Register now! Yard Smart Walk including IWU Peace Garden – Sat, June 27

June 22nd, 2015 by

Saturday, June 27
9 a.m.

The IWU Peace Garden will be one of the sites on the Ecology Action Center’s 13th annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Full tour plan available to participants who register.)

Register now! This free event features beautiful and functional gardens in our community that protect the environment, create a healthy and inviting space for people and animals, and use little or no synthetic chemicals.

The morning tour is 9 am-12 pm. This year’s walk features ecological public spaces. Bill Davison, U of I Extension Educator, will speak about plants that attract beneficial insects, followed by a question and answer session. Lunch will be provided. Native Plants of Illinois Nursery will have native plants for sale after lunch. In addition, participants can bring plant and garden tools to exchange or donate.

The Yard Smart Garden Walk is free and open to the public; however, a $5 donation to offset the cost of lunch is appreciated. Registration is available online at www.ecologyactioncenter.org or over the phone at 309-454-3169. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 25.

Participants should bring reusable water bottles for the lunch and presentation. The lunch is a zero waste event. We encourage participants to carpool during the tour to reduce pollution and conserve energy.

For more information, contact Michael Brown, mbrown@ecologyactioncenter.org, Ecology Action Center, 309-454-3169.

 

Campus Wide Yard Sale

April 13th, 2015 by

Sunday, April 19
1 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle

SELLING
All selling procedures are the seller’s responsibility. Masking tape and markers will be provided. Feel free to come and go as you please. We are not responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged items.

People will be available to help move your things.

WHAT SHOULD I SELL?
Furniture, Electronics, Fridges, Microwaves, Lamps, School Supplies, Books, Clothing, Accessories, Video Games, so many things….

YOU CAN DONATE TOO.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of selling or if your items don’t sell and you don’t want to haul them back, feel free to donate any of the above listed things. We will also take broken or outdated electronics for safe disposal (please specify if broken).

Donations will go to Home Sweet Home Ministries.

Sponsored by Senior Committee, Office of Student Activities, and Sustainability Educators.

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

April 7th, 2015 by

Saturday, April 11
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shirk Center

More at islwe.org and from IWU News.

A Celebration of Life for Anne Weston McGowan ’76

April 6th, 2015 by

Sunday, April 12
11:30 a.m.
Young Main Lounge, Memorial Center


A service will be followed by a reception for family and friends. McGowan died March 7 after a brief illness. Read her obituary.

Renewable Fashion Challenge

March 16th, 2015 by

The Ecology Action Center is looking for creative shoppers to participate in this year’s Renewable Fashion Challenge, which will take place at the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on April 11 at the Shirk Center.

Challenge co-sponsors Ecology Action Center and Home Sweet Home Mission Mart will launch the 2015 Renewable Fashion Challenge at a kick-off event onThursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Mission Mart, 301 E. Oakland, Bloomington. Designers will receive discounts at the Mission Mart, have opportunities to win prizes and learn more about the challenge.

Pre-registration is not required for the kick-off event, and attendance is not required to participate in the challenge. The deadline for submitting final entries is April 2.

Learn more.

The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Project: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People

March 13th, 2015 by
Tuesday, March 17
7 p.m.
C101, CNS
The 6,600-acre Emiquon preserve was once among the biologically richest wetlands in North America. In the 20th century, the lakes and wetlands were converted into farmland, isolating the area from the Illinois River. In spring 2007, after 7 years of science-based planning, The Nature Conservancy turned off the pumps that had dried out the land since the 1920s. Within months water reappeared in the historic lakebeds and native plants returned from their seeds that had lain dormant for years. Emiquon is the premiere demonstration site for The Nature Conservancy’s work within the Upper Mississippi River system, and will help guide large floodplain river restoration efforts around the world. The next phase of restoration at Emiquon will be the installation of a water management structure that will provide a connection between the wetland and the Illinois River, facilitating the water control needed to sustain these high-quality habitats long term.
Doug Blodgett, director of river conservation for the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation on the Emiquon Preserve and discuss the science behind the planned reconnection of the Illinois River.
Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.

Nature Photographer Tom Ulrich

March 10th, 2015 by

Tuesday, March 24
7 p.m.
C101, CNS

Nature photographer Tom Ulrich will present a photographic journey in the life of a wildlife photographer. This year’s focus will include the birds of Ecuador, bird migration in Texas, and the spectacular wildlife and landscapes of Glacier National Park in Montana.

He dazzles his audiences with amazing photographs, tips for photographers and humorous narration. Ulrich’s work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon, and many other publications.

Admission is free for IWU students with their University ID card. Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program and IWU Biology Department. See details on admission fees for other attendees.

Join Us

February 23rd, 2015 by

This semester the GREENetwork will meet at 12:15 p.m. on the third Tuesdays: March 17 and April 21 in the Titan Room, Memorial Center.

Interested students, faculty or staff are welcome to join us! Contact one of our co-chairs for more information.

Hear from Alumni About Environmental Careers

February 6th, 2015 by

Tuesday, Feb. 10
7 p.m.
Welcome Center Auditorium

As part of the Hart Career Center’s Alumni Speaker Series, professionals will share insights and advice about their work in environmental and conservation areas:

– Greenhouse manager & curator at ISU, Bethany Evans ’01
– Digital advocacy specialist at Environmental Law & Policy Center, J. Katie Coleman ’04
– Grants manager/development associate at The Wetlands Initiative, Vera Leopold ’05
– Environmental program coordinator at American Lung Association, Ellen Cornelius ’14.

 

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“Foot Stamping and Booming! Prairie Chickens in Illinois”

January 23rd, 2015 by

Monday, Feb. 2
7 p.m.
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

The Greater Prairie Chicken is an iconic bird of the tallgrass prairies that once covered much of Illinois. Their population in Illinois once numbered in the millions but they are now found only in the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area. Over the past several years their population had declined to about 60 birds. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Audubon Society have embarked on a multi-year project to revitalize the Illinois Prairie Chicken population by translocating 300 birds from Kansas. Bob Gillespie, who is coordinating the current recovery project for the IDNR, will talk about the restoration efforts for this fascinating grassland bird. Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.

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