“I envision a CSL that is more than an umbrella organization to sustainability-minded Projects led by members of our community. I envision a CSL that can lead amazing changes in our community.”
Andrea came to Bloomington in 2010 to join a doctoral program in Computational Neuroscience at IU. However, in 2013, she was connected to the CSL through Ryan Conway and discovered the Bloomington that lives outside of IU’s campus. Since then, she has lived two parallel lives: one life devoted to science, and another life devoted to her community.
Andrea became a board member for the CSL in 2014, followed by roles as the board treasurer and now board president since 2016. She has been involved in many aspects of the organization, including the Grow Organic Educator Series (2014), the Community Bike Project (treasurer, started Ladies Nights in 2015), the Glenn Carter Memorial Toolshare (2015), ShareBloomington (2015), and BloomingVision (2016). Through the Toolshare and ShareBloomington, Ryan and Andrea have promoted the sharing economy through several events, workshops, film screenings, and speaker series. They have also established collaborations with other local organizations, including the City’s Commission on Sustainability, the Bloomington Food Policy Council, the Council of Neighborhood Associations, BloomingLabs, and Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. In addition, Andrea and Ryan created hOUR Bloomington, a time bank which used time as a currency rather than money. In 2016, Andrea worked with CSL founder Christine Glaser, Ryan Conway, and Eric Ost to provide feedback on the City’s Comprehensive Master Plan through BloomingVision, a former CSL project that they revived in order to call for better sustainability and higher environmental standards in Bloomington.
Recently, Andrea has focused heavily on re-organizing the CSL as a whole, reinforcing and creating new connections between projects and the board of directors.