David Orr will give a public presentation at Indiana University Bloomington this week on The Oberlin Project, a collaboration aimed at revitalizing Oberlin, Ohio, into a model of sustainable economic development that ultimately produces more energy than it uses.
Orr, the Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and senior adviser to the president of Oberlin College, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in Kelley School of Business Hodge Hall, Room BU219. A national expert in ecological design and environmental literacy, Orr has received a Bioneers Award, a Millennium Leadership Award from Global Green, a National Wildlife Federation Leadership Award, a Lyndhurst Prize and several honorary degrees. His talk at IU Bloomington is free and open to the public.
The Oberlin Project, a town-gown collaboration, has attracted international attention and $60 million in donations thus far. Recently, the Clinton Foundation’s Climate Positive Development Program selected the City of Oberlin as one of 18 original cities in this global climate leadership recognition program.
For more information, please visit http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2014/03/oberlin-project-presentation.shtml.
It’s Mending Day this Saturday, March 8th, from 12-4 at the Monroe Co. Public Library in Room 1A.
Sewing machines and menders will be available to assist or do the mending for you. Bring your clothing in need of small repairs and we will do our best to return your clothing to a wearable state. We can also help you to learn to sew or figure out your own sewing machine. This event is created by Discardia, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.
Don’t miss it! Open Streets Bloomington will take place this Sunday, September 22nd from 10:00 to 3:00. Join us as we reimagine west Kirkwood, a street most of us normally zoom past. Help us encourage our community to be more physically active and to interact with our streets on a more intimate level outside their cars. Planned activities include yoga, hula hooping, dancing, and of course walking. Learn more at http://openstreetsbloomington.com/ or make a donation to help cover expenses at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1518479430/open-streets-bloomington-people-in-the-streets.
Saturday, October 12th, 9:00am-4:00pm and Sunday October 13th 9:00-1:00 – Chinampas Workshop
Chinampas are an ancient Mesoamerican agricultural system of peninsulas or islands built in shallow lake and pond edges for frost and drought-resistant, self fertlizing food and flowers. Learn how to create chinampas with the Habitat Stewards and instructor Keith Johnson for this two-day class. Participants should bring their own lunch, cooler, shovel, gloves, sun protection (hat, sunblock), and folding chair. Class will be held at 4781 N. Mt. Gilead Rd. in Bloomington. Please register by sending a check for $45 made payable to “Bloomington Habitat Stewards” at 13231 E. Wagner Rd., Solsberry, IN 47459 or contact Robert Frew at email@example.com.
Saturday, October 5th, 9:00am-4:00pm – Hugelkultur Workshop
Hugelkultur literally translates as “mount culture” and is the ultimate raised bed technique for composting and food production with less irrigation and fertilization. Learn to create rich soils by laying twigs, branches, logs and stumps in a trench and burying them under soil, which also sequesters carbon that is usually sent back to the atmosphere by burning. Join the Habitat Stewards and instructor Keith Johnson for this one-day class. Participants should bring their own lunch, cooler, shovel, gloves, sun protection (hat, sunblock), and folding chair. Class will be held at 4781 N. Mt. Gilead Rd. in Bloomington. Please register by sending a check for $30 made payable to “Bloomington Habitat Stewards” at 13231 E. Wagner Rd., Solsberry, IN 47459 or contact Robert Frew.
Check out this footage from a mountaintop coal removal protest in Kentucky that was filmed as part of our Eco-Warrior Project:
Congratulations to our newest project, Open Streets Bloomington!
Proposed date: Sunday, September 22 from 10 am to 3 pm
Proposed location: Kirkwood Avenue from Elm Street to Morton Street
What are Open Streets?
Open Streets, sometimes called Ciclovias or Sunday Streets, can be thought of as a parade turned inside out. At a parade the participants typically sit passively along the edges watching while the parade moves by. Instead, an Open Streets event is made up of those who would normally sit and watch, they themselves become the parade, the Open Streets event.
This two minute YouTube video says it all! Open Streets Chicago 2012
“A local living economy is an economy in which basic needs are produced close to home in ways that are sustainable and don't harm the environment.... We need a local food system, a local energy system, local clothing manufacturing, and green building methods. In the face of climate change and peak oil, our survival depends on community self-reliance.”– Judy Wicks
- Bloomington Carbon Exchange
- Bloomington Organic Gardeners
- Bloomington Transportation Options for People (B-TOP)
- Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market
- Community Bicycle Project
- Eco-Warrior Project
- Habitat Stewards
- Local First Indiana
- Open Streets Bloomington
- SIREN-Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network
- Trillium Horticultural Park Project