Posted on November 5, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
Saturday, November 14th
9 – 11:30 a.m.
On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the public is invited to help protect the Sleepy Hollow Creek Watershed by removing invasive species from Wingate Prairie in Veteran Acres Park in Crystal Lake. This restoration workday will be jointly sponsored by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition. The goal for the day will be to improve the water quality in Sleepy Hollow Creek by helping to restore native species and increase plant diversity in the area by removing invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle.
The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear work clothes, gloves, and boots and to meet at the Crystal Lake Nature Center, 330 North Main Street in Crystal Lake. All necessary equipment as well as water and snacks will be provided. Come help us make a positive difference in our environment and enjoy some time outdoors!
Posted on November 4, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
November 7th – Come to this wonderful FREE event that will host over 70 local businesses and organizations which offer green products and services.
In addition to the vendors, there will be some wonderful interactive exhibits and displays for everyone to enjoy! There will be a special exhibit on electric cars, fly casting and snow shoeing demos, a model tiny house and more!
The event will go from 10-3 pm in the MCC Gym/Multi-Purpose Room at McHenry County College, as well as outside! Questions? Contact Kim Hankins or Tish Powell at (815) 479-7765.
Posted on November 2, 2015 by Christy - Environmental Tips
Each fall as homeowners tackle the job of raking leaves, clearing gardens, and cleaning yard debris, a lot of noise and pollution is created. In fact, one gas-powered leaf blower can emit as much pollution as 80 cars!
Instead, choose hand-powered or electric tools over gas. Rakes are effective, and cheaper than using a leaf blower. Plus, you get a chance to burn some extra calories! If you need a power tool for a hard to reach spot (like your roof, or in between shrubbery), try an electric leaf blower rather than a gasoline-powered one. Electric leaf blowers are usually quieter, more energy-efficient, and get the job done just as well as their high-powered counterparts.
Posted on October 26, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
Thank you for coming to the Crystal Lake Trash Talk Event, Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Many great conversations took place regarding how to start a recycling program; what to research before starting a program; how to contact a hauler; what equipment is available and needed; and how to obtain additional recycling sources.
The Trash Talk events are an opportunity for businesses to sign up for a complimentary solid waste audit from the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Ecossential Solutions (www.ecossential.net/resources.html or 847-651-0429).
Congratulations to the winners of the Get Started! Door Prize: Lloyd’s Paint & Paper Shop and our newest Environmental Defender Business Member, Countryside Flower Shop & Nursery!
Thank you to our Sponsors who made this event possible:
Downtown Crystal Lake / Main Street
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Ecossential Solutions, Inc.
Star 105.5 McHenry County
City of Crystal Lake, IL
McHenry County Department of Health
Chicago Logistic Service
Rock River Environmental Services
Duke’s Alehouse and Kitchen
Marvin’s Toy Store
Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters
Wickham Interiors Inc
Interstate All Battery Center of Fox River Valley
Akasha Yoga Center
Material Girl Crystal Lake
We have created a survey and ask you to fill it out as soon as possible to help us decide how to best follow up with each of you, bitly.com/TrashTalkSurvey.
Again, thank you all for participating in our event. We look forward to working with each of you to get recycling started at your business.
Posted on October 21, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
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.
Posted on October 21, 2015 by Christy - Member Events
You, too, can put your baking skills to good use! Once again our culinary creations will be used to raise much-needed funds for the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. For those of you new to this, a dedicated group of volunteers bake as many cookies, bar cookies, or brownies as they can and package them up for sale at the Pioneer Tree Farm, where other volunteers are busy serving cocoa and coffee and selling Christmas trees. Sales are always great so the more you bake, the more money is made. Start now and you can freeze your creations for when you don’t have time.
WHAT: Cookies, brownies, and bar cookies.
WHEN: November 27th, 28th & 29th (bring to office by 3 pm on 11/25)
December 5th & 6th (bring to office or Green Spot by 3 pm 12/4)
December 12th & 13th (bring to office or Green Spot by 3 pm 12/11)
HOW: Package ALL baked goods in $1 lots (2 cookies of 2” diameter or greater – 3 cookies if they are smaller, 2 small bite sized brownies or 2 small bite sized bar cookies).
For sanitary and display reasons, all must be covered in plastic. The zip lock type sandwich bags or snack bags work great. Regular plastic wrap comes undone when people root through the packages but the “press to seal” wrap works. Cookies must be packaged at home due to Health Department rules and should be labeled with the type (especially if they contain nuts) either with a slip of paper inside or write right on the package with a felt tip pen. Unfortunately, cupcakes and other frosted goods do not hold up well with people rummaging through the goods so please do not bake this type of product.
Please call or email the office to let us know which weekend you can provide goodies and where they will be delivered. This saves us time trying to call you at home and is very much appreciated. You can take the cookies straight to the Pioneer Tree farm (4614 Pioneer Road north of McHenry off Rt 31) or bring to the Defenders office or the Green Spot between 11am-3pm. If neither of these options work – Call to make other arrangements.
Posted on October 20, 2015 by Christy - Environmental Tips
Come October, many people start to think of bats as keeping company with witches and ghosts. But in reality, bats have a lot more to do with the foods of Halloween, like candy corn, than the spooky spirit of the holiday.
Bats provide important pest control services for many of our agricultural crops including one of Illinois’ most important crops, corn. A recent study funded by Bat Conservation International confirmed that bats play a significant role in combating corn crop pests, preventing more than $1 billion in crop damages worldwide every year. Did you know that one little brown bat can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1000 mosquito-sized insects in one night?
Knowledge of how it all works together is important so we can encourage harmony and health in nature. So this Halloween consider building a bat house or two, and hanging them at least 9 feet off the ground in a location that will get the morning sun.
Posted on October 13, 2015 by Christy - 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!
Posted on October 13, 2015 by Christy - Environmental Tips
For fresh scents without chemical air fresheners, make your own spray in a a dark bottle from essential oils and water.
Use a washable shower curtain. To clean simply toss into the washing machine with a cup of vinegar and some washing liquid or powder. To get rid of tough scum, soak first with hot water and vinegar. Vinegar is a natural mold killer especially when heated.
Use eco-friendly cloths made from natural fibers that are reusable, and invest in brushes and squeegees that are hard-wearing and can be used multiple times.
If you’re really serious about being environmentally conscious in your home, invest in a hand held steam cleaner, a chemical free way to remove built up grime without using harsh erosive products.
These tips help to reduce irritating chemicals in our home and on our skin. Plus, they help to keep unnecessary packaging out of the waste stream. They are just some small actions that add up over time.
Posted on October 7, 2015 by Christy - Community Events
“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.