GREENetwork GREENetwork, formerly the Committee for a Sustainable Campus, was established in August
2002 as a permanent body charged with assisting Illinois Wesleyan University in reducing
its environmental footprint-- "greening the campus." Composed of students, staff,
faculty and administrators, GREENetwork is the successor to the Green Task Force,
which worked for two years to assess the ways in which Illinois Wesleyan's daily activities
impact the environment and to propose and begin to implement change on campus. GREENetwork
has focused most of its attention on improving the rate of recycling, encouraging
energy efficiency and reducing paper and food waste on campus, as well as studying
options for encouraging the purchase and use of recycled paper products. Check out
the GREENetwork website.
Ecology Action Center The Ecology Action Center (EAC) is an outgrowth of Operation Recycle, a not-for-profit
community recycling center which began as a volunteer effort in 1971. Formally named
the EAC in 1995, the Center provides the community with information and an array of
educational programs about the environment aimed at all age levels, as well as monthly
networking breakfasts, and meeting space for other local environmental organizations.
The EAC actively coordinates community evens such as community tree planting, America
Recycles Day, and hazardous and electronic waste drop-off days. Most recently, they
have been running an energy efficiency educational campaign in the community. Over
the years, many Illinois Wesleyan students have interned or volunteered at the EAC,
and many volunteers are needed each semester for the after-school education program.
Check out EAC's website.
Funk's Grove A group of local volunteers are trying to restore woodlands and prairies at Funk's
Grove, just south of town. They remove non-native vegetation, collect seeds, plant
seeds and rootstock, conduct prescribed burns, pick up trash and more. To participate
in a work day, contact Don Schmidt at (309) 828-5247 or email@example.com. To inquire about volunteering or interning at the Sugar Grove Nature Center at Funk's
Grove see the website.
The ParkLands Foundation The ParkLands Foundation, founded in 1967, is a private, non-profit organization working
to restore prairie and preserve habitat for wildlife and plants. Volunteers remove
introduced species and plant native species. Activities take place on the Merwin
Nature Preserve and other lands that the organization has acquired. Visit the website.
Sierra Student Coalition The Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) is a group of dedicated Illinois Wesleyan students
interested in environmental sustainability on the campus, local and national levels.
Since its inception in May 2005, the SSC has conducted numerous work projects at local
parks, trails and organic farms. The SSC is constantly working to make IWU a more
environmentally friendly campus and was the driving force behind IWU's adoption of
the Talloires Declaration. The group also works to raise awareness of national and global issues through movie
showings, petitions and other campaigns. If you are interested in the Sierra Student
Coalition, feel free to come to a meeting. The SSC meets every Wednesday at 8:30 pm
in The Underground, down the stairs from Starbuck's in the Memorial Center. For more
information, visit the website or contact SSC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Land Connection The Land Connection is a young, active, and rapidly growing organization whose mission
is to cultivate healthy farms, healthy food, and healthy communities. It saves farmland
from housing development; promotes organic production to eliminate use of harmful
pesticides; educates farmers and the public on the many environmental, health, and
social benefits of production and consumption of local organic food; and facilitates
direct rural-urban linkages between organic food growers and eaters to reduce the
fossil-fuel costs to the environment of long distance transportation and to make organic
food financially viable for a greater number of people. Several Illinois Wesleyan
students have interned either with the Land Connection directly or with one of the
several organic farms associated with it and have found the experience extremely rewarding.
For more information, check out the website.
The John Wesley Powell Audubon Society The John Wesley Powell Audubon Society is the McLean County chapter of the National
Audubon Society. Named after the famous 19th Century explorer and naturalist, John
Wesley Powell, this chapter views its mission as "promoting activities that foster
an understanding and appreciation of the natural world" and encouraging others to
join the cause of "restoring, maintaining, and managing our natural communities and
ecosystems." The Society offers programs and field trips to learn about and enjoy
nature, works on local ecosystem restoration projects, monitors the bird population
of McLean County, and engages in campaigns such as the current "Yard Smart Campaign"
to promote environmentally healthy, pesticide-free lawns. Visit the website.