Posted on December 7, 2016 by Christy - Environmental Tips
In the United States, December has more hours of darkness than any other month, and it’s also the most overcast time of year in many places, which means we may not see much of the sun. With the winter solstice on December 21, long nights will rule. So let’s embrace the darkness and take the opportunity to appreciate the night sky.
Protect this view by learning about light pollution, which is a side affect of industrial civilization and can have serious environmental consequences. Value the dark sky, considering that if we don’t, there may one day be children who will never see the Milky Way.
On Thursday, December 8, Citizens’ Climate Lobby will be the focus of the acclaimed National Geographic series “Years of Living Dangerously,” which has helped to focus national attention on climate change and the organizations working on solutions that individuals, communities, companies, and governments can use to address it.
The McHenry County Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby will celebrate this recognition with a public viewing party, to be held at McHenry County College, Room 166-7, from 7:00pm-9:00pm. The public is invited to the screening, which is offered free of charge.
“At a time when many Americans despair about the partisan gridlock in Washington, CCL volunteers provide hope by bringing Republicans and Democrats together to work on climate solutions,” said Mark Reynolds, Executive Director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. “This episode of ‘Years of Living Dangerously’ highlights the work of Jay Butera, one of those amazing volunteers.”
Citizens Climate Lobby works to build the political will for climate change solutions such as a national, revenue neutral carbon fee-and-dividend system. Since the organization’s 2007 founding, it has empowered ordinary citizens to hold direct meetings with congressional representatives, local officeholders and business leaders, and other influential stakeholders as they make the case for fair, effective climate action.
The episode will be preceded by a message from special guests, including members of the “Years of Living Dangerously” cast.
Local sponsors include Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the McHenry County College Sustainability Center, The McHenry County League of Women Voters, and the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County.
Posted on November 16, 2016 by Christy - 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!
Posted on November 10, 2016 by Christy - Member Events
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.
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.)
Posted on November 3, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
And 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.
Posted on November 1, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
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.
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110 S. Johnson Street, Suite 106
Woodstock, IL 60098.
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Posted on October 26, 2016 by Christy - Environmental Tips
Posted on October 26, 2016 by Christy - Community Events
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.