The Environment



  • Global climate change and the Paris Accord
  • Evolution of clean energy technology and industry
  • Exploitation of public lands for natural resources
  • Recent legislation to remove protective regulations from the coal and petroleum industries

ACE Environmental Team Styrofoam Recycling Program


Starting in 2018, ACE will be piggy-backing onto the existing Styrofoam recycling program at First Congregational United Church of Christ Naperville where we hold our monthly meetings.

What Can Be Recycled?

  • #6 food service foam (cups, to-go containers, egg cartons, ice chests, and meat trays), protective packaging foam (frequently used to protect electronics during shipping), and other foam with the #6 inside the chasing arrows triangle.
  • Food service containers must be clean and rinsed. No straws or lids.
  • No packing peanuts. Check with shipping businesses, they will usually be able to use them.
  • No foam insulation.
  • No #6 clear hard plastic.

Bring your cleaned and rinsed food service foam and/or packaging foam to the monthly ACE meetings in a paper or plastic bag.

A team of volunteers from ACE will work with the existing church recycling program to get your donation sorted and delivered to the Dart drop-off recycle location in North Aurora. Dart operates two wash and dry facilities that clean dirty foam so it can be recycled. Once processed, the material goes to a manufacturer that will use the material to make other materials, such as premium picture frames and crown moulding.


ACE-Naperville’s Environmental Team offers ten strategies to make our planet more healthy. Click here to read the full article.

One Earth Film Festival 

The One Earth Film Festival 2018 will be held 3/2- 3/11, when more than 30 award-winning films will be shown at 50 locations throughout Chicagoland. The 2018 film schedule has been released at their website. Click on “2018 Festival” in the menu bar and print a PDF of this year’s film schedule. From the website you can get your (free) tickets. Please note the films are offered to the public at no charge, but a donation of $7 is suggested at the viewings. Following the showing of the films, film experts lead discussions for the audience. These films explore the problems of climate change, waste, pollution, and conservation.

‘This is among the most dangerous actions that the Trump EPA has taken yet against public health…’

According to the National Resource Defense Council, the EPA is to allow greatest rise of hazardous air pollutants in U.S. history. Read the entire statement here. Posted 1/29/18.

How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do List

Ever wonder why Trump insists on trying to revitalize the coal industry? This New York Times article explains how the president seems to be following the coal industry’s blueprint.

52 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

This New York Times piece discusses all of the EPA rules the Trump administration is throwing out. There have been 25 overturned already. Nineteen roll backs are in progress, and eight are in limbo. Posted 10/16/17.

Trump’s Energy Team Speaks Bluntly…and It Isn’t Good News for the Environment

Looks like they intend to make federal parks more friendly to oil-and-gas companies seeking to operate in federal lands and waters. Read more about it here. Posted 9/26/17.

National park ban saved 2m plastic bottles and still Trump reversed it

Ignoring environmentalists, the ban on water in plastic bottles in national parks ended in August. Here’s The Guardian article that discusses it. Posted 9/26/17.

In Illinois Lagging Economy, Clean Energy a Rare Bright Spot

Future energy jobs could boost Illinois’ economy in nearly every part of the state. Read more here. Posted 8/30/17.

Illinois Starting to See Benefits of New Energy Law

Illinois utilities and regulators are putting into motion plans for community solar programs under the state’s Future Energy Jobs Act that passed last year. Click here to read morePosted 8/30/17.

Al Gore’s Town Hall with Anderson Cooper on CNN 

If you missed it, click here to see the YouTube presentation of the CNN show in 11-15 minutes segments. In his response to one question, Mr. Gore cites and praises the message in Pope Francis’s encyclical on the care of our planet, Laudato si’ (May 24, 2015). The full text is available here.

JULY SPEAK OUT: Deregulation Plans Will Devastate the Environment

Dale Bryson, former senior manager of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discusses the new White House EPA deregulation plans and the terrible impact they will have on the environment. Click here to read the post. Posted 7/24/17.

Talking about Climate Change with Al Gore

Top NY Times reporter, Coral Davenport, interviews Al Gore extensively on climate and energy.  Watch the video of the interview. Posted 7/19/17.

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt has worked to roll back regulations more widely than at any other time in the agency’s 47-year history.

This NY Times article explains that while Trump’s agenda is going nowhere, Scott Pruitt is moving effectively to dismantle the regulations and international agreements that are part of the Obama legacy. Read more by clicking on this link. Posted 7/1/17.


Read what former EPA senior manager Dale Bryson has to say about proposed cuts to that agency in Guest Speakers.


Click here to read the report from the New York Times. Posted 5/18/17.


As taxpayers, we are already paying for climate change, and the price is too high. The annual cost climbs even higher as the number and frequency of severe weather events increase. Here’s the data to support this claim. Posted 5/18/17.