Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street (in Ridgefield)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012 * 815-459-1132
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it." Psalm 24: 1
Earth Care Team Announcements:
Hampton Roads, Virginia is relatively unknown nationwide, but it is the region whose vulnerability to sea level rise most affects military readiness and our overall national security. With 14 military installations spread across 17 local jurisdictions, it is our highest concentration of military assets in the country, where 1 in 6 residents are associated with the military. Their homes, schools, hospitals, and families are increasingly struggling to keep up with the effects of rising waters, and the military and all the surrounding municipalities are working towards solutions in the name of strengthening national security and enhancing economic prosperity.
Luecht Auditorium McHenry County College 8900 Route 14 Crystal Lake Co-sponsors: Environmental Defenders Education Committee, MCC Sustainability Ctr., Citizens' Climate Lobby
Options for Disposing of Latex Paint:
With the weather getting warmer many of you may have some painting projects you've been waiting to tackle. Here are some helpful tips regarding the disposal and recycling opportunities for latex paint. Latex paint is a low toxic, water-based product. Once it is dried solid, simply knock out the solid clump into your regular garbage. The steel or plastic paint container with a small amount of dry residue can be recycled in your curbside collection. You can accelerate the drying process by: a) Adding cat litter or oil absorbent to the paint until it is dried solid; or b) Leaving the paint can out in the sun (lid off) until it is dried solid. Consider donating unused paint to a neighbor, relative, community recycling event, or social service agency that might be able to use it. Be sure to transport paint in sealed, leak-proof containers.
Drinking Fountain/Bottle Filling Station in Fellowship Hall
The drinking fountain/bottle filling station in Fellowship Hall has been getting a lot of use! Since its installation in early February, the Green Ticker counter on the bottle filler informs us that the bottle filler has been used 325 times! If all of these uses were 20oz. water bottles, we potentially eliminated 325 bottles from our landfills. The Earth Care Team is glad that the church is putting it to such good use, not only for church activities but also for helping to reduce plastic water bottle usage. Keep up the good work! ~ Earth Care Team
Battery Recycling Update:
Many of you have taken advantage of our battery recycling buckets. And that is great! We are pleased it is so popular. However, please do not dispose of batteries that are corroded or have exploded. These batteries belong in the regular trash as they can no longer be recycled. Also, the battery buckets are intended for alkaline batteries that fit into the deposit slot on the bucket. Larger batteries, that do not fit into buckets can be taken over to the McHenry Township Road District located at 3703 N. Richmond R, Johnsburg, IL (815) 385-3076 | www.mchenrytownship.com. Please help us out by using the battery buckets as they were intended.
The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County hold several recycling drives throughout the year. Upcoming drives are:
Native Plant Sale, May 8, 2018, Noon - 3pm, MCC Café, for details visit www.thewppc.org
Memorial and Celebration Oak Planting, May 12, For $50, you can have an oak planted in celebration of a special occasion, or in memory of one who has passed. Place your order at www.conservemc.org or call (815) 337-9502.
MCCD Paddle in the Park, Saturday, May 12, 10am - 4pm, The Hollows, Cary.
Mother's Day Spring Wildflower ID Hike, May 13, 9 - 10:30am, Ryder's Woods, 750 E Kimball Ave, Woodstock
MCCD Pedal-Paddle-Saddle, Sunday, June 10, 7:30am - 1:30pm, Glacial Park, Ringwood
Bike with Your Neighbor, Sunday, June 10, Noon - 4pm, Crystal Lake, Free event for biking enthusiasts of all ages. This year's event features a bike rodeo for younger riders as well as multiple routes with more experience.
MCCD Hooked on Fishing, Saturday, June 16, 9am - Noon, Rush Creek, Harvard; Sunday, June 17, The Hollows, Cary.
MCCD Ice Cream Social of 1858, Sunday, June 10 Noon - 4pm, Powers-Walker House, Glacial Park, Ringwood.
These tips brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. Find them at www.MCDEF.ORG.
Green Spring Cleaning Tips:
After being cooped up in a stuffy house all winter long, it's finally time to fling open the windows, shoo away the cobwebs and tackle your annual spring cleaning. But often, the chemicals found in conventional cleaning products can be more dangerous than the dirt they're intended to clean. And the way we clean (with lots of disposable paper towels) isn't always earth-friendly. The good news: There are many available alternatives that can help you make your home squeaky clean-and green. These products work just as well as their conventional counterparts:
Window-Like Solar Cells Could Power 40% of U.S. Needs:
Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. "Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications." explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. "We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and electronics." As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing on ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn't obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40% of our country's energy needs. Exciting stuff!!
- Article from local free publication Natural Awakenings, April 2018, pg. 20.
In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday! Time to gather to discuss environmental topics, plus reconnect with eco-friends and make new ones. Join us at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. The event is upstairs at Duke's from 5-7pm. Head upstairs for info and inspiration, business and pleasure.
Come talk about "greening" the future with others. Additional parking is available at the train station.
Upcoming Green Drinks Topics:
May 2 - "Urban Gardening" Rich Tobiaz, McHenry County Master Gardener
June 6 - Themed Investing (Social, Environmental, etc.) Scott Mackey, Calvert
July 4 - CANCELLED
August 1 - Stump the Recycler panel (Environmental Defenders, recycling companies, and McHenry Co. Solid Waste Director)
Check the weblink at greendrinks.org/ for additional information about upcoming green topics.
The McHenry County Green Drinks is apart of an international network of over 600 Green Drinks groups throughout the world.These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, and had moments of serendipity.