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THE SCHEDULE

The most up-to-date schedule is found here. Check back before attending the summit as changes in the schedule will occur. Times and locations might change, hey it happens, but more importantly, check back to find out what events have been added.

All events are free unless otherwise noted. 

Complete schedule listed below or view the schedule by location area. 

North (N), Downtown West (DW), Downtown East (DE), Midtown (M), South (S)

 

10 AM - 10:30 AM

COMPOST TALK

Learn about why composting matters and how your family or organization can join in (no backyard required). Bring your questions; composter and local farmer, Allyson, will be available to answer them before and after the session. (N)

Near the Roundabout at the North End City Market - North Main and Auburn Streets

10 AM - 11:30 AM

BIKE TOUR

Bring your bike and take a guided leisurely bike tour around town to see organizations participating in the Summit along with a couple fun pit-stops that feature sustainable efforts happening in the community! Expect to ride about 7 miles in a 90 minute period with pitstops along the way. (DE)

The tour starts and ends at the Rockford Register Star parking lot (across the street from downtown city market)

10 AM - 11 AM

RAISING THE NEXT GENERATION OF EARTH STEWARDS

The state of the environment can be overwhelming, especially as we hear about each individual crisis- climate change, ocean acidification, plastic pollution and the list goes on. Now imagine what that might be like for a child. Join Ann Wasser, Director of Severson Dells Nature Center, for a conversation about how to communicate with the kids in your life about environmental issues without making it overwhelming.


Kids will have an opportunity to do some nature investigations or play on the playground during the session. Because we will be in the park, please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. (DE)

Ingersol Centennial Park - 315 South 1st Street

10 AM - 10:30 AM

CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT

The Northern Illinois Chapter of the Climate Reality Project will present a 20 minute slide programs on Global Warming and Climate Change. We will define and describe Climate Change and provide examples of what can be and is being done to address and mitigate the damage that too much Global Warming is having on the earth's climate. There is reason for hope...it is not too late. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

10 AM - 11 AM

*SORRY, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED*
LOW-WASTE LIVING

Marlana Tollett-McFarland from Bump & Beyond as well as the Rockford Crunchy Ladies will discuss ways you and your family can decrease the amount of waste generated. (DE)

Lucette - Salon & Boutique - 508 E State St

10 AM - 11 AM

PEOPLE - PLANTS - PLANET

The state of human relations and the wellbeing of people is an essential gauge in determining the wellbeing of the planet. What is the current state of human relations in our community? When we are unkind and destructive to ourselves it radiates to the destruction of our surroundings, the foundation of our lives; plants and animals, water, and air. Antar Baker is hosting a community conversation concerning the connection between people, plants and planet with an emphasis on how to redirect our thoughts and actions to alter our current state. (DE)

 Test Site Art Gallery - 213 N 3rd St

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

ALL ABOUT ENERGY SAVINGS

Please join us for an energy efficiency and savings workshop. Presenters from the Citizens Utility Board will discuss energy efficiency tips, resources, and avoiding utility scams. Learn how to reduce your energy waste and save money over the winter months. (S)

Rock River Branch Library - 3128 11th Street

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

WHAT IS CEJA?

The states will need to take the lead on climate change as the federal government ignores the issue. In Illinois, the Clean Energy Jobs Act will move us to 100% clean energy by 2050, remove the equivalent of one million gas or diesel powered vehicles off the road, create a carbon free power sector by 2030, and focus all of these policies on jobs and equity.  Learn more about this act and how you can help pass the bill! Jennifer Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council will provide the details. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

11 AM - 11:30 AM

RMTD’S HYBRID ELECTRIC BUSES

RMTD will host a brief discussion and informational session on the purchase and delivery of our new, hybrid electric vehicles. RMTD will take delivery of 5 hybrid electric powered buses in early 2020.  From reduced emissions to saving energy, the introduction of these vehicles to our fleet will have a positive impact on our community now and in the years to come. (DW)

Rockford Mass Transit District Downtown Transfer Center - 501 W State St

11 AM - 11:30 AM

PACE

Learn how PACE financing can help cut commercial GHG emissions! This program immediately increases return on investment. This 30 min program is for business owners, building managers and environmental activists. (DE)

Test Site Art Gallery -213 N 3rd St

11:15 AM - Noon

A SMALL BUSINESS' PERSPECTIVE ON SUSTAINABILITY

Joelle Sautter, an avid earth-lover, will provide information and answer questions about actions Lucette Salon & Boutique takes to minimize their impact on the planet and what other small businesses can do to achieve similar environmental goals. Lucette is the first and only Green Circle Certified Salon in Rockford. (DE)

Lucette - Salon & Boutique - 508 E State St

11:30 AM - 1 PM

FILM SCREENING: LIVING THE CHANGE

The Film Living the Change (Antoinette Wilson, Jordan Osmond 2018) "explores solutions to the global crises we face today through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainble and regenerative way." (DW)

Nordlof Center - 118 N Main St

11:30 AM - 12 PM

EATING AWAY AT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Climate change is occurring. Each of us has a bigger impact we think to slow down or even reverse climate change. It starts with your fork and knife.  Learn how our diet affects the environment and by making wise dietary choices, we can make a difference. (S)

John's Restaurant and Pizzeria - 2914 11th St

12 PM - 1 PM

ITALIAN VEGAN LUNCH - $20 PER PERSON - MUST PURCHASE IN ADVANCE

Stick around after Vegetarian's In Motion presentation for a plant-based meal featuring Italian classics made using all vegan ingredients. Nadia, Tasha, and Maria put a modern spin on traditional classics, mixing family recipes with their own emerging style. The cost of the meal will be $20 per person.  You can purchase a spot by calling John's Pizzeria at 815-398-4044 with a credit card number. (S)


All reservations need to be placed prior by Friday, September 26th. 

Please note any dietary restrictions you may have (such as gluten-free or nut-allergies).   

John's Restaurant and Pizzeria - 2914 11th St

Noon - 1 PM

LOBBYING - CIVICS FOR ENVIRONMENTALIST

The process of a bill becoming a law can be confusing, but you have an important role to play.  Join Illinois Environmental Council Executive Director Jen Walling to learn more about the process of a bill becoming a law and tips for interacting with your lawmakers to pass legislation. (DE)  

Test Site Art Gallery - 213 N 3rd St

Noon - 1 PM

ALL ABOUT ENERGY SAVINGS

Please join us for an energy efficiency and savings workshop. Presenters from the Citizens Utility Board will discuss energy efficiency tips, resources, and avoiding utility scams. Learn how to reduce your energy waste and save money over the winter months. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

1 PM - 2 PM

BACKYARD CHICKEN(S)

Interested in having chickens? Do you find the idea of going in your backyard to get some eggs, appealing? Find out more from Sarene Alsharif on how to start and what to expect. Gain an understanding of the environmental impact of having chickens as well as the pros and cons. (N)

The Calm Company Wellness & Yoga - 1404 North Main St Suite 3

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

INSPIRING PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS TO TAKE ACTION - GREEN TEAM

Dan Huntsa from Faith In Place will focus on how to start a green team in your house of worship and how to take your existing green team to the next level. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

1:30 PM - 2 PM

CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT

The Northern Illinois Chapter of the Climate Reality Project will present a 20 minute slide programs on Global Warming and Climate Change. We will define and describe Climate Change and provide examples of what can be and is being done to address and mitigate the damage that too much Global Warming is having on the earth's climate. There is reason for hope...it is not too late. (DE)

Test Site Art Gallery - 213 N 3rd St

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

WHAT IS CEJA?

The states will need to take the lead on climate change as the federal government ignores the issue. In Illinois, the Clean Energy Jobs Act will move us to 100% clean energy by 2050, remove the equivalent of one million gas or diesel powered vehicles off the road, create a carbon free power sector by 2030, and focus all of these policies on jobs and equity.  Learn more about this act and how you can help pass the bill! Jennifer Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council will provide the details. (S)

Rock River Branch Library - 3128 11th Street

2 PM - 3 PM

HOW TO ATTRACT BEES AND BUTTERFLIES TO YOUR GARDEN

Get tips on how to attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Learn how to identify bees and butterflies, what types of native wildflowers to plant and hear about the Conservation@Home program, which recognizes those who have incorporated conservation practices into their natural environments at home or at work. (DE)

Natural Land Institute - 320 S Third St

2 PM - 2:30 PM

PACE

Learn how PACE financing can help cut commercial GHG emissions! This program immediately increases return on investment. This 30 min program is for business owners, building managers and environmental activists. (DE)

Test Site Art Gallery -213 N 3rd St

2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

PEOPLE - PLANTS - PLANET

The state of human relations and the wellbeing of people is an essential gauge in determining the wellbeing of the planet. What is the current state of human relations in our community? When we are unkind and destructive to ourselves it radiates to the destruction of our surroundings, the foundation of our lives; plants and animals, water, and air. Antar Baker is hosting a community conversation concerning the connection between people, plants and planet with an emphasis on how to redirect our thoughts and actions to alter our current state. (N)

The Calm Company Wellness & Yoga - 104 North Main St Suite 3

2:30 PM - 3 PM

CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT

The Northern Illinois Chapter of the Climate Reality Project will present a 20 minute slide programs on Global Warming and Climate Change. We will define and describe Climate Change and provide examples of what can be and is being done to address and mitigate the damage that too much Global Warming is having on the earth's climate. There is reason for hope...it is not too late. (S)

Rock River Branch Library - 3128 11th Street

2:30 PM - 3 PM

EATING AWAY AT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Climate change is occurring. Each of us has a bigger impact we think to slow down or even reverse climate change. It starts with your fork and knife.  Learn how our diet affects the environment and by making wise dietary choices, we can make a difference. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

2:30 PM - 6 PM

FILM SCREENING AND PANEL DISCUSSION: TOMORROW

Watch the film Tomorrow (Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurent, 2015) and participate in a panel discussion about local sustainable food practices. (DW)

Nordloff Center - 118 N Main St

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

SUSTAINING LIFE: THE GATEWAY TO TRUE SUSTAINABILITY

Understand how and what we value affects our sustainable efforts. Understand the power of sustainable networks and what we can do to create sustainable life for true sustainability. Presented by Antonio Turner from Conscious Coaching. (DE)

Test Site Art Gallery 213 N 3rd St

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

ENERGY USE IN YOUR HOUSE OF WORSHIP

Dan Huntsa from Faith In Place will focus on how you can help your house of worship save money while becoming more energy efficient, explore solar, and how to educate your members so that your impact is magnified. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

3:30 PM - 4 PM

RMTD’S HYBRID ELECTRIC BUSES

RMTD will host a brief discussion and informational session on the purchase and delivery of our new, hybrid electric vehicles. RMTD will take delivery of 5 hybrid electric powered buses in early 2020.  From reduced emissions to saving energy, the introduction of these vehicles to our fleet will have a positive impact on our community now and in the years to come. (DW)

Rockford Mass Transit District Downtown Transfer Center - 501 W State St

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

COLLECTIVE ACTION

What can we all be doing collectively as concerned citizens? Learn more about the process of positively influencing corporate and elected leaderships’ decision making and actions. There is strength in collection action. Presented by Doug Scott, Vice President of Electricity and Efficiency at the Great Plains Institute and former mayor of Rockford. (N)

The Calm Company Wellness & Yoga - 1404 North Main St Suite 3

3:30 PM- 5 PM

WORLD CAFE - TRANSPORTATION

Got things to say about transportation in our region? Come for a conversation. (S) 

Rock River Branch Library - 3128 11th St

4 PM - 5PM

BIRDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

According to Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report, of the 588 species of North American birds, 314 will be impacted from climate change by 2080. What does this mean? What can we do? Learn what changes can be made to decrease the impact climate change will have on some of our favorite backyard birds. (DE)

Test Site Art Gallery - 213 N 3rd St

4:30 PM - 5 PM

ILLINOIS SOLAR FOR ALL

Sustain Rockford will discuss how you may be eligible to save money on your electricity bill through the Illinois Solar for All Program. Presenters will explain the program and the eligibility requirements. (M)

Just Goods Listening Room - 201 7th St

6 PM - ?

THE NORWEGIAN

Join us for a plant-based dinner by our resident vegetarian and eco-minded chef, Dominic Romano. Dom will be cooking and talking about the steps we're taking (and the challenges we're facing) in making sustainable decisions for our restaurant. Information is free but there is an added cost for food and drink. Let the Norwegian know if you are planning to come on their Facebook Event page. 

(N)

The Norwegian - 1402 N Main St

 

DROP- IN

9 AM - 1 PM

NORTH END CITY MARKET

Meet local farmers. Enjoy fresh, local produce. Eat, shop and talk (but not with your mouth full). Stop by the Owl's Roost Farm booth to get instructions for a compost scavenger hunt. Complete the hunt for a small prize. (N)

Muscian, Tim Shaffer, will be performing from 10 AM - 12:30 PM

10 AM - Noon

CITY HALL 
OPEN HOUSE

The City of Rockford is excited to share our sustainability efforts with the community. Stop by and learn about our reforestation efforts and our focus on active transportation such as biking. We will explain how we are addressing water loss and stormwater management. You can also learn about our various Smart City Initiatives and other programs to limit the production of greenhouse gases.  Public Works staff and leadership will be onsite to answer questions. (DE)

Rockford City Hall - 425 E State St

10 AM - 3 PM

MAKE YOUR OWN GROCERY BAGS

Upcycle your old tee shirts into re-usable grocery bags in the Rockford Public Library's Maker Lab!  Try out a lifehack that transforms old tee shirts into re-usable grocery bags. Volunteers from the Rockford Sustainability Summit will show you how to do this simple and fantastic craft on the sewing machines in the Maker Lab. Meet Leon, Maker Lab coordinator and learn about the other tools and machines we have for use in the lab. (DW)

Hart Interim Library - 214 N Church St

10 AM - 4 PM

NATURAL LAND INSTITUTE 
OPEN HOUSE

Natural Land Institute will host an open house at their office located in an historic house in the Haight Village neighborhood (listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Visit with staff and volunteers to learn about the non-profit organization's 60 years of land preservation efforts, hear about ways you can get involved in preserving natural places, explore the historic setting of their office and peruse the nature library. (DE)

Natural Land Institute - 320 S Third St

10 AM - 6 PM

INTERACTIVE EXPO

Region 1 Planning Council and its Environmental Committee, made of more than 20 local agencies, are hosting an interactive expo to share how they are both collaboratively and simultaneously influencing environmental matters that impact your daily life. Stop in to help build a responsible transportation system, learn how to make your voice heard in the public planning process, and engage with various educational booths. (DW)

Region 1 Planning Council - 313 N Main St

10 AM - 6 PM

RMTD - DOWNTOWN TRANSFER CENTER
WATER STATION

RMTD invites summit attendees to stop by our newly renovated transit center at 501 W. State any time during the day. Come and refill your watter bottle, attend an informational session or simply pop in and get acquainted with your public transportation provider. We are here to serve you. (DW)

10:30 AM - 10 PM

LUNCH, DINNER OR SNACK

Prairie Street Brewing Co's vegan menu is the same philosophy as their seasonal farm to table specials menu, both local and sustainable. The main focus on their vegan menu is all plant-based products that they can pair with sustainable and local products to produce food that’s both good for you and good for the environment. (Conversation is free...food and drink prices listed on the menu) (DE)

Prairie Street Brewing Co - 200 Prairie St

10 AM - 6 PM

WATER

Free water. Just bring your reusable water bottle and fill it up here. Need some caffeine or cold beverage? Get a discount if you bring your own mug/to-go cup. (DW)

Rockford Roasting Company - 206 N Main St

1 PM - 4:30 PM

SUSTAIN ROCKFORD OPEN HOUSE

Stop in and find out about the different subprograms in the Illinois Solar for All program, the different eligibility requirements for each one and the importance of approved vendors. 
Sustain Rockford Office - 203 7th St

2 PM - 3:30 PM

CHAT AND CHILL

Stop by anytime and chat about biking in Rockford.  Who’s going to lead the discussion? Is a facilitator necessary or can we all just talk? Let’s figure it out. Come find out. (DW)

Rockford Roasting Company - 206 N Main St

2 PM - 4 PM

SMALL BUSINESSES & SUSTAINABILITY

Stop by Lucette Salon & Boutique and meet with other small business owners in the Rockford area to discuss how to become more sustainible. Network and find out what is working for others and how we can work together. - Not a business owner? Stop by anyways and learn more about Lucette or just talk about sustinability with Joelle Sautter. (DE)

Lucette - Salon  & Boutique - 508 E State Street

3 PM - 5 PM

LET'S PLAY

Kids and adults of all ages can run, skip, jump, and slide at the playground. Take a break and just enjoy being outside. (DE)

Ingersol Centennial Park - 315 South 1st Street

4 PM - 5:30 PM

HERE'S THE TOPIC

Here’s the topic: technology, economy, education, transportation, food system. Discuss amongst yourself. Enjoy a beverage with a friend. Meet people who are trying to find the answers to the same topic.

Hint - check out the documentry at the Nordlof showing at 2:30 pm (DW)

Rockford Roasting Company - 206 N Main St

5 PM - midnight

ABREO

Are you ready to call it a day? Stop in for a glass of wine from one of six feature sustainable wines.  All of these wines are from sustainable and solar powered vineyards, so even as you wind down, you'll still be shrinking the print. (price based on wine selected) (DE)

Abreo Restaurant - 515 E State St