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  webmaster@sirensolar.org  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 csloffice@gmail.com.

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.

For more detailed information, please visit http://www.bloomingtontrashion.org/

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.

For more information, please visit http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2014/03/oberlin-project-presentation.shtml.

Mending Day – Saturday, March 8th!

woman mendingIt’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.

Trashion Refashion Show Call for Entries

Trashion Show Call for Entries

Feb 8th – CSA Fair at Bloomington Winter Farmers Market

2014 CSA Fair at Winter Market Feb 7

Craftmania with Discardia – Dec 14th

felt_scrap_wreathDiscardia and Bloominglabs present:

Craftmania at St. Nick’s Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 14th,10:00am-4:00pm
Monroe Co. Public Library, Room 1C
Free, All ages
Come join in the crafting fun! We will be molding soap, so bring something to mold with the vacuum former. There will be sewing machines for making hats and bags or whatever you come up with out of felt, fleece and other recycled fabric. You can make pop-up holiday cards or woven wrapping paper to add that personal touch to your gifts. You can also turn your own pictures into mini refrigerator magnets – a great gift for family members. Or feel free to bring your own projects to work on. Elves will be available to assist. The more the merrier!  All ages welcome, but kids under 12 need to be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Open Streets Bloomington – September 22nd

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.

Chinampas Workshop – October 12 & 13

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 robert_frew@yahoo.com.

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