Environmental Defenders of McHenry County ACTION TEAMS

Check Out These Great Ways to Make A Difference! New members are always welcome. Meeting dates and times are posted on our calendar, but are subject to change so check frequently. Email or call the office to be put on a committee contact list of interest to you!


Education Action Team ~ Conducts workshops on various environmental topics and develops educational materials for public outreach. Sponsors documentary filmsand Earth Day. Offers scholarships to high school seniors.  Meets as needed.

Fundraising Action Team ~ Holds special fundraising events including annual Garage Sales, Used Book Sales, and Pioneer Farm Christmas Tree Sales. Runs the Green Spot Used Books and more Store. Meets monthly.

Membership Action Team ~ Develops and implements strategies for increasing membership, visibility and membership retention. Plans and organizes membership and volunteer events/services, such as the Annual Meeting, volunteer appreciation events, and Corn Roast.  Meets monthly.

Transportation Action Team ~ Promotes policies and practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments. Meets monthly.

Waste Reduction Action Team ~ Works to stop waste of energy and natural resources by promoting waste reduction programs in the areas of plastic reduction and food waste reduction.  Demonstrates alternatives to wasteful lifestyles. Meets monthly.

Water  and Natural Resources Protection Action Team ~ Researches and implements programs on topics such as conservation of soil and wildlife habitat, protection of greenways, and public open space. Develops policies and programs to protect the county’s groundwater, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and streams from pollution by urban and agricultural runoff, toxic chemicals, and gravel mining operations. Meets monthly.

Recycling Action Team ~ Organizes recycling drives in partnership with McHenry County and manages the Environmental Defenders’ Styrofoam Collection Program with three collection areas in the county.

We are fiscal agents of:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby McHenry County Chapter ~ Defenders’ members can work with this group on climate change solutions. Call the office or visit Citizens Climate Lobby for more info.

*Please note that Action Team meeting times/dates may be subject to change, so please check the calendar above or call the Environmental Defenders’ office at 815-338-0393.

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