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Posted on: September 19th, 2022 by rjohnson

First you need to know that live trees use the process of photosynthesis and absorb Carbon Dioxide from the air.  They then release oxygen that we breathe and retain the carbon to store in the wood of the tree.  So we need more trees to take CO2 out of the air and retain it.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is released when materials that have stored CO2, in a solid form like wood, coal, and oil are burned.  The more CO2 that is in the air the more heat is held in the Earth’s atmosphere.  The CO2 acts like a blanket.

A term we need to start hearing more is ‘proforestation.’ This means protecting and preserving the old growth forests, which are holding CO2.  Old growth forests sequester more CO2 in the last 50 years of their lives than they do in their first 50 years.  So it is not an even match to cut an old tree and to plant a new tree.

The Tongass National Forest in Alaska has 16 million acres of mature trees and stores about 2 ¾ billion tons of Carbon.  Terrible to say some climate denying legislators have tried for years to increase the logging of the Tongass’ old growth forest, in part to make ‘soft’ toilet paper. Some of these hemlock and cedar trees in the Tongass are 1000 years old and 200 ft tall.  Think of all the carbon they are all keeping out of the atmosphere to slow Global Warming. Just recently President Biden has said, “No more industrial logging of the Tongass will be allowed.”

Some trees are better at sequestering CO2 than others.  The characteristics that make trees good carbon sinks are:  live a long time, grow very large, have a large canopy to aid in photosynthesis, grow quickly, are native trees, are resistant to diseases and insects, and have a hard dense wood.  Deciduous trees meet some of these criteria but need to grow faster.  Conifers are usually fast growers but tend to capture much less CO2 than hardwoods.  Some of the top trees in our climate region are: Scarlet Oaks, Horse Chestnuts, and Silver Maples.

In summary old growth forests like Tongass and the Amazon Rain Forest must be immediately protected.  Many new high quality carbon storing trees must be planted, and people need to find alternatives to wood and fossil fuels to use in their daily lives.

One-Day Electronics Recycling Event

Posted on: August 29th, 2022 by rjohnson

When: October 1, 2022 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where: Festival Building, 2200 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611

This event is sponsored by: Tazewell County Green Initiatives

This will be a drive-thru event. Please reman in in your vehicle. Trained staff will collect electronics from your vehicle.

Acceptable items and fees are listed below:

  • CRT\LCD Monitors $10
  • CRT Televisions $20
  • Flat-screen Televisons $20
  • Projection Televisions $40
  • Console Television $40
  • Answering Machines
  • Battery Backups and Uninterruptable
  • Power Supplies (UPS) – NO BATTERIES
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras
  • Cellular/Mobile Phones
  • Christmas tree lights
  • Computer Peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Desktop Computers
  • DVD/CD Players
  • Fax Machines
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Laptops
  • Mail-room Equipment
  • Networking Equipment and Cables
  • Pagers
  • Point of Sale Equipment
  • Power and Accessory Cables
  • Power Tools (including batteries)
  • Printers (for large office printers please contact your local store)
  • Projectors
  • Radios
  • Receivers
  • Satellite and Cable Equipment
  • Shredders
  • Speakers
  • Smart Phones
  • Surge Suppressors and Power Strips
  • Tablets
  • Telephones (including PBX equipment)
  • Toner
  • VCRs
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Walkie-talkies

Download a copy of the flier for printable list.

Riverfront Clean Up

Posted on: July 16th, 2022 by rjohnson

It was great to get back into the ‘clean up and recycle’ state of mind since we had an in person 4th of July fireworks celebration. As in the past East Peoria Green and some of our friends turned out 10 or more volunteers on the 5th of July. We worked for about 3 hours sorting recyclables from trash and put them in the correct containers. The photos show two groups of green volunteers who helped with the HOT messy task. I apologize to the helpers that were there that I missed with the camera. We want to thank the City of East Peoria for arranging their pick up of the trash and recyclables at the riverfront around our schedule. 
I must say that the area was in better shape this year, so if you were there, Thank You. 
Remember that the Recycling toters are the ones with the single round hole on top. Many of these toters have blue lids, but some do not. We had two members, who suggested we spray paint many tops of the recycle toters a nice blue. Then they would match the blue topped toters we use all around the city. We hope to do that in the cooler fall when the baseball season ends. 
Be Patriotic all year! Help someone you don’t know that needs help.

Energy Efficiency Day Proclamation

Posted on: November 3rd, 2021 by rjohnson

East Peoria Mayor John Kahl presented a proclamation in recognition of Energy Efficiency Day on October 6th. Recieving the proclamation are Bob Jorgensen of HOI Sierra Club and Connie Cantabury of East Peoria Green. All citizens need to Remember that energy that is not needed because buildings are emery efficient is the first step in slowing climate change.