Illinois Wesleyan Hosts New Sustainable Living, Wellness Fair
April 5, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — In a combination of two popular local exhibitions, the first-ever
Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo will be held at Illinois Wesleyan University
on April 21 and 22.
The Illinois Wesleyan Wellness Fair has joined forces with the Illinois Sustainable
Living Fair to form the new two-day event, the collaboration between the Illinois
Wesleyan University Wellness Program, the Ecology Action Center of Bloomington/Normal,
and the Center for Sustainable Community of Stelle, Ill.
“Creating Healthy Communities” is the 2006 theme for the Illinois Sustainable Living
and Wellness Expo (ISLWE), which will again offer an exhibitors fair, located at Illinois
Wesleyan’s Shirk Center, 302 E. Emerson, and a workshop conference, which will be
held at IWU’s Center for Natural Science, 201 Beecher St.
Exhibitor hours will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fri., April 21 and from 10 a.m.
to 6 p.m. on Sat., April 22, with more than 100 exhibitors sharing products and information
on many aspects of sustainability and wellness. The exhibitors fair is free to the
public and will include live music, several workshops on popular topics, a fuel efficient
vehicle rally, live stage performances and more.
As in previous years at the Wellness Fair, a series of workshops and presenters will
be offered on each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information on such topics as health
and wellness, renewable energy, land use, green building, environmental justice and
sustainable living practices will be available.
A complete listing of all exhibitors and presenters is available at the Web site:
A keynote address will be presented by Bill Wilson, the executive director of the
Center for Sustainable Community, a non-profit educational organization located in
Stelle, at 7 p.m. on Fri., April 21, in the Main Lounge of the Memorial Student Center
(104 E. University St.).
Wilson has been an explorer and advocate of sustainable living and wellness his entire
adult life. He is a 28-year resident of Stelle, which started as a private, intentional
community in the early Seventies. Unable to find a cohesive direction, Stelle opened
its doors to the public in 1982 as a simple homeowners association allowing anyone
to buy, sell or build a home in the sustainably-oriented and progressive community.
Stelle hosts its own organic garden co-op, tool co-op, dinner co-op, solar-powered
telephone company, solar-powered high-speed internet service, a windmill that helps
power its water treatment facility and, nearby is Illinois' first straw bale home.
The keynote address will be followed by a social mixer featuring the music of The
Chestney Family Band.
Registration for the presenters is $15 for both days or $8 for one-day only (prior
to April 14) or $20 for both days or $12 for one day after April 14 and at the door.
The cost for the Friday evening reception only is $5. Children under 18 and students
with ID can attend free.
For more information on the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo, contact:
Missy Smock, Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness, (309) 556-3334
Bill Wilson, Center for Sustainable Community, (815) 256-2204
Julie Elzanati, Ecology Action Center, (309) 454-3169
CONTACT: Stew Salowitz, 309-556-3181