BOGA Fall Plant Swap

The Bloomington Organic Gardeners Association (BOGA) will host a free plant swap on Saturday, October 11, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Bloomington Farmers’ Market. Bring plants and seeds to share and/or swap. Native plants, tree saplings, and seeds are encouraged but all non-invasive plants are welcome. For more information contact Jenivee at jeniveels@aol.com.

BOGA is a Center Project.

Volunteer at Open Streets Bloomington (Oct. 5)

The 2nd Annual Open Streets Bloomington takes places Saturday, October 5th. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and a variety of people-powered activities will take over a stretch of 7th Street in downtown Bloomington. Open Streets-goers experience the street in a new way, bump into neighbors, dance, laugh, rock climb, bike, eat, and so much more. Open Streets builds community, encourages activity and participation, and invites you to have a good time.

 

Open Streets is not possible without the support of awesome volunteers – like you! There are a variety of positions and shifts are short. Come out, support your community, meet, mingle, and enjoy the event. Visit the VolunteerSpot page to sign up, and email openstreetsbloomington@gmail.com with questions or if you encounter any difficulty signing up. Sign up for a shift HERE!

Open Streets is a Center Project.

Samples of Work from the Eco Warrior Project

A link to the Eco Warrior Project.

A link to the work in Kentucky: Kentucy Eco Warrior.

Water Wars : HES Projects in Artvin, (Turkey) gives a glimpse into the struggles of the Eastern Black Sea Villagers, as they try to stop the Hydro Electric Dam (HES) projects, which are forcing them to migrate due to droughts and destruction. As in many countries, here as well women are in the forefront of the environmental struggle, along with local musicians.

And here’s a sample of the Eco Warrior in Turkey: Soul Water – Turkey Eco Warrior.

Fall volunteer opportunities for better biking and walking!

We have some exciting events coming up this fall, and we need your help to make them happen!  Please consider contributing your time to the following projects:
Please feel free to get in touch with Vince Caristo if you have any questions.

Vince Caristo
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Bloomington, IN
812-349-3423
bloomington.in.gov/bike

EcoReport Volunteers Needed

EcoReport is an environmental news program on WFHB. They are in need of volunteers to help with the following tasks:

1) manage the feature schedule and take final responsibility for there always being something to air as a feature
2) manage the anchor schedule and take final responsibility for there always being two anchors to read
3) compile the events calendar
4) oversee and assist with live broadcasts – doing final proofreading on scripts, printing scripts, assisting anchors and engineer as needed
5) check emails at earth@wfhb.org throughout the week and provide assistance and information in response to requests from staff, volunteers, news contacts and the public

Training is available. If you are interested contact lbertucc@gmail.com

Screening of the film “The Wisdom to Survive”

We are screening the film “The Wisdom to Survive” on Saturday November 8th at 2:30pm in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium.

Lucille is planning to organize a panel discussion afterwards, with details TBD.

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UN Climate Summit and the People’s Climate March in New York City

To show support for the UN Climate Summit and the People’s Climate March in New York City, all are invited to the Bloomington Climate Gathering sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition of Environmental Youth (ICEY) and Earth Care. Please join us and spread the word!

WHEN: Sunday, September 21st, 1:00 to 2:00 PM

WHERE: The Monroe County Courthouse lawn, at the corner of Kirkwood Ave. and Walnut Street

WHAT: Stand in solidarity with people from across the nation in support of the UN Climate Summit. Local clergy will give introductory remarks and youth will share words from each of their faith traditions. The youth will also hold signs for passing cars and Lotus World Spirit Concert-goers.

 WHAT TO BRING: Your friends, colleagues and children of all ages. Smart phones, if you have them, to live stream the People’s Climate March in NYC, in which many of our community will be taking part.

QUESTIONSinfo@earthcareindiana.org

Molly O’Donnell, Earth Care
Madi Hirschland, ICEY

 

CSL supports this activity but does not directly sponsor it.

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Bike Project Art Show at the Fell – Friday, August 1st, 6-9pm

Celebrate First Friday with a special Gallery Walk event at the Fell Building (415 W. Fourth Street) where the Community Bike Project is coordinating a bike be’zar.  Ride over with your kids and bikes of all shapes & sizes to play in the street!  This Bike Art Opening will feature food, music and tinkering.  Bike art will be on display and for sale through the month of August with a closing poetry reading on August 28th from 7-9 pm.   More info at http://ifellbloomington.wordpress.com/events/

 

CSL Offers Grants to Internal Projects

The Center for Sustainable Living is currently in a very solid financial position and would like to share the wealth with our projects.  With this in mind, the Board of Directors is accepting one-time internal applications for grants of up to $500 each to execute sustainability education projects.  A total of $2,500 has been set aside for this initiative.

  1. Each project of the CSL may submit one application for a maximum of $500 in funding.
  2. Applications should clearly explain how the funds will be used to promote sustainability and educate the public about one or more aspects of sustainable living.  Be creative!
  3. Funding must be used by June 1, 2015.
  4. Funds may not be used for salaries, rent, or capital investments.  Event expenses, marketing, signage, and materials are all acceptable uses.
  5. Collaboration with other groups outside the CSL is encouraged, and applications showing partnerships with other groups will receive preference.
  6. Applicants should submit a one-page document summarizing the proposed project and budget by Friday, October 10th, 2014 to csloffice@gmail.com.
  7. Grant recipients will be announced Monday, December 1st, 2014.
  8. Funds will be transferred to project accounts Monday January 10th, 2015.
  9. The CSL board reserves the right to award less than the total funding amount based on the quality of applications.

 

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