Topic: Member Events

Climate Advocates to host viewing party for ‘Years of Living Dangerously’

Posted on November 29, 2016 by - Community Events, In the News, Member 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.

#GivingTuesday

Posted on November 29, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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This year the Environmental Defenders is participating in #Giving Tuesday.  Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, it is an opportunity to break away from the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday and to kick off end-of-year giving to charitable organizations such as the Defenders.

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 mission to protect and preserve our healthy environment in McHenry County.  Your donation will provide funding for environmental education materials and documentaries, continuation of our monthly recycling drives and habitat restoration work for monarchs and other pollinators, and support for our successful advocacy efforts throughout the county.  Please let your dollars follow your heart!

Please donate online here through PayPal: http://mcdef.org/members-and-giving#donate

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

Members’ Night & Volunteer Appreciation – November 25

Posted on November 16, 2016 by - Member Events

The Environmental Defenders will once again welcome members for hot drinks and treats during the Woodstock “Lighting of the Square” event to kick off the holiday season on Friday, November 25, 2016.

All members are invited to stop in at the Defenders’ office, 110 S. Johnson Street on the Square, between 5:30 pm and 7 pm. Our Green Spot used books and more store will be open until 7 pm as well so you can come in and browse for early holiday shopping and gift ideas.

This is a members’ only event, but if you know others who would like to join, please bring them along and we can sign them up on the spot to join in on the fun.

This year, we will once again include a special Volunteer Appreciation Event during the open house. All those members who have volunteered during the year (Green Spot, tabling events, office help, recycling, clean-up events, book or garage sales, County Fair, etc.) are especially encouraged to stop in and collect a gift bag to thank you for all your service.

Join us for a festive evening!

Members’ Tour – Pleasant Valley Conservation Area

Posted on November 10, 2016 by - Member Events

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You Are Invited!

Behind the Scenes Tour for Defenders’ members
Pleasant Valley Conservation Area
13315 Pleasant Valley Road, Woodstock

Sunday, November 13, 2-4 pm

Please join on this special tour for Defenders members. McHenry County Conservation District Ecologist John Peters and Site Steward Greg Rajsky will lead us on a tour of this beautiful 2000 acre site. Use the main parking lot next to the restrooms. We will meet there at 2 pm.

Please RSVP by email ASAP if you plan to join us so we can let John and Greg know how many will be on the tour.

Make a Difference Day – October 15

Posted on October 11, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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!

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Free-For-All Used Books – Sunday, Oct 9 Only

Posted on October 8, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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! :) )

DEFENDERS’ RECYCLING DRIVE – Richmond, September 10th

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

On Saturday, September 10th, the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County (EDMC) will conduct a recycling collection, which is open to everyone in the county and beyond, from 9am until noon at Richmond City Hall, 5600 Hunter Dr, Richmond, IL. 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 NOT be accepting Styrofoam at this time because there is nowhere to recycle it. EDMC is continuing to look for alternatives.

Because of the costs to get these items properly disposed of, a monetary donation will be requested, with specific fees for fluorescent bulbs, batteries, monitors or televisions.

-Fluorescent tubes (50¢ to $1 each)

-Batteries (household, rechargeable, car, and button) (50¢ per pound of household batteries.)

-Cloth items—clothing, linens, or just plain rags, clean and in a bag. You can also bring shoes, tied together by their laces and placed in the bag.

-Re-useable bubble wrap

-Electronics – televisions, computers, phones, printers, electronic toys, microwaves, etc. (most anything that plugs in or runs on batteries) TVs and computer monitors (50¢ per pound up to maximum of $40 per set)

-VHS & cassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, etc.

-Aluminum cans

Donations and fees offset the costs of transportation and proper recycling. EDMC is a local non-profit, and receives no government funding to offer this service to the community.

Environmental Defenders’ recycling drives are held on the second Saturday of each month, at various locations in the county. For information about the recycling schedule and types of materials accepted, visit the group’s website at www.mcdef.org/recycling or find it on Facebook at facebook.com/EnvironmentalDefenders.

An alternate site for electronics (including televisions & monitors) & batteries is Chicago Logistic in Elgin 847-429-1926.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment. The group provides the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation. Donations are encouraged and are tax-deductible as charitable contributions.

EcoFilm Screening – “The Burden”

Posted on September 7, 2016 by - Community Events, Member Events

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On Wednesday, September 21, EDMC with co-sponsor Citizens Climate Lobby, will present the documentary “The Burden”.

Doors will open at 6:30 and program begins at 7:00.

Retired Navy Commander Cliff Lee will address the audience after the screening and will take questions.

The documentary addresses the issue of fossil fuels/climate change and effects on national security. It also looks at what the military is doing to become more energy efficient.

Member Event: Solar Energy Tour

Posted on May 5, 2016 by - Member Events

You’re Invited!

Defenders’ members are invited to attend one or both of two tours on May 15th to learn about solar installations and the benefits of renewable energy.

The first tour, beginning at 3 p.m., will be led by Kim Hankins, Sustainability Director at MCC and Defenders’ Board Member.  The tour will include a look at the array of solar panels at MCC’s Shah Center, at 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry, as well as a display of real-time data showing the energy being produced and the resulting savings in energy costs.  MCC has been honored with the “College Leadership and Sustainability Award” from the Illinois Green Energy Network, partially as a result of this installation.

For the second tour at 4:30 p.m., Pat and Terry Dieckhoff have invited us to learn about solar energy at their home in Crystal Lake, where they have solar panels installed on their roof.  They will point out that the cost of solar installation is cheaper than it has ever been and the 30% federal tax credit reduces the cost even more.  You can learn more about their installation on the Illinois Solar Energy Association website www.illinoissolar.org.  Click on the Solar Ambassador link.

To help us in planning for refreshments, reservations are requested, but not required, at envirodefmc@gmail.com or at 815-338-0393. Join us on this tour to see how you can save money on your electric bill and reduce your carbon footprint!

*This is a Members Only event. If you’re not currently a member, we’d love to have you join us – Click Here!