for the driveway directly north of the bus turn-around in front of the
Nature Museum. I hope to  see you there! 

Green City Market Home Compost Drop-Off Service 

Green City Market, 1817 N. Clark, opens for the season this Saturday, May 7 at 7 AM and will be offering a new service - accepting household compost.  This program helps transform food waste into nutrient-rich soil to be used in gardens around Chicago. Click here to learn more about the service, and email the market at  with questions about composting. 

Healthy Soil Compost Pick-Up Service 

Are you interested in composting and can't bring it to the Green City Market? Healthy Soil Compost service allows you to keep your food scraps out of the landfill without undertaking your own composting operation. For a small fee, Healthy Soil offers year round pick-up service, donating food waste to Nature's Little Recyclers to compost, with the soil then returned to customers and community gardens. 

 Free Rain Barrels

The 43rd Ward has collaborated with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and the Lincoln Central Association on the city's new rain barrel initiative. This program offers up to 4 free rain barrels to qualified households with your choice of color - terra cotta, blue, black & grey. 

Rain barrels provide a storage space for rainwater collected from roofs and saves it for it's needed. Rain barrels lessen the strain on sewer systems by storing extra water, and are a green way to revitalize Chicago's storm water reclamation procedures. For more information about the program visit or call  (312) 751-6633. To apply, send your completed application to
Reusable Shopping Bags

Stay ahead of the curve and  bring your own reusable bags  when grocery shopping. T he second phase of the Chicago plastic bag ban goes into effect  August 1st  at smaller chain stores and franchises.

Plastic bags get stuck in our trees and litter our streets and parks. Let's take a stand against plastic bags and limit their impact on our environment and community by using sustainable and reusable totes.

Blue Cart Recycling

Recycling is very popular in our ward - let's do it right!  Most important, DON'T throw a plastic bags full of recycling into the blue cart - the bag itself is not recyclable! Since most recycling is pretty "clean,"  just use a paper bag and toss the recycling and the bag right into the cart.  For more tips, click here.

Environmental Education

 CDOT Placemaking and Landscape Maintenance Seminar

Want to learn more about Chicago's placemaking efforts, maintaining improvements in the public way, and the latest news on planting techniques and gardening best practices? The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT)  invites you to attend the Annual Placemaking and Landscape Maintenance Seminar on Saturday, April 30th at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. Please view the invitation and program schedule for more information.
2016 Environmental Leadership Training Series

The Chicago Conservation Corps is now recruiting for its Spring 2016 Environmental Leadership Training Series. Community and environmental leaders teach a course on urban sustainability challenges and opportunities for change, then you lead a sustainability service project in your community with support and resources from the Nature Museum.  The course will be held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon, on Wednesdays, May 4 - June 1, 6 - 9:30 PM. Click here  for more information about the series. 

Michele Signature

Michele Smith
Alderman, 43rd Ward