MEETINGS & EVENTS  

If you're interested in attending a meeting, please let us know here

  • Next Eco HV meeting: Monday, November 15th, 7pm  via Zoom.  With Special Guest Steve Prange on Living Solar.
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PROJECTS

 

WILDERNESS WARRIORS

We would like to gauge interest on a family-friendly environmental education and enjoyment program.  All ages are welcome and events may include:

  • A youth-friendly speaker on watershed protection followed by a short canoe trip. 
  • A speaker on the importance of "leave no trace" followed by a trash pick-up hike.

Interested?Sign up here!

 

BEE & BUTTERFLY GARDEN

To help protect and increase butterfly and bee populations, Eco HV has planted a small perennial garden with butterfly and bee friendly plants for members to enjoy and share.  Click here for details.
 

 

PLASTIC FREE JULY

Plastic Free July is a global initiative that uses the month to educate people on our plastic pollution problem.  EcoHV has partnered with local organizations across the state to bring you a month of challenges, educational opportunities and action items. Please check out our listing below. 

 

Our Changing Climate Art & Music Show

OUR CHANGING CLIMATE ART SHOW

Art has a powerful way of connecting with people.  In the midst of our climate crisis, we wanted to find a unique way to bring the community together, highlighting local artwork that speaks to people about the importance of protecting our planet and inspires people to act now.   

2021 Virtual Gallery

 

ACTION STARTS HERE!

A few things to get you started on your sustainable journey.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW ABOUT OUR CLIMATE CRISIS. 

While our climate crisis is finally getting the media attention it deserves, there is a lot of information out there and it can quickly become overwhelming. People talk about the next 11 years being critical in staying below the 1.5 degree Celsius mark, but what does that mean? There is a great summary here.  

If you would like to know what climate change specifically means for Michigan, check out this document from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

To stay in the know on the latest in the environmental space, subscribe to reputable environmental organizations such as SierraClub.org, Grist.org.

CHOOSE REUSABLE AND RECYCLED PRODUCTS.

Choose reusable items vs. disposable (reusable shopping bags, water bottle, lunch bag and snack bags, straws, etc.) and products made from recycled content.

The issue with plastic is that it never truly goes away.  It breaks down into smaller microplastics that are now found in nearly everything - including us.  We hear about the great Garbage Patch in the Pacific but plastic pollution is a huge issue right here.

Did you know that 22 MILLION pounds of plastic debris enter our Great Lakes every year?  That’s the equivalent of 100 Olympic-sized pools full of plastic bottles dumped into the lake every year!  Bringing your own water bottle, shopping bags, lunch/snack bags, silverware, cloth napkin, straws, container for leftovers, etc. makes a big statement. Learn more about what you can do in the Plastic Pollution Action Toolkit.

Purchasing products made from recycled content not only saves our natural resources but uses less energy as well. Did you know if we all switched to recycled toilet paper we would save 27,000 trees…A DAY?

Take the TP pledge and forward to a friend. 

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE.

The environment should be a non-partisan issue. Help educate those in office on the state of our environment and share your personal story as to why this is important to you. Below are a few documents to get you started.

EAT FOR A CLIMATE-STABLE PLANET.

Eat meat-free one day per week, buy organic, don’t waste food, compost.

Did you know that if the entire U.S. did not eat meat or cheese for just ONE DAY a week, it would be the equivalent of not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road? If you're not already, see if a “meatless Monday” might be for you! Everything you need to know about going vegetarian. And here are a couple great blogs to get you cooking: Minimalist Baker and Simple Vegan Blog.

Fight climate change by preventing food waste - click to learn how you can start.

Did you know it takes 25 years for a head of cabbage to decompose in a landfill?  When food doesn’t get the air it needs to break down (as it does when properly composted), it emits methane – a very powerful greenhouse gas. Home composting isn't as hard as it sounds.  Check out this list of 7 Best composters of 2019

BECOME A CLIMATE ADVOCATE!

Find the area you’re most passionate about and spread the word!

PRIOR MEETING MATERIALS 

Environmental Council of Huron Valley Community Meetings

Materials from previous meetings:

2021

June: Shifting Gears: Climate Change and the Auto Industry
April: Bee Garden & Milford Memories 
March: Native Plantings
February: 2021 Projects

2020

March: Composting     Great Lakes Green Businesses Sustainability Program
April: Milford Sustainability Plans      Meeting Recording
May: Meeting Recording
June: Meeting Recording
July: Meeting Recording 
August: MPART website
September: Track Monarch Jim! #ABST524
October: Meeting Recording
November: DIY Craft Guide


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