Recycle the Raindrops

June 16, 2011

Adler Planetarium "Adler After Dark"

Adler After Dark Web Site

  • This collaboration between The Adler Planetarium and Recycle the Raindrops was a great fit and introduced a young professional audience to the benefits of water reuse. The Planetarium's lakefront location was the perfect venue to discuss water issues Chicagoans face right in their own backyard. We thank the Adler Planetarium for inviting us to such a lively science-based event.


Adler Planetarium and Recycle The Raindrops

Art Chicago


April 29 through May 2, 2011

Art Chicago


  • This Expo was an opportunity for the the Recycle the Raindrops barrels to be viewed by art enthusiasts who may have never considered the bridge between art and environmentalism.


The annual international fair of contemporary and modern art, brings together the world’s leading emerging and established galleries and is committed to intelligent and relevant educational programming, exhibitions, and special events.  Recycle the Raindrops highlighted the practical uses of barrels and the ease of transitioning a workaday item into a functioning work of art.  



GreenTown Chicago SpeakersApril 16, 2011

Green Metropolois Fair

  • The Green Metropolis Fair was an incredible opportunity for Recycle the Raindrops to share their vision with green families. RTR sponsored hands-on activities for kids highlighting how very easy it is to start recycling water at home. We were inspired by the commitment so many young people had to saving and reusing water and hope all the families we met have started recycling water in their gardens this summer! Children were invited to help paint a rain barrel and two of the most inspirational messages about water conservation were written by grade-schoolers. The messages are simple, but thought provoking: "Water is just as valuable as gold" and "No water, no earth, no us" shows us how truly scarce water is on our planet and implores us all to value such a limited resource.


Green Metropolis Fair - a local green fair for conscious and curious individuals and families.


 Green Metropolis Fair


Green Bungalow Expo


April 9, 2011

Green Bungalow Expo
Historic Chicago Bungalow Association


  • Chicago's Merchandise Mart hosted the area's largest and most popular green home restoration exposition. Attendees learned more about rainwater re-use and recycling and the practicalities of installing a barrel in their own back yard. The children were encouraged to explore basic water facts and enjoyed coloring worksheets which teach how important water is to living creatures and our planet.


Created in 2002 as the Historic Chicago Bungalow Expo and expanded in 2006 to include green home renovation resources, this event is continually evolving. Vendors and workshops address the needs of anyone looking to preserve, update, or improve energy efficiency in their home. 



GreenTown Chicago SpeakersOctober 13-14, 2010

GreenTown Chicago Speakers

  • Recycle the Raindrops was honored to sponsor of Philippe Cousteau's GreenTown 2010 keynote speech where he spoke on current water quality and supply issues, including the recent oil spill in the US Gulf Coast. Select artist-designed barrels were presented in a special reception exhibit honoring Mr. Cousteau


GreenTown conferences are designed to help create sustainable communities.  Urban leaders come together to discuss actionable ways to make their communities greener, healthier, and more prosperous.




Chicago's Mayor Daley at Greentown 2009

May 2010 through June 2010



  • Invited by CB2 visual merchandising designer to feature barrels in entrance window and in-store display at their Chicago store on North Avenue & Halsted Street. The barrels were set up in a practical representation of a backyard with hoses and outdoor furniture. Signage shared local water facts and conservation tips.


CB2 is the affordable, modern housewares and furniture brand concept from national retailer Crate & Barrel. CB2 has a commitment to community and partners with local non-profits to raise awareness of current issues.





June 28-30, 2010

University of Chicago, Center for International Studies, Summer Teacher Institute

"WATER: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the World's Most Essential Resource"
The Center for International Studies


  • This interdisciplinary 3-day institute explored global water issues, including those that affect the Great Lakes region. Daily topics addressed included: water scarcity, effective water management, and water issues in politics, sanitation, agriculture, and economics. Faculty and staff from the University of Chicago and other educational institutions from around the world spoke each day, interspersed with discussions of K-12 curriculum development.
  • Additional links, Powerpoint presentations, and lesson plans


Recycle the Raindrops barrels were exhibited during the session. Attendees were able to interact with Recycle the Raindrops representatives and learn more about rain barrels through practical demonstrations and the use of visual aids.



Chicago's Mayor Daley at Greentown 2009

December 2009 through May 2010

City of Chicago, Department of Environment
Chicago Center for Green Technology


  • Asked to display artist-designed barrels as part of a six month installation throughout the Center’s 40,000 sq. ft. building and it’s surrounding 17-acre site. The Center for Green Tech is Chicago's premier green learning and resource center and is a favorite initiative of Mayor Daley.


The Chicago Center for Green Technology serves as the most comprehensive green design educational resource in the Midwest. It is the first rehabilitated municipal building in the nation to receive the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.




April 17 and 18, 2010

97.9FM The Loop and 101.1FM Q101 Radio Stations’
40th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebration at the Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Selected to host a children’s booth at 40th Anniversary of Earth Day Celebration
  • Provided interactive games and educational materials teaching easy methods for conserving water
  • Kids and families invited to decorate unpainted rain barrels for future display


Two of Chicago’s biggest music radio stations launched an environmental initiative, ChicaGO Green. The 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, in partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoon, is an education-oriented event featuring fun activities for kids and information for everyone about things like carbon footprints, solar power, and water conservation.


March 11, 2010

City of Chicago, Department of Environment
Chicago Center for Green Technology
WLS-TV CHICAGO – Mayor Daley’s Green Corps Press Conference

  • Recycle the Raindrops barrels featured as backdrop for press conference unveiling the 2010 Green Jobs in Chicago program by Mayor Richard Daley
  • "Green" Jobs for the Formerly Incarcerated Youtube video
  • Press conference covered by ABC Local News Online



November 12, 2009

Chicago Council on Science and Technology

  • Invited to exhibit artist-designed rain barrels as part of the “Water the New Oil?” presentation
  • Featured guest speaker, Debra Shore, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner


The Chicago Council on Science and Technology serves as a preeminent regional advocate for science- and technology-related education and policy and a leading source of information for national policy issues.


Robert Kennedy, JrOctober 15, 2009

Robert Kennedy, Jr.- Keynote Speaker at GreenTown Chicago Conference

  • Artist-designed barrels selected to be presented in a special exhibit honoring keynote speaker and green leader, Robert Kennedy, Jr.


GreenTown conferences are designed to help create sustainable communities. City mayors, architects, urban planners, school leaders, and others come together to hear from inspiring national and local leaders, to  learn from been-there case studies, and discuss actionable ways to make communities greener, healthier, and more prosperous.


November 7, 2009

Northwestern University Energy Day Conference

  • Recycle the Raindrops asked to demonstrate artist-designed barrels in Northwestern University’s Energy Day Conference/networking fair
  • Promoted message of water reuse and engaged students to further their commitment to water conservation.


The Northwestern Energy Day Conference brings together leaders in industry, academia, and policy to discuss how each sector is addressing the energy and environmental issues facing the world while also educating and empowering attendees to tackle these issues.


October 3, 2009

Evanston Green Living Festival

  • Invited to exhibit and demonstrate artist-designed barrels to homeowners
  • Demonstrated how the use of decorative rain barrels is a simple way to promote water recycling and live greener lives


The Evanston Green Living Festival provides a venue for local green vendors, exhibitors, and speakers to an interested audience, hopefully, inspiring them to make meaningful changes to their everyday lives that will reduce their personal carbon footprints.

June 17, 2009

Chicago Field Museum Water Exhibition VIP Kick-Off Event

  • John McCarter, Jr., President and CEO of Field Museum, personally launched Recycle the Raindrop’s artist-designed barrel project
  • Barrels were a main focal point at the museum’s blockbuster summer exhibit opening event


The Field Museum’s Water exhibition focused on how we use water and the future of this natural resource. It gave insight into how dependent life on this planet is upon water and, yet, how it is truly a limited resource were discussed.