Ecology Action Center

Rating: 4.94 stars   50 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 202 W College Ave Normal IL 61761 USA

Mission: To inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment.
Results: In 2012, nearly $150,000 was raised through a year-long campaign in order to pay for the first-ever locally funded Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in McLean County. The community responded enthusiastically, with thousands of donations and an unprecedented turnout at the HHW Collection Event.
Geographic areas served: McLean County, Illinois
Programs: - Waste reduction, recycling, composting and household hazardous waste. - Clean water protection, Yard Smart landscaping, rain barrels, rain gardens, and storm drain stenciling. - Radon awareness. - Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo - America Recycles Day - Yard Smart Garden Walk - We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon - Green Drinks - Sustainable Gourmet

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

I've had tons of great experiences with the Ecology Action Center. They helped me build a rain barrel so I can water my plants off the grid. They organize recycling and household hazardous waste events where I can get rid of things that otherwise sit around my house because it's too difficult to get rid of them. They inventoried all of the major greenhouse gas emissions from the community in a fascinating report. They are integral to the recycling programs in both Bloomington and Normal. They answer all my questions, big and small, about how to be an environmentally responsible community member. It's hard to even imagine this community without the Ecology Action Center.

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EAC is a class act, from the bottom to the top. Great staff members, dynamic programs. They're a great asset to the community.

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What a great resource and municipal partner with the Town of Normal and the City of Bloomington. The EAC works to protect groundwater with the regularly scheduled Household Hazardous Waste collection. The EAC is ahead of the curve with their recently completed Greenhouse Gas Report, detailing gases and emitters. I like to think at some level the EAC is a quiet watchdog. Its mere presence keeps individuals, business, and organizations aware of their environmental impact, avoiding the need for a loud bark from the Ecology Action Center. Great organization.

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The EAC is such an amazing part of this community. From athletic events, recycling events, DIY, and helping make other community events as green as possible, they are raising awareness and providing education on a critical topic. Thank you.

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The Ecology Action Center (EAC) has become the "go to" source for environmental issues in McLean County. They are a great resource to local governments. Their leadership on household hazardous waste has resulted in local funding of these activities on a biannual basis as opposed to the "hit and miss" approach before. The local governmental entities have stepped up to support HH activities because of the reputation of the EAC. They get things done thanks to the staff. Hat's off to Michael, Kris, Larissa, Ruth Ann, Garry, Sarah, and Emily for making our community more sustainable!

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The EAC is a great partner for the local universities. They provide students with solid information on all sorts of sustainability issues and an opportunity for internships. They have mentored numerous students on my campus, many who have gone on to have careers in the environmental field. Michael and Kris are great roles models for students on all educational levels.

The EAC is also a great community partner helping to coordinate the solid waste program for McLean County. The past two years Michael, Kris and the staff have pulled together a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal event which is safely removing harmful waste from our landfill. This is one step to extent the lifespan of the landfill and help control disposal costs for all citizens of McLean County.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Ecology Action Center's website is a fantastic resource for information about everything 'green.' It's the site I depend on for my questions about the what, when and where of recycling. I'm always impressed by how many topics are covered there. The site is well done and maintained; an important community resource!

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I have used the Ecology Action Center for summer camp for my elementary school children. I've also gone to their rain barrel building workshop. They regularly assist in securing the hazardous waste collection in McLean County. Also they help coordinate the Free4All. They do after school programs to educate children about numerous topics regarding ecology. They also have raised awareness by educating people about composting at the county fair, as well as Town of Normal street fairs. They participate in the annual Sustainability Fair at Illinois Wesleyan and the Wellness Fair at Illinois State University. They are tireless in their efforts to raise awareness about chemical free gardening and yards too, as well as displaying a rain garden at their facility and composting. They sell items such as reusable wrapping paper, radon kits, etc. they are a huge asset to McLean County!

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The EAC is a real treasure. The executive director and his staff are highly competent and efficient professionals who have managed to integrate their environmental programs into our community without becoming a niche group. They have made environmentalism mainstream in the best way while still pushing us to do more. Every community should be so lucky to have an organization like the EAC!

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As the Town Planner for Normal, Illinois, I have worked with Ecology Action Center for more than a decade. Twenty years ago as an undergraduate, I was a proud EAC volunteer! Over that twenty years, it is remarkable how much the EAC has accomplished. There are few paid EAC staff members, but their enthusiasm and professionalism inspire hundreds of people to donate thousands of volunteer hours toward critical community events every year -- from storm water stenciling to massive Household Hazardous Waste events. EAC has successfully partnered with the Town of Normal for many years on outreach and education efforts that we simply could not perform on our own. We sometimes take this relationship for granted. It's only when I talk to other communities' planners that I realize what a gem we have in the EAC! For example, when asked how we promote recycling, I say, "The EAC does that for us." When asked how we pulled off a major HHW event with no state support, I say, "The EAC took the lead on that." We are truly fortunate to have the EAC!

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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Will you recommend this organization to others?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Ecology Action Center has been the hub of all things sustainable for many decades in McLean County. As the Town Planner, I can fairly say that the EAC has been a major part of the Town of Normal's success in increasing recycling, educating kids about recycling, reducing waste in general, and working with us on storm water quality issues. The EAC does an amazing job of advocating for sustainability in a professional, balanced manner that brings all stakeholders to the table. That's not easy for an environmental organization to do, particularly in a somewhat conservative county like McLean County, Illinois. When other communities learn about the role that the EAC plays for us, they are so jealous!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I recently volunteered for the We Care Twin Cities Half Marathon and saw first hand what an amazing job EAC does to benefit our community!

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1 person found this review helpful

I feel participated in various programs the Ecology Action Center has sponsored, from building a rain barrel to waste recycling programs to running events. The center is a great asset to our town.

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