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.

Hugelkultur Workshop – October 5th

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.

Film Footage from the Eco-Warrior Project

Check out this footage from a mountaintop coal removal protest in Kentucky that was filmed as part of our Eco-Warrior Project:

http://vimeo.com/63472552

New Project: Open Streets Bloomington

Congratulations to our newest project, Open Streets Bloomington!

Open Streets - reclaiming the street with yoga at an Open Streets event

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

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