Topic: Community Events

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: 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 or find it on Facebook at

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 are not required, but would be welcomed to help us plan for refreshments. Hope you can join us for the trip!



Posted on January 7, 2016 by - Community Events


With the rising costs of electronic recycling and a limited labor force, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) may no longer be able to accept electronics at the monthly recycling drives.

Do you want a convenient, electronic recycling drop-off site in your city or township? Call your local government official!

A proposal to establish electronic recycling drop-off sites has been hand-delivered to your local representative. It needs your support! An electronic recycling drop-off site is an unrestricted place for residents of a municipality or township to responsibly dispose of all electronics (including TV’s).

These collection sites can be set up any way a municipality or township sees fit with costs possibly as low as $1 per household per month.

We need your support! Contact your local municipality or township official and ask them to provide a solution for electronic recycling:

Municipal representative or

Township representative:


Posted on December 22, 2015 by - Community Events, In the News

Due to the unprecedented volume of electronics recently received at the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County’s (EDMC) monthly drives, it is necessary to suspend the January 2016 McHenry and February 2016 Woodstock recycling drives.

In the last two months of 2015 the amount of electronic waste received was triple the monthly average due to the size and quantity of televisions and monitors dropped-off. As a not-for-profit, volunteer organization EDMC cannot continue to sustain the cost and transport of recycling electronics in these quantities.

EDMC has provided additional recycling services to McHenry County communities for over 45 years. The organization has adapted to many changes to continue accomplishing its environmental goals. Because electronics recycling regulations are in flux and profits have been reduced, most recyclers have completely stopped taking televisions and many have simply shut their doors. The Defenders cannot handle this increased amount of e-waste recycling.

The Defenders are urging local governments to provide a solution to meet the needs of their citizens. EDMC hand-delivered proposals to 17 municipalities and 17 townships in McHenry County detailing how to establish an electronic recycling drop-off site. This would provide residents a convenient, local place to responsibly dispose of all electronics. Municipalities or townships have numerous options for setting up collections, with costs possibly as low as $1 per household per month. This needs your support!

Contact your local representative (village, city or township) and ask that person to support the proposal described above: Municipal representative‒ or Township representative‒

For electronic recycling, please visit the Green Guide at

For TV or computer monitor recycling please contact Chicago Logistic Service (847) 429-1926

Office and Green Spot Holiday Hours

Posted on December 1, 2015 by - Community Events

The Defenders’ office will be closed December 24 through December 28, and December 30 through January 1st. Regular hours will begin on January 4th.

The Green Spot Bookstore will be closed on Thursday, December 24th and Friday, December 25th for the Christmas holiday. The store will be open on Saturday December 26th.

The Green Spot will be closed on Thursday, December 31st for New Year’s Eve and Friday, January 1st for New Year’s Day holiday. The store will be open on Saturday January 2nd.

Enjoy your Holidays!

Restoration Workday at Wingate Prairie

Posted on November 5, 2015 by - Community Events

Saturday, November 14th
9 – 11:30 a.m.

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the public is invited to help protect the Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed by removing invasive species from Wingate Prairie in Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake. This restoration workday will be jointly sponsored by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition. The goal for the day will be to improve the water quality in Sleepy Hollow Creek by helping to restore native species and increase plant diversity in the area by removing invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle.

The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and to meet at the Crystal Lake Nature Center, 330 North Main Street in Crystal Lake. All necessary equipment as well as water and snacks will be provided. Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!


Posted on November 4, 2015 by - Community Events

November 7th – Come to this wonderful FREE event that will host over 70 local businesses and organizations which offer green products and services.

In addition to the vendors, there will be some wonderful interactive exhibits and displays for everyone to enjoy! There will be a special exhibit on electric cars, fly casting and snow shoeing demos, a model tiny house and more!

The event will go from 10-3 pm in the MCC Gym/Multi-Purpose Room at McHenry County College, as well as outside! Questions? Contact Kim Hankins or Tish Powell at (815) 479-7765.

Thank you Crystal Lake Trash Talk Participants

Posted on October 26, 2015 by - Community Events

Thank you for coming to the Crystal Lake Trash Talk Event, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Many great conversations took place regarding how to start a recycling program; what to research before starting a program; how to contact a hauler; what equipment is available and needed; and how to obtain additional recycling sources.

The Trash Talk events are an opportunity for businesses to sign up for a complimentary solid waste audit from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Ecossential Solutions ( or 847-651-0429).

Congratulations to the winners of the Get Started! Door Prize: Lloyd’s Paint & Paper Shop and our newest Environmental Defender Business Member, Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery!

Thank you to our Sponsors who made this event possible:

Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Ecossential Solutions, Inc.

Star 105.5 McHenry County

City of Crystal Lake, IL

McHenry County Department of Health

Chicago Logistic Service

Waste Management

Rock River Environmental Services

Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen

Marvin’s Toy Store

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters

Wickham Interiors Inc

Interstate All Battery Center of Fox River Valley

Akasha Yoga Center

Kitchen Outfitters

Material Girl Crystal Lake

We have created a survey and ask you to fill it out as soon as possible to help us decide how to best follow up with each of you,

Again, thank you all for participating in our event. We look forward to working with each of you to get recycling started at your business.