Exhibitor List 2015


Bluestem Earth Festival 2015 Exhibitor List

Hundepfote in HandAnimal Reiki With Amber

Is your pet companion in need of a little boost, stressed, sick, or preparing for the afterlife? Animal Reiki can help! Reiki’s purpose has evolved into energetic healing. Now in many medical centers, Reiki works in conjunction with formal treatment to provide a beneficial, holistic supplement for your pet. With a sincere respect for all living creatures and their well being, my goal is to improve the life of your pet companion through this healing modality.

EventPhotographyAnti-Racism Committee of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Mary Immaculate

Racism Breaks Our Hearts is an exhibit 0f the Anti-Racist Committee (ARC) of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Mary Immaculate.  ARC’s mission statement is: “Mindful of the sin of racism and our call to dismantle it in our society, our anti-racism committee is working to raise consciousness and educate within our Congregation, among our Associates, in the institutions we sponsor, and in the communities where we live and work.”

Racism Breaks Our Hearts offers an opportunity to recognize racism and to contribute toward an anti-racist society.  Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words and actions will be present in film.

Carbon Footprint

Stop by one of our interactive stations and discover your carbon footprint. How are you effecting our world?

city-of-joliet_logoCity of Joliet

The City’s management of stormwater cleanliness (quality) is governed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the National Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit process. Residents will be encouraged to participate in environmentally conscience storm water management through the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, and the proper disposal of trash, pet waste, oil, and other contaminants. Contaminants and debris should never be dumped into a storm sewer drain as these contaminants directly affect the water quality of our streams and rivers.

tcf-new-logo-colorThe Conservation Foundation

The Conservation Foundation is a non-profit land and river protection organization founded in 1972. The support of more than 3,500 members and 500 volunteers helps us carry out our mission to preserve and restore open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment in DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will Counties, Illinois.

Stop by during the event to learn more about pollinators, Conservation@Home, Conservation@Work, rain harvesting, rain gardens, McDonald Farm sustainable tours, membership luncheons, educational workshops and so much more.

Dave’s Composting

Learn about various composting methods.

energy jacketEnergy Jacket

webaccForestry City of Joliet

I will be giving away tree saplings for the City of Joliet, handing out tree care INFO and answering any tree related questions to the best of my knowledge . Tree saplings donated by Arbor Tek Tree Service.

foxvalley_logoFox Valley Wildlife Center

Fox Valley Wildlife Center Valley Wildlife Center is
• A wildlife hospital for wild animals in need of help
• A resource for people concerned about and frustrated by wildlife
• A state and federally licensed facility
• A private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, relying solely on donations and grants.

Our Goal:
Most of the animals that we receive were impacted by man in some way. They were caught by a cat, hit by a car, or become tangled in fishing lines. Our goal is to release these animals back in to the wild because they deserve a second chance.

We will be bringing our Canada goose, Lucy, materials about our center and information about wildlife in general for the public to take home. We will also have take home activity sheets for children. We look forward to answering questions from the public and talking about the work that we do.

564032_268948626538636_323749007_nFrack Free Illinois/Chicagoland Oil By Rail

Learn more about our environmental group and get resources about fracking and its dangers.

Green Homes

Why we built a home using green technologies and how you can use these in new builds or renovations.

Helpers of Mother Earth

Helpers of Mother Earth is a volunteer group based in Joliet with the goal to protect wildlife, make Joliet a “clean living” safer community and maintain America’s Heritage. We are a Meetup.com group that has had 317 plus cleanup projects since 2009. We don’t have a membership fees, dues, etc. free . . free . . free. We ask everyone in the area to contribute 2 hours twice a year to build on the successes of past H.O.M.E. Teamwork and Partnerships. We always take photos+ (the fun part) see on meetup.com/helpersofmotherearth, facebook or Google for newspaper articles, etc. H.O.M.E. Teamwork is about “Utilizing our Personal Power . . . to Respect: Nature, Community & Each Other”
Virgil Kemp – Founder

jhs_logoJoliet Area Historical Museum

The Joliet Area Historical Museum occupies the space formerly known as the Ottawa Street Methodist Church at the intersection of Cass and Ottawa Streets in downtown Joliet. The Museum was created to share the area’s rich history with residents and visitors alike. We are committed to educating the community and preserving the past.

CCP Downtown_colorJoliet City Center Partnership

Joliet City Center Partnership will be promoting its seasonal Farmers Market, summer events and the importance of shopping local to positively impact the local economy.

nativity houseNativity House

Nativity House is a an intention Christian community which includes:
-A house of hospitality for first-time mothers
-A mothering community offering education and support for all mothers
-A community supported farm (CSA) that will provide nourishment for our community in the house and the greater community
-A healing environment focused on the dignity of each person, the dignity of work, and stewardship of the earth

ngrLogo-299x88Nicor Gas

energySMART a Nicor Gas program provides rebates, resources and free products to help you take control of the way you use energy.
Looking for ways to reduce your energy and water use? energySMART is offering a FREE energy-saving kit to each Nicor Gas customer household.

raptorsNorthern Illinois Raptor Centers

We are a charitable 501(c)3 organization that was formed to bring together the different groups of specialists in the area of birds of prey. These groups of specialists consist of veternarians, falconers, rehabilitators and conservation organizations working in the areas of Education, Conservation, Research, Veterinary Medicine, and Falconry.

joliet park district largePilcher Park Nature Center- Joliet Park District

Pilcher Park Nature Center is a part of Joliet Park District. We are open to the public everyday with free entry. There are various snakes, turtles, frogs, fish and a hawk on display. We offer many nature-based programs and events along with the Little Sprouts Early Learning Center inside the building. Pilcher Park has many trails of various lengths inside 640 acres of forest. Call 815-741-7277 for more information.

PopTabPop Tab Pandemonium

Pop Tab Dump Day in an annual event that raises money for Ronald McDonald House Charities by collecting and recycling pop tabs. With the support of civic leaders, schools, and business in the Minooka-Channahon, the event culminates a year-long effort to encourage aluminum recycling. Local businesses promote the event, and local schools participate in Dump Day-related recycling programs.

A major partner in Pop Tab Dump Day is Rexam, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aluminum cans. They supply, free of charge, the containers needed for recycling cans with proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House Charities. More than 150 recycling containers have been placed throughout the area.
Click HERE to view flyer.

Port_LogoPortiuncula Center for Prayer

The Portiuncula Center for Prayer is a retreat and holistic center located on 50 acres of wooded land, bordered by Hickory Creek in Frankfort, IL. Services include private and group retreats, massage, Spiritual Direction, and hermitage retreats.

PrintPresence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Handing out healthcare information.

GreenteamFreeMarket(1)PUMC Green Team

Our mission statement: “Educate and encourage ideas about how to live greener, and together act in ways that will lead all to become better stewards of God’s creation.” We support & implement recycling programs within our church and community, and participate in and host events to support green initiatives, including a yearly event called “Plainfield Really Really Free Market.” Find us on Facebook!

The Resiliency InstituteThe Resiliency Institute

The Resiliency Institute is an educational nonprofit bringing permaculture to the suburbs. We offer annual permaculture design, bioregional herbalism, and edible wild plant certification courses, monthly potluck gatherings, and special events; design and install permaculture designed edible forest gardens and fruit tree guilds as part of our Growing Food Security program; and participate in community events to expand permaculture awareness and inspire the development of resilient communities.

sevantsofServants of the Holy Heart of Mary, sscm

-promoting the Retreat Houses of the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary and providing information about the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary:
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary (SSCM) is a Catholic religious congregation. Each Sister endeavors to be visionary in her response to the Church and to the needs of people.

Recognizing the need to “renew one’s spirit in prayer, beauty, and solitude”, the SSCMs offer two such places: One Heart, One Soul Spirituality Center (formerly the House of  Prayer operated by the Joliet Franciscans) located at 2041 West State Route 113, Kankakee, IL, 815-937-2244, (OHOS@ppresencehealth.org) and Nazareth Retreat Center, 717 N. Batavia, Batavia, IL, 630-879-1296, (Nazareth_sscm@sbcglobal.net)
Each Center is available for days of prayer, group meetings, workshops, staff meetings, and overnight retreats and there are extensive, beautiful grounds for outdoor prayer and reflection.  Come and See!

Joliet-Franciscan-Sisters-logoSisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate

Learn more about corporate stances as well as explore two interactive stations for carbon footprint and the use slave labor in consumer products.

MG-logo(1)University of Illinois Extension-Will County Master Gardeners

http://web.extension.illinois. edu
Will County Extension Master Gardeners will provide information on Fairy Gardens, Gardening in Containers, and Creating Monarch-Friendly Backyards.

USF-logoUSF Solutions Resource Center

Promoting our USF Youth Summer Camps to the community.

waterwithblessingsWater With Blessings

Stop by to view our water filtration system demonstration.

wellness_annex_logoWellness Annex

Offer sessions and information about a variety of bodywork styles.

wild ones logoWild Ones of Will County

Information about protection & selection of Native Plants to create Natural Landscapes and biodiversity.

WillBees_logo_headerWill County Beekeepers Association

WillBees is a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the products and services of the honey bee hive, encourages cooperation among local beekeepers, contributes to the advancement of education about beekeeping and its related activities, and offers support to our members and neighboring communities.

willgreenWill County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy Division

Will County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy Division (RR&E)is responsible for the management of our County’s landfill, used ARRA funds to build our waste-gas to energy facility that captures methane gas and converts it to electricity powering over 5,000 homes. RR&E’s Waste Analyst inspect our transfer stations and compost facilities to verify that they are acting in compliance with IEPA regulations. Waste Analyst also inspect open dumping complaints and enforce the Burn Ordinance. RR&E created several of the current recycling (municipal and township) programs and partnered with municipalities, townships and the Will County Forest Preserve District to establish 13 permanent electronic drop off sights, and has funded Will County’s investment in Naperville’s permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop off site. RR&E sponsors and funds several recycling events for County Residents including; HHW, municipal tire, book, document shredding and electronics. RR&E is the division that manages Will County’s participation in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge and works with building maintenance managers to identify and obtain funding for the energy efficiency retrofits to reduce total energy usage in County owned buildings with a goal of 20% overall usage reduction by 2020. RR&E worked to complete a Will County Brownfield inventory in order to identify opportunities to remediate vacant sites and return them to the tax rolls or as needed open space. RR&E has implemented the We WILL Grow School and Community Garden Program with the hope of educating residents on the ease of growing food and the health benefits of eating fresh, locally grown food. For information on upcoming events and for the complete list of where to recycle almost everything go to our website.

Women of Faith for Justice

We are “Women of Faith for Justice,” an interfaith, multi-cultural women’s organization that promotes social justice–including care of the earth and its creatures, and a place where every member’s voice is heard and respected.

Bluestem attendees will have opportunity to observe our displays, take an informational flyer, and sign up for e-mails regarding the organization’s meetings and activities, and speak with a member about the almost 4 year old “Women of Faith for Justice.”

Our mission statement is: Standing on the shoulders of the women who have gone before us, engaging the next generation of women, we claim our voices as women of faith , responding to the movement of the Spirit within us.”

We meet the last Monday of each month, except July and December, at 7pm. Our meeting location is Sacred Heart Monastery, 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle, IL 60532. We park in the monastery’s east lot and enter at Sacred Heart Statue. Contact Joyce Ruhaak, 815-729-0086, paxjoymin@gmail.com for additional information.

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