Frankfort Couple Honored at GR2011 Sustainability Fest Kickoff at JJC

Frankfort residents Norman and Charlotte Codo were honored for their local land restoration efforts at the second annual Will County Green—or GR2011—Celebrating Sustainability Festival kick-off event on the Joliet Junior College Main Campus April 21.

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The Codos received the 2011 Sustainability Award for their efforts to restore 24 acres of farmland to native Illinois prairie and savanna in rural Frankfort.

“The writer Wendell Berry once said, ‘What you stand on is what you stand for,’” Jeanne Phelan, GR2011 event organizer, said. “I can’t think of a better way to describe Norman and Charlotte Codo.”

The Codos acquired the land in 1976 and began transitioning it from farmland back to its original prairie state in the spring of 2003. That fall, Charlotte Codo said, they planted 84 trees and now each spring, around 1,000 flowers are planted. She added that in the future, they want to focus on educational outreach to the community.

In addition, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland read a special village proclamation at the event honoring the Codos for their efforts in making Frankfort a better place to live.

The GR2011: Celebrating Sustainability Festival will be held May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joliet Public Library – Black Road Branch and the Forest Preserve’s Rock Run Preserve – Black Road Access, located on Black Road between I-55 and Essington Road in Joliet.

The festival will feature recycled artwork, a rock wall, how-to workshops, yoga classes, and other fun, Earth-friendly activities for the whole family. Entertainment will include live music by Trina Hamlin and Keri Noble. Kids’ activities will include bird hikes and fishing pole casting demonstrations.

Also on hand will be eco-friendly exhibits – everything from all-natural body care products and organic cotton clothing to energy-efficient home and green building products. The first 100 to arrive will receive a free tomato plant.

Festival goers are also encouraged to bring books and old electronics for a recycling drive held on-site.

The event is a collaborative effort of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, Joliet Public Library, Will County Land Use – Waste Services Division, Joliet Job Corps, City of Joliet, Joliet Junior College, University of Illinois Extension – Will County, Joliet Park District, Joliet Public School District 86, and Joliet Township Government.

Sponsors for the event include Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, Chiro One Wellness Centers, JULIE, Inc., Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel, Strack and Van Til Supermarket, Civiltech Engineering, Inc., Joliet Township Government, Whole Foods Market Naperville, D’Arcy Motors, D Construction, First Midwest Bank, Lights for Learning, Westfield Louis Joliet Mall, IKEA Bolingbrook, First Community Bank of Joliet, Berman and Sons Accountants & Consultants, Rasmussen College, and D’Arcy Volkswagen.

For more information, visit www.celebratingsustainability.com.

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