2017 Environmental Scholarship Application Now Available!

Posted on March 24, 2017 by - Community Events, In the News

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County Offering  Two $1,000 Scholarships

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  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 and at the EDMC office.

The application and accompanying documents are due in the EDMC office no later than April 24, 2017.

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a non-profit member organization celebrating its 47th year of dedication to the preservation and protection of the environment, and education of the public.

2017 Scholarship Application

Greening at the office, continued

Posted on March 6, 2017 by - Environmental Tips

In many ways “going green,” or being sensitive to the use of our natural resources, is about efficiency. Being conscious about behaviors and having monitoring efforts in place help to hold us accountable.

Here are a few tips to put those ideas into action:

Update mailing lists to avoid sending out unnecessary letters, thus saving the paper, printing, and postage.

Monitor the use of supplies.

Keeping tabs on how much is being spent and used can make us more careful about what’s being wasted.

Set a company policy that disallows the use of screen savers, and set monitors to power off after a time.

It’s that easy.

Greening at the Office

Posted on February 27, 2017 by - Environmental Tips

Did you know that the average U.S. office worker goes through about 10,000 sheets of paper a year? 

Reduce that number by getting into the habit of printing on both sides of the paper.  Also, use the back side of old documents for faxes, scrap paper, or drafts. Avoid color printing and print in draft mode whenever feasible.

Make it a policy to buy chlorine-free paper with a higher percentage of post-consumer recycled content. Also consider switching to a lighter stock of paper or alternatives made from bamboo, hemp, organic cotton, or kenaf.

Recycle toner and ink cartridges and buy remanufactured ones. According to Office Depot, each remanufactured toner cartridge “keeps approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills and conserves about a half gallon of oil.”