We are excited to host the Simply Living Fair during Going Local Week, on Saturday, September 10th from 12:00 to 5:30 in Third Street Park in Bloomington, Indiana.  Enjoy a rousing concert from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Bloomington Peace Choir, Soul Circle, and the International Dance Ensemble of IU.  Food Works for Middle Way House will have tasty lunches and snacks available all afternoon and over twenty organizations will be on hand with information on everything from solar panels to green cleaning to organic gardening.  There will be nine green living workshops (including three for kids and families) ranging in topic from seed saving to green investing to worm composting to trashion.  All events on Saturday are FREE.  The fair is organized by the Center for Sustainable Living in partnership with Bloomingfoods and with sponsorship from Bloomington Peace Partners, Gengee LLC, Monroe County Government, Branches Magazine, L.B. Stant, Worm’s Way, Green Sweep Cleaning Company, Cartridge World, Worldwide Automotive, Ben Brabson, and MPI Solar.

The Center for Sustainable Living will also be hosting a green living tour on Sunday, September 11th.  Tickets are $15 (available at Bloomingfoods or by e-mailing us at csloffice “at” gmail.com) which include round-trip transportation from Bloomingfoods East.  (Our originally scheduled morning Permaculture Tour has unfortunately been cancelled.)    From 1:30 to 3:30, discover how the Bessler and Kirk/Urrutia families have lowered their carbon footprint by reducing their electrical use and incorporating different kinds of solar technology to their homes (solar electricity, solar furnace, and solar hot water).  The Besslers won the 2010 Energy Showdown by lowering their electrical bills by 46% between 2009 and 2010!

Want more green living opportunities?

  • Check out the other events during Going Local Week (September 3-11) celebrating local business, local food, and local culture.
  • Look for upcoming information about Food for Thought Week (September 12-17)
  • Learn how permaculture design principles can help you live more simply and sustainably by signing up for the upcoming fall permaculture certification course held on weekends in September and October
  • Participate in a “Food for Thought” discussion group with Earth Care (details to be announced in the September Earth Care e-newsletter)
  • Join the Center for Sustainable Living to stay up-to-date on workshops & events promoting green, simple, and sustainable living!