Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo Promotes "Free For All"
April 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – A "free for all" and a statewide panel will highlight the fourth
annual Illinois Sustainable Living & Wellness Expo from April 16-18 at Illinois Wesleyan
"People often say to me, "I know I should be living better, but I'm not sure how to
do it,'" said Missy Smock, director of the Wellness Center at Illinois Wesleyan, which
is co-sponsoring the Expo with the Ecology Action Center in Bloomington. "The expo
does more than show people the problems, it offers them solutions to improve their
quality of life."
This year's expo, with the theme "Clean Water: The Ripple Effect," will kick off Thursday
night at 7 p.m. in the Young Main Lounge (104 E. University St., Bloomington) with
a panel discussing the relationship between food and drinking water. "It's an irony
that the food we eat affects the water we drink, and the water affects the choices
we have for food," said Michael Brown, executive director of the Ecology Action Center.
The panel titled "Clean Water, Healthy Food: Your Choices Matter" will include members
of the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Center, the McLean County Soil and Water
Conservation District, the Illinois State Water Survey, as well as professors from
Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University.
The events on Saturday and Sunday will take place in the Shirk Center (302 E. Emerson
St., Bloomington) and include more than 100 exhibitors, 20 demonstrations, as well
as a new event – the "Free for All," which Smock calls a new way to reuse items. Expo
sponsors are collecting "gently" used items, which will be offered for free to anyone
attending the event. "This is a way to show people that instead of adding more items
to our overcrowded landfills, nice items and toys can find good homes with other people
who might need them," said Smock.
The Expo will include workshops covering topics from rain barrels to energy efficiency.
"There is one workshop called 'Are We Finally Escaping Affluenza?'" said Smock. "It's
the idea that we may have hit our limit when it comes to affluence." A complete list
of workshops can be found at www.islwe.org. Two Expo favorites will return with the Kid's Eco-Carnival and the Affordable Fashion
Show. A special showing of the documentary FLOW will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the
Hours for the weekend are Friday, April 17, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. and Saturday, April
18, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. For a complete listing of times and exhibitors, go to www.islwe.org, or call more information, contact Smock at (309)556-3334, or Brown at (309)454-3169.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960