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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September 2017

Restoration of Woodland Properties

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

Woodlands are a natural community type intermediate between forests and savannas which typically support an oak-hickory tree canopy. Woodlands have the potential to support numerous species of native plants and animals, some quite rare, but are under threat by several factors. Many examples are in private ownership in Illinois and these landowners are key to maintaining and improving woodlands for conservation purposes. The presentation will cover aspects of assessing land and vegetation, setting realistic management goals and implementing a stewardship…

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Restoration of Woodland Properties

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

Woodlands are a natural community type intermediate between forests and savannas which typically support an oak-hickory tree canopy. Woodlands have the potential to support numerous species of native plants and animals, some quite rare, but are under threat by several factors. Many examples are in private ownership in Illinois and these landowners are key to maintaining and improving woodlands for conservation purposes. The presentation will cover aspects of assessing land and vegetation, setting realistic management goals and implementing a stewardship…

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Breaking Down Barriers to Energy Efficiency

September 20 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Town of Normal City Hall, 11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL United States
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Free

Do you want to save energy and money but aren't sure how to start or where to direct your efforts? Want to learn more about public sector energy efficiency programs? Need help figuring out how to finance an energy efficiency project? Attend “Breaking Down Barriers to Energy Efficiency," a SEDAC workshop, on behalf of Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. Uncover strategies and tools to advance your energy efficiency projects. We'll discuss how to overcome…

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Water and Sanitation in the 21st Century: A Human Rights Perspective on Domestic and International Challenges

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
IL United States
Free

Inga Winkler, Columbia University Water challenges are increasingly acknowledged. We read about water scarcity, water conflicts and the looming potential of water wars. However, the world is not running out of water, and there is more than enough water to meet everyone’s basic needs. The question of scarcity is largely a question of social, economic and political drivers and priority-setting in allocation. The talk will therefore shift the focus by addressing some of the issues that are usually neglected: the…

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October 2017

ParkLands at 50 years: Mission unchanged; Methods evolving

October 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, Corner of Cottage and Hovey
Normal, IL 61761 United States
Free

Guy Fraker will share with us information on how the ParkLands Foundation is involved in land preservation in Illinois. ParkLands was founded in 1967, the consummation of Loring Merwin’s (the publisher of the Pantagraph) vision.  The original concept was for ParkLands to act as an intermediary, assembling adjacent tracts of land which would them be conveyed to an appropriate unit of government to preserve. Unfortunately this plan did not work out as intended. ParkLands now holds over 3,000 acres. This…

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Sustainable Gourmet 2.0

October 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Epiphany Farms Restaurant, 220 E Front St
Bloomington , IL 61701 United States
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$40

  The Ecology Action Center invites you to attend “Wine & Dine, Brew & Chew: Sustainable Gourmet 2.0,” the twelfth annual fundraising event on Thursday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. This year’s event will feature artisanal local hors d’oeuvres prepared by the culinary team at Epiphany Farms, sampling of sustainably produced wine from Uptown Normal’s Stave Wine Bar, Central-Illinois crafted beer from JT Walker’s in Mahomet and Big Thorn Farm, the nation's only off-grid farmhouse brewery. This popular fundraiser for the…

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Composting Workshop

October 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED.  Workshops will resume in the spring!  We hope to see you then! Join us on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 90 a.m. to build your own composter!  Backyard composting is an easy way to reduce waste and create rich soil nutrients to enrich your garden at the same time.  Taking advantage of natural processes, minimizes land-filled residential waste and produces a valuable organic fertilizer. Pallet composter The composting workshop includes everything you need to successfully begin home composting.…

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November 2017

Greenways Conference

November 3 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Uptown Station 4th Floor, 11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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$25

This conference showcases our community's greenways--narrow bands of open spaces that can provide habitat for wildlife, provide essential routes for species migration, filter pollutants from water, enhance scenic and aesthetic qualities, and in many instances expand recreational as well as social, cultural, and economic opportunities. The conference is a chance for anyone who cares about our greenways to come together to mingle, learn from each other, and get inspired. This fall's event, held at Uptown Station on November 3, features…

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Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

November 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Volunteer Registration for this workday is closed.  Please keep an eye out for our December workday!  Come join us for our November 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.  The next workday is Saturday, November 18, from 9 am - 12 pm.  Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike…

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America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event – CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

November 18 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Illinois Wesleyan University Hansen Center Parking Lot, 300 East Beecher Street
Bloomington, IL 61701 United States
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Free

11/18/17 8:00 a.m. UPDATE: This event has been canceled due to severe weather.  Our apologies for any inconvenience.   The Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University are hosting a MEGA Recycling Event in the IWU Hansen Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017. This event is one of thousands across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, the nationally recognized day to promote and encourage recycling in the United States. Most families recycle…

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