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Collective Resource launches Environmental Justice book group.

If you're looking for even more chances to educate yourself about systemic racism, join Collective Resource Compost's Environmental Justice book group! They'll use both books and films as a springboard for discussion.

Librarian and racial equity advocate Lesley Williams facilitates. Participants view the films and read the books on their own time.

Meet on Zoom on the second Thursday evening of the months of February through November 2021 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. central standard time. (Those dates are Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11. )

Next up, on April 8:

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind, by Harriet A. Washington, a “powerful and indispensable book” on the devastating consequences of environmental racism—and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities. (the groups started this discussion on March 11th).

No prior attendance required!

To register and receive detailed information on ways to obtain all of this year’s selections, email Mary Beth Schaye.

About Collective Resource

Collective Resource Compost began when Erlene Howard, an Evanston resident, became interested in composting but couldn't find a good place to do it in her condo environment. Howard, a bookkeeper by trade, is a frequent consumer of organic fruits and vegetables. She was inspired to start a food scrap recycling service when she realized that, if composting were made more convenient, more people would do it.

Her first pickups started with three customers, using her Toyota Camry for collection. Collective Resource Compost’s customer base has since grown to over 2100 residential and nearly 200 commercial customers. The company now uses seven cargo vans and one box truck to collect pre- and post-consumer food scraps weekly in an area that extends to over 60 communities encompassing Chicago's entire north side as well as near south and southwest side neighborhoods and the suburbs north to Lake Bluff and extending west to Addison, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, and Buffalo Grove.

During their first six months of business, Collective Resource Compost collected a single ton. Now they collect at least twice that amount every day, averaging 20 tons per week. The company reached a total collection milestone of 7,000 tons in November 2020.


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