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College of Lake County hosting free Green Living Fair April 15

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Feb 22, 2023

With the help of community members, the Green Living Fair is returning to Lake County this year on Saturday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After previously being held in Libertyville, this year’s event comes to the University Center of Lake County located at College of Lake County’s (CLC) Grayslake Campus to kick off Earth Week activities at the college. The fair is free to attendees and exhibitors.

Photo of the Green Living Fair team membersPaula Lubenow is a board member of the Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville and wanted to have a greater impact on conservation in the community. She started calling around to find out about the Green Living Fair and see if it could again be held. Eventually, she connected with people who previously ran and exhibited at the fair and formed a team to make it happen.

Photo: Green Living Fair Team Members left to right: Arlene Hickory of Citizens Act to Protect our Water and Nuclear Energy Information Service; David Husemoller, CLC Sustainability Manager; Chris Geiselhart, Environmental Educator and Lake County Audubon Society Board Member; Cathy O'Brien, Sustain Libertyville Commission Board Member; Robin Grooms, Sustainability Program Manager for Lake County; Paula Lubenow, Board Member Town & Country Garden Club of Libertyville; Doug Reed, Sustain Libertyville Commission Board Chairperson.

“We’re bringing this popular event back and connecting with more people across Lake County.” said Sustain Libertyville Board Member Cathy O’Brien, who previously ran the event for nine years.

The Green Living Fair is a free and fun opportunity for community members to learn about how to live a greener life and interact with people at green organizations making a difference.

Lubenow and CLC Sustainability Manager David Husemoller are co-chairing the event. The Green Living Fair was moved to the University Center to accommodate larger attendance from more suburbs in Lake County. The CLC Sustainability Council is a major sponsor for the event. Solid Waste Agency of Lake County is also a sponsor, and Baxter Credit Union is providing reusable bags for fair attendees.

“We are super excited to help bring the Green Living Fair out to Grayslake for an action-packed day,” said Husemoller. “After this event, folks can also stop by the campus to see what’s going on at CLC’s open house and the inventions at the Maker Faire Lake County also happening on campus.”

Nearly 50 green organizations will exhibit at the event, including environmental clubs from area high schools. There will also be ten vendors selling sustainable products, such as honey, bath products, upcycled gifts, and more.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend the Green Living Fair and is encouraged to bring bikes, shoes and glasses to recycle. Working Bikes from Chicago will be on hand to collect bikes that can be repurposed for distribution in underserved communities.

For more information, contact Paula Lubenow at

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.