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 2019

Compost Bin Workshop

July 31 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 6:00 p.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, composting minimizes land-filled residential waste and produces a valuable organic fertilizer. The composting workshop includes everything you need to successfully begin home composting. We’ll discuss various types of compost systems and techniques in addition to troubleshooting tips to…

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August 2019

Yard Smart: Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance

August 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mennonite Church of Normal, 805 S. Cottage Avenue
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Free

Learn how using Yard Smart gardening and lawn care practices can reduce negative impacts on the environment and produce beautiful and bountiful gardens that work with instead of against nature. Yard Smart is part of the Ecology Action Center’s Clean Water Program and recognizes local homeowners who use ecologically–sustainable practices in their yard to the benefit of the whole community. Presenter Bio: Larissa Armstrong has worked for the Ecology Action Center since the fall of 2010 when she was hired…

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Rain Barrel Workshop

August 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Thursday, August 15, 2019 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) 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…

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Bruegala Beer Fest (recycling volunteers needed)

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - August 17 @ 8:00 pm
Normal Corn Crib, 1000 Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761 United States

The Ecology Action Center is excited to be a benefactor of the 20th annual Bruegala event to be held on August 16 and 17 at the Corn Crib in Normal. Bruegala is a charity beer and wine festival run by the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees that offers over 100 craft beers for sampling, more than 50 wines, a variety of food vendors, music and more throughout the two-day event. The EAC is one of four local non-profits that will receive a portion of…

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Ecology Action Center at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival

August 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Ecology Action Center will be back at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival this year 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 Grow Solar 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 25 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Ecology Action Center will be back at the Sweet Corn Blues Festival this year 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 grow Solar Power Hour dates, and enter for a chance to win a free energy…

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September 2019

McLean County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

September 7 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
TBA IL
Donations appreciated
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Rain Barrel Workshop

September 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us at our upcoming rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 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) 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…

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Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm – Screening

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Normal Theater, 209 W North Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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The newly established Food Studies minor program at Illinois State University is hosting a sneak preview of a new documentary that follows local farmer Henry Brockman as he grows food for the community on his sustainable farm, while grappling with the future of farming on personal, generational, and global levels. "Surrounded by the vast corn and soybean fields of central Illinois, Henry and Hiroko Brockman have run have run an idyllic, biodiverse family farm tucked into the wooded hills of…

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October 2019

Illinois Solar for All Presentation

October 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Activity and Recreaction Center, 600 E. Willow Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
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Illinois Solar for All is part of the state's Future Energy Jobs Act renewable energy legislation. ILSFA is designed to increase access to solar for low-income communities and the non-profits and public facilities that serve them. The Ecology Action Center is a designated Grassroots Educator for the program, and will offer presentations and open houses at the Activity and Recreation Center, Mid-Central Community Action, Habitat for Humanity, and the West Bloomington Revitalization Project to help educate the community about the…

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