Hundreds of Carbon Reducing Ideas Displayed at Chicago Botanic Garden's 'Knowledge and Action Marketplace'

- Part of World Environment Day Festivities June 5th and Save the Plants,

Save the Planet Week



May 01, 2008, 01:00 ET from Chicago Botanic Garden

    GLENCOE, Ill., May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Homeowners interested
 in lowering electricity bills and gardeners interested in growing organic
 fruit and vegetables will find the Chicago Botanic Garden filled with these
 and hundreds of other carbon-reducing ideas at the Garden's "Knowledge and
 Action" marketplace, June 5th. The activities are all part of the United
 Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) World Environment Day celebration,
 where visitors will find dozens of activities and displays underscoring the
 day-long event theme of "CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon
 Economy."
 
     Over thirty non-profit, academic, cultural and environmental
 organizations will participate in the Knowledge and Action marketplace,
 held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic
 Garden.
 
     Visitors will find helpful displays and knowledgeable representatives
 discussing products to help green homes, local carpools, volunteer and
 community conservation programs, classes on green gardening, the use of CFL
 light bulbs, vehicles that run on used vegetable oil and even appliances
 that pop popcorn using solar energy.
 
     Organizations participating in the event include The Center for
 Neighborhood Technology, offering car-sharing information; CNT Energy,
 working with ComEd to provide information about Watt Spot, a program to
 assist homeowners who want to pay market price for electricity; Northern
 Illinois Energy Project, providing free CFL lights; Chicago Wilderness and
 Openlands, with information about local conservation and restoration
 programs; and Horrigan Urban Forest Products, highlighting the best uses
 for reclaimed wood from urban trees.
 
     Learning to Grow Organically
 
     Visitors will also find representatives from Chicago Botanic Garden
 programs that include The Green Youth Farm, demonstrating raised garden
 beds and offering sustainable gardening tips; The Joseph Regenstein, Jr.,
 School of the Botanic Garden, providing information on green classes; and
 the Children's Teaching and Learning Center, recruiting participants for
 Project Budburst, a five-year, national citizen science program that is
 gathering information about the impact of climate change on plants.
 
     Garden staff will also discuss the secrets to great composting,
 including the creation of a small compost bin and the use of worms to
 compost kitchen scraps easily at home. Visitors can leave with an
 easy-to-grow, carbon-absorbing Melrose pepper. These demonstrations and
 plant give-away will continue June 6 and 7, at the Regenstein Fruit &
 Vegetable Garden.
 
     International Climate Change Forum
 
     Visitors can also watch a videotape broadcast featuring local, national
 and international experts at the Garden's International Climate Change
 Forum, including Dr. Ashok Khosla, former Chairman of the UNEP; Fred Krupp,
 president of the Environmental Defense Fund; Mary Gade, Regional
 Administrator for EPA region 5, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the
 Department of the Environment for the City of Chicago, John Rowe, Chief
 Executive Officer of the Exelon Corporation, Arthur J. Gibson, Vice
 President of Environment, Health & Safety for Baxter International and
 Arthur Armishaw, Chief Technology and Services Officer for HSBC- North
 America.
 
     Entries from UNEP's International Children's Painting Competition,
 sponsored by Bayer Corporation, will be on exhibit throughout June at the
 greenhouse galleries, located in the Regenstein Center at the Chicago
 Botanic Garden. More than 700 entries were received from which the first
 and second place North American winners were selected. Chicago-area and
 North American winners will be featured.
 
     The International Children's Painting Competition, the Knowledge and
 Action Marketplace, the International Climate Change Forum, a Farmer's
 Market of organically grown produce and more are all part of the Save the
 Plants/Save the Planet Week at the Garden, June 1 through 8th.
 
     World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in
 1972 to mark the June 5 opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human
 environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same
 day, led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme.
 
     World Environment Day is sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopersLLP, Baxter
 International, HSBC-North America and Exelon Corproation.
 
     The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the green treasures of the Forest
 Preserve District of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum
 featuring 23 distinct display gardens surrounded by lakes, as well as a
 prairie and woodlands. With events, programs and activities for all ages,
 the Garden is open every day of the year, except Dec. 25. Admission is
 free; select event fees apply. Parking is $15; free for members. On
 Tuesdays, senior citizens age 62 and older pay just $7 for parking. The
 Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Ill. Visit
 http://www.chicagobotanic.org, or call (847) 835-5440 for seasonal hours,
 images of the Garden and commuter transportation information.
 
     The Chicago Botanic Garden is managed by the Chicago Horticultural
 Society. It opened to the public in 1972 and is home to the Joseph
 Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, offering a broad
 array of adult classes in plant science, landscape design and gardening
 arts. Through the Division of Plant Science and Conservation, Garden
 scientists work on plant conservation, research and environmental
 initiatives that have global impact. The Center for Teaching and Learning
 brings the wonder of nature and plants to children, teens and teachers. The
 Garden's Horticultural Therapy and Community Gardening programs provide
 nationally recognized community outreach and service programs. The Garden
 is also breaking new ground in urban horticulture and jobs training through
 a 15-acre project in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago called
 Windy City Harvest. The Chicago Botanic Garden is accredited by the
 American Association of Museums and is a member of the American Public
 Gardens Association (APGA). In 2006, the Chicago Botanic Garden received
 the Award for Garden Excellence, given yearly by the APGA and Horticulture
 magazine to a public garden that exemplifies the highest standards of
 horticultural practices and has shown a commitment to supporting and
 demonstrating best gardening practices.
 
 
 

SOURCE Chicago Botanic Garden
    GLENCOE, Ill., May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Homeowners interested
 in lowering electricity bills and gardeners interested in growing organic
 fruit and vegetables will find the Chicago Botanic Garden filled with these
 and hundreds of other carbon-reducing ideas at the Garden's "Knowledge and
 Action" marketplace, June 5th. The activities are all part of the United
 Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) World Environment Day celebration,
 where visitors will find dozens of activities and displays underscoring the
 day-long event theme of "CO2, Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon
 Economy."
 
     Over thirty non-profit, academic, cultural and environmental
 organizations will participate in the Knowledge and Action marketplace,
 held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Esplanade at the Chicago Botanic
 Garden.
 
     Visitors will find helpful displays and knowledgeable representatives
 discussing products to help green homes, local carpools, volunteer and
 community conservation programs, classes on green gardening, the use of CFL
 light bulbs, vehicles that run on used vegetable oil and even appliances
 that pop popcorn using solar energy.
 
     Organizations participating in the event include The Center for
 Neighborhood Technology, offering car-sharing information; CNT Energy,
 working with ComEd to provide information about Watt Spot, a program to
 assist homeowners who want to pay market price for electricity; Northern
 Illinois Energy Project, providing free CFL lights; Chicago Wilderness and
 Openlands, with information about local conservation and restoration
 programs; and Horrigan Urban Forest Products, highlighting the best uses
 for reclaimed wood from urban trees.
 
     Learning to Grow Organically
 
     Visitors will also find representatives from Chicago Botanic Garden
 programs that include The Green Youth Farm, demonstrating raised garden
 beds and offering sustainable gardening tips; The Joseph Regenstein, Jr.,
 School of the Botanic Garden, providing information on green classes; and
 the Children's Teaching and Learning Center, recruiting participants for
 Project Budburst, a five-year, national citizen science program that is
 gathering information about the impact of climate change on plants.
 
     Garden staff will also discuss the secrets to great composting,
 including the creation of a small compost bin and the use of worms to
 compost kitchen scraps easily at home. Visitors can leave with an
 easy-to-grow, carbon-absorbing Melrose pepper. These demonstrations and
 plant give-away will continue June 6 and 7, at the Regenstein Fruit &
 Vegetable Garden.
 
     International Climate Change Forum
 
     Visitors can also watch a videotape broadcast featuring local, national
 and international experts at the Garden's International Climate Change
 Forum, including Dr. Ashok Khosla, former Chairman of the UNEP; Fred Krupp,
 president of the Environmental Defense Fund; Mary Gade, Regional
 Administrator for EPA region 5, Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the
 Department of the Environment for the City of Chicago, John Rowe, Chief
 Executive Officer of the Exelon Corporation, Arthur J. Gibson, Vice
 President of Environment, Health & Safety for Baxter International and
 Arthur Armishaw, Chief Technology and Services Officer for HSBC- North
 America.
 
     Entries from UNEP's International Children's Painting Competition,
 sponsored by Bayer Corporation, will be on exhibit throughout June at the
 greenhouse galleries, located in the Regenstein Center at the Chicago
 Botanic Garden. More than 700 entries were received from which the first
 and second place North American winners were selected. Chicago-area and
 North American winners will be featured.
 
     The International Children's Painting Competition, the Knowledge and
 Action Marketplace, the International Climate Change Forum, a Farmer's
 Market of organically grown produce and more are all part of the Save the
 Plants/Save the Planet Week at the Garden, June 1 through 8th.
 
     World Environment Day was established by the UN General Assembly in
 1972 to mark the June 5 opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human
 environment. Another resolution, adopted by the General Assembly the same
 day, led to the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme.
 
     World Environment Day is sponsored by PriceWaterhouseCoopersLLP, Baxter
 International, HSBC-North America and Exelon Corproation.
 
     The Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the green treasures of the Forest
 Preserve District of Cook County, is a 385-acre living plant museum
 featuring 23 distinct display gardens surrounded by lakes, as well as a
 prairie and woodlands. With events, programs and activities for all ages,
 the Garden is open every day of the year, except Dec. 25. Admission is
 free; select event fees apply. Parking is $15; free for members. On
 Tuesdays, senior citizens age 62 and older pay just $7 for parking. The
 Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, Ill. Visit
 http://www.chicagobotanic.org, or call (847) 835-5440 for seasonal hours,
 images of the Garden and commuter transportation information.
 
     The Chicago Botanic Garden is managed by the Chicago Horticultural
 Society. It opened to the public in 1972 and is home to the Joseph
 Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, offering a broad
 array of adult classes in plant science, landscape design and gardening
 arts. Through the Division of Plant Science and Conservation, Garden
 scientists work on plant conservation, research and environmental
 initiatives that have global impact. The Center for Teaching and Learning
 brings the wonder of nature and plants to children, teens and teachers. The
 Garden's Horticultural Therapy and Community Gardening programs provide
 nationally recognized community outreach and service programs. The Garden
 is also breaking new ground in urban horticulture and jobs training through
 a 15-acre project in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago called
 Windy City Harvest. The Chicago Botanic Garden is accredited by the
 American Association of Museums and is a member of the American Public
 Gardens Association (APGA). In 2006, the Chicago Botanic Garden received
 the Award for Garden Excellence, given yearly by the APGA and Horticulture
 magazine to a public garden that exemplifies the highest standards of
 horticultural practices and has shown a commitment to supporting and
 demonstrating best gardening practices.
 
 
 SOURCE Chicago Botanic Garden