Category Archives: Going Green

DIVVY Bike Rentals Continue Expansion

Divvy is your Chicago Bike Sharing System

with thousands of bicycles available to you 24/7.

Divvy is Chicago’s bike sharing system with 4,000 bikes and 400 stations
across the city. Intended to provide Chicagoans with an additional
transportation option for getting around the city, Divvy is fun, easy,
and affordable.

LAKEVIEW  will get 40 MORE locations this month! 40?  Really!  That’s a bit much for an area with lots of car congestion. Just sayin.

Check out the Lakeview locations map by Andy Ambrosius at Lakeview Patch.

Sign up for Membership today. Now open for riding!

DIVVY Bike Sharing Program for Chicago Launches in June

When I was Paris  France a couple years ago, I thought their  bike rental program was pretty cool, with rental stations all over the city. 

Now, Chicago launches DIVVY bike sharing program , that will allow people to use bikes for $75 a year!

Divvy is expected to launch downtown around Bike to Work Day on June 14, with about 75 stations.
  By 2014, they want to have 400  stations all over the city. 

Now dubbed “Divvy” to reflect the nature of bike sharing, the program is launching more than 28 kiosks
where Lake View neighbors can pick up bicycles. The new cycles will
also be painted the iconic “Chicago Blue” to “provide a high level of
visibility on the street,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. 
How cool is that?!

Taverna 750 in Lakeview Plants a Tree For You, for Earth Day

Earth Day is an annual day, celebrated on April 22nd each year on which events are held worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

 The need for trees in our

National Forests is now greater than it has ever been as wildfires, insects, and disease destroy
millions of acres of trees every year. 
Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 192 countries every year and Taverna 750 wants to join in the celebration and protection of plant earth.
Taverna 750 will be celebrating the entire Earth Day weekend from April 19-22nd in collaboration
with the Arbor Day Foundation. 
For each reservation made for Dinner or Brunch April 19-21 Taverna750 will plant a tree in their honor and on Monday April 22nd Taverna 750 will take it one step further by planting a tree in honor of each guest who dines that evening. 
Reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting our website at 
Taverna 750 will be serving Dinner Friday and Saturday 6:00-12:00, Late Night Menu Friday and Saturday 11:00-Close, Brunch Sunday 11:00-3:00, and Dinner Sunday and Monday 6:00-10:00.
The concept of Taverna 750 was inspired by Paul D. Cannella’s Grandfather, Paul J. Loverde, and Uncle Chuckie Abruzzini’s restaurant. Grandpa Paul and Uncle Chuckie served up good times, great drinks, and classic Italian food to Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood between the 1940’s and 1960’s. Their recipes are the basis for several menu items. All of the entrees are small plates, which are meant for sharing with your party. They are served European style, so they will arrive at the table in the order in which they are prepared.
Taverna 750 . 750 W Cornelia Ave. Chicago, IL 60657 . 773-904-7466

The TRUTH about Dog Poop in Chicago

At first glance, Chicago is indeed a beautiful city. But why do I seem to come across dog poop from Lakeview to Edgewater??

 Is there anything worse, then walking down the street, minding your own business, and step in some business! Dog Poop. It stinks and it’s messy, it’s nasty, there is NO REASON for it  and Dog owners need to take responsibility.

 in some cities, people are SO LAZY,
they don’t bother to pick up their dogs poop! And I am so sick of it!
If you own a dog, clean up after it!

The island of Capri (Italy)  has went high-tech to deal with the age-old problem: dog
poop.They have solved the problem and more cities are talking about it. Collecting the offending poop, scanning it, and fining the owner!  Is that in the budget Mr Mayor?!


“No person shall appear with a pet upon the public ways or within public places or upon the property of another, absent that person’s consent, without some means for the removal of excrement; nor shall any person fail to remove any excrement deposited by such pet.”

It’s a lovely ordinance,but is it enforced??

Ok – so lets say you ALWAYS pick your dogs poop. You grab one of those “recycle bags” that every store in the world  uses now, right? And you throw it away. But then what? Where does it go?? It gets sent
off somewhere, to live on forever and ever and ever.


may not think about it, but chances are if you have a dog you’re creating
excess waste, somewhere. There are approximately 78.2 million owned dogs in the
United States. That’s a lot of poop! Poop in those cheap recycle nags, do not disintegrate or evaporate!

A brilliant man in Chicago has come up with THE BEST solution, and THE BEST DOG POOP bags ever made!  Biodegradable Poop Bags by meet the ASTM D6400
specification for biodegradability, compostability, and comply
with California’s compostable product claims.*
FACT  — 20-30% of all pollutants in waterways attributed to dog waste:
Pollutants originating from rainwater run-off via sewer systems, and
dogs pooping near watersheds or beaches. Overall, it is believed dog
waste is third or fourth on the list of contributors to bacteria in
contaminated waters.

plastic bag manufacturers probably use the term “biodegradability” –
shall we say – loosely and lightly. The ASTM D6400 specification puts a
kibosh on all of that. Basically, the specification requires that the
material is fully tested to ensure that it will degrade at a similar
rate as an apple (composting), and that no large plastic fragments
should remain.

More than likely, the loose and light manufacturers’ bags do not meet
biodegradable/compostable standards of any sort, and are just regular
plastic bags. All in all, bag manufacturers – who claim their bags are
biodegradable or compostable but do not meet the ASTM specifications –
are misleading consumers and are acting negligently towards the

California’s law, SB 1749, maintains that bags should meet the ASTM
D6400 specification for compostable product claims. Several other states
are also instituting policies like California. The Original PoopBags
proudly meet this standard, and our other bags meet national ASTM
certifications as well.

Additional Facts about Poop Bags:
– Made from a combination of corn and other renewable products.

– Shelf stable just like paper plates or paper towels.

– There are no chemical additives to enhance decomposition. The bags
degrade naturally when exposed to the earth’s elements and
micro-organisms in the soil.

– “Breathe” – allowing heat and moisture to escape or evaporate. This
feature reduces bacterial build-up of collected waste, thus reducing

– Will decompose in a commercial composting environment between 60 and 90 days after use. strongly urges consumers not to
place feces-filled bags into home composting systems or green bins as
this could lead to E.coli contamination. Basically, dogs eat meat.

– Will decompose in a natural setting at an extended rate comparable
to other naturally compostable materials, such as paper, leaves and food

If the poop bags are placed in an “open” or “turned” landfill they
will decompose at a rate similar to other biodegradable/compostable
materials in the same setting. If the landfill is anaerobic/locked, no
biodegradable/compostable products will degrade – even banana peels.

*Please note this statement does not apply to the flushable bags.


Side Car Chicago App – Free Ride Sharing

This is cool! High Tech Hitchhiking!
I was so glad to hear that SideCar, a
San Francisco-based company that facilitates peer-to-peer ride sharing
with a free smartphone application, launched in Chicago recently.
SideCar is moving transportation in a big, sustainable, community-driven
direction — one ride at a time.
Whether you’re ready to fill your car’s empty seats with new
friends or need to get across town in a hurry, SideCar connects you with
just the person to help you out.
SideCar is an interactive technology service and ride-sharing platform, that provides an online
provide exempt rideshare transportation. Essentially, a quick and hassle-free ridesharing
option that offers more safety than casual carpooling and is a completely donation-
way to get around town!
SideCar community drivers are regular people with extra space in their cars and a
willingness to give others a ride on the way to where they are going. All community
drivers are licensed insured and have passed background checks. 
SideCar is an app, so community drivers can be available for ridesharing
at any time. As our community grows, so do the number of drivers and
area of coverage. Check
your app anytime for a quick, fun and reliable ride.
It’s just launching in Chicago – so it will take a few weeks to take off. But how cool is this?

New Furnace Law for Illinois

URGENT NEWS to home 

and condo owners! 

WOW! I just found this out this past week!!

I had to have my furnace checked, because it was not firing right. It just needed a cleaning, but it is 20 years old.  So my repairman asked me if I had heard about the new law going to effect  next month?

2013 Federal Furnace Efficiency Law


On 5/1/2013 the minimum efficiency requirement for furnaces in Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin will be 90% AFUE.

  1. Any furnace replacement and/or installation after 5/1/2013 will require a 90%+ AFUE furnace. NOTHING LOWER CAN BE SOLD TO HOMEOWNERS.
  2. 90%+ furnaces are condensing units, meaning they emit water vapor
    along with carbon dioxide in the flue gases which will rust the sheet
    metal piping that 80% furnaces are exhausted with. Due to the corrosion
    90%+ furnaces require a new PVC flue to be installed.
  3. Depending on the location of the new 90%+ furnace; the PVC flue may
    be exposed in the interior of buildings and may require  remodeling
    following the installation.
  4. A chimney liner may also be required at the time of the 90+ furnace installation for existing atmospheric venting water heating

for more info, go to the web address below:

 SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN EXACTLY??? If your furnace is located in the basement or near an outside wall, your cost will not be greatly affected, probably a few hundred dollars more. 

However, my unit is in a closet, in the center of my home.  The new furnace would require new piping to go up through 2 OF MY NEIGHBORS CLOSETS and  UP TO THE ROOF!!  Do you know what the added cost would be?  Another $2000+ !!!!

So for me, it makes sense RIGHT  NOW! Um  Mom,  I think I need a small loan….

You  until 5/1/2013 to replace your older  furnace with a new 80% furnace and SAVE NOW!

Chicago Riverfront Riverwalk Project Moving Forward in 2014

Mayor Emanuel’s plan to expand Chicago’s Riverwalk appears to moving forward.

Outgoing U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood announced a $100 million federal loan for the project.

The south bank of the riverwalk will be extended to run six blocks from State Street to Lake Street. The extension will include a splash fountain for children, kayak
rentals, floating gardens and a learning center about the river’s
ecology.Plus more restaurants and more music.

The city applied for and is slated to receive a $100 million federal loan that will cover nearly the entire price tag of a big makeover for six blocks of the riverwalk, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The city will repay the loan with higher boat docking fees, advertising and business leases.

Construction is expected to begin next year. With completion in 2016.

Come See the Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo in BLOOM

Join Us for a Free Garden Tour This Saturday June 9th

Nature Boardwalk is alive
with coreopsis, milkweed and other beautiful flowers.

Join our gardeners
this Saturday at 10 a.m. for a free tour! No registration is necessary;
just meet at the information kiosk at the Patio at Café Brauer. (off Stockton).

If you can not make it on June 9th- there are cool flower and garden events all summer long!

Second Saturday tours, gardening programs and more!

Chicago Flower & Garden Show Navy Pier through March 18th

We got  a sneak peak of this years Chicago Flower & Garden Show this weekend!

The show is running though March 18th @  Navy Pier.

This year the worlds of fashion and horticulture will collide, creating an experience that rivals the hottest runway show!  

Lots of ideas to help you  make your yard, patio or balcony the envy of your neighbors!

There is actually a lot more than think going on. Seminars and Workshops, a photography competition, Garden Gourmet cooking demonstrations,  a huge Marketplace with  more than 100 vendors of gardening, landscape and horticulture products
and services will showcase their green and eco-friendly wares at this
show favorite.

Even something for the KIDS. It’s a playground and more at this garden for youngsters that debuted in
2009. It will be back even bigger and better in 2012 with fun-filled
green activities.

Designer Ramsey J. Prince

and several other local designers have built some very cool home design vignettes.   Showcasing the latest in furniture and awesome accessories.

Show ends  March 18th!

Set the trend – Order your tickets now! 
Order your tickets online and save $2 off the box office price!

Best Plumbers in Chicago That We have Found

A  few  months  ago we needed  a  plumber ~ UGH, big sigh, we hate
having to find contractors for anything… the drama, the unknown
expense and the crazy service charges and fees when you don’t know the
lingo and whether or not you’re simply being ripped off. It’s hard to
find good honest mechanics and contractors.
We needed and wanted   a new  kitchen sink  installed  to replace  a
really old one we hated and timely enough, our aging toilet was acting
up and we decided to replace it as well and  we were going to be 
“green”  and get a dual-flush, environmentally-friendly  low  water
usage toilet as a replacement.

We were flooded with memories… unfortunately, BAD MEMORIES of
plumbers past!  About 10 years ago,  we had to hire a plumber to replace
a hot water tank in our home. The guy   had given us “an estimate”
 that seemed reasonable compared to 2 other plumbing contractors, but
afterward, the job then allegedly “took longer” than he thought, so the
final bill was  $250  more than the original estimate. 

Plus he was messy and we are sort of clean freaks!  I had to do some
major clean up after he left. Neat and tidy are not two words that are
often associated with plumbers, or any contractor for that matter. In
fact, many drive trucks up on your driveway leaking oil, leave  supply
packaging lying around your house, and drag who knows what into your
home on their shoes!

Fast forward back to present. Late last summer we had met the  Michael J. Goode,the owner  from Goode Plumbing
at a  Business Expo in Chicago.  Thank goodness we
had tossed Mike’s business card in one of our business card piles and
easily found it! 

We remembered Mike and his colleague, Jeff looked real professional in
their uniforms (dark blue oxfords with company logo and khaki pants),
were extremely friendly and seemed very knowledgeable in the few minutes
we had chatted. So we had Goode Plumbing came out to our condo, give us
a price quote, not an estimate, and again they seemed  very
professional and the type of contractors you could trust and were worth
hiring.  My partner wanted to get a second estimate, just for
comparison, and so we did. The Goode Plumbing quote was better, and  we
hired them to do the work.


Mike Goode  says, “We are really committed to providing the highest
quality service in the industry. All of our work is done to a standard
that we are consistently raising.


We make sure all of our technicians are polite, educated and
complete extensive in-house training.  Service and quality are so
important. I promise to do my absolute best to ensure that  a client’s 
experience with us is excellent. We don’t just promise you the best – I
truly want to deliver that for a client.

Our claim of striving to be the best and to give you the best
service in the industry is backed by our commitment to on going
training, and by giving  the best warranty in the business-if it fails
because of the way we installed it, we’ll take care of it for as long as
the building we put it in is standing.

We will sell and install only excellent quality parts, products and materials.
We believe in the products that we sell by backing them not only by
their own warranty , but ours as well: labor is covered too (not just
the parts!) and for a minimum of two years.”


They treat your home and property as if it were their own, leaving
nothing behind but an outstanding plumbing job and your complete
satisfaction. They even wear shoe covers/footies  in your home.


Goode Plumbing  is not one of these  “fix-it”  guys who  was  “handy” 
and got into  plumbing.  Owner Mike Goode has 18 years  experience
and Mike has completed an apprenticeship under a service plumber who
owned a plumbing company and had 30 years of experience.

With all the talk about the environment and GREEN,  Goode plumbing is a
leader in those new technologies and products and Mike is currently
going through a state certification process to be licensed as a GREEN 
plumber here in Illinois.

“At Goode Plumbing, we are continuously working to make our
company more ecologically friendly. We have available, and encourage
clients to ask about our high efficiency water heaters, on-demand water
heaters, on-demand water faucets and dual flush toilets. We now use VOX
chemicals, including PVC cement and primer. We recycle all cardboard and
plastic packaging and all metals. And, our Sprinter diesel vans and
restored Volkswagen Vans (modified with emissions controls!) average
20-25 mpg vs. the typical plumbing truck which averages 8-12 mpg. We 
continue to make changes to our company that aid in the protection and
preservation of the environment.

We offer Rinnai tankless water heaters, 
Eternal Hybrid water heaters, A.O. Smith Vertex water condensing water
heaters, and Bradford White storage water heaters. There are a number of
alternatives to large, inefficient units that can save you money, give
you more floor space, and cause less damage to the earth. There are also
a number of rebates and credits available for the selection of some
energy  efficient units.”

So next time you need a plumber – Don’t  Panic! 
Take our advice  and  call  GOODE PLUMBING!
They also have an outstanding history of happy customers,
and very high ratings  with Angies List!

 GOODE PLUMBING     and