Topic: Community Events

The Basics of Earth Day History

Posted on April 14, 2016 by - Community Events, Environmental Tips

The first Earth Day was celebrated in1970, and is considered the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Before 1970, the health of the environment was not a common concern, even as industry poured chemicals and smoke into the air. In 1962, Rachel Carson, an ecologist from Pennsylvania, published a book called Silent Spring. The book became a best seller and raised public awareness of environmental concerns.

After the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif., Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. senator for Wisconsin, organized a nationwide demonstration against the pollution and the deterioration of the environment. The protest was held on April 22, 1970. Approximately twenty million Americans joined the demonstration in support of a healthier and more sustainable treatment of the environment.

5k EcoRun

Posted on March 30, 2016 by - Community Events

Proceeds benefit McHenry County Conservation District, Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, and Woodstock Morning Rotary Foundation

Competitive and recreational participants welcome at this chip timed certified event.

Register online www.Rotaryecorun.org before April 20, $25 (includes T-shirt)

Race day check-in: 8:15–9:30 a.m.
Race start time: 10:00 a.m.
Rain or Shine! Awards in eight age bands immediately following race.

Parking and free shuttle from:
Faith Community United Church of Christ, 2023 IL Rt. 176, Crystal Lake

Earth Day Celebration 2016

Posted on March 30, 2016 by - Community Events

hosted by the Conservation District and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Saturday, April 23 • 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake

The event is held both indoors and out and will go on rain or shine!

Live Musical performances by: Ken Lonnquist with Dave Adler at 11:30am & 2:00pm

Guided Nature Hikes Games and CraftsPuppet ShowsOver 20 Environmental Exhibitors
Food & Beverage Vendors on site: Toasty Cheese & Pop’s Premier Kettle Corn; or bring your own “No waste” picnic lunch.
Carpool to the event with friends to enter the raffle for a free picnic shelter reservation.

HOUSEHOLD RECYCLING DROP OFF: A variety of items will be accepted for recycling including athletic shoes, batteries, fluorescent tubes and polystyrene foam. Check back prior to the event for a complete list of accepted items and any associated drop-off fees.

CCL’s 50-Letter Challenge

Posted on March 28, 2016 by - Community Events

The McHenry County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby is undertaking a 50-Letter Challenge where we are trying to get at least 50 letters to deliver to Rep. Randy Hultgren in April. These letters will express our appreciation for his years of service, but also express our concerns about climate change.

Below is a form letter that you are invited to write what you are most concerned about regarding climate change and return to the McHenry County Chapter of CCL.

You can do this by either printing out the letter, write your answer to the statement “I am concerned about climate change because… and then snail mail to EDMC, Or

You can print out the letter, write your answer to the statement, then scan your completed letter and email it back to EDMC.

Please help us achieve our goal of receiving and delivering at least 50 letters to Rep. Hultgren from his constituents who are concerned about climate change. Our goal is to complete the Challenge by Saturday, April 30.

If you have any questions, please let me know.   Thank you.

Pat Dieckhoff and Lois Johnson, Co-Liasions for Rep. Hultgren
McHenry Co. Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby
50-Letter Challenge

Green Drinks – April 6, 2016

Posted on March 23, 2016 by - Community Events, In the News

Join us at April’s Green Drinks as we celebrate Earth Day! April 6 from 5-7, at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. We’ll focus on trees and the services they provide for us. We’ll have some local tree seedlings free for the first folks who arrive, thanks to the Arbor Day Foundation and a generous donation.

Our program will be provided by Ed Weskerna, who is the District Manager of the McHenry – Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District (MLSWCD). Ed attended Western Illinois University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy in 1978. Ed has been with the MLSWCD since March 1984.

SWCDs work to sustain natural resources to meet the needs of a growing population. For example, for the past 50+ years the McHenry –Lake SWCD has promoted trees as means of increasing wildlife habitat, reducing soil erosion by wind and water and conserving energy by promoting residential and farmstead windbreaks.

Green Drinks is sponsored by the Environmental Defenders and Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen.

Recycle Those Political Signs!

Posted on March 17, 2016 by - Community Events, Environmental Tips, In the News

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is collecting political signs and sending them to New Vision Renewable energy, www.nvre.org.

New Vision Renewable Energy, a nonprofit organization based in Philippi, West Virginia., has distributed solar LED lights in over 28 countries around the world. Ruston Seaman, president and CEO of New Vision Renewable Energy, noted that the light panel is created, in part, from recycled political signs and assembled by disadvantaged students in West Virginia. We hope you will take a look at their website to get a more complete understanding of what New Vision Renewable Energy is about.

If you do not plan to re-use your signs following the election, we hope you will consider making them available to donate to this organization.

Your signs may be brought to the Defenders Recycling Drive in Woodstock on April 9, from 9 AM to Noon, at the Soil and Water Conservation District building, located at the southeast corner of Route 14 and Dean Street.

If that opportunity does not work for you, signs may be delivered to Chicago Logistic Service, 501 Davis Road, Elgin, Illinois, any time at the back of the building.

We will also be able to accept them at the Earth Day event, at Prairieview Education Center in Crystal Lake on April 23, from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Movie: “This Changes Everything”

Posted on March 15, 2016 by - Community Events

Mark your Calendars! EDMC is showing the documentary “This Changes Everything”, based on the book by Naomi Klein, at the MCC conference center on Wednesday, March 23 at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30.

“What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.”

Read about the movie HERE.

EDMC Offers Scholarships

Posted on March 9, 2016 by - Community Events, In the News

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is offering two Entering College scholarships of $1,000 each to two outstanding high school seniors planning to pursue careers directly related to environmental studies.

To be eligible, the applicants must reside in and attend high school in McHenry County, have a respectable GPA, two letters of recommendation, plan to attend an accredited college or university, and complete an application, which is available online here: http://mcdef.org/what-we-do/environmental-scholarship and at the EDMC office: 110 S Johnson St, Ste. 106, Woodstock.

The application and accompanying documents are due in the EDMC office no later than April 15, 2016.

Recycling Drive – March 12, 2016, McHenry

Posted on March 9, 2016 by - Community Events, In the News

On Saturday, March 12th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will conduct a recycling collection for fluorescent tubes, Styrofoam™, electronics, and batteries from 9am until noon at the Metra Station parking lot, 4005 Main Street, in McHenry. They continue to collect certain items which are not usually accepted by curbside programs, and which would be harmful to the environment if put in a landfill.

The group will accept clean polystyrene foam such as Styrofoam, VHS and cassette tapes, CDs and DVDs, packing peanuts and reusable, un-popped bubble wrap and electronics (most anything that plugs in or runs on batteries).

Specific donation amounts are requested for household alkaline and rechargeable batteries (50¢ per pound), car batteries, fluorescent tubes (50¢ to $1 each), TVs and computer monitors (50¢ per pound up to $30 is asked for each TV or monitor). Donations offset the costs of transportation and proper recycling for those particular items.

EDMC will also accept any kind of cloth items, including clothing, linens and rags, clean and bagged as well as shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.

Aluminum cans are accepted as a donation.

Environmental Defenders’ recycling drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, at various locations in the county. April’s drive will be in Woodstock.

For information about the recycling schedule and types of materials accepted, visit the group’s website at mcdef.org/recycling or find it on Facebook at facebook.com/EnvironmentalDefenders.

Become a new member of EDMC at the recycling drive, at the Basic or higher level, and get two coupons to recycle a television or monitor for FREE!

An alternate site for electronics, Styrofoam, & batteries is Chicago Logistic in Elgin 847-429-1926.

From the Prairie to the Tundra – Take a vicarious journey!

Posted on January 13, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

Join fellow Defenders’ members on a cold February afternoon for a road trip from Illinois to the tundra! Defenders’ member, Neill Sachs, will be taking us vicariously on a journey that he and his wife, Margaret, took from Illinois to Alaska. Along the way they passed through several ecological zones – from prairies to mountains to boreal forests to tundra. Through wonderful photos Neill will take us along on this trip while discussing highlights of various environmental issues in each region.

The Membership Committee will be hosting this free event at the Soil and Water Conservation District Building on the corner of Dean St. and Hwy. 14 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on February 21st. Cookies and warm drinks will be provided. RSVP’s at envirodefmc@gmail.com are not required, but would be welcomed to help us plan for refreshments. Hope you can join us for the trip!