Exhibitor List 2016

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Animal Reiki With Amber LogoAnimal Reiki With Amber

Animal Reiki With Amber helps provide a restorative balance for your pet through energetic healing. This connection opens the space for your pet to heal on a physical, spiritual, and mental level.
I will be sharing Animal Reiki information and possible mini sessions for pets on site (if applicable).

Drawing Breaks Our HeartsAnti-Racism Committee (ARC)

“Racism Breaks Our Hearts” is presented by the Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) of the Sisters of St. Francis. This display is both informational and interactive. Come visit and share your feelings and insights to how to eliminate racism in these troubling times!

band-of-farmersBand of Farmers

“Band of Farmers is made up of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms and supporters of CSA farms (other farms, individuals, and organizations).  CSA creates a direct relationship between real farmers and the people who eat their food.”

goal_zero_venture_30_solar_recharging_kitBluestem Solar Table

Explore a variety of solar energy items at our special Bluestem Outdoor Solar Table. Have a cell phone or tablet with you? Connect up and charge up! (Please do not leave personal items unattended.) Featured Item: Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit – Weatherproof phone and tablet recharger. (This item will be raffled off at the conclusion of the event.) 

CMAP-small-logoChicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

CMAP is the  regional planning organization for the seven counties of northeastern Illinois. CMAP guides implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan and is developing its successor, ON TO 2050, to coordinate strategies for the region’s 284 communities to address housing, economic development, transportation, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.

CARELOGOCitizens Against Ruining the Environment

Learn more about our organization and the reasons we should ban plastic disposable shopping bags in our communities. Sign up to volunteer to help with the Ban the Bag project.

CCL-Logo-H2Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.


Storm Water Display – 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. ** Fish from display will be given away throughout the day!

webaccCity of Joliet Forestry

City of Joliet Forestry will be giving away tree saplings, 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.

ComEd_logoCommonwealth Edison

“At ComEd, our commitment to improving the environment involves continually assessing everything we do and looking for ways to be more efficient and more effective.” Learn more about our efforts and participate in a fun activity.

crate free ilCrate Free IL

Crate Free IL is a 501c3 animal welfare organization devoted to raising awareness throughout the state about the deplorable conditions under which factory farm animals live. We are also attempting to affect legislative change in this area, as there are currently no laws in the state of Illinois to protect these animals. We hope to spread this message to those in attendance at Bluestem.

Dave’s Composting

Learn about various composting methods and the services we provide.

sylvia hood washingtonDr. Sylvia Hood Washington

Featured Bluestem speaker discussing climate change.
(Noon – 12:45, Speakers Corner)
Photo Courtesy: Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, LinkedIn

jlogoname4largeEarth Wind And Solar Energy, LLC

Earth Wind And Solar Energy is Chicagolands #1 Trusted Energy Specialist. Specializing in the design and installation of renewable energy systems including Solar PV, Solar Thermal & Wind Turbines. In addition they provide electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, LED lighting and certified energy audits.

FIP_Logo_SmallFaith In Place

Faith in Place is a non-profit faith based environmental organization. FIP connects, advocates and educated communities of faith on environment. Faith in Place’s four program areas – Energy & Climate Change, Sustainable Food & Land Use, Water Preservation, and Advocacy – educate, connect, and inspire people of faith to work towards a sustainable future.

foxvalley_logoFox Valley Wildlife Center

Fox Valley Wildlife Center is a hospital for orphaned, injured, and ill wildlife, as well as a resource for people concerned about and frustrated by wildlife. We are a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, relying solely on donations and grants. Our goal is to release these animals back into the wild for the second chance they deserve.

Healing Touch

Look for more information on the Green Buddha Life Sustainability Center in Downtown Aurora. Healing Touch sessions will also be offered to the public by Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington.


HEAR US, a national nonprofit, gives voice and visibility to homeless children and youth. Our videos, books and posters raise awareness. Our presentations and social media activities both inform and advocate for school access, housing and economic justice.

heifer-internationalHeifer International

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. Learn more about our cause and what you can do.

helpers of mother earthHelpers 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 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, 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

helpsavepetsHelp Save Pets

Local animal rescue with 5 area locations. We will be bringing information and dogs.

ianp-logoIllinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians

We are a professional association of naturopathic physicians in IL. We will be educating about naturopathic medicine in IL.

IDNR_logoIllinois Department of Natural Resources

IDNR will have informational materials on establishing Illinois State Parks and Prairie.

ifscLogoIllinois Food Scrap Coalition

“The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) is a group of solid waste agencies, counties, community and government organizations, businesses, schools, institutions, service providers, and processors dedicated to advancing food scrap composting in Illinois through program implementation, policy, and advocacy.”

ISEA LogoIllinois Solar Energy Association

The Illinois Solar Energy Association’s mission is to educate and advocate for the widespread application of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy technologies to the people of Illinois. ISEA represents over 400 members, including more than 50 businesses, statewide.

ISAlogoNoWM-smIllinois Stewardship Alliance

Illinois Stewardship Alliance is a statewide not-for-profit organization supporting local food and farming through education, advocacy, and promotion. Our mission is to protect Illinois’ farmland, advocate for local food and farmers, link farmers and their food with markets and consumers and their needs, build strong local economies, and grow healthier families and businesses.

jhs_logoJoliet 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.

Ag_Hort-Horiz-LogoJoliet Junior College Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences Dept.

Joliet Junior College is 2 year community college, offering a variety of educational options to meet the public’s interest. The Agriculture and Horticulture Science Department will be showcasing it’s programs. We will be sharing information on our sustainability program in horticulture, our new CSA and the college’s farmers market.

FarmersMarketLogoJoliet Junior College Farmer’s Market

See above description from JJC Agriculture and Horticulture Sciences Dept. Learn more about what the college’s farmer’s market has to offer.

LCI emblem_2C_287+7406Lions Club

Lions Club will be collecting eyeglasses, hearing aids, pull tabs, used ink cartridges, keys, and cell phones.

MPAC logoMidwest Pesticide Action Center

Midwest Pesticide Action Center is dedicated to reducing the impacts of pesticides on our health and the environment by promoting safer alternatives. Stop by and learn how to manage outdoor spaces using natural lawn care. Take the natural lawn care pledge and receive a FREE “Keep ON the Grass” sign.

MSFLogoMidwest SOARRING Foundation

“Midwest SOARRING Foundation invites all people to gather into an ever-increasing wider circle that preserves Mother Earth, and the rich traditions of the ancestors. We invite you to learn about the many intertribal Native American lifeways that provide wisdom and direction in our contemporary world.” Learn more about our work, accomplishments and how you can get involved.

Monarch_butterflyMonarch Butterfly Display

Learn from Monarch Butterfly expert Carol Baranski about her personal experiences caring for Monarch Butterflies.
Photo Courtesy: wikipedia

natalie_manleyRep. Natalie Manley

Natalie Manley is serving her second term as State Representative of the 98th District. Stop by her table and discuss environmental topics.

national hookup of black womenNational Hook-up of Black Women

NHBW, Inc. is a charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of families through the arts, culture, health wellness, education and human service programs.

nativity houseNativity House

Nativity House is a an intentional 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 provides nourishment for our community and the greater community
-A healing environment focused on the dignity of each person, of work, and stewardship of the Earth

EnergySmart_NG_2CNicor Gas (energySMART)

Nicor Gas is committed to helping its customers use natural gas in an efficient and effective manner. energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, provides customers several ways to use energy sensibly. The program provides the education, free products and financial rebates necessary to make energy use in homes and businesses more efficient and affordable.

RaptorCenterNorthern Illinois Raptor Center

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 veterinarians, falconers, rehabilitators and conservation organizations working in the areas of Education, Conservation, Research, Veterinary Medicine, and Falconry.

Pilcher Park Nature Center logo_cmykPilcher Park Nature Center- Joliet Park District

Pilcher Park Nature Center is a part of the Joliet Park District. We have an animal museum with reptiles, amphibians, and fish and approximately 10 miles of hiking trails through the forest. We have a nuture-based preschool inside the center, special events, nature programs, and many other family based events throughout the year. We will have live animals at Bluestem and other items to touch.

Wellpoints AcupunturePoints For Wellness

As an acupuncturist, I will offer ear acupuncture following the NDDA protocol. This involves the placement of 5 needles in one’s ear for 20 minutes. The points chosen: Shen Men, Kidney, Sympathic, Liver, and Lung. Before treatment a release form is signed.

PopTabPop Tab Pandemonium

Promotes Pop Tab Dumb Day to raise money for Ronald McDonald House.

Port_LogoPortiuncula Center for Prayer

The Portiuncula Center for Prayer is a place for healing mind, body, spirit. Situated on 50 wooded acres in Frankfort, IL, The Center offers rooms and hermitages for private retreats and facilities for group retreats. Spiritual Direction, healing body treatments, and the natural beauty of The Woods offer the respite you need from your busy life.

GreenteamFreeMarket(1)PUMC Green Team

“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.”

hedgehogScales & Tales Traveling Zoo

“Educational Encounter with Exotic Animals” – Learn from professional handlers and pet/feed animals such as a sloth, hedgehog, baby chicks, potbelly pig and more.
Show Times: 11:30A.M. and 1:30P.M. (Show is 1 hour. Stay for the full hour or just stop in!)

sevantsofServants of the Holy Heart of Mary, sscm

Are you seeking to serve Christ in a deeper way?  You are welcome to join us.  We continue to invite women to vowed religious life and as Servant Companions.  Women and men are welcomed as Affiliates, Consecrated Laity and as members of the Delaplace Prayer Ministry.
The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary (SSCM) invite you or groups to renew your Spirit in prayer, beauty and solitude at their Spirituality Centers in Batavia, IL and Kankakee, IL. sscm-usa.org.
We intend to provide materials related to the Ministries of the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, sscm.

Sierra_Club_logoSierra Club

“The Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.”

PrintSilver Cross Hospital

Health Screening – Blood glucose testing
Health related literature

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

Learn more information about our congregation and our Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation members.

spanish centerSpanish Community Center

45 years of service. Provide social services, assistance to the entire community and its surrounding suburbs.

image001University of Illinois Extension’s Local Food Systems & Small Farms

University of Illinois Extension’s Local Food Systems/Small Farms (LFSSF) program is about educating growers/producers on the proper ways of food and livestock production, handling and processing of produce, distribution of produce in food-safe ways, and extending the growing season. Other vital aspects of the LFSSF program is working with growers/producers in connecting with and distributing their products to consumers. The LFSSF educators offer educational programs and resources for all.

LCN_logo_archUniversity of St. Francis – Leach College of Nursing

The Leach College of Nursing faculty and students will provide free blood pressure screenings and health promotion information.

waterwithblessingsWater With Blessings

Water with Blessings equips and empowers and entrusts mothers to become Water Women: Compassionate agents of change in their communities who filter clean water for their families and neighbors. We equip and empower Mission Partners to bring the water With Blessings ministry to their mission sites. Stop by to view our water filtration system demonstration.

wild ones logoWild Ones of Will County

A national not-for-profit org. with local chapters. We teach about growing native plants and wild flowers in backyards. Learn more information about our hands-on workshops, backyard and prairie walks and seed exchanges.

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.

Will County Land UseWill County Land Use Department Resource Recovery and Energy Division – We WILL Grow

The We WILL Grow School&Community Garden Program operates with the approval of County Executive Lawrence M. Walsh & was created to teach the ease of growing fruits & vegetables to the residents of Will County. 2016 includes 5 returning gardens & 3 new garden programs. WWGSCGP is available to communities, schools, non-profits and organizations in Will County. Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Will-County-Land-Use

Women for Faith and 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.

Zero Waste Challenge

Zero Waste Challenge. Learn how to practice zero waste lifestyle from a USF student who produced virtually zero trash during two weeks. Learn some useful tips and tricks and receive helpful resources to start reducing your waste wherever you go.

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