The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, McHenry County College Sustainability Center and…invite the public to a special presentation by Betty Trummel, retired District #47 educator, who has just returned from Antarctica. On December 2, Betty and 75 other women in science from around the world set sail on a three-week science and leadership expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition, called Homeward Bound, took place on board a ship named Ushuaia, named after its home port in Argentina.
Betty will provide us the exciting details about the challenges and rewards of participating in science research and expeditions in the Earth’s southernmost continent and ocean. She will talk about the role of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in working in this remote, harsh and unique environment and will also discuss how the Earth’s Polar regions are important areas for the study of climate change and how the ecosystems on both land and water are impacted by a warming Earth. In addition, Betty will share a bit about her research and student trip to Arctic Svalbard this past summer. She will have traveled from 79 degrees north to 65 degrees south in a matter of months!
When: Tuesday, January 24 at 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30.
Where: Luecht Conference Center, McHenry County College, 8900 U.S. Highway 14 in Crystal Lake. Event is free to the public, but donations appreciated.
You can make a donation right now through PayPal or mail a check before the end of the year to:
110 S Johnson St, Ste 106
Woodstock IL 60098
Greetings to all of you! Whether you have been with us for decades, years or are new to our organization, know that each & every one of you is an essential part of the work & successes of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. You are the energy & force that keeps our organization going! Thank you for all that you do.
As members & volunteers, you commit daily to protecting & preserving our natural world & educating our community about the value of a healthy environment. Because of that commitment, we have an influential voice out there in McHenry County. To take advantage of this, we have been busy growing & changing to make our efforts more impactful. In addition to the annual events that we do such as our Earth Day Celebration, documentary screenings, County Fair booth, It’s Our River Day, fundraising & member events, & many more, we have some big accomplishments to highlight. We ask for your continued support through an end-of-the-year gift to help us keep building on these accomplishments.
- Recycling: We organized drives around the county keeping tens of thousands of pounds of waste out of the landfills, including electronics.
- Water & Natural Resources Protection: We planted hundreds of plants for monarchs & other pollinators this year at four sites in the county. We also advocated for a Water Resources Specialist position at the County level & educated our governmental bodies about the dangers of coal tar sealants.
- Styrofoam Recycling Project: The technology for Styrofoam recycling changed quickly, so our efforts had to shift quickly as well. We began a crowd sourcing program to raise money to continue our successful Styrofoam recycling project.
- The Green Spot: Our little store has done big things this year, collecting & reselling books to raise thousands of dollars to help keep our lights on & computers humming to make sure we can communicate our work to you & the public.
- BYOBag: Our efforts to reduce the use of plastic bags has gone big too, helping 20 municipalities & the county spread the word about not using paper or plastic when shopping, & helping the City of Woodstock to celebrate BYOB for a whole year!
- Strategic Planning: This year we wrote a 3-year Strategic Plan that includes the hiring of a Part-Time Executive Director. This is a big step for our organization, as it will allow us to have someone specifically designated for public outreach.
As you plan for your year-end giving, please consider a generous donation to the Defenders. We are asking for your financial help to move us along in our goals. Please let your dollars follow your heart!
And to keep abreast of all that your donation is accomplishing, please “Like” us on Facebook, read our quarterly newsletter – “EarthConnect”, check out our eNews in your inbox every Wednesday, & visit our website at www.mcdef.org!
We sincerely apologize to anyone affected by the unexpected early closure of our recycling drive on Saturday, December 10th in Woodstock. Our truck was completely filled by 11 AM and our volunteers were unable to accept items beyond capacity. Those affected are welcome to take their items, including TVs and other electronics, to our warehouse in Elgin at 501 Davis Road. Phone# is 827-429-1926. Donations for TVs, computer monitors and batteries apply. Again, we are truly sorry our drive was forced to end early due to volume of items. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you in March for our next drive and other Defenders’ events.
On Thursday, December 8, Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be the focus of the acclaimed National Geographic series “Years of Living Dangerously,” which has helped to focus national attention on climate change and the organizations working on solutions that individuals, communities, companies, and governments can use to address it.
The McHenry County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will celebrate this recognition with a public viewing party, to be held at McHenry County College, Room 166-7, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The public is invited to the screening, which is offered free of charge.
“At a time when many Americans despair about the partisan gridlock in Washington, CCL volunteers provide hope by bringing Republicans and Democrats together to work on climate solutions,” said Mark Reynolds, Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. “This episode of ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ highlights the work of Jay Butera, one of those amazing volunteers.”
Citizens Climate Lobby works to build the political will for climate change solutions such as a national, revenue neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system. Since the organization’s 2007 founding, it has empowered ordinary citizens to hold direct meetings with congressional representatives, local officeholders and business leaders, and other influential stakeholders as they make the case for fair, effective climate action.
The episode will be preceded by a message from special guests, including members of the “Years of Living Dangerously” cast.
Local sponsors include Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the McHenry County College Sustainability Center, The McHenry County League of Women Voters, and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is again collecting political signs.
If you do not plan to re-use your signs following the election, signs can be brought to the Defenders’ warehouse, care of Chicago Logistic Service, 501 Davis Road, Elgin, Illinois. There will be a bin at the back of the building, available any time. You can also bring them to the Defenders Recycling Drive in Woodstock on December 10, from 9am to noon, at the Soil and Water Conservation District building, 2222 S Dean Street. (southeast corner of Route 14 and Dean Street.)
Posted on November 3, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
And just when you thought you were done with books for the year, we’re holding our annual Holiday Kick-Off Book Sale at the Woodstock Square Mall building lobby, 110 S. Johnson Street, on the Woodstock Square. The sale runs November 25th (11am-7pm on the 25th only!) through Saturday, December 10th. Hours are 11am until 4 pm (3pm on Saturday, closed Sunday).
Books are priced at $1 for hardcovers, 50¢ for mass market paperbacks and 25¢ for children’s books. Bag sale last three days, when all books will be $5 per paper grocery bag!
Books have been donated by the public as well as several libraries. There is an amazing variety of books – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, and everything in between!
Donations of re-sellable books are accepted year round at the Defenders’ Green Spot Used Book store, also located in the Woodstock Square Mall building on the main floor.
Posted on November 1, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
Posted on October 26, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday!
Our next gathering is November 2, 2016, from 5pm – 7pm
Neil and Carmen Boyer will be on hand to share the rehab project they have been working on for the past two years.
“We will tell our story of the why we wanted to tackle a rundown, empty and ugly building in Crystal Lake. We will include how we found the building, what we needed to do to have the building rezoned, our time line, information about the materials and products used, and the end results. We are happy to share our fun and often challenging rehabbing experience.”
Tentative future topics:
December 7, 2016: Wine
Join us at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. Head upstairs at Duke’s for info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol – non-alcoholic drinks are available, of course!
We have an information table set up, and you are welcome to bring information about your green products and services each month to share.
Additional parking is available at the train station.
Green Drinks McHenry County is sponsored by the Environmental Defenders and Duke’s Alehouse.
On Saturday, October 15th, you are invited to “make a difference” for monarchs and other pollinators by helping with restoration efforts at two roadside prairies in the county as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.
Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash at the O’Brien Road Prairie at the corner of Hwy 47 and O’Brien Road, Harvard, and at the Triangle Prairie at the corner of Lake Street and Hwy 14 in Woodstock.
The event will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves and boots and to meet at the O’Brien Road Prairie at 2 p.m. The event will shift to the Triangle Prairie once work is completed at the O’Brien Prairie.
All necessary equipment, water and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Nancy Schietzelt at 815-356-1710.
The Defenders have taken on the care of these prairies once again after planting thousands of native plants at these sites many years ago. As part of the statewide initiative to increase habitat for pollinators, we once again planted hundreds of natives at these sites in the Spring. Now it’s time to cut out invasive species in these roadside prairies to allow the natives to thrive. Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!
Holy Cow! You’ve been waiting for this! Environmental Defenders still has lots of books left over from our Big Fall Book Sale, and we would rather give them away than recycle them.
Free-For-All Used Books
Sunday, October 9, starting at 10am
Algonquin Twp Road District, 3702 US-14, Crystal Lake. Last garage on the right.
Books! Books! Books! More Books!
Giveaway starts at 10am – don’t be late – we start boxing them up to go to the recyclers around 11am! (yes, you can still go through what’s on the tables after that, but if it’s in a box, you have to take the whole box! )