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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August 2018

Rain Barrel Workshop

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

Registration for this workshop is CLOSED.  Be on the lookout for one of upcoming workshops in September! 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 Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier 55-gallon, food-grade…

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Ecology Action Center at Sweet Corn Blues Festival

August 25 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Uptown Normal Normal, IL 61761 United States + Google Map

The Ecology Action Center will be back at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival this weekend encouraging all visitors to compost their waste. With bins provided by Midwest Fiber, visitors can throw their corn cobs, napkins, and paper boats for composting all into one bin! Be sure to stop by our information booth to learn about our program areas, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Solar 2.0 Power Hour dates, and enter for a chance to win a free energy…

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Ecology Action Center at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival

August 26 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Uptown Normal Normal, IL 61761 United States + Google Map

The Ecology Action Center will be back at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival this weekend encouraging all visitors to compost their waste. With bins provided by Midwest Fiber, visitors can throw their corn cobs, napkins, and paper boats for composting all into one bin! Be sure to stop by our information booth to learn about our program areas, ask questions about recycling, check out upcoming Solar 2.0 Power Hour dates, and enter for a chance to win a free energy…

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September 2018

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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Rain Barrel Workshop

September 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This workshop has already occurred. Please refer to our BN Green Events calendar for upcoming rain barrel workshop dates. 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 Overflow hose and fittings with mosquito barrier…

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Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

September 20 @ 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 group…

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October 2018

Solar Bloomington-Normal 2.0 Solar Power Hour

October 4 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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