Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

Expo
The Expo will include information and interactive displays from almost a hundred exhibitors.

March 31, 2017 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Central Illinois’ premier green event, the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo (ISLWE), will return on Saturday, April 8, 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, ISLWE 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 ISLWE provided by Connect Transit.*

ISLWE will offer MEGA Recycling again this year in the north parking lot of the Shirk Center from 9 a.m. to noon, 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.  

With healthy and sustainable living information and interactive displays from almost a hundred exhibitors, there will be fun activities for the whole family. This year, ISLWE includes a coffee/library lounge area in cooperation with The Coffeehound, cooking demos with Chad Sanders, a WGLT panel on Climate Change and Local Action, screen printing with Half Hazard Press, the Upper Limits climbing wall, storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis and locals bands including Stone and Snow, IWU’s own Eric Gordon, and The Old Men Boys. The Dinner Bell and Healthy in a Hurry food trucks will be on hand serving tasty food from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. along with Chef Shamon Bell’s famous hog roast samples later in the day.

 

Climbing wall
Upper Limits climbing wall returns to the Wellness Expo this year. 

Expo highlights include:

9 a.m.

  • Mega Recycling Event begins
  • Live music by David Berchtold
  • Upper Limits Rock Climbing wall opens

10:00 a.m.

  • Storytelling with Brian “Fox” Ellis

10:30 a.m.

  • Free bicycle tune-up from the Walk in Bike Out, through 1 p.m.

11 a.m.

  • Lunch with local food trucks Healthy In A Hurry and The Dinner Bell opens in the Shirk Center parking lot
  • Cooking demonstration with Chef Chad Sanders
  • Live music by Eric Gordon

12:00 p.m.

  • Live music by Stone and Snow

1:00 p.m.

  • Local hog roast samples
  • “Climate Change and Local Action” panel discussion with WGLT
  • Cooking demonstration with Chef Chad Sanders

2:00 p.m.

  • Storytelling with Brian “Fox” Ellis

2:45 p.m.

  • Live music by Old Men Boys

 

* A downloadable voucher required for free bus rides, plus more detailed information about the event can be found at ISLWE.org.