Green Drinks McHenry County to explore solar lifestyle June 5

Submitted by Environmental Defenders of McHenry County
Posted5/30/2019 1:30 PM

On Wednesday, June 5, Carolyn Campbell and Carl Edstrom will speak on "Solar Lifestyle" at the next meeting of Green Drinks McHenry County from 5 to 7 p.m. at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, upstairs, 110 N. Main St. in Crystal Lake.

On the first Wednesday of each month, the public is invited to gather for a talk and Q&A on environmental issues and to network with other sustainably minded people and professionals.


Always interested in finding ways to make their household and lives more sustainable, Crystal Lake residents Carolyn Campbell and Carl Edstrom knew they wanted to install solar panels on their home when the time was right. First, however, they needed to replace their 26-year-old furnace and air conditioner. A couple of encounters with the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling systems let them to become the first homeowners in Crystal Lake to install such a system in 2016.

Over the next few years, they followed that up by adding solar panels to their roof, and, finally, replacing their 20-year-old minivan with an electric car. Lyn and Carl will share their path to a mostly solar-powered lifestyle, and what they have learned about the pros and cons of each component along the way.

Additional parking is available at the train station. To be added to the Green Drinks email list, send a note to or "like"

The Green Drinks network was founded in North London, England in 1989 and now is active in over 600 cities worldwide. Interested public is always welcome to attend the McHenry County Green Drinks monthly event. Each month there is social time and presentation on a different eco-topic, plus displays and/or demonstrations.

Also, information about upcoming eco-events and green products and services is made available. Nonalcoholic and alcoholic drinks are available plus a featured "green drink" selected by Chef Zak. Green Drinks McHenry County is co-sponsored by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County and Duke's Alehouse and Kitchen.

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