Environmental Resource Fair

Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison to host free in-person Environmental Resource Fair

Fair will feature family-friendly activities aimed at helping people make their communities greener, cleaner, and more sustainable 

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Sept. 13, 2021 – Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (District 15) will host a free in-person Environmental Resource Fair on Sunday, Sept. 26 from noon to 2 p.m. to help Cook County residents learn how to protect the environment. The fair will be held at Rahlf’s Woods (1350 S Park Ave., Streamwood, IL 60107) and feature a wide variety of family-friendly events and activities.

“Now more than ever, we all must do our part to protect the environment and work toward a greener future,” said Commissioner Morrison. “Whether it’s learning about solar panels, monarchs and pollinators, or how to save money on energy bills, the Environmental Resource Fair will have something for the whole family. We’ll equip people with the tools and information they need to make their communities greener, cleaner, and more sustainable.”

“I’m grateful to Commissioner Morrison for spearheading this important initiative to educate constituents about environmental resources in Cook County,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “In order to create a more sustainable future for ourselves and our families, we must educate and engage residents in this work.”

“It’s great to see County Commissioner Kevin Morrison creating an opportunity for our communities to gain the knowledge and tools they need to be a part of the solutions to protecting our environment and combating climate change,” said Colleen Smith, deputy director of the Illinois Environmental Council. “No action is too small when it comes to securing a safe and clean future for generations to come.”

Each co-sponsor will have a table set up with information and activities. The fair is co-sponsored by the Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Eira Corral Sepúlveda, the Illinois Environmental Council, Citizen’s Utility Board, Streamwood Park District, Poplar Creek Library District, Trickster Cultural Center, Elevate Energy, Schaumburg Monarch Initiative, Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative, and the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The fair will be moved to the Poplar Creek Library (1405 S Park Ave., Streamwood, IL 60107) if there is inclement weather. Residents should email district15@cookcountyil.gov or call 847- 519-7674 with any questions. Residents are encouraged to register in advance at https://bit.ly/2YrkIka.

Events and activities will include:

  • Chicago Botanic Garden: Provide “Budburst” buddy packet for kids
  • Citizens Utility Board: Provide information on energy efficiency, community solar, financial assistance, and free services
  • Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability: Provide a Conserve Cook County pledge form, information on sustainability, and giveaways
  • Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative: Provide giveaway items including crayon boxes and flashlights for kids
  • Illinois Environmental Council: Provide fun activities and environmentally-related drawing for kids
  • MWRD: Provide compost bags and oak saplings and raffle off rain barrels
  • Schaumburg Monarch Initiative: Provide milkweed seeds and monarch and pollinator literature
  • Trickster Cultural Center: Provide information on Native American cultural connections to nature and family-friendly crafts