Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

Thinking about going solar?

Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program!

Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. After the session, get a free, no-obligation site assessment from the competitively selected installer. You have until September 30, 2018, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

Visit http://solarbloomingtonnormal.com for more information.

 

Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKDAY IS CLOSED.  JOIN US IN AUGUST! (event will be listed soon)

Come join us for our July workday along Sugar Creek! We need help improving Sugar Creek in designated areas throughout Bloomington and Normal, by clearing invasive plant species and managing the non-invasive plants. scs logo

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work gloves and (reusable) bottle of water.

The Sugar Creek Stewards is part of the Ecology Action Center’s Clean Water programming, and is supported by the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal. For more information, contact us.

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Details on worksite and meeting location will be provided to registered volunteers prior to the workday. To become a regular EAC volunteer and be automatically contacted for future Sugar Creek Steward workdays and other volunteer opportunities, register at EAC-Volunteer. Otherwise, please fill out the registration form below!

 

 

 

 

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

Thinking about going solar?

Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program!

Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. After the session, get a free, no-obligation site assessment from the competitively selected installer. You have until September 30, 2018, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

Visit http://solarbloomingtonnormal.com for more information.

 

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

Thinking about going solar?

Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program!

Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. After the session, get a free, no-obligation site assessment from the competitively selected installer. You have until September 30, 2018, to decide whether to get solar through the program.

Visit http://solarbloomingtonnormal.com for more information.

 

 

“Adventures of a Plastic Water Bottle” – Summer Library Reading Program 2018

Ecology Action Center Art Contest

This year, the Ecology Action Center will incorporate the “Reading Takes You Everywhere!” theme of area library summer reading programs by following the recycling adventure of a plastic bottle from start to finish! We will read the book “The Adventures of a Plastic Bottle” and then have a discussion about the life cycle of these products after they get discarded and when they get recycled. Once we have come to the conclusion that reusing and recycling items are more favorable options than filling up our landfills, summer readers will then learn about how recycling occurs right here in McLean County at Midwest Fiber. They will hopefully have grasped an initial understanding of what it actually means for an item to “be recycled”, and are now eager to recycle as much as they can knowing how important it is! The question for our young readers then becomes: What about all of those other items we use on a daily, weekly, monthly basis…can we recycle them, too?! Young readers be invited to visit the EAC website to learn more about the world of recycling and have the opportunity to participate in our summer art contest to demonstrate their knowledge on the importance of recycling, with a chance to have their artwork featured at the EAC office for all visitors to admire!

Ecology Action Center at Sugar Creek Arts Festival

Be sure to check out our the Ecology Action Center’s information booth at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th in Uptown Normal. Stop on by to refill your water bottle, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Solar 2.0 Power Hour dates, and learn about any of our program areas.

For a full list of Sugar Creek Arts Festival activities, please visit Sugar Creek Arts Festival .

Ecology Action Center at Sugar Creek Arts Festival

Be sure to check out the Ecology Action Center’s information booth at the Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday, July 14th and Sunday, July 15th in Uptown Normal. Stop on by to refill your water bottle, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Solar 2.0 Power Hour dates, and learn about any of our program areas.

For a full list of Sugar Creek Arts Festival activities, please visit Sugar Creek Arts Festival .

Rain Barrel Workshop

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., where YOU build your own water-saving rain water collection and storage container.

Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price).

The workshop includes:

  • A reused, 55-gallon, food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel (non-food-grade, MSDS datasheet provided)
  • A flexible plastic elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits 3″ downspouts.
  • A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves
  • High-quality fittings for long life
  • Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier

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    55-gallon, food-grade barrel

  • Instruction and use of all tools needed for the project
  • Workshop excludes installation materials for your specific home which may include concrete blocks, hacksaw, screwdriver, sheet metal screws, etc.

The fine print: The construction process can get a bit messy so wear clothes that can get dirty. The barrels measure 25″ x 35″ and weigh 25 pounds. Bring an appropriate vehicle to transport your barrel home. There is a limit of one rain barrel per household per workshop. For safety reasons, all participants must be 18 years or older.

 

Pre-2011 EAC rain barrels:

If you built or bought an EAC rain barrel during or prior to 2011, please check to see if the lid of your barrel fits properly and there are nor holes or gaps that would allow mosquitoes inside the barrel; they can fit through very small gaps or cracks. If your rain barrel seals poorly or has noticeable cracks/gaps – you can attend a new workshop and replace your old barrel for a new one with a secure lid at a reduced price (see that option on the registration form below)

Mega Rain Harvester
275gal mega rain harvester

Mega Rain Harvester

275gal mega rain harvester

*Note: If you are interested in a 275 gallon mega rain harvester (measure about 4′ x 4′ x 4′ and weigh 50 pounds), we are not building 275-gallon mega rain harvesters in this workshop, but they are available for purchase and delivery. They are $100 or $90 for EAC supporters plus tax. We can also deliver in Bloomington-Normal for $25 and in the rest of McLean County for $50. Please contact the Ecology Action Center if you are interested in a mega rain harvester 309-454-3169.