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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment

Mission: To inspire and assist residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment.

Results: In 2012 and again in 2015, the Ecology Action Center led a unique public-private partnership to fund a community Household Hazardous Waste Collection in the absence of traditional state funding. Both campaigns were extremely successful and led to extremely high public turnout for safe and legal disposal of hazardous wastes. In 2014, the Ecology Action Center completed the first-ever Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for Bloomington-Normal, leading the way for a community effort to prioritize strategies for reduction of carbon and other air pollutants to provide for a healthier local environment.

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 -Home and small business energy audits - Radon awareness - Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo - America Recycles Day - Yard Smart Garden Walk - Sustainable Gourmet

Community Stories

64 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I've worked with Michael and the Ecology Action Center on a few occasions, both as a client of theirs and as a client of mine. Every interaction with the entire staff there was wonderful, they are all courteous, helpful, insanely knowledgeable, and incredibly passionate about everything they do. I can't recommend the EAC enough and applaud the work they do year after year.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with people doing what they do for the right reasons. Purely and genuinely based on caring for the environment and people. their works in the community are inspirational.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ecology Action Center is a great organization for the community. Not only do they provide the knowledge and resources to live a green lifestyle, they also educate through programs, hold events to encourage recycling and stay involved with the areas in the community that need improvement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a busy grandma working full time and then some, so cannot commit to a regular volunteer schedule at this time. However, I volunteered in 2013 and again this year for the McLean County Household Hazardous Waste collection program and found the experience very rewarding. It is so wonderful seeing the community participating to such a great extent to keep our environment clean and safe. Ecology Action Center is a forward-thinking, well organized organization working for that goal. I look forward to volunteering for this company in the future, perhaps to an even greater extent once I retire.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time volunteering with Ecology Action Center, at their McLean County Hazardous Household Waste event earlier this month. I was looking forward to volunteering there, and was not disappointed! I truly enjoyed myself and was gratified to see so many people interested in recycling. I am already looking forward to the next event!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a volunteer for the Hazardous Household Waste drive this October, and it was amazing to see the community come together and help make this event possible. I'm a student at Eureka College and have heard much about the Ecology Action Center before this event, and what they have done for McLean County is outstanding. I'll be more than willing to help out with this organization again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to help with the Hazardous Household Waste collection. This was a massive, complex, community-wide, daylong effort that required numerous volunteers in a wide range of roles. Community members who were dropping off hazardous materials, not suitable for personal disposal, formed a steady stream all day. This is clearly a needed and well-used service for our community and the planning must have been intense. As a first-time volunteer for this organization, I was impressed with the planning, communication, and execution. Many of the people using the service commented on the same. I support this organization's work and will continue to help them as I can. This was a completely positive experience.

Michelle339

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have offered so many opportunities to educate our community. I've worked with them as a Girl Scout leader, to get my Yard Smart, and participated in their various recycling programs.

I have also volunteered in various ways over the years and I agree with the others commenting on how well-organized they are.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have met this great organization thru a community leadership training opportunity. Myself and my buddy have participated in a board experience with EAC. Before I get to know EAC, I have been on board for couple of non-profits based in Bloomington-Normal area, and blown away with the professionalism Michael and his team brings to this organization. I also happen to tour their facilities and experienced what they do for local community first hand.

Since then, I have participated with couple of their events and amazed to see how much they are committed to make a difference in our community. With events like Household Hazardous Waste collection events, they are leaving an example to the whole country on how it is best done with private and public partnership.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the EAC 4 times now and I'm very happy with the work they do . They are very organized and prepared for all of their events and make things easy for the person ,and they also raise awareness in the community about the environment and engage them in ways they can help. I am happy that I have worked with the EAC .

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a Business Advisor for Henson Disposal & Recycling, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with Michael Brown, Executive Director, to help the cause in improving the level of recycling in McLean County. In visiting with people in City of Urbana people regarding recycling, it was quickly apparent how strong a reputation our Ecology Action Center and in particular Michael Brown have at the State level. We should be proud of the work and reputation of our Ecology Action Center.

Robert B. Fazzini

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I were volunteers in this year's event. We also gathered items to dispose from our neighbor. The whole experience for us was great! The instructions for the volunteers (signup, checkin, and disposal of items) were clear and concise. The other EAC staff were very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed the whole experience, and will be back for the next event.