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May 20, 2016

What's the Dirt on Composting?
May 24, 6:30p.m.
Eureka Public Library

Join University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners to learn how to convert yard and garden trimmings, food scraps, and fall leaves into compost to improve soil structure. Compost provides nutrients back to the soil and can reduce your family's contribution to the landfill by up to 20%, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A mix of browns and greens is needed to start the composting process. Learn which materials are the "browns," which are the "greens," and the ratio to combine them for successful composting. Woodford County Master Gardener Kenneth Smith says, "We are helping mother nature put the resources back where they belong." To register, call the Eureka Public Library at (309) 467-2922.

“Styrofoam” – is everywhere. It makes up your disposable coffee cup, packing peanuts, and wall insulation. Styrofoam is notoriously hard to recycle – not because it is difficult to process into new products, but because it weighs next-to-nothing. This is great when you want to protect items without increasing shipping costs, but economically upside-down when the Styrofoam itself is the material being shipped. With a large volume and low density, a semitrailer load of Styrofoam fetches a low price – often less than the cost for the fuel and driver’s pay. University of Illinois students worked with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, and the Student Sustainability Committee to buy a Styrofoam densifier, a machine that grinds up the plastic collected from campus into small beads and extrudes it in a very dense tube. Local recycling company Community Resources Inc., of Urbana, houses and operates for free the university-owned densifier in exchange for the proceeds from the sale of densified Styrofoam. Students collect Styrofoam and deliver it to the densifier via trailer and bike.

Registration is now open for the premiere volunteerism conference in Central Illinois!
Thursday, June 2, 2016
9 am - 315 pm
University of Illinois Springfield

Each session will challenge you and your colleagues, or volunteers, to think about your volunteer program differently and chart a course of action to increase engagement and your power to cultivate stronger relationships.

Deep Dive Sessions
Let's Go to Church! Engaging the Faith Based Community—Santita Nunn
Leveraging and Supporting Corporation for National and Community Service Programs—Scott McFarland
Volunteer Recruitment, Development, and Retention Across the Ages: Part I (grade school-college)—Jamie Stout
Managing Relationship While Overcoming Media Obstacles—Michael Stopka
Building Buy-in from Boards, Creating an engaged board of Directors—Joan Dixon
Volunteer Recruitment, Development, and Retention Across the Ages: Part II (corporate and retirees)—Jamie Stout

Bring your CEO, your lead volunteer, and those individuals who can help make change in your organizations!
Register here.

June 2 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference (CIVC), Springfield, IL
June 13 - Farm Dreams, Epiphany Farms, Bloomington, IL

June 14 - Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference, John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL
June 27 - Farm Dreams, Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery, Champaign, IL
July 11 - Farm Dreams, Blue  Yonder Organic Farm, North Salem, IN
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