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
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 islwe.org.
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:
Mega Recycling Event begins
Climbing Wall Opens
Tai Chi Demonstration
Live music by acoustic guitarist and vocalist David Berchtold