#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.

DEFENDERS TO COLLECT POLITICAL SIGNS

Posted on November 8, 2016 by - Community Events, Environmental Tips, In the News

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The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is again collecting political signs.

If you do not plan to re-use your signs following the election, signs can be brought to the Defenders’ warehouse, care of Chicago Logistic Service, 501 Davis Road, Elgin, Illinois. There will be a bin at the back of the building, available any time. You can also bring them to the Defenders Recycling Drive in Woodstock on December 10, from 9am to noon, at the Soil and Water Conservation District building, 2222 S Dean Street. (southeast corner of Route 14 and Dean Street.)

Holiday Kick-Off Book Sale

Posted on November 3, 2016 by - Community Events

2015-book-sale3And just when you thought you were done with books for the year, we’re holding our annual Holiday Kick-Off Book Sale at the Woodstock Square Mall building lobby, 110 S. Johnson Street, on the Woodstock Square. The sale runs November 25th (11am-7pm on the 25th only!) through Saturday, December 10th. Hours are 11am until 4 pm (3pm on Saturday, closed Sunday).

Books are priced at $1 for hardcovers, 50¢ for mass market paperbacks and 25¢ for children’s books. Bag sale last three days, when all books will be $5 per paper grocery bag!

Books have been donated by the public as well as several libraries. There is an amazing variety of books – everything from kids’ books to popular fiction, science to biography, and everything in between!

Donations of re-sellable books are accepted year round at the Defenders’ Green Spot Used Book store, also located in the Woodstock Square Mall building on the main floor.

EDMC Informs about Health Hazards of Coal Tar Sealants

Posted on October 26, 2016 by - Environmental Tips, In the News

Woodstock, IL – October 21, 2016- On October 18th, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County sent information regarding the dangers of coal tar sealants to over 250 establishments throughout McHenry County. Recipients included city/village leaders, Park, Road and School Districts, hospitals, libraries, daycare centers and theaters. Included in the information was a six-page factsheet from the United States Geological Survey, which concludes that coal tar sealants contain extremely high levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds (PAHs), “which have been known to cause cancer, mutations, birth defects or death in fish and other aquatic organisms.”  Coal tar is a known human carcinogen and asphalt sealant, therefore, is recommended for sealing paved surfaces.

The Environmental Defenders strongly encourages that our communities cease the use of coal tar sealants on pavement and reports that eight municipal and township members of the Barrington Area Council of Governments (BACOG) adopted a resolution in January 2016 committing to not purchase or apply coal tar or other high PAH sealants.

Founded in 1970, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the environment in McHenry County.

 

Contact:

The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County

Email: envirodefmc@gmail.com

110 S. Johnson Street, Suite 106

Woodstock, IL 60098.

Ph: 815-338-0393

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Green Drinks – November 2

Posted on October 26, 2016 by - Community Events

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In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday!

Our next gathering is November 2, 2016, from 5pm – 7pm

Neil and Carmen Boyer will be on hand to share the rehab project they have been working on for the past two years.

“We will  tell our story of the why we wanted to tackle a rundown, empty and ugly building in Crystal Lake. We will include how we found the building, what we needed to do to have the building rezoned, our time line, information about the materials and products used, and the end results.  We are happy to share our fun and often challenging rehabbing experience.”

 

Tentative future topics:

December 7, 2016: Wine


Join us at Duke’s Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. Head upstairs at Duke’s for info and inspiration, business and pleasure. Come talk about “greening” the future with others. Must be 21 to purchase alcohol – non-alcoholic drinks are available, of course!

We have an information table set up, and you are welcome to bring information about your green products and services each month to share.

Additional parking is available at the train station.

Green Drinks McHenry County is sponsored by the Environmental Defenders and Duke’s Alehouse.

Vote!

Posted on October 24, 2016 by - Environmental Tips

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One of the most important things you can do if you want a healthy natural world is to get out and vote for candidates that have strong environmental values and who will act on those values.

To accomplish the large goals of affecting change when it comes to industrial pollution, preservation of open space, keeping our waterways clear and clean, reducing the impact of fossil fuels, promoting clean energy, and so forth, it can’t be done without political will and strength.

To get help on who to vote for, seek out organizations such as the Sierra Club that endorse candidates with strong environmental records and values. For candidates in local races, have discussions with individuals and friends who are involved in local politics, research voting records and even simply ask the candidates about their positions.

Finally, share your opinion to support the issues and each other, and most certainly cast an informed vote in every election.