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Welcome to another edition of the EAC Action News, a publication of the Ecology Action Center, the primary resource for environmental education, information, and outreach in McLean County.



Bloomington-Normal Film Premiere - March 27, 2011

See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy at Heartland Community College in Normal! 

Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land. 

DATE: March 27, 2011 
TIME: 3:00pm 
LOCATION: Astroth Community Education Center Auditorium, Heartland Community College 
ADDRESS: 1500 W. Raab Road, Normal, IL 
TICKETS: Tickets are free, but must be presented to enter.
Tickets available at: 
Ecology Action Center, College Ave., Normal 
McLean County Soil and Water Conservation Office, Kays Drive, Normal University of Illinois Extension Office, Hershey Road, Bloomington 
Sugar Grove Nature Center in Funk’s Grove 
Wild Birds Unlimited, College Ave., Normal 
Heartland Community College Activities Office, SCB 1600 

More On Fracking

gaslandlogo 2Last month's brief list of resources on hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" was one of our most popular articles yet!  Due to this level of interest, we plan to stay on top of this issue and continue to provide resources for a better educated public in order to better protect our local environment!

For anyone still at all unclear on what this is all about, check out this excellent graphic illustrating the process of hydraulic fracturing from ProPublica.  ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.

Additionally, we are looking into the possibility of a public screening of Gasland, the recent documentary on hydraulic fracturing.  Are you interested?  If so, please send us a quick message via email ( or our Facebook wall letting us know, so we can gauge how big of a space we need for a showing.

Fertile Ground - Faith and Sustainability: What they have in common

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Thursday, April 7, 7-9 p.m.
Illinois Wesleyan University 
Joslin Atrium Memorial Center 
104 E. University St. Bloomington, Illinois 

Fertile Ground is a panel discussion that will offer practical tips to faith-based organizations for developing ecologically-mindful plans of action. The conversation will also examine how groups can come together community-wide to connect faith and sustainability. 

This panel discussion will feature Brian Sauder of Faith in Place, an organization dedicated to giving religious people the tools to become good stewards of the earth. Working with more than 600 organizations of differing faith — including Islam, Judaism, B'Hai, Unitarianism and Christianity — Faith in Place partners with religious congregations to promote clean energy and sustainable farming. 

The panel includes: 

Syed Gilani — Islamic Center of Bloomington/Normal 
Myra Gordon — Moses Montefiore Temple, Bloomington 
Lori Harvey (moderator) — Interim Chaplain at Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington 
Matthew D. Hickman — Associate Pastor, Mennonite Church of Normal Brian Sauder — Central Illinois Outreach and Policy Coordinator for Faith in Place, Urbana 
Michael Brown — Executive Director of the Ecology Action Center, Normal

Come and explore how we can attain environmental sustainability from a faith perspective!

Part of the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo, this panel discussion is free and open to the public.  For more information, go to the ISLWE website HERE.

Curse of the Creepy Crawlers: Macroinvertebrates and Stream Ecology

creepyDate: Saturday, April 16 
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am 
Location: Mennonite Church of Normal (MCN) 805 S Cottage Ave, Normal, IL 
Sponsor: MCN Creation Care Committee

You are invited to a presentation on macroinvertebrates and stream ecology, by Jim Bland, author of the Illinois Macroinvertebrates Guide. 

Jim will introduce us to some of our more charismatic Illinois stream fauna. Parents with children middle-elementary age and older are especially invited to attend together.

For more information:

Free event but donations are welcome; all donations will be given to the Illinois RiverWatch Network:

Have you considered becoming a RiverWatch citizen scientist? Sign up for an upcoming training session:

Green Drinks - April 5, 5:30 p.m.

GDlogo3Join us for Green Drinks - the monthly environmental networking opportunity.  Green Drinks is an informal, social networking group for people working on or interested in environmental issues. Green Drinks groups meet in over 500 cities across the globe. The groups have no political affiliation and no agenda. They serve as a forum for green professionals and other interested community members to meet, socialize and share ideas. Join the conversation! 

Join us, Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Medici in Normal.  Look for the Green Drinks sign in the downstairs bar.

As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Ecology Action Center! Please stop by anytime Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call us at (309) 454-3169 for information on our latest programs and events or to get answers to questions on recycling, household hazardous waste, clean water, and more!

The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit walk-in information and environmental education center with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment.

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