From the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County:
Environmental Defenders of McHenry County Honors Award Winners at 51st Annual Membership Meeting
Woodstock, IL – April 19, 2021– Members of The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County gathered virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 14, 2021 for the Annual Membership Meeting, which celebrated 51 years of preserving and protecting the environment in McHenry County.
The evening included talks on climate change by Bill McKibben, founder and senior adviser emeritus of 350.org and author of The End of Nature and Falter and Jim Halfpenny, author, scientist and educator; and membership meeting segment with Board of Director’s election and annual awards ceremony featuring those honored for their work throughout 2020 for their environmental stewardship.
The recipients of the four awards given, including two recipients of the Government Award, are:
THETA AWARD presented to the McHenry County Conservation District for preserving open space, protecting wildlife, providing environmental education programs and resources for recreational opportunities for all to enjoy, and in recognition of their 50th anniversary.
GOVERNMENT AWARD presented to the Village of Prairie Grove for their dedication and commitment to green energy and status as greenest community in the united states bestowed by the us environmental protection agency for usage of 88% from green energy sources.
GOVERNMENT AWARD presented to Huntley Community School District 158 for their dedication to renewable energy as demonstrated by the installation of solar arrays on their campuses, totaling over 15,000 solar panels, and their devotion to reducing their carbon footprint, planting native plants for pollinators and reducing energy costs for their community.
VOLUNTEER AWARD presented to Pam Schroeder and Debby Church for their devotion to saving valuable donated books and success at creating online sales, bolstering our fundraising dollars annually.
The annual meeting along with a highly successful virtual silent auction raised nearly $10,000, which helps, in part, to fund The Environmental Defenders’ Summer Internship Program.
Sponsors of the 2021 annual meeting includes Wells Fargo Advisors, McHenry County College, William R. Kreznor Associates, Inc., Baird & Warner, 1776 Restaurant, Marvin’s Toy Store, Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the McHenry County Schools Environmental Education Program.
Founded in 1970, The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County is a non-profit, grass-roots organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the natural environment in McHenry County.