Kris Hall Retirement Open House

Please join us in congratulating EAC’s Education Coordinator Kris Hall upon her retirement!  A lifelong educator, Kris has spent the past eight years teaching youth and adults alike about the importance of reducing waste, recycling what can’t be reduced, protecting our local water supplies from pollution, and how to live more sustainably in general.  Prior to coming to the Ecology Action Center, Kris was Education Coordinator at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington for 22 years.

Over the course of her career, Kris has been a positive influence to over 200,000 individuals, helping shape the everyday practices and habits of multiple generations of local residents in order to take better care of our local environment.  Please join us for refreshments at the Ecology Action Center to send her off as she and her husband Mike turn their part-time passion for travel into a full-time avocation.

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Smart Energy Workshop

Are you interested in saving money on energy bills and reducing your environmental impact?
Join us to learn more about your Smart Energy options.
We will help to clear the confusion around incentives, rebates, hourly pricing, smart meters, electrical grid updates, and more.

Contact Kathy Gossard at 309-662-5745.

Results from 2017 McLean County HHW Collection released

The EAC’s fall 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection was a huge success, building upon the successful events of 2015 and 2012.  The event saw a record-breaking 3,022 households participate, many taking advantage of carpooling their materials with neighbors.  A total of 1,460 cars passed through the event.

Download the full report: McLean County 2017 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Report (pdf)

YWCA Solar Makes Sense Presentation

The Ecology Action Center is co-hosting an event with Straight Up Solar to showcase the YWCA’s new solar installation.

You’re invited to attend this educational solar presentation that will break down how businesses and homeowners can offset their energy use with solar energy. A sampling of topics includes: the Ecology Action Center’s energy efficiency program, how solar works, national trends, utility interconnection, solar components, roofing considerations, Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs), and state and federal incentives. There will be adequate time for questions and answers. This event is open to the public and geared towards businesses and homeowners of all sizes.

Refreshments will be provided. Reservations are not required however it is recommended due to limited seating.



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Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 is #givingtuesday, an international day of giving.  Please consider making a donation to support the Ecology Action Center’s work to improve our local environment.  We welcome contributions towards a few different funds, depending on what priorities you choose to support.  As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.  Thank you for your support!

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Vermicomposting Workshop


Would you like to learn more about vermicomposting, and make and take home your very own vermicompost bin and worms? Join us on Monday, November 27 at 5:30 pm, learn about vermicomposting, construct your own container, fill it with Vermicompostingworms, take it home and let the magic begin! 
The workshop is $35 ($25 for EAC members). Each registered participant is encouraged to bring one guest with them (must be at least 8 years old), so bring your spouse, daughter, grandson, friend, and come learn about the magic of vermicomposting!
NOTE: Workshops fill up quickly; registrations are accepted in the order they are received.  Registrations must include payment to be accepted; once capacity is reached all further registrations will be refunded.  

America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event – CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

11/18/17 8:00 a.m. UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to severe weather.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.  

The Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University are hosting a MEGA Recycling Event in the IWU Hansen Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

This event is one of thousands across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the nationally recognized day to promote and encourage recycling in the United States.

Most families recycle items we typically think of: plastic food containers, glass bottles, newspapers, cardboard, aluminum cans, etc. But what about other items?  For one day only, residents can recycle the “other” recyclables at one place at the same time!

On America Recycles Day at IWU, residents can recycle:

  • Electronics (computers, radios, cellphones, ipods, VCRs, DVD players, etc.)
  • Clothes, textiles, and shoes (usable or not) courtesy of Home Sweet Home Ministries HSHRenew
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids, holiday lights, keys, printer cartridges (courtesy of the Lions Club)
  • Mattresses (Kern Mattress Outlet)
  • Books (Books 2 Benefit)
  • Wall-mounted thermostats containing mercury (Town of Normal Public Works)
  • Corks
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • TerraCycle items (see list at
  • As an added bonus, there will be FREE confidential paper shredding on site too.

All items will be properly recycled by licensed recyclers where applicable.


Please note, the following items CANNOT be accepted at this event:

  • No CRT/tube-style TVs or monitors.
  • No household appliances – large or small.
  • NO Household hazardous waste items  – NO chemicals, paints, automotive fluids, car batteries, tires, pesticides, fertilizers, etc. These items cannot be accepted at this event and must wait for a future household hazardous waste collection event.
  • This event is for residential materials only – no business materials accepted.

Questions?  Please contact Kris Hall at the Ecology Action Center at (309) 454-3169 x. 12.



Greenways Conference

This conference showcases our community’s greenways–narrow bands of open spaces that can provide habitat for wildlife, provide essential routes for species migration, filter pollutants from water, enhance scenic and aesthetic qualities, and in many instances expand recreational as well as social, cultural, and economic opportunities. The conference is a chance for anyone who cares about our greenways to come together to mingle, learn from each other, and get inspired.

This fall’s event, held at Uptown Station on November 3, features Jeff Walk of the Nature Conservancy as our keynote speaker, who will open the event with a presentation on the benefits of green infrastructure for watersheds. The Agricultural Watershed Institute’s Steve John will close the event with a discussion of the renewable energy potential of perennial prairie grasses. In between, we’ll hear about:

Outdoor Recreational Opportunities: What’s Available Right Now?, featuring:
Terry Brown, Pantagraph Outdoor Editor and President of
Bill Davison, Educator at the University of Illinois Extension
Mike Steffa, Director of Parks and Recreation for McLean County
Stewardship of Urban Waterways: Sugar Creek
Greenways Opportunities Throughout the Region, featuring:
Jackie Kraft, Director of the McLean County Soil and Water District and Treasurer for the Friends of EverBloom
Angela Funk, Director of the Sugar Grove Nature Center
Erin Herbez, Administrative Director of the ParkLands Foundation. Introduction by Joan Brehm, professor of Environmental Sociology at ISU.