The Ecology Action Center, as a not-for-profit organization, relies on the financial support and backing of local organizations, grantors, and business partners. With the assistance of these organizations, the Ecology Action Center is able to provide McLean County with many of the programs and resources that we offer.

Local Organizations

The Center for Sustainable Community is a local organization that provides seminars and programs for teaching people about living in a sustainable fashion. The web site also provides information defining a sustainable lifestyle, experiencing a sustainable community, and various cooperatives that teach people how to live in this closer-to-nature way.

Friends of Kickapoo Creek is a conservation organization devoted to promoting stewardship of the Kickapoo Creek in Central Illinois through advocacy, education, and monitoring. The organization works with neighbors and surrounding communities to protect the watershed and its fish species, bird species, and other wildlife habitat of this unique natural resource.  FOKC may be contacted through the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.

The John Wesley Powell Audubon is the Bloomington-Normal chapter of the National Audubon Society. This local group invites speakers and and arranges programs, sponsors educational outreach to the public schools, participates in yearly bird counts, and hosts field trips and bird walks.  JWP Audubon may be contacted through the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.

Vision 2020 Bloomington-Normal is part of the Transition Initiative, an international movement preparing for the impacts of climate change and peak oil. We work with many individuals and groups in our community to become a more resilient and viable society.  Vision 2020 can be contacted through the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.

Located in the Funks Grove area, the Sugar Grove Nature Center holds fun workshops for both children and adults and outdoor volunteer work days. They also host school visits and educational programs about the natural world. They can be contacted via email at or by phone at 309-874-2174.

The Parklands Foundation is a local not-for-profit land acquisition and restoration group founded in 1967 to protect Central Illinois’ native ecosystems. The land owned is in McLean and Woodford Counties with two properties open to the public: the Merwin Preserve and the Lexington Prairie.  ParkLands Foundation may be contacted through the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169.

Wild Ones—Illinois Prairie Chapter promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization. The local chapter sponsors monthly programs that cover the multiple aspects of growing native plants such as identifying species, controlled burning, landscaping designs, and plant selection.

Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake Watershed Management Oversight Committee works to improve and protect the lakes and surrounding watersheds.

The McLean County Greenways Advisory Committee is comprised of McLean County Regional Planning Commission staff, local government staff, local agencies, and interested citizens. The Committee is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the Regional Greenways Plan by coordinating work activities to meet the plan’s goals and objectives.

Established in 2008, The Heartland Community College Green Institute supports a wide range of campus initiatives, educational programs, and community activities related to sustainability, energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, retro-commissioning, and other environmental technologies.

McLean County Health Department – Environmental Health

Home Sweet Home Ministries

Illinois State University

Illinois State University Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)

Illinois State University Student Environmental Health Association (SEHA)

Illinois Wesleyan University

Statewide Organizations

The Illinois Recycling Association’s mission is to encourage the responsible use of resources by promoting Waste Reduction, Re-Use, and Recycling.

The Illinois Green Business Association helps businesses realize the economic, social and environmental benefits of green business practices through a green business certification program.

The Illinois Environmental Council serves as the environmental community’s eyes, ears, and voice in Springfield.

Faith in Place gives religious people tools to reflect deeply on these responsibilities, integrate the teachings of faith into practice, and work together for a just and sustainable future.


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