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 2017

Composting Workshop

October 28, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Uptown Station 4th Floor, 11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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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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America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event – CANCELLED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

November 18, 2017 @ 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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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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Vermicomposting Workshop

November 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED Would you like to learn more about vermicomposting, and make and take home your very own vermicompost bin and worms? Join us on Monday, November 27 at 5:30 pm, learn about vermicomposting, construct your own container, fill it with worms, take it home and let the magic begin!  The workshop is $35 ($25 for EAC members). Each registered participant is encouraged to bring one guest with them (must be at least 8 years old), so…

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December 2017

YWCA Solar Makes Sense Presentation

December 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
YWCA, 1201 N Hershey Rd
Bloomington, IL 61704 United States
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The Ecology Action Center is co-hosting an event with Straight Up Solar to showcase the YWCA's new solar installation. You're invited to attend this educational solar presentation that will break down how businesses and homeowners can offset their energy use with solar energy. A sampling of topics includes: the Ecology Action Center's energy efficiency program, how solar works, national trends, utility interconnection, solar components, roofing considerations, Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs), and state and federal incentives. There will be adequate time for questions and…

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Smart Energy Workshop

December 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on January 1, 1970 at 10:00am

First United Methodist Church, 211 North School Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Are you interested in saving money on energy bills and reducing your environmental impact? Join us to learn more about your Smart Energy options. We will help to clear the confusion around incentives, rebates, hourly pricing, smart meters, electrical grid updates, and more. Contact Kathy Gossard at 309-662-5745.

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Kris Hall Retirement Open House

December 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Ecology Action Center, 202 W College Ave
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Please join us in congratulating EAC's Education Coordinator Kris Hall upon her retirement!  A lifelong educator, Kris has spent the past eight years teaching youth and adults alike about the importance of reducing waste, recycling what can't be reduced, protecting our local water supplies from pollution, and how to live more sustainably in general.  Prior to coming to the Ecology Action Center, Kris was Education Coordinator at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington for 22 years. Over the course of…

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January 2018

Slice of Lifelong Learning

January 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heartland Community College Workforce Development Center, 1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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The Ecology Action Center is presenting on "Energy Efficiency for Homeowners" as part of the Heartland Community College Continuing Education Slice of Lifelong Learning free event! Come sample a variety of  courses offered through Continuing Education, visit the booths of a variety of community organizations, and sit in on presentations like the EAC's!

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February 2018

Regulation and Human Health: An IWU Alum’s Experience at the EPA

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Former Illinois Wesleyan University student Joe Daniels will speak at 7pm on Monday, February 5 at IWU in State Farm Hall Room 102.  Joe Daniels '13, Risk Manager for the Office of Pesticide Programs in the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is returning to campus and will talk about the EPA and his work there, including a recent mission with FEMA doing hurricane relief work in Puerto Rico. Based in Washington DC, Joe's responsibilities in his role as Risk Manager for EPA include reviewing microbial…

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Sugar Creek Stewards Workday

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FOR THIS WORKDAY IS CLOSED.  PLEASE CHECK BACK SOON TO JOIN US IN MARCH!  Come join us for our February 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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