October 27th – Come join the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby as well as MCC’s Sustainability Center in a Movie Night. Doors will open at 6:30 for a 7:00 screening of “Merchants of Doubt” which covers how a group of scientists ran campaigns to deny established scientific fact for decades leading to a misunderstanding of some of the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time, including climate change! The screening will take place at MCC’s Luecht Conference Center.
Topic: Community Events
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Teagen Andrews, Commercial Recycling Program Advocate from Ecossential Solutions Inc., are hosting Crystal Lake Talks Trash, a community event on the benefits of small business recycling.
Crystal Lake Talks Trash
October 20, 2015
Two sessions: 8:00 – 9:30 am & 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Crystal Lake City Hall
100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake IL 60014
These events will highlight strategies to help small- to medium-sized businesses save money with environmentally sound waste management practices. Recycling and reusing materials in a business is an easy way for business owners to cut waste management costs while benefiting the environment.
The branding company, Landor Associates, found that, “77% of consumers say it is important for companies to be socially responsible.” This social responsibility includes the company’s environmental impacts and the steps taken to minimize environmentally harmful operations.
These events are open to all businesses and residents of Crystal Lake and the surrounding communities. We will also be joined by Crystal Lake city officials and waste haulers for a wide-range of dialogue.
Small business owners interested in starting a recycling program will be provided with information on how their business can benefit as well as actionable information for starting a program! This includes the Defenders’ Small Business Recycling How-to Sheet and opportunities for Defenders’ business memberships. Business owners can also talk to a Sustainability Consultant from Ecossential Solutions Inc. for additional information on the pros and cons of commercial recycling.
What else is in store? A review of resources available to cut waste management costs for small- to medium-sized businesses, interaction time with Waste Management and MDC representatives regarding the actual costs of business recycling, community discussions on the benefits of commercial recycling, networking while enjoying food and beverages, and a free entry ticket to the Crystal Lake Small Business Drawing for each attendee.
Come celebrate Crystal Lake’s continued efforts to promote environmentally beneficial business and community goals with the Crystal Lake Talk Trash event!
“Merchants of Doubt” covers how a group of scientists ran campaigns to deny established scientific fact for decades leading to a misunderstanding of some of the most pressing health and environmental issues of our time, including climate change.
Tuesday, October 27th, 2015. Doors open at 6:30pm, screening begins at 7pm.
MCC’s Luecht Conference Center, 8900 US-14, Crystal Lake.
On Saturday, October 24, you are invited to “make a difference” by helping with restoration efforts at The Defenders’ Kishwaukee headwaters property on Dean Street in Woodstock as part of the national “Make A Difference Day” celebration.
Volunteers will be removing invasive species and collecting trash around the perimeter of our property as well as the Soil and Water Conservation District property. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at noon.
Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and meet at the Soil & Water Conservation District building at 2222 Dean Street (corner of Dean and Route 14).
All necessary equipment, water, and snacks will be provided. If you have any questions about this event, please contact the office.
Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County are holding their annual Big Fall Book Sale at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive straight back to the last garage on the right).
This year, there will be twice as many books! There is an amazing variety of books and music – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, CDs to vinyl record albums, and everything in between!
Friday, Sept 25: 6pm-8pm $10 admission fee for non-members
Saturday, Sept 26: 8am-4pm
Monday-Saturday, Sept 28 through Oct 3: 10 am– 4 pm (closed Sunday)
There will be a Preview Sale on the evening of Friday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm. There is a $10 entry fee for non-members, allowing participants first choice of the books.
Friday and Saturday, October 2nd and 3rd will be a Bag Sale – $5 per bag.
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and The Village of Algonquin are sponsoring the 8th annual “It’s Our River Day” celebration and clean-up. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm at Cornish Park along the shoreline of the beautiful Fox River in historic downtown Algonquin. This is a local celebration of the statewide “It’s Our River Day,” now in its 11th year.
Local conservation groups will give brief presentations and participants will have the opportunity to meet representatives from different environmental, outdoor and governmental groups, as well as “green” businesses. Adults and kids will enjoy learning about the environment by visiting booths with educational information, volunteer opportunities, kids activities, and more.
The Sierra Club will provide bags and gloves for the shoreline clean-up at the main location at Cornish Park. Everyone is welcome to lend a hand with the clean-up. The event is free and open to the public. Groups are welcome.
For more information contact the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County at 815-338-0393; Cynthia Kanner, event co-organizer, at 847-309-8582; or The Village of Algonquin at www.algonquin.org/eco .
Summer Garage Sale
Since 2007, EDMC has been working the admission gates for the McHenry County Fair. This is a lot of fun, and has turned into a very good fundraiser for our group. (And you get free admission to the fair on the day you work!)
Nancy will be making calls, but YOU can sign up now to get your favorite spot!
Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/LiNkkT
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.
JOIN THE FUN!!!!
Support what you believe in and come walk with the Environmental Defenders in a parade or two (or three) this summer. No experience required. All ages and persuasions, members and non-members are welcome. Help us promote our message of caring for the environment and our future while collecting empty recyclables from parade spectators. It is a total hoot and we need YOU to make a BIG impact!
Crystal Lake is Sunday, July 5th
McHenry is Sunday, July 19th
Algonquin is Saturday, July 25rd
Contact Sue Jensen through Defenders office or Facebook page ASAP!
Do something different this summer – You won’t regret it. (Recruit some family or friends to join us as well. It’s so much more fun with a buddy!)
Members’ Field Trip!
Defenders’ members will have a unique opportunity to tour Chicago Logistic Service (CLS), a trucking business located in Elgin that also accepts clean, used Styrofoam for repurposing as part of their commitment to helping the environment.
CEO of CLS, Ken Santowski, who is also a board member of The Environmental Defenders, has been collecting Styrofoam from area towns, such as Algonquin and The Village of Lakewood, both of which have set up dedicated Styrofoam collection areas as part of their commitment to recycling and conservation, for several years. Ken also collects Styrofoam at The Defenders’ regular monthly recycling drives in Woodstock and McHenry. After the Styrofoam is collected it is processed through a densifier where it is broken down into small pellets, which are then sent to companies for upcycling into other products.
There are two tours scheduled to learn more about CLS, about Styrofoam and how it is transformed into other products, and to observe the densifier in action. We hope that one or both of these timeslots work for you. Please RSVP to The Defenders’ office two days in advance of each date (see below).
The two separate tours will take place:
Sunday, June 28th from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 1st from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Address: CLS, 501 Davis Road, Elgin
“We believe that recycling turns material that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. That is why we have become a full service Recycling Center; we donate over 1K in labor and trucking services monthly to recycling.” Ken Santowski