Climate Change Rally: Defeat Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

Join us for the Climate Change Rally: Defeat Keystone XL Oil Pipeline! The rally will be taking place in conjunction with the rally that is happening in Washington D.C. the day before to let Obama know how we feel about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. We will be having speakers, videos, a band, and a march around campus. We are inviting anyone who is interested in coming to learn about the impacts of the pipeline and show Obama that we need to pursue a renewable energy future rather than continue our dependence on fossil fuels.

Bloomington-Normal Marriott Green Business Certification Ribbon Cutting

MarriottThe Marriott is Certified Green! – Join us for a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

4:00pm Welcome
4:05pm How did the Marriott Go Green?
4:10pm Ribbon-Cutting and Certificate Ceremony
4:15pm Cake and Photos

Illinois Green Business AssociationThe Illinois Green Business Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps businesses decrease their environmental impact through a green business certification program and business services.


Illinois Prairie Wild Ones: Bringing Meadowspacing to Spaces Large and Small

Wild OnesAuthor and photographer Catherine Zimmerman combines her expertise in film-making, horticulture and organic practices to show how “meadowscaping” can be a beautiful and practical alternative to part or all of our lawns.  Experts Michael Nadeau, Larry Weaner, and Neil Diboll bring their wealth of experience to explain in detail site preparation, design, planting, and maintenance. Nationally known writer, speaker, and entomologist Douglas Tallamy explains why these urban meadows bring birds and butterflies.  Whether you have only a small sunny area or an acre or more, if you would like to enjoy the visual delights and ecological benefits which come with a meadow/prairie, you will find inspiration and hands-on guidance in this outstanding 60-minute video.

Program is free, and the public is cordially invited.

For more information on this program, please call Meredith Schroeer, (309) 452-8700.  Wild Ones is a national organization of local chapters encouraging ecologically sound landscaping.  For more information please visit us at or find us on Facebook at Illinois Prairie Wild Ones.

Ecology Action Center seeks nominations for McLean County Green Awards

The Ecology Action Center wants to know who is making a difference in McLean County.  Nominations for the World of Difference Awards and the Recycling and Waste Reduction Awards are now being accepted.  The recipients of these awards will be announced on April 13 at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo held at the Shirk Center at Illinois Wesleyan University.

These annual awards recognize outstanding projects, activities, or individuals in McLean County that promote environmental awareness or conserve natural resources.  Any business, organization, school, or individual may be nominated for either award.

Applications are available online or by stopping by the Ecology Action Center at 202 W College Avenue in Normal; all submissions are due by March 15, 2013.

McLean County Recycling Award Nomination Form

World of Difference Award Nomination Form

Green Drinks

Looking for conversation or networking opportunities with like-minded individuals?

Join us at Green Drinks, the monthly environmental get-together. With no agenda and no membership or admission fees, Green Drinks is nice way to have some informal conversation on whatever environmental topics you want to bring to the table.

Green Drinks is held on the first Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at Medici.