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Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

Date & Time
Saturday, April 9, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
302 E. Emerson St., Bloomington, IL, 61701
Central Illinois’ premier green event, the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo, will return on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Illinois Wesleyan University Shirk Center. Sponsored by the Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness Program and the Ecology Action Center, the Expo is free and open to the public. Thanks to the help of Midwest Fiber, the ISLWExpo is the largest Zero Waste event in central Illinois. Sustainable commuting to the event is encouraged, with free valet-style bike parking provided by the Friends of the Constitution Trail, free bike tune-ups by Walk-In Bike-Out, and free rides to and from the ISLWExpo provided by Connect Transit.*

The ISLWExpo will once again offer MEGA Recycling in the Shirk Center Parking lot from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with one-stop recycling of items such as household electronics (no tube style TVs), clothing and other textiles, eyeglasses, hearing aids, Christmas lights, corrugated plastic campaign signs, and Terracycle items.

This year’s theme of “Sustainable Science and Industry” will be supported by multiple workshops including a panel discussion on global warming moderated by WGLT’s Mike McCurdy, a presentation on “green chemistry” by IWU professor Ram Mohan and a “Solar Power Hour” information presentation.

There will be fun activities for the whole family and dozens of exhibitors will provide information on healthy and sustainable living. This year’s ISLWExpo will include cooking demos with Epiphany Farms, Houchin Family Alpacas, Children’s Discovery Museum, screen printing with Half Hazard Press,Upper Limits climbing wall, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and locals bands including Stone and Snow, Hot Sauce Universe, David Berchtold and The Old Men Boys. The Bustaurant, Jackson’s Soul, and Healthy In A Hurry food trucks will be on hand serving tasty food from 11a.m. – 4p.m.

Expo highlights include:
9 a.m.
Mega Recycling Event begins
Climbing Wall Opens
Tai Chi Demonstration
9:30 a.m.
Live music by acoustic guitarist and vocalist David Berchtold
Dodge For a Cure Dodgeball Tournament (contact to enter)
10:00 a.m.
Workshop with IWU Professor Ram Mohan on Green Chemistry
10:30 a.m.
Professional storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis
Free bicycle tune-up from the West Bloomington Revitalization Project, through 1 p.m.
11 a.m.
Lunch with local Food Trucks in the Shirk Center parking lot
Epiphany Farms cooking demonstration with Chefs Ken Myszka and Stu Hummel of Epiphany Farms and Anju Above
11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion on Climate Change
12:00 p.m.
Live music by Stone and Snow
1:00 p.m.
Epiphany Farms cooking demonstration with Chefs Ken Myszka and Stu Hummel of Epiphany Farms and Anju Above
Local hog roast samples
Solar Power Hour
2:00 p.m.
Live Music Hot Sauce Universe
3:00 p.m.
Old Men Boys

*Full event details including downloadable paperless program guide and bus vouchers are available at the event website