Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

Exhibitors at the Expo provide information on healthy & sustainable living

March 30, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— 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 Illinois Wesleyan University’s 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 Expo 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. Bus vouchers are available at

The Expo 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 Ram Mohan, Illinois Wesleyan’s Wendell and Loretta Hess Professor of Chemistry; and a “Solar Power Hour” information presentation.

Fun activities for the whole family and dozens of exhibitors will provide information on healthy and sustainable living. This year’s Expo 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 local 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 11 a.m.-4 p.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 Global Warming

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 by Hot Sauce Universe

3:00 p.m.

  • Live Music by The Old Men Boys