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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October 2018

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

October 4, 2018 @ 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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Propagating Natives from Seed

October 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 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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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

October 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ecology Action Center, 202 W College Ave
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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Rain Barrel Workshop

October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Thursday, October 18, 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 long life…

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November 2018

Sustainable Gourmet [sold out]

November 8, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Reality on Monroe, 111 E. Monroe
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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$40

  The Ecology Action Center invites you to attend the thirteenth annual Sustainable Gourmet  on Thursday, November 8, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature artisanal local foods hors d’oeuvres prepared by the culinary team at Reality Bites, a sampling of sustainably produced wine from Uptown Normal’s Stave Wine Bar, and locally crafted beer from Keg Grove Brewing Company and Destihl. Destihl is providing a one-of-a-kind brew as one of their selections and Keg Grove's offerings will include a unique new…

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January 2019

Illinois Solar Training Academy

January 19 @ 8:00 am - January 20 @ 5:00 pm
$1850

Registration is open for the Midwest Renewable Energy Association's (MREA) 2019 Solar Training Academy! The Solar Training Academy is a series of weekend classes held January - March, designed to provide students with industry-leading solar technical training.  This is a great start for anyone interested in a career in solar.  Topics include photovoltaic (PV) fundamentals, PV site assessment practices, and design principles and considerations. Upon completion, students qualify to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)…

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February 2019

Beekeeping 101

February 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
ASMARK Center, 14171 Carole Drive
Bloomington, IL 61705
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$115

Beginner Beekeeping Workshop Interested in beekeeping? Join this class and learn how to manage your hive and harvest honey, use tools and equipment, promote bee health, proper seasonal care, and mentoring.  Lunch is provided and there are door prizes and a chance to win a complete hive! This class is presented by the Central Illinois Beekeepers Association, and costs $100 (members) or $115 (non-members), and includes lunch, a smoker, hive tool, book, drawing, and CIBA membership.  Additional family members can…

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Community Solar Array Launch Party at Stave!

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Stave Wine Bar and Market, 111 W North Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Support the Ecology Action Center and sign up for your own clean, renewable solar energy supply at an affordable rate! The Ecology Action Center is partnering with StraightUp Solar to promote their Community Solar Array. Community solar is a great way for Ameren customers, who cannot have or do not want a solar array on their own property, to access clean, low cost energy from the sun. StraightUp Solar is offering subscriptions to their ShineMine(™) community solar arrays, to be built this year.…

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Landscaping With Natives

February 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

Some scientists estimate the one out of every three bites of food we take is made possible by the ecosystem services provided by pollinators. However, many insect and pollinator populations are in decline around the world. This presentation will introduce you to gardening practices that support pollinators, plants that are important sources of food, and how you can incorporate pollinator habitat into your landscape.

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Winter Bike Movie — Rising From Ashes

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Normal Theater, 209 W North Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

It's the annual Winter Bike Movie at the Normal Theater. This year we're showing "Rising from Ashes," an inspiring, feature-length documentary about the first Rwandan national cycling team in their bid to make history and represent their country at the 2012 Olympics. Competing in a sport typically reserved for the privileged, a rag tag group of cyclists coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, are transformed into a powerful symbol of hope for a country…

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