The mission of the Ecology Action Center is to inspire and assist our community in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment. The EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education, information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County, Illinois as the nonprofit environmental sustainability agency. Primary areas of focus include waste reduction and recycling, clean water protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and air quality improvement/greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
Want to know what you can do to help the environment? First, you can help your community out locally by becoming a member of the Ecology Action Center. You can also donate money which will be used to help our programs! Want to do more? You can also become a volunteer. There are also many lifestyle choices that one can make that are more environmentally friendly and promote sustainability.
To become a member, simply fill complete the online membership form.
EAC utilizes volunteers in a variety of roles including storm drain stenciling, landscaping at the EAC, special events assistance, and more. Volunteer Sign Up
If becoming a member or a volunteer just isn’t for you, you can still help out the environment by making lifestyle changes. Browse the site for ideas and suggestions on how to live more sustainably.
The Edwin C. Hewett House is the current location of the Ecology Action Center. This historic dwelling was home to Edwin C. Hewett, one of the first professors at Illinois Normal School, now Illinois State University, and its third president from 1876-1890.
The house dates back to the early 1860s, yet is still in remarkably good condition. It has its original clapboards and, perhaps surprisingly, has retained its original exterior design. This architecturally distinctive structure remains one of the finest Italianate/Greek Revival houses in the twin cities.
In 1994, the Town of Normal granted the Ecology Action Center use of Hewett House, and its interior was remodeled to fit the needs of an educational facility. In 2002, the EAC received a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to make the house an energy efficient building, then in 2004, the Clean Energy Foundation provided money for a geothermal retrofit.