Ecology Action Center seeks nominations for McLean County Green Awards

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release
August 22, 2018

Contact: Michael Brown
Phone: (309) 454-3169 x.11

The Ecology Action Center presents the annual McLean County Green Awards to recognize local efforts to improve our environment. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 awards, with recipients being named in November at the EAC’s annual fall wine-tasting fundraiser.

The McLean County Recycling and Waste Reduction Award identifies businesses, schools or organizations with outstanding recycling programs or waste reduction efforts or individuals who have played a role in a successful program or effort. While nominations will be accepted for any recycling or waste reduction project, areas of growing interest include source reduction of hazardous wastes or zero-waste programs.

The Anne McGowan Making a World of Difference Award recognizes outstanding projects, activities, or individuals in McLean County who promote environmental awareness or natural resource conservation. The EAC dedicated the World of Difference Award in memory of McGowan, an early director of the EAC, due to her ability to inspire and motivate others to take action. Former EAC Executive Director Michelle Covi described Anne as a catalyst for action.

She was energetic and never hesitated to get her hands dirty. Her natural curiosity and love of the natural world fueled her passion for wildlife exploration and preservation. She shared her love with children and adults alike when she conducted nature walks, wildflower walks, and nature programs. She inspired and nurtured life-long dedication to environmental awareness and conservation in children, college students, and adults whose lives she touched.

In the spirit of Anne, the EAC seeks nominations of worthy projects, organizations, or individuals in nomination for the Anne McGowan Making World of Difference Award or the McLean County Recycling and Waste Reduction Award. Current EAC Executive Director Michael Brown suggested, “if more of us followed the outstanding example set by Anne McGowan, the world would be a much better place.”

Nominations may be made online at ecologyactioncenter.org/green-awards/ or by stopping by the Ecology Action Center at 202 W College Avenue in Normal; all submissions are due by Monday, October 1 at 5 p.m. The recipients of the 2018 awards will be named at the EAC’s annual Sustainable Gourmet event on Thursday, November 8, 2018.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 .