The Center for Sustainable Living has a variety of projects that have come and gone over the years. Here are a few notable examples.
- Local First Indiana is now known as Local First Bloomington and has incorporated as its own successful nonprofit. Local First Indiana seeks to develop a unique support network for locally owned, independent business, promoting thinking and buying locally here in Bloomington, Indiana.
- The Natural Building Group worked to teach people about how to build homes and other buildings using natural materials such as cob, adobe, and slipstraw. They conducted a variety of workshops and were very active in the construction of the Straw Bale House (see below).
- The Straw Bale House was constructed in 2003-2004 by the Natural Building Group in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and with the support of Harmony School and Bloomingfoods. The house is a great example of a low-income, high efficiency home that blends in well with its Cottage Grove neighborhood while featuring straw bale walls and other natural building features.
- NWEI Discussion Groups have occurred intermittently throughout the years as a wonderful way for community members to come together and discuss the principles of living simply and sustainably. The Northwest Earth Institute has developed excellent books and discussion questions on a variety of topics ranging from local food to deep ecology to globalization. Please contact the Center if you would be interested in hosting a discussion group.
- The Composting Project was started to encourage backyard composting and vermicomposting (using worms) at home and at facilities like schools. The CSL has continued to offer composter sales and composting workshops periodically over the years.
- Transition Bloomington is a part of the international experiment to cushion communities in the age of peak “everything.” They are working towards providing food in the communities where we live, re-skilling individuals in lost knowledge and providing support in the age of extinctions. Green Acres Neighborhood Garden is part of this endeavor and is where the Green Acres community comes together to garden and learn.