WBEZ | Green Month http://www.wbez.org/tags/green-month Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago area Muslims push for a 'green' Ramadan http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-area-muslims-push-green-ramadan-89968 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/AP03110604059.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago-area Muslims say they've got an&nbsp;additional focus during the holy month of Ramadan - the&nbsp;environment.</p><p>Officials with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater&nbsp;Chicago launched several green initiatives Monday, the first day of&nbsp;the Islamic month marked by fasting and prayer.</p><p>The efforts follow a resolution adopted by Illinois legislators&nbsp;a few weeks ago designating Ramadan as a "Green Month."&nbsp;</p><p>Council spokeswoman Alexandra Maragha says Muslims already spend&nbsp;a lot of time reflecting during Ramadan and it seems like a natural&nbsp;extension to focus on the environment.</p><p>The council represents dozens of Muslim organizations, which are&nbsp;being asked to focus more on recycling and looking at solar energy.&nbsp;</p><p>Representatives from the council say they've also been working&nbsp;the Field Museum on an environmental study.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 14:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-area-muslims-push-green-ramadan-89968