What We Do

Mission Statement

In order to protect all living things, the Environmental Defenders is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the natural environment in McHenry County. As a citizen organization, we are committed to building sound ecological relationships between people and the natural world that supports all life.

To achieve the aim of environmental preservation and improvement, we provide the community with educational programs and volunteer action on pollution prevention, sustainable land use and energy and natural resource conservation.

We advocate policies which protect drinking water supplies and conserve land for open space and agriculture. We demonstrate waste reduction through recycling drives and reuse centers. We encourage natural resource protection through native landscaping and stream protection programs.

What have we been up to lately?

Following are a few of the educational and advocacy efforts carried out by the Defenders during the past few months. Many thanks to all the volunteers who help make these efforts possible!

• Tabled for The Defenders and the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition at the Crystal Lake “Lake Discovery Day” to share information about watershed protection.
• Continued to facilitate monthly Green Drinks events, celebrating seven years of environmental networking and programs at the September event.
• Worked as part of the Bioneers Committee to plan for the Green Living Expo at MCC.
• Continued our participation with the McHenry County Health Department’s Solid Waste Task Force.
• Showed the documentary Plastic Paradise at MCC to spread the word about plastic pollution.
• Continued to facilitate the McHenry County Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby.
• Took part in the Right-of-Ways as Habitat Working Group conference in Chicago and the Illinois Monarch Butterfly Summit in Springfield to learn about and to plan actions we can take to improve habitat for monarchs and other pollinators.
• Continued facilitating the Silver and Sleepy Hollow Creeks Watershed Coalition by promoting and taking part in monthly workdays at Sterne’s Fen in the Sleepy Hollow Watershed.
• Planted native prairie plants at the Soil and Water Conservation District property and at the County Fairground as part of the Monarch Initiative in collaboration with the Friends of Hackmatack.
• Continued to provide the Northwest Herald with an Environmental Tip for weekly publication.
• Participated in the McHenry County Health Department’s Healthy Living meeting to share environmental concerns.
• Continued to advocate, along with members of the McHenry County Watershed Roundtable hosted by the Defenders, for the County Board to create and fund a Water Resources Specialist for the County.
• Participated in the Monarch Mania Family Fun Fair in collaboration with Friends of Hackmatack to share benefits of native species for pollinators.