Have you ever wondered how much impact your daily life has on the environment?
Local residents will get a chance to answer that question at the first-ever "Earth Day Every Day" event at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve next weekend.
Attendees will have the opportunity to determine their individual "carbon footprint"—the impact of their lifestyle on the planet—and possibly learn how to reduce that number. And in turn, those who calculate their carbon footprint will be entered in a drawing to win prizes provided by Country Arbors, Mahomet Landscape, Ropp's Flower Factory and Prairie Gardens.
The event, scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, is presented by the Mahomet Civic Garden Club and Champaign County Forest Preserve District. It coincides with the 2012 Boneyard Arts Festival, which will be going on across Champaign County that weekend.
Ralph Bonati of CCFPD will speak on sustainability at 2 p.m., while Sandra Mason, a horticulture instructor from the University of Illinois Extension and a panelist on WILL's Mid-American Gardener, will give a talk on "gardening greener" at 3 p.m.
The speakers and exhibits will be located in the gazebo area of Lake of the Wood's botanical garden. In case of rain, everything will be moved indoors to the Elks Lake Pavilion.
A number of local sustainability experts will offer guidance and expertise on subjects ranging from "no-dig gardening" to "green" cleaning products.
Representatives from the Sierra Club and the Upper Sangamon River Conservancy will be on hand, and Village of Mahomet staff will explain how leaves collected in the yard-waste pickup are used.
Drawings will be held for prizes donated by local businesses, including seedlings provided by the National Arbor Day Foundation and an indoor composting kit.