“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!

“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!

Rain Gardens With Native Plants

Why do we need to be concerned about how we manage storm water around our homes? Storm water can carry pollutants from our lawns into the streams and rivers around our community as well as other problems. What can we do? In this program, Jeff Kohmstedt will share ways to manage this water such as by using rain barrels and creating rain gardens with native plants. He will also share other ways we can help protect the rivers, water, and wildlife from this run-off.

Jeff Kohmstedt joined Prairie Rivers Network in 2017 as its Communications and Outreach Coordinator. He has previously worked as outreach coordinator for the Illinois New Teacher Collaborative in Champaign, Illinois. He has worked as a grassroots lobbyist for the National Electrical Contractors Association in Washington, D.C., and he has taught composition at the University of Illinois, Parkland College, George Washington University, and Howard University.

“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!

Yard Smart Garden Walk

Yard SmartThe Ecology Action Center is holding its sixteenth annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 23, 2018.  This free tour highlights beautiful and functional yards in our community that protect our environment, benefit wildlife, and use few or no synthetic chemicals.  The event features a plant and garden tool “Freecycle” Exchange. Bring garden plants (please label them!) or tools to give away— everything must be free.

After the garden walk, we reconvene for lunch from Green Top Grocery, a short presentation about Native Pollinator Health from Dr. Ben Sadd, and the Freecycle plant and garden tool exhange. Participants should bring their own reusable water bottles. Participants are encouraged to carpool during the tour to conserve fossil fuels and reduce pollution.

The Yard Smart program promotes a more sustainable and healthier approach to lawn and garden maintenance. Working with nature to build a healthier ecosystem in both the soil below ground and the yard above ground will produce a more beautiful, sustainable and safer environment for everyone— children and adults, pets and wildlife—by reducing pollutants that runoff into our local water supplies. The program encourages local homeowners to reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, to conserve natural resources such as water and fossil fuels, and to make room for wildlife in their yards. Yard Smart Certification recognizes local homeowners who use ecologically sustainable practices in maintaining their yards and who realize that their lawn, garden and landscaping decisions affect the health of the whole community.

This event is free (but donations to offset the cost of lunch are welcome)! Please register for the garden walk using the form below.

More information on the Yard Smart program as well as a set of free resource fact sheets is available at www.yardsmart.org.

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Registration for this workshop is now closed. 

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, June 20, 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.

“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!

“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!