Environmental Defenders of McHenry County Committees

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 requently. Email or call the office to be put on a committee contact list of interest to you!


Education Committee ~ 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 Committee ~ 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 Committee ~ 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 Committee ~ 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 Committee ~ Works to stop waste of energy and natural resources by promoting recycling, waste reduction education, and demonstrating alternatives to wasteful lifestyles. Sponsors monthly recycling drives and limited commercial pick-ups. Meets monthly.

Water  and Natural Resources Protection Committee ~ 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.

BYOBag Committee ~Works to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.  Meets as needed.

Citizens Climate Lobby McHenry County Chapter ~ Defender members work with this group on climate change solutions. Call the office or visit Citizens Climate Lobby for more info.
*Please note that committee meeting times are subject to change, so please check the calendar above or call the Defenders’ office at 815-338-0393.

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