Posted on June 23, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
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!)
Posted on June 23, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
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
Posted on May 13, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
Thursday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16, from 9am – 4pm
The sale is located at the Algonquin Township Road District complex, 3702 U.S. Highway 14, between Crystal Lake & Cary (next to the Hollows), drive back to the big beige garage on the right!
We always have a great assortment, including housewares, small appliances, dish sets, glassware, books, DVDs and CDs, furniture, tools, bicycles, toys, electronics, etc.
Reuse is better than recycle!
Posted on April 28, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
In preparation for their annual spring garage sale, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will be taking donations of gently used items on Saturday, May 9th, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 11-13, from 10 am until 3 pm, at the Algonquin Township Road District garage, 3702 U.S. Route 14, between Crystal Lake and Cary (drive back to the last beige garage on the right).
What type of things will be accepted? Just about anything that is re-sellable, with a few exceptions: small appliances & electronics must be in working order, no monitors or TVs, no clothes, no baby carriers or cribs, no large appliances or upholstered furniture. Not sure if they’ll take it? Email or call !
“The Defenders have been involved with diverting things from the landfills for 45 years, and doing a garage sale is a form of recycling. Buying second hand items instead of new ones keeps things out of the landfills, saves you money, and supports a McHenry County non-profit,” said EDMC’s fund raising committee.
Sale dates for the garage sale are Thursday-Saturday, May 14-16 from 9am until 4pm.
Posted on April 2, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
Adding Value: Food Scraps & Energy Savings
Tuesday, April 7 1:30pm-4:00pm
Complimentary Event for any interested food establishments: restaurants, school and institution cafeterias, supermarkets, etc.
McHenry County College
8900 Route 14
Crystal Lake IL 60012
Posted on March 11, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
Tue, March 31, 7pm – 9pm, Luecht Conference Center at MCC, 8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake 60014
Explore the spiritual, medical, educational, scientific and political points of view of natural gas extraction, also known as fracking.The documentary, The Ethics of Fracking, also looks at the advertising relied upon by the natural gas industry.
Please join The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, with co-sponsors The League of Women Voters and Citizens Climate Lobby, and host The Sustainability Institute of McHenry County College, for a screening of The Ethics of Fracking on Tuesday, March 31, 7pm at Luecht Conference Center at MCC. Panel presentation to follow, including a firsthand account of a “fracked” property.
Doors open at 6:30, free to the public, but donations are always appreciated.
Posted on March 4, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
April 30, 2015 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Ganek Municipal Center 2200 Harnish Drive, Algonquin
This event focuses on the impact recycling can have for your Algonquin business and the local community. From saving money to creating a more positive public image, this event is a can’t miss opportunity for your business! Information is also provided for businesses to start a recycling program in Algonquin.
Posted on January 12, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
Wednesday, January 28 at 5:30pm – 7:30pm, at Mixin Mingle,124 Cass St, Woodstock
Come together as a community for an evening of discussion on the impact commercial recycling can have for Woodstock’s small businesses. We will highlight strategies to help save money through efficient waste management practices.
The event will include:
Review of resources that can cut waste management costs for a small business, Interaction with a panel of industry leaders regarding the pros and cons of business recycling, Receive a session with an Environmental Consultant from Ecossential Solutions, Network while enjoying food and beverages, Receive a free entry ticket to the Woodstock Small Business Raffle, with a chance to win a free Individual or Business Membership to the McHenry County Environmental Defenders!
Check out the event at: http://ow.ly/H6ROq
Posted on December 1, 2014 by Christy - Community Events
We are ready to inaugurate a new Citizens Climate Lobby Chapter in McHenry County!
WHEN: The official Group Start is scheduled for Tuesday Evening December 2nd. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM and run until around 8:30.
WHERE: It will take place at the Woodstock Public Library (414 W. Judd St.).
WHO: CCL Staff Member Dick Smith (Madison, Wisconsin) will conduct the introductory meeting and training session. You will learn a lot, not only about CCL but about where we, as a society, are right now in understanding climate change.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is trying to create the political will for a livable world. CCL proposes that a fee be placed on fossil fuels based on the CO2 content of those fuels. Revenue from that fee would be returned to the public as a monthly dividend to protect households from rising costs associated with the carbon fee.
The Carbon Fee and Dividend policy of CCL is one that climate scientists and economists alike say is the best first-step to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic climate change from global warming.
Dr. James Hansen, our nation’s leading climatologist on global warming, said this about CCL: “If you want to join the fight to save the planet, to save creation for your grandchildren, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of this group.”
We hope to see you at this meeting of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Tuesday, December 2, at the Woodstock Public Library, at 6 PM.
Education Committee of Environmental Defenders
Posted on November 28, 2014 by Christy - Community Events
Our Holiday Kick-Off Used Book Sale starts Friday, November 28, when we’ll be open from 11am until 7pm.
The sale is in the hallway on the main floor of our office & book store – 110 S Johnson Street on the Woodstock Square.
The sale continues Saturday, November 29 through Thursday, December 11, except closed on Sundays. Hours are 11am-4pm, Saturdays 11am-3pm.
Books are $1 for Hardcovers, 50¢ for Paperbacks, and 25¢ for kids’ books. On December 9-11, all books will be $5 per bag!