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Free Energy Savings Products for Public Schools Print E-mail
IL public schools can receive free energy-saving products, such as LED exit signs, green kitchen nozzles, occupancy sensors, CFLs and low-flow aerators. 
This new Direct Install Program is available to public schools that fall within Ameren Electric, ComEd, Ameren Gas, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, or North Shore Gas service territories.  Funding through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) Illinois Energy Office, allows the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) to supply qualifying schools with up to $5,000 of free, simple-to-install energy efficiency measures.

For more information, visit or contact Chelsea Lamar at MEEA
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Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Illinois Print E-mail

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has arrived in Illinois, and gas lease speculation has begun. Unfortunately, IL like many states is ill-equipped to deal with this new industry, and there are virtually no safeguards to protect drinking water and or public health.

National Poison Prevention Week Print E-mail

National Poison Prevention Week is March 18-24! 

The themes for each day in Poison Prevention Week this year are:

  • Sunday: Poisonings Span a Lifetime
  • Monday: Children Act Fast, So Do Poisons
  • Tuesday: Poison Centers: Saving Lives 24/7
  • Wednesday: Take Your Medicines Safely
  • Thursday: Home, Safe, Home
  • Friday: Poison Prevention Superhero: Share Your Stories
  • Saturday: 50 Ways to Prevent Poisonings


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Free Saplings Print E-mail
East Moline-based Living Lands and Waters are giving out 150,000 saplings this spring.  Their goal is improving the environment one tree at a time.  The saplings will be native hardwood trees, bur, white, red, pin, black and swamp chestnut oaks.  SCARCE Logo

Advance ordering is required to receive a sapling.  Orders must be received by February 24.  For more information, call 309-737-5913.
Healthy Children Web Directory Print E-mail

The EPA has come out with a child care web-based resource directory.  It targets 3 audiences, child care providers, parents and state and local agencies. 

The webiste covers topics such as:

  • asthma
  • chemical hazards
  • tobacco smoke
  • green cleaning
  • indoor air quality
  • lead
  • mercury
  • mold
  • pesticides
  • plastics
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