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A greener future starts here.

Reimagining Downers Grove for

the next generation.

About Greener Grove

Downers Grove is the home we all share. We're a grassroots group of neighbors who want to protect, preserve and create a cleaner more vibrant community where we can all thrive. 

Upcoming Events

July 23Greener Grove Monthly Meeting: All About Composting 
Downers Grove Public Library - 7pm


Aug 27Greener Grove Monthly Meeting: All about Recycling, with Amy Glawe  

Downers Grove Public Library - 7pm

September TBDGreener Grove Monthly Meeting

Oct 22Greener Grove Monthly Meeting 

Downers Grove Public Library - 7pm

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Plastic Free July® was launched in 2011 in Australia by the Plastic Free Foundation. Since then, the initiative has reached 190 countries encouraging citizens, communities and businesses to take notice of the plastic they use and try to reduce it. The effort reported that as of 2023, participants have avoided the generation of more than 3 billion pounds of plastic!

          Avoiding plastic can be as simple as:

  • bringing your own container for restaurant leftovers; and/or

  • using your own reusable utensils when getting food in the cafeteria; and/or

  • avoiding products packaged individually or with multiple layers of packaging; and/or

  • of course, using reusable bags at retail stores.


At Greener Grove, we were inspired to create a local Plastic-Free July Challenge, which you can take here to help us reduce plastic in our community. 

It Takes a Village

If we want to see real change, we need everyone to work together. Whether it's voting for local candidates who are interested in climate action or signing petitions in support of green legislation, you can make a world of difference.

A Cleaner Future

When you imagine the future of Downers Grove, what would you like to see? Recycling and compost bins downtown? Electric car charging stations? No more styrofoam takeout containers? More green space? A zero waste store? The possibilities are endless. We want to hear from you!

Green Resources

Give items you no longer use a new life. Check out our list of the nearby organizations that re-sell, re-use, and recycle. Have one to add? Let us know.

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