Monthly Archives: March 2015

Green Your Workout

Posted on March 25, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Take it outside –  Instead of increasing your energy consumption via home and gym exercise machines, take advantage of hiking and biking trails in your area. 100% free and always interesting! Check out the Rails-to-Trails TrailLink database to find the perfect outdoor trail in your area.
Just say no to one-time use plastic water bottles. Commit to using refillable water bottles for workouts and everyday hydration which means less waste in landfills and more money in your wallet. There are even self-filtering models.
This tip brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County from Earth Share, a national non-profit dedicated to environmental works

The Benefits of Sunlight

Posted on March 18, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

It isn’t hard to understand the positive effects of sunshine on our mood. When the temperature warms and the spring sun starts to shine, we simply get happier, and that means healthier.  Besides the sun helping with depression, here are a few other facts about the power of the sun that might be new to you:

-Sunlight lowers cholesterol. The sun converts high cholesterol in the blood into steroid hormones and the sex hormones we need for reproduction.

-The sun’s rays lower blood pressure. Even a single exposure significantly lowers blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.

-Sunlight builds the immune system. The white blood cells, which increase with sun exposure, are called lymphocytes, and these play a major role in defending the body against infections.

Just keep in mind that exposure to the sun should be done SLOWLY!  Build up your tolerance by taking in small bits of the sun each day.  Happy Spring Everyone!

“The Ethics of Fracking” EDMC’s EcoFilm Series

Posted on March 11, 2015 by - Community Events

Tue, March 31, 7pm – 9pm, Luecht Conference Center at MCC, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake 60014 
Explore the spiritual, medical, educational, scientific and political points of view of natural gas extraction, also known as fracking.The documentary, The Ethics of Fracking, also looks at the advertising relied upon by the natural gas industry.
Please join The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, with co-sponsors The League of Women Voters and Citizens Climate Lobby, and host The Sustainability Institute of McHenry County College, for a screening of The Ethics of Fracking on Tuesday, March 31, 7pm at Luecht Conference Center at MCC. Panel presentation to follow, including a firsthand account of a “fracked” property.
Doors open at 6:30, free to the public, but donations are always appreciated.

Make Room for Spring

Posted on March 10, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

While we’ve been piling up the books and stuff during the winter months, as Spring approaches start making piles to de-clutter your home.  Organize your thoughts by thinking about what to keep, donate, recycle and repair with the smallest pile being things to toss.

Start with a pile of reusable items, then make that phone call to get a pick up or put that stuff in your vehicle.  Detour a routine travel route to pass your favorite donation center and make that drop off.

While spring may mean a fresh start, it doesn’t have to mean new stuff. If it’s not broken, why replace it?  If you need to replace, replace with a quality item that has a long life.  Spending a little more up front, sometimes means spending less later, and creating less waste for our landfills.

Cheap Ways to Stay Warm and Save Energy

Posted on March 4, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Here’s a few ideas on how to be more comfortable in winter by reducing energy consumption and taking care of your well-being.

  • First, stay active and social, and when you do go out, layer up with thin layers first.
  • Be good to yourself by eating well.  Bake and cook, then leave the oven door open.
  • Enjoy a healthy hot drink like herbal teas or hot chocolates.
  • Keep all doors closed to unused rooms, then light candles and snuggle up.
  • Put down rugs and wear slippers or moccasins.
  • Add Humidity.  Use a humidifier, or simply leave the door open when you shower.
  • Let the sun in during the day, and cover drafty windows at night.
  • And, a new old idea that’s making a comeback, heat a water bottle to warm the foot of your bed before going to sleep.

Finally, start warm, and you will tend to stay warm.  Happy Winter!

This tip brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.  www.MCDEF.org.

Algonquin Talks Trash this Earth month!

Posted on March 4, 2015 by - Community Events

April 30, 2015   5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ganek Municipal Center 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin 

This event focuses on the impact recycling can have for your Algonquin business and the local community. From saving money to creating a more positive public image, this event is a can’t miss opportunity for your business! Information is also provided for businesses to start a recycling program in Algonquin.