The Wisdom to Survive – Saturday, November 8 2:00-5:00 MCPL Auditorium

Join us for a FREE screening of The Wisdom to Survive; Climate Change, Capitalism and Community at The Monroe County Public Library Auditorium on November 8th from 2 to 5pm.

After the film a distinguished panel will discuss the implications. The moderator will be Christine Glaser, co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Living. The panel will consist of:

  • Leticia Merino, President of the International Association for the Study of the Commons;
  • Scott Russell Sanders, award winning Environmental Author and Indiana University Professor Emeritus;
  • Shazeen Attari, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs and NSF Grant Writer.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and express their reactions to the information.  This event is sponsored by Center for Sustainable Living and the Applied Community Commons Working Group

For additional information you may contact Lucille Bertuccio or 331-2726

Screening of Gasland – this Saturday 10/25

The Green Sanctuary Task Force on Global Climate Change is sponsoring a FREE event on Saturday, October 25:

6pm - Showing of Gasland 2

8pm - Discussion with writer/director/producer Josh Fox



GASLAND 2, debuted at the 2013 Tribeca Film  Festival and picked up where GASLAND left off, with Fox’s continued investigation into fracking, its side effects, and the industry’s responses to the anti-fracking movement. The Huffington Post wrote, “GASLAND just might be the best film of the year.”  And Variety wrote, “If a film can ever enact social change, which is rare, the potency of GASLAND suggests that this may be that film.”

Open Streets Bloomington, this Sunday October 5th, 12:30-5:30pm

Join us this Sunday for the Second Annual Open Streets Bloomington!  We will be taking over 7th Street from the B-Line Trail (Shower Plaza) west to Elm Street from 12:30 to 5:30pm.  Visit for more information RSVP on Facebook.   The event is also still in need of volunteers – learn more  Open Streets Bloomington is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.

(Want a full day of fun?  Hop over to Bloomington Cycles Sunday evening at the Buskirk Chumley, and celebrate bicycling in Bloomington with a screening of “Breaking Away,” and a bicycle tour of locations from the movie, and more. )

Going Solar, Wednesday October 15th, 7:00-9:00pm, MCPL Auditorium

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 (Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network) volunteers will discuss the performance, cost, financial incentives and sources 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.  This event will be held WEDNESDAY October 15th in the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium.

RSVP to  to register for this free event.  SIREN is a project of the Center for Sustainable Living.

Hoosier Bioneers – Coming in 2015

While we had hoped to see Beaming Bioneers return to Bloomington this year, the organizers have decided to focus on hosting this event in 2015.  If you are interested in attending a regional Bioneers event this fall, check out Bluegrass Bioneers in Louisville October 24-26 –

Rediscovering Streets as Public Spaces, Monday October 13th, 7:00pm, Woodburn Hall Auditorium

Hear the story of the 20th century revolution that reconstructed America’s streets and cities to accommodate automobiles.  Learn about how we can shift back to people-centered streets with lecturer Peter Norton, author of “Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City.”  This FREE event is brought to you by Open Streets Bloomington (a project of the Center for Sustainable Living), Bloomington Bicycle Club, and the Applied Community Commons Working Group.

Mending Day – Saturday, October 11th 12:00-4:00pm, MCPL Room 1C

It’s Mending Day on Saturday, October 11th, 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.

BOGA Fall Plant Swap – Saturday, October 11th

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

BOGA is a Center Project.

“Eat, Drink, Think” film series at IU Cinema

Did you know the Themester at IU this fall is “Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science?” Among many other activities, the IU Cinema is screening several food related films.  “King Corn” is a documentary about corn production and agribusiness in the United States.  “A Place at the Table” is about food insecurity here in the land of plenty.  Click on the links to learn more about the other film screenings.

Le Grand Chef
 - Oct. 4

King Corn - Oct. 13

Eat Drink Man Woman - Oct. 20

Like Water for Chocolate - Nov. 3

Peepli (Live) - Nov. 6

A Place at the Table - Nov. 17

Big Night - Dec. 1

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.

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