“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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Green Your Workout

Posted on March 25, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Take it outside –  Instead of increasing your energy consumption via home and gym exercise machines, take advantage of hiking and biking trails in your area. 100% free and always interesting! Check out the Rails-to-Trails TrailLink database to find the perfect outdoor trail in your area.
Just say no to one-time use plastic water bottles. Commit to using refillable water bottles for workouts and everyday hydration which means less waste in landfills and more money in your wallet. There are even self-filtering models.
This tip brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County from Earth Share, a national non-profit dedicated to environmental works

The Benefits of Sunlight

Posted on March 18, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

It isn’t hard to understand the positive effects of sunshine on our mood. When the temperature warms and the spring sun starts to shine, we simply get happier, and that means healthier.  Besides the sun helping with depression, here are a few other facts about the power of the sun that might be new to you:

-Sunlight lowers cholesterol. The sun converts high cholesterol in the blood into steroid hormones and the sex hormones we need for reproduction.

-The sun’s rays lower blood pressure. Even a single exposure significantly lowers blood pressure in individuals with high blood pressure.

-Sunlight builds the immune system. The white blood cells, which increase with sun exposure, are called lymphocytes, and these play a major role in defending the body against infections.

Just keep in mind that exposure to the sun should be done SLOWLY!  Build up your tolerance by taking in small bits of the sun each day.  Happy Spring Everyone!

“The Ethics of Fracking” EDMC’s EcoFilm Series

Posted on March 11, 2015 by - 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.

Make Room for Spring

Posted on March 10, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

While we’ve been piling up the books and stuff during the winter months, as Spring approaches start making piles to de-clutter your home.  Organize your thoughts by thinking about what to keep, donate, recycle and repair with the smallest pile being things to toss.

Start with a pile of reusable items, then make that phone call to get a pick up or put that stuff in your vehicle.  Detour a routine travel route to pass your favorite donation center and make that drop off.

While spring may mean a fresh start, it doesn’t have to mean new stuff. If it’s not broken, why replace it?  If you need to replace, replace with a quality item that has a long life.  Spending a little more up front, sometimes means spending less later, and creating less waste for our landfills.

Cheap Ways to Stay Warm and Save Energy

Posted on March 4, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

Here’s a few ideas on how to be more comfortable in winter by reducing energy consumption and taking care of your well-being.

  • First, stay active and social, and when you do go out, layer up with thin layers first.
  • Be good to yourself by eating well.  Bake and cook, then leave the oven door open.
  • Enjoy a healthy hot drink like herbal teas or hot chocolates.
  • Keep all doors closed to unused rooms, then light candles and snuggle up.
  • Put down rugs and wear slippers or moccasins.
  • Add Humidity.  Use a humidifier, or simply leave the door open when you shower.
  • Let the sun in during the day, and cover drafty windows at night.
  • And, a new old idea that’s making a comeback, heat a water bottle to warm the foot of your bed before going to sleep.

Finally, start warm, and you will tend to stay warm.  Happy Winter!

This tip brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.  www.MCDEF.org.

Algonquin Talks Trash this Earth month!

Posted on March 4, 2015 by - 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.

Putting Paper in Perspective

Posted on February 5, 2015 by - Environmental Tips

USE ONE LESS PAPER NAPKIN 
During an average year, an American uses approximately 2,200 napkins—around six each day. If everyone in the U.S. used one less napkin a day, more than a billion pounds of napkins could be saved from landfills each year. Better yet, use cloth napkins!

USE BOTH SIDES OF PAPER
American businesses throw away 21 million tons of paper every year, equal to 175 pounds per office worker. For a quick and easy way to halve this, set your printer’s default option to print double-sided (duplex printing). And when you’re finished with your documents, don’t forget to take them to the recycling bin.

WRAP CREATIVELY
You can reuse gift bags, bows and event paper, but you can also make something unique by using old maps, cloth or even newspaper. Flip a paper grocery bag inside out and give your child stamps or markers to create their own wrapping paper that’s environmentally friendly and extra special for the recipient.