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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.


Vermicomposting Workshop for Families

wormThe Ecology Action Center is excited announce a family-oriented vermicomposting workshop to take place December 2, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.

Vermicomposting, or composting with worms, is an easy way to recycle food scraps into a very usable soil amendment for your lawn, garden, or potted plants. Vermicomposting is a convenient alternative to backyard composting, as it can easily be done in a small space and it works year round, even during the winter. As such, vermicomposting is ideal for families or individuals living in apartments or homes where backyard composting is not practical.

This workshop will include everything needed to successfully begin vermicomposting - including worms! Various types of compost systems and techniques will be discussed in addition to troubleshooting tips to avoid potential problems. Participants will make and take home a vermicomposting bin ready for use.

This family-oriented workshop will be held Thursday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. Workshop space is limited and pre-registration is required; registration forms are available for download here or by stopping by the Ecology Action Center at 202 West College in Normal. 

The cost is $25.00 per family (includes one composter and set of worms) for EAC members and $35.00 for non-member families. All family members must be at least 5 years old. For more information, contact EAC Assistant Director Kris Hall at (309) 454-3169 or email

Recycle broken holiday lights

1000612142So you are getting out your holiday decorations only to remember that you have a few broken strings of lights that you simply boxed up with the others at the end of the season last year.

Well, if that's you, you're in luck.  Morris Tick recycles strings of decorative lights as well as extension cords - not just for the holidays, but all year round.  Better yet - depending on how many you have to recycle, you just might go home with some money in your pocket!

Morris Tick is located at 501 E Stewart Street in Bloomington and is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or Saturdays 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Call 309-828-6084 for more information.

(RED and) Green Drinks - December 7

GDlogo3Join us for the Holiday edition of 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! 

This month, we will have representatives from multiple environmental groups present; each will give a short overview of their efforts in our community. Groups represented include Ecology Action Center, Illinois Chapter of the US Green Building Council, ParkLands Foundation, and more.

Join us, Tuesday, December 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Medici in Normal.  Look for the Green Drinks sign - we will likely be in the upstairs 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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