County Fair – It’s a Fundraiser!

Posted on June 23, 2015 by - Community Events

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.

July Means Parades!

Posted on June 23, 2015 by - 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!)

What happens to all that Styrofoam?

Posted on June 23, 2015 by - 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.

AND

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

Coal Tar Sealants are risky for our health and our children’s health, and here’s why.

Posted on May 20, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Coal Tar Sealants are risky for our health and our children’s health, and here’s why.  They contain up to 35 percent coal tar pitch, partially refined waste from steelmaking that is a known carcinogen.  Among the chemicals of concern in the products are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which not only pose a cancer risk, but can trigger developmental problems and impair fertility, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Consider that most playgrounds and driveways, places where our children play, are paved then sealed on a regular basis.  Acting to make a healthier choice is easy.  Local home good stores sell sealant that does not contain coal tar, and service providers have alternatives as well.  Simply request that a no coal tar sealant be used. Advocate at your school for a healthier alternative, and praise when a safe alternative is chosen.

More Bicycles, Please – And Safe Roads Too

Posted on May 13, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Switching to a bike can be a rewarding change in the way you travel.  As environmentalists we know that using a bicycle for transport can improve your health and fitness, remove the stress of driving, save you money and reduce fuel use.  So if you already cycle to work, increase the number of times you ride.  Even if you can’t ride everywhere, you can replace some car trips with bicycle rides and still save.  Save money and energy, get where you’re going and exercise at the same time, and reduce pollution.

Can’t ride your bike for travel?   Simply ride for pleasure.  And if having more options in travel, including bicycling, is important to you, learn about “Complete Streets” planning.   Sign the “Complete Streets Petition” which you can find at the McHenry County Bicycle Advocates website  or look for them at fairs and events as well.  If you haven’t signed, put it on your “to do” list.

But most importantly, let you legislatures know you want more options for travel.  Write letters, talk and take action to make transportation planning in our county more than about moving goods and commuters.  Having more options to move about in our world and having safe routes and roadways is important for all people and how they travel.  We’re talking children, seniors, walkers, runners, day workers, night workers, shoppers, commuters, caregivers, train riders, bus riders, and on and on.   There’s a way to plan so all of us can get around, and having a choice with safe travel routes takes advance planning.  Communicate your values to your elected representatives.

http://www.mcbicycleadvocates.org/aboutjoin.html

On Lawn Care

Posted on May 13, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Did you know that all fertilizer applied by hired landscapers must be phosphorus-free unless you have a soil test showing phosphorus deficiency?

In Illinois, legislation was passed in 2011 to prevent its overuse.  This was done because of concern for water quality, and the result of environmental studies showing that excess phosphorus and nitrogen are partly responsible for declining surface water quality. These nutrients have been linked to excessive seasonal algae growth in ponds streams and lakes. These blooms of algae can make the water smell and taste bad and decrease its recreational value.  In severe cases, the algae deplete oxygen levels, which may kill fish.

Need more info?  Check out the McHenry County Green Guide.

Spring Use-It-Again Sale

Posted on May 13, 2015 by - 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!

“Stuff” Wanted for Environmental Defenders’ Garage Sale!

Posted on April 28, 2015 by - 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.

Save water by turning off the lights!

Posted on April 2, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Save water by turning off the lights when they are not needed.  And here’s the facts on the why:  Water is used in all forms of energy generation. It can take over 4 gallons of water to keep a 60-watt light bulb lit for 12 hours.

Do the same for other electronic devices and units as well.  Unplug chargers too, especially when you leave for vacation or go for a short weekend jaunt and save even more water.

Every small effort helps.  When added together, its the small things that make a big difference.

Adding Value: Food Scraps & Energy Savings Forum

Posted on April 2, 2015 by - 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
Room B166-67
8900 Route 14
Crystal Lake IL 60012

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