BN GREEN EVENTS is a free community calendar provided by the Ecology Action Center to promote environmental classes, workshops, presentations, and more within the the Bloomington-Normal area.  Submit your event using the public submission form.  Inclusion of events within the BN Green Events Calendar does not constitute endorsement by the Ecology Action Center.

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July 2018

Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

July 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKDAY IS CLOSED.  JOIN US IN AUGUST! (event will be listed soon) Come join us for our July workday along Sugar Creek! We need help improving Sugar Creek in designated areas throughout Bloomington and Normal, by clearing invasive plant species and managing the non-invasive plants.  Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

July 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Martin Township Public Library, 103 S Center
Colfax, IL 61728
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1613 East Emerson
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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August 2018

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

August 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Green Top Grocery, 921 E. Washington
Bloomington, IL 61701
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

August 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
IL

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., where YOU build your own water-saving rain water collection and storage container. Workshop prices are $45 ($35 EAC member price). A reused, 55-gallon, food-grade, heavy-gauge plastic barrel (non-food-grade, MSDS datasheet provided) A flexible plastic elbow to direct rain water from your downspout to your rain barrel. Fits 3″ downspouts. A 6″ heavy duty screen to prevent entry of mosquitoes and leaves High-quality fittings for…

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September 2018

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

September 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Uptown Station 4th Floor, 11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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Hill Prairies: Past, Present and Future

September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Illinois is the “Prairie State” but most people have misconceptions of what an actual prairie is. Hill prairies are more than just “prairies on a hill” and because of their landscape position and past land usage, they are one of the most common remnant prairie types left in central Illinois. John Wilker will share with us the many factors affecting development of these rare unique ecosystems. He will tell a compelling story of how they developed, why they are still…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Normal Public Library, 206 West College Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

September 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
University Galleries, 11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Thinking about going solar? Residents throughout McLean County have an opportunity to participate in Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. Property owners and renters alike may participate in this program! Regardless of where you live in the county, you can participate in any of the free informational Solar Power Hours. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar…

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October 2018

Propagating Natives from Seed

October 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

This program will discuss the ins and outs of collecting seed from native plants, the best ways to store them, and how to get them to grow. We will take a particularly close look at how to break seed dormancy, perhaps the most challenging and poorly understood aspect of propagation. But, by following a few simple protocols, you will find that most species can be cultivated quite readily. Presenter Bio: Ed Cope is a Restoration Ecologist working for the Natural…

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