The Center for Sustainable Living is an umbrella organization that is comprised of a variety of grassroots environmental projects focused on different aspects of sustainability. Here are our current projects (updated March 2014):
- Bloomington Organic Gardening Association is an offshoot of the Grow Organic Educator Series (GOES) class. GOES graduates meet to share ideas, continue their education and educate the community. They have sponsored Organic Garden Walks and the Farmers’ Market Plant Exchange.
- Bloomington Winter Farmers’ Market increases the availability of fresh produce and other local products by extending the farmers’ market season. This market is held indoors December-March at Harmony School in Bloomington.
- Community Bicycle Project is a non-profit, volunteer run bike shop. Come in to work on your own bike or earn a bike by volunteering 3 hours helping out around the shop. No prior experience is necessary. Refurbished bicycles and bicycle parts are also available for purchase and volunteers are hand to help you along the way. Official shop hours are as follows: BP1 (7th & Madison) Mondays 6-9pm; Wednesdays 6:30-9pm; Saturdays 12-3pm (after the Farmer’s Market). BP2 (Grimes & Patterson on the B-Line) Tuesdays 6-9pm; Saturdays 3-6pm; Sundays 3-6pm.
- Discardia has a goal of stopping textiles and other reusable materials from going to landfills. According to the EPA Office of Solid Waste, textiles account for nearly 6.3% of annual municipal solid waste in an average city and Americans on average throw away over 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year. We will encourage sustainability in our community by encouraging the creation & sale of items made from reused materials. Workshops such as mending days and design classes for the Trashion/ReFashion Show are offered periodically. Ultimately, we wish to act as a hub for creative artisans who are already producing items from used materials, as well as encourage others to see the benefit of creative problem solving by way of example and education. Project website: http://www.discardia.org/
- Eco-Warrior Project is the production of a three part documentary film that focuses on environmental issues and activism in three countries: Turkey, India and the USA. The film will focus on grassroots environmental movements led by women.
- Habitat Stewards is a group that was created to help Bloomington become certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat. Bloomington was officially certified as a Wildlife Community Habitat in 2008. The Habitat Stewards provide information about creating a backyard habitat for homes, schools and churches. They offer habitat steward training to members of the community in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation. In 2011, they built a raingarden on the Indiana University Health Radiation Center grounds.
- Open Streets Bloomington reclaims streets as public places for people, not cars. The group sponsors Open Streets events in our town where the street becomes a reverse parade with participants actively becoming a parade of walkers, cyclists, climbers, hula hoopers, dancers, and more. Open Streets specifically supports physical activity, economic & social development, and broadening transportation choices.
- Solar Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) is a group focused on solar and other renewable energy forms. The Mission and purpose of SIREN is to provide a forum for the study, education and promotion of renewable energy technologies and resource conservation for its members and the public; to facilitate the installation of renewable energy throughout Southern Indiana; to be a point of connection with state, regional, national and international renewable energy networks.
- Trillium: The purpose of this group is to work in partnership with other initiatives to improve local food security, coordinate groups to care for and develop productive landscapes throughout our community, and provide education and training to support the home economy. The Trillium project is an example of community-based agricultural development where the public sector, businesses, and civic organizations combine efforts with citizens to enhance the role and sustainability of local agriculture in our community. Trillium welcomes the involvement of all sectors of the community in this project.