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Hoosier Bioneers – October 24-26, IU Bloomington

Beaming Bioneers is returning to Bloomington the weekend of October 24-26.  The Center for Sustainable Living will help with local programming, specifically by hosting a skillshare event on Saturday October 25th from 3:00 to 6:00 (location TBD).  Are you a butcher, baker, candlestick maker, seed saver, chicken wrangler, home weatherizer, or sustainability guru willing to share your knowledge?  Please contact Maggie Sullivan at about setting up a demonstration.  Additional details about the Bioneers weekend will be posted in the next e-newsletter.

CSL Board Meetings – Treasurer Wanted!

Do you love numbers?  We are still looking for new board members and are especially seeking someone to take over as treasurer.  Treasurer duties involve basic bookkeeping and our current treasurer estimates a time commitment of 15/hours a month.  We would also love to add “at large” members to the board.  Anyone interested is welcome to join us fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 in the Monroe County Public Library.  We would love to see YOU there on 8/26 with fresh ideas for the future of the Center.


Mending Day – Saturday, August 9th, MCPL Room 1C

It’s Mending Day on Saturday, August 9th, from 12-4 at the Monroe Co. Public Library in Room 1C.
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 hosted the 2nd Saturday of each month by Discardia, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.


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


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
  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.


Going Solar – June 12th, 7-9pm

Have you been thinking about “Going Solar” but don’t know where to start?

Join with others who wish to shift their homes to clean energy. SIREN volunteers will discuss the costs, financial incentives, carbon savings, and other considerations for installing solar. Options to be presented include solar water heaters and air heaters, and solar electric panels.  Learn what is involved and have your questions answered by local green energy enthusiasts,
RSVP to  to register.  The next Going Solar program will be held

Thursday, June 12 from 7-9 pm in Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B

SIREN is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.  Going Solar programs are typically held on Thursdays in the Monroe County Public Library.

Plastic Bag Reduction Committee

Yes, that is a clunky name for a project and we need your help to come up with a better one. That will be the first point of business for this committee that the Center for Sustainable Living is forming to see if we can find a way to reduce the single use plastic bag usage in Bloomington.

Please attend our kick off meeting on Monday, June 09 at the Monroe County Public Library in Meeting Room 1B at 5:15pm. This will not be a very long meeting, because we only have the room until 6:30. This is an introductory meeting to form a committee and talk about the process that we will be embarking upon.  Can’t make the meeting but are still interested?  Send an e-mail to us at

Trashion/ReFashion Show – This Sunday!!

Outfit from 2012 Trashion ShowJoin us this Sunday, April 27, 2014 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Buskirk Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, Indiana for the 5th annnual Trashion/ReFashion Show.

Tickets are available at the BCT Box Office.  Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $10 for students and children under 18.

The annual Trashion Refashion Show is a community fashion event that challenges designers of all levels to change the landscape of the fashion industry. With the increase of low garment price tags fueled by a fast fashion industry, consumers are encouraged to buy new and buy a lot. Promoting sustainable design practices, the annual runway show illuminates the importance of recognizing both environmental and social consequences of pollution and waste generation associated with the fashion industry. The Trashion Refashion Show serves as a fundraiser for the Center for Sustainable Living and showcases designs from upcycled clothing and discarded materials. Live music, aerial performers, the Hudsucker Posse, the Trashion-Off competition, and upcycled clothing and accessories for sale from Discardia round out the 5th year of this event. From the beginning to end, the message of the show is clear: We can change our relationship with clothes, one garment at a time.

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David Orr Speaks about the Oberlin Project – Thursday 7:00pm, Kelly School of Business

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.

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