“Marvelous Milkweeds” presentation by Dr. Janet Rasmussen

Speaker: Dr. Janet Rasmussen. Janet received her Ph.D. in Biology from Purdue University with a specialization in Ecology. She has served on the biology faculty at several academic institutions and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Heartland Community College. Janet is also an active volunteer at Sugar Grove Nature Center and recently helped with the establishment of the new Monarch Way Station there, which includes a variety of milkweed species.

Program: Wild Ones member and Chapter Vice President Janet Rasmussen will present a program on the natural history of milkweeds. She will also show us which species are native to Illinois, highlight the diversity of arthropod species that rely on them, and suggest ways of incorporating milkweeds into our own gardens.

This program is free, and the public is cordially invited. Wild Ones is a national organization of local chapters devoted to encouraging the use of native plants in both public and private settings, in order to preserve and enhance the native biodiversity on which all life depends.

Normal 2012 Cool Cities Achievement Award Presentation

The city of Normal has been a leader in innovative energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy initiatives and has made significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint.  In recognition of its many achievements, the Illinois Sierra Club is presenting Normal with a 2012 Cool Cities Achievement Award this Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm at the new Uptown Station.  The award will be presented to Mayor Koos by Jack Darin, Director, Illinois Sierra Club.

The public is welcome to attend.

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.

NOTE: Green Drinks is normally the first Tuesday of every month, but due to the New Year Holiday has been moved to the second Tuesday, January 8.

Normal to Receive Cool Cities Achievement Award

The city of Normal has been a leader in innovative energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy initiatives and has made significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint.  In recognition of its many achievements, the Illinois Sierra Club is presenting Normal with a 2012 Cool Cities Achievement Award Saturday, January 12th at 1:00 pm at the new Uptown Station.  The award will be presented to Mayor Koos by Jack Darin, Director, Illinois Sierra Club.

The public is welcome to attend.

www.illinoiscoolcities.org

 

Ecology Action Center Holds Radon Update January 22

Radon is an odorless, colorless, naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that enters our homes from the soil.  We can easily ignore it because it doesn’t bother our senses in any way.  However, it is the number one cause of lung cancer after smoking.  Every home should be tested for radon; if the level is 4 picocuries per liter or higher, a radon mitigation system should be installed.

The Ecology Action Center will hold a free public information session on Radon January 22, 2013 at the Normal Public Library from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Pre-registration is not required; residents should bring radon questions and concerns to be addressed.  Information is also available by calling the EAC at (309) 454-3169 and talking to Ruth Ann Lipic, the Community Radon Coordinator.

Among other topics to be discussed, Ms. Lipic will cover two new radon bills which were signed into law this past year in Illinois.  The first requires radon testing in Day Care facilities, which the second, the Radon Resistant Construction Act, requires all new construction in Illinois to be built radon resistant.  More information on either of these new regulations is available through Ruth Ann Lipic at the Ecology Action Center.

Radon test kits will be available for purchase at the presentation for $10.00 or are available at the Ecology Action Center during regular office hours.

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Christmas Tree Recycling

Residents of Bloomington and Normal enrolled in those municipalities’ waste collection programs may dispose of their real (non-artificial) Christmas tree by placing it at the curb for collection your regularly scheduled waste collection day.  As these trees will be chipped into mulch, please be sure to remove all ornaments, tinsel, lights, etc.  Please do not put your tree or any other waste in the street.

For residents outside of Bloomington or Normal, please check with your local municipality for tree collection options.  If you do not have tree collection service at your home or in your municipality  Twin City Wood Recycling will accept your tree for chipping into mulch at their facility at 1606 W Oakland Avenue in Bloomington at a cost of $2 per tree.  Call (309) 827-9663 for more information and operating hours.

Experience Winter in Funks Grove

Friday, December 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (For children ages 6 to 12)

Don’t let your child spend the entire winter break inside! Instead, have him or her step into the brisk air to explore, look for animal tracks, learn about snowflakes, take a hike, create a wintery craft, and much more! Sugar Grove Nature Center is a great place to build a connection with nature and make friends. Hot dogs over the campfire and chicken noodle soup will be served for lunch—you may pack a lunch if desired. However, remember to dress your child for outdoor exploration! This program is sponsored by the McLean County Sportsmen’s Association.

Fee: $10/child members, $14/child non-members; Registration required.

 For more information or to register, phone 309.874.2174 or email [email protected]sugargrovenaturecenter.org.

Green Top Community Meeting

Come get an update on Green Top’s progress and learn how you can help us continue to grow! You can also become and Owner or purchase an Ownership as a gift!