Next Kane Forest Preserve Outing Saturday, March 8
We're going to Arlene Shoemaker Forest Preserve in Aurora.
Click here for details!
Next VOF Meeting On March 10, 2014, Hawthorn Hill Nature Center
Climate Reality and Solutions
Please note Elgin location!
On March 10, at the Hawthorn Hill Nature Center in Elgin, join us for the discussion of Climate Chaos and
The science is in! With this we all want to move forward with the solutions! From the "Top Ten" to the thousands of ways we can do
Energy Efficiency (the BEST first solution while the legislatures and the President and world leaders move forward at their level) there
is a lot we can do.
See the 5-minute Hawken video
about the 130,000 to over 500,000 groups nationwide and worldwide who are already working on this.
Lobbying our local Illinois Senators and Representatives on 3-4 important environmental laws per year with Sierra Club.
Together we will review the solutions generated at our meeting in November where a dozen of us together came up with over 75 solutions
we already do and can do. And we will add your solutions! You will be amazed at how much we are already doing. As Hawken says: It's the worlds
largest revolution and it is mostly silent! Doing it together as community is the way to succeed! This is the biggest challenge we have ever
had, but together is the way!
The public is invited and refreshments are served.
Monday, March 10, 7:00pm
Hawthorne Hill Nature Center
28 Brookside Dr, Elgin, IL 60120
Google mapped location
(From Randall, take first road north of Hwy 20, which is Frontage Rd., then go
east. The first road to the left is Brookside; HHNC is the first drive on the
VOF monthly meetings are usually (but not always) held the second Monday of the month at 7pm except for the months of July, August, and December. The public
is invited and refreshments are typically available.
For our February 10 meeting, VOF's own Eric
Weck shared with us his experience last June summiting Mount Rainier. Along
with a detailed account of the expedition, Eric told us about mountain
climbing in general and the preparation required for embarking on such an
adventure. He also gave a high level review of the geology of Mount Rainier.
Become a Water Sentinel!
Training for New VOF Water Sentinels
May 3, 2014
9 AM- 12 Noon.
We invite you to be a part of a great National Team that monitors water quality in the Fox River Valley.
We supply all equipment.
Free and open to anyone willing to make a commitment.
Pre-registration REQUIRED. Location to be announced. Call or email Fran Caffee for additional information.
Cool Cities adds Elgin
VOF now has three Cool Cities signed on: Aurora, Elgin and Oswego.
For more information about this great grassroots Sierra Club campaign promoting local solutions to climate change,
Sand mine proposed right next door to Starved Rock
Tess Wendel, clean water organizer at the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter,
reported in the February VOF meeting about Mississippi Sands proposal to mine for frac sand and
its impacts on the park and surrounding community.
Here is a link to the
Sierra Club's petition to protect Starved Rock and begin reform at IDNR.
If you want to take more action, Tess also recommends an op-ed/letter to the editor in
smaller papers, or writing to the governor; see
openlands action alert for suggestions.
For more information about fracking.
For the Sierra Club's view on fracking.
Make every day Earth Day!
can make every day Earth Day. How? The Sierra Club has come up with two information sheets:
Five ways individuals and companies can fight global warming, and five
ways cities and states can to it too. Both are about a megabyte in size
and are in PDF format. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the
sheets. Most PCs already have this valuable and free program; try
clicking on a link to one of the sheets to see. If you don't have it,
here to download a copy.
Want to celebrate on the actual day?
Try these activities!
Don't dump itórecycle it!
do you do when one of your energy-saving compact fluorescent
bulbs burns out? These bulbs should be recycled because they
contain a small amount of mercury, a neurotoxin. However,
the amount is miniscule compared to the mercury put into the
atmosphere from coal-burning power plants.
Here are some suggestions:
- Ace Hardware stores in Aurora will take back CFLs
for recycling. Check the Ace in your area.
- Home Depot has just announced that it will accept
CFLs for recycling at stores across the U.S.
- IKEA stores will also accept CFLs.
- Many varieties of household hazardous waste, from
CFLs and other fluorescent tubes to oil-based paints to
prescription medication, can be dropped off Naperville's
Household Hazardous Waste Center, 971 Brookdale
Road, on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For
a map to the facility, which is open to DuPage County,
Kane County and Will County residents, click
What do you do if a CFL breaks? The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency has the answer. Click
here to see the cleanup process.
Other recycling resources
According to Kane County officials, residents and businesses
are recycling 42% of their waste, a vast
improvement over the 8% that was recycled in 1986. Some
the county's recycling web site:
- The average Kane County home recycles about 60
pounds of material each month.
- Last year, we recycled about 65,000,000 aluminum
cans in Kane County (or 168 for each person), but we
still threw away 30 million cans (or 86 cans per
- Kane County residents recycled 30 million pieces of
junk mail (85 pieces per person). 44% of the junk mail
was never opened.
- We recycled 94 million pounds of paper, saving the
equivalent of 796,000 trees. Each day, 2 million trees
are cut down in the United States.
Click on a category to find out where and when you
can recycle the following items:
Municipal trash pickups: (Weekly pickups) What will my local trash
hauler accept for curbside recycling?
Electronics and books:
(Monthly dropoffs) Computers and Peripherals:
Personal Computers, Monitors, Printers, Scanners,
Modems, Tape, Disk, CD Drives, Cables, Keyboards, Mice,
Entertainment Equipment: Televisions, Camcorders,
Cameras, Stereo Equipment (no speakers), Game Players,
Office Equipment: Telephones, Cell Phones, Pagers,
Answering Machines, Typewriters, Calculators, Adding
Machines, Fax Machines, Shredders, Copiers, Postage
Electronic Media: Floppy Disks, Compact Discs (and
cases), Videotapes (no audio cassettes)
Household hazardous waste:
(Weekly dropoffs) aerosol
products, antifreeze, batteries (auto and household),
blacktop sealer, cleaning products, fluorescent bulbs,
gasoline, hobby and photographic chemicals, lawn chemicals,
mercury, motor oil, oil-based paints, pesticides, pool
chemicals, propane tanks and solvents. Not accepted: ammunition, explosives, fireworks,
biological or medical wastes, farm machinery oil, fire
extinguishers, latex paint, smoke detectors
Used motor oil
Unused and expired medicines
Don't live in Kane County? No problem! Just go to
www.Earth911.com and type in your ZIP Code at the top of
the page to get a list of recycling sites.
More recycling services
Who represents me?
Here's an easy way to find out who your state
and local officials are. Click the link below, and you'll be taken to
the Project Vote Smart site. On the left side of the page is a spot
where you can enter your ZIP Code and get a list of all your state and
federal elected officials, along with bios and contact information.
Click here to go to Project Vote Smart
and how do I register to vote?
Click here to find out all the facts
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