The Ecology Action Center is a central resource for environmental education, information, and outreach for McLean County. We educate for environmental action at our walk-in information center and through our educational programs on a variety of environmental topics.
To inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment.
Want to know what you can do to help the environment? First, you can help your community out locally by becoming a member of the Ecology Action Center. You can also donate money which will be used to help our programs! Want to do more? You can also become a volunteer. There are also many lifestyle choices that one can make that are more environmentally friendly and promote sustainability.
To become a member, simply fill complete the online membership form which allows credit card payment via PayPal.
EAC utilizes volunteers in a variety of roles including storm drain stenciling, landscaping at the EAC, speical events assistance, and more. For more information contact us.
If becoming a member or a volunteer just isn’t for you, you can still help out the environment by making lifestyle changes. Browse the site for ideas and suggestions on how to become a sustainable being. You can also visit local events such as the Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo.
The Edwin C. Hewett House is the current location of the Ecology Action Center. This historic dwelling was home to Edwin C. Hewett, one of the first professors at Illinois Normal School, now Illinois State University, and its third president from 1876-1890.
The house dates back to the early 1860s, yet is still in remarkably good condition. It has its original clapboards and, perhaps surprisingly, has retained its original exterior design. This architecturally distinctive structure remains one of the finest Italianate/Greek Revival houses in the twin cities.
In 1994, the Town of Normal granted the Ecology Action Center use of Hewett House, and its interior was remodeled to fit the needs of an educational facility. In 2002, the EAC received a grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to make the house an energy efficient building, then in 2004, the Clean Energy Foundation provided money for a geothermal retrofit. The house has become a demonstration site and everyone is welcome to come in and see its many displays, including the energy bike, a geothermal room, an insulation display, demonstration rain barrel, and the Rick Harney recycled lint chair.