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. – August 15th, 2022 – Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (District 15) will host a free in-person Environmental Resource Fair on Saturday, August 27, 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,” Commissioner Morrison said. “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. This will help give people the tools they need to make their communities greener, cleaner, and more sustainable.”

“Building a sustainable future is vital to Cook County,” said President Preckwinkle. “The Forest Preserves does a fantastic job educating our residents on the value of our ecosystem and how we can protect it. Resource fairs like this one are essential to those goals and convey the power that our residents have to positively impact their natural environments.”

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 SustainabilityMetropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Eira Corral Sepúlveda, Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative, Streamwood Park District, Poplar Creek Library District, Ride Illinois, Trickster Cultural Center, and Schaumburg Monarch Initiative.

The fair will be held in the Poplar Creek Library if there is inclement weather.

Events and activities will include:

  • Cook County Department of Environment and Sustainability: Provide a Conserve Cook County pledge form, information on sustainability, and giveaways
  • MWRD: Provide compost bags and raffle off rain barrels
  • Poplar Creek Public Library: Provide a bibliography of books on the environment and a surprise giveaway
  • Ride Illinois: Will be passing out kids’ activity sheets with puzzles and bike safety questions along with Bike Law Wallet Cards that include relevant laws that pertain to cyclists.
  • Streamwood Park District: Will be passing out free litter pickers and reusable bags, along with some hands-on activities showing the impact of plastic use/littering
  • Village of Streamwood: Provide information on their Spring SEED event, natural resources in the village, and their bike path study
  • Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative: Will have brochures in a variety of languages along with giveaway items, such as pens and pencils, but also crayon boxes and flashlights for the kids.
  • ·Schaumburg Monarch Initiative: Learn how to support Monarch Butterflies
  • Trickster Cultural Connections: Learn about Native American cultural connections to nature