Green Drinks February: Straight Up Solar

Looking for conversation or networking opportunities? You are invited to join the Ecology Action Center’s monthly Green Drinks on the first week of every month. This February, we are hosting Shannon Fulton from Straight Up Solar on February 3 at 5:30 p.m.

Shannon, Director of Illinois Business Development for StraightUp Solar and President of the Illinois Solar Energy Association, will present on the environmental and financial benefits of a solar photovoltaic (electric) system for your home or business. Learn about existing and emerging solar incentives that will reduce the cost of solar 50-60% in 2015.

Come out, have a drink and find out more! Green Drinks


Solar Training Academy

green_instituteA series of weekend classes being offered at Heartland Community College in partnership with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, that will walk students through the PV design and installation process. Classes will be held one weekend each month beginning in January and concluding in early May. Topics of this training will cover PV equipment selection, utility intertied and battery based systems, batteries, mechanical and electrical integration, PV design, PV residential site assessment, National Electric Code, system commissioning, solar financials. Upon successful completion of the training students will qualify for Completion of 63 hours of classroom training for NABCEP PV Installation Professional and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Professional, and to sit for the NABCEP Entry Level Exam and the MREA PV Site Assessor Exam.

Green Drinks January: Citizen’s Climate Lobby


Looking for conversation or networking opportunities? You are invited to join the Ecology Action Center’s monthly Green Drinks on the first week of every month. This January, we are hosting the Citizen’s Climate Lobby on January 6th at 5:30 p.m.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. They will discuss their proposal to reduce carbon emissions in the United States through a Carbon Fee & Dividend, along with what they are doing to build political will in the United States.

Come out, have a drink and find out more! Green Drinks

Watershed Social Assessment Report Released

Water Your Opinions: A Social Assessment of the Lake Bloomington and Lake Evergreen Watersheds

Water your Opinions – results of the Lake Bloomington and Evergreen Lake Watershed Social Assessment

Stevenson CenterA presentation by Illinois State University Stevenson Center graduate students.

Topics will include:

  • Water Quality
  • Water Quantity
  • Conservation Efforts
  • Current Practices
  • and more

Final Presentation Flier SOA477 Fall 2014

Green Drinks December: ParkLands Foundation Conservation Efforts

Looking for conversation or networking opportunities? You are invited to join the Ecology Action Center’s monthly Green Drinks on the first weGreen Drinksek of every month. This month, we are featuring a presentation from Jason Shoemaker of the ParkLands Foundation on December 2nd at 5:30pm.

Jason, the Land Steward for ParkLands Foundation, has been involved in a number of conservation and preservation projects in the middle and upper Mackinaw Valley watershed. ParkLands Foundation protects and restores natural lands in the Mackinaw River valley of McLean and Woodford counties. Its goal is to create a network of conservation lands corridors along the Mackinaw River and its tributaries.

Since its founding in 1967, the organization has protected and restored (through ownership, intermediary conservation buyer or conservation easement) more than 3,200 acres pf prairie, savanna, floodplain forest and river habitat in the Mackinaw River valley of McLean, Tazewell and Woodford counties, and in other watersheds within McLean County.

Eagle photo by Mary Jo Adams.

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Illinois Green Office Challenge: Join, Compete & Save!


You are invited to the kickoff of the Illinois Green Office Challenge, a friendly competition amongst organizations looking to save money by conserving energy and water, while reducing waste within your office building.

The Illinois Green Office Challenge aims to:

  • Improve your bottom line: Businesses that participated in the 2013 Chicago Challenge reported an average of 11% reduction in their energy usage!
  • Help the environment: By helping reduce the consumption of energy and water, output of waste, and carbon emissions.
  • Meet Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Goals while improving reputation and image for customers and staff.
  • Have fun and receive recognition by peers and the media.

energybrightfinalThis free workshop will be held in the Chamber of Commerce’s training room at 7:30am. Light refreshments will be served. The workshop will feature the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, who will walk you through the Challenge and how to best utilize the cost-saving measures.

After you register for the Challenge, get ready for the competition to begin by creating your Energy Star Portfolio Manager profile (this process will be covered in the Workshop). You can enter previous energy and water usage data to establish a baseline. The competition runs through April of 2015 with winners recognized May 2015.

The event is free, but please RSVP here by Saturday, November 22nd.

Sponsored by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and the Ecology Action Center, featuring BN EnergyBright, a resource for area businesses and residents to save money on energy costs.

America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event


One Day, One Time, One Place ‐ recycle many things at once!

  •  Electronics (Computers, VCRs, phones, small kitchen appliances, etc.)  – NO CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted
  •  Household Batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeables)
  •  Clothing and textiles (usable or not)
  •  Shoes (usable or not)
  •  Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
  •  Plastic Garden Pots
  •  Terracycle items
  • Eyeglasses and hearing aids
  •  And as an added bonus ‐ FREE confidental paper shredding

Residential Wastes ONLY—no business wastes accepted
Saturday, Nov 15 8 a.m.— 1 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan Hansen Center Parking Lot
300 East Beecher Street, Bloomington












 Invite your friends to participate in this event via Facebook!