Preserving the Environment Now and for the Future

2011-11-22-Picture12CACEI wants the best for the City of Canton and adjoining townships as the area moves forward into the future. We work to protect the environment and green space, areas for future growth of residential neighborhoods, Canton Lake neighborhoods, commercial areas, the city’s water resource, rural wells, farmland, the natural beauty of the area and the recreational activities provided by the lake. The organization works for long-term protection of our environmental assets for us and future generations.

The proposed North Canton Strip Mine has been the primary focus for CACEI since Canton area citizens first learned of it in 2006. After 8 long years, the strip mine has been stopped. The beautiful rolling Copperas Creek valleys, tall mature oak and hickory timber, and productive farmland along scenic tree-lined country lanes bordered by horse pastures and family farms will not be blasted and bull-dozed down for the one time taking of coal. Read the entire story here.

Fulton County is going healthy, green and moving forward. There is no shortage of good things to celebrate — new bike path, a solar energy field, and a new lake community are just a few of the exciting, forward things coming to the area.

Please join us!

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Chance to Meet Sierra Club President Aaron Mair

The Heart of Illinois Sierra Club Group Invites You to a Very Special Opportunity

Aaron Mair-1An historic opportunity to witness two national organizational presidents stand side by side to discuss the connections between local environmental and justice issues is coming to central Illinois–and you are invited. The weekend of October 30-31, Sierra Club President Aaron Mair will share the stage with NAACP National President Cornell Books at the 2015 NAACP Illinois State Conference Convention on October 30th in Peoria. The following morning, October 31st, the Heart of Illinois Group will host a brunch with Aaron Mair.

Mark Your Calendar — SAVE the DATEs

Friday, October 30th
Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel
501 Main St, Peoria, IL 61602

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


 “Union and Minority Job Opportunities in the Illinois Energy Economy.” Moderator George P Mitchell, President, Illinois State Conference of Branches, NAACP  with  Panelists Illinois Senator Dave Koehler, Chair majority Party Energy & Conservation Committee, Jacqui Patterson NAACP Director of Climate and Environmental Justice Division, Aaron Mair, National President Sierra Club and Tony O’Brian, Business Representative, AFL-CIO Local 649 Operating Engineers. Tony Pierce, Chairman Illinois Peoples Action.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


NAACP President Cornell Brooks
Sierra Club President Aaron Mair

Cornell Brooks is in his second year of leading the NAACP with its long history of advocating for racial justice, economic opportunity, equal educational  and job opportunities, fair housing and voting rights. NAACP is involved in battles on the local, state and national level for these issues and has become  committed to environmental justice issues steadily for the past 20 years, with multiple publications and initiatives. ?

Aaron Mair is a long time NAACP member and Sierra Club activist from upstate New York. He recently marched with NAACP leaders in Selma, Alabama. Sierra Club has committed itself to linking social justice with environmental issues. He is in his first year as President of Sierra Club, the largest grass roots environmental organization in America.

Saturday, October 31

Peoria Public Library
107 N.E. Monroe, Room LL2  

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Brunch with Aaron Mair, Sierra Club President (Please RSVP for the brunch so we know how many to plan for.)

The Heart of Illinois Group has a arranged a very special opportunity for you, Central Illinois environmental activists, to a share a meal and conversation with our Club President, Aaron Mair.

Following the brunch, we’ll be taking Aaron on a scenic drive/walk as time and weather permits.

Please RSVP for the brunch so we know how many to plan for.

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CACEI Monthly Meeting

CACEI will be meeting on Sat. Sept. 12th, 10 a.m. at Fulton County Health Dept. at 700 East Oak Street in Canton.

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LEGISLATIVE SOLAR SOCIAL Celebrating Farmington Schools Solar!


Photo credit: Peoria Public Radio News

Celebrating Farmington Schools Solar!

Senator David Koehler Keynote Speaker

Saturday, August 8th,  10am – 11:30 am with optional tour

Farmington School, 212 N. Lightfoot Rd., Farmington

The Illinois Solar Energy Association is hosting a Legislative Solar Social at Farmington School to spread the word about the power of solar energy for central Illinois. This event will function like a Town Hall Meeting with the additional benefit for attendees to have the opportunity to view the school’s solar installation and learn about the benefits of living with renewable energy!

Come out and learn more about area solar installations and also the Clean Jobs Bill, which
supports jobs for more solar energy.

Open to the public but registration is requested.    Register at

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Brenda Dilts Receives Much Deserved Award!

11209537_685786344898304_802632486223036014_nCongratulations to Brenda Varnold Dilts for her award as Re-AMP’s 2015 Coal Activist! Re-AMP is a network working on a clean energy future for the Midwest. Brenda and the Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues group that she chairs certainly exemplify those doing that good work.

Brenda and other local volunteers that formed Canton Area Citizens for Environmental Issues have been fighting a proposed coal mine just upstream from their drinking water supply since 2008.

Their efforts were rewarded when a permit review hearing officer issued a decision to deny the North Canton Mine permit issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Mines and Minerals. The decision means that a headwater tributary to the West Branch of Copperas Creek that would be destroyed by the proposed North Canton mine cannot be ignored.

Brenda and others conducted water tests on local streams, attended public hearings and did outreach throughout their community. In Brenda’s words, “This is what ordinary citizens can do to protect the environment, streams, rivers, and lakes. Residents in the area realized that mining would harm the watershed and for some temporary jobs, it is not worth the pollution and loss of our water. This state should be investing in alternative energy sources because coal is a health hazard to young and old and a pollutant to local environments.”

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