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Imagine Bloomington

The City of Bloomington has launched a new campaign called “Imagine Bloomington”, and wants everyone to get involved! To help shape the future of Bloomington, visit the Imagine Bloomington webpage and chose from the various methods of contributing to the City’s comprehensive plan. If you don’t have time to attend one of the many workshops, you can participate online through the City’s online Town Hall, Facebook page, or Twitter; you can also  share your thoughts through a short survey.

Imagine Bloomington Webpage


Informational Sessions

Green Drinks presents Ben Brabson

When: 5:30 – 7:30 PM (Wednesday, February 22)

Where: Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company, 350 West 11th Street

Description: At 6 p.m., Ben Brabson, Emeritus Professor of Physics, will provide a presentation entitled “Climate Change and Bloomington”.  The talk will focus on ways that we in Bloomington can take full advantage of our capacity to think, to understand and to benefit from specific actions to both mitigate and adapt to our changing climate.

Green Drinks Bloomington is a lively, informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world.  Folks gather every month to share libations and ideas, discuss, debate, explore and make new friends and business connections. It is held the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company. There’s a $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided. To receive a monthly reminder, write  To learn more about Green Drinks visit

Prospect Hill presents: Permaculture Presentation by Keith Johnson

When: 7:00 -9:00 pm (Tuesday, March 6th)

Where: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium 

Description: Come learn about Permaculture from Keith Johnson! Permaculture is about designing ecological human habitats and food production systems.  It is a land use and community building movement which strives for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive communities. A central theme in permaculture is the design of ecological landscapes that produce food. However, permaculture entails much more than just food production. Energy-efficient buildings, waste water treatment, recycling, and land stewardship in general are other important components of permaculture. Permaculture has expanded its purview to include economic and social structures that support the evolution and development of more permanent communities, such as co-housing projects and eco-villages. 

Keith is an experienced permaculture site designer and teacher.  He has been providing consulting advice and design since 1979.  He has developed an intimate knowledge of various regional landscapes, botany, soils, earthworks, natural building and other skills.  With a wealth of experience in temperate climate permaculture systems he offers a range of consulting services to regional and distant clients.

What’s Going on Around Bloomington

Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center Now Open for Business
A new recycling center has opened downtown in the parking lot behind the Showers Building on 10th Street. The center is part of a collaboration of the City of Bloomington, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District and Pedal Power owner Chad Roeder to make recycling more sustainable and accessible to downtown residents.

The recycling center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Materials accepted at the center include:

  • Steel and aluminum cans (no scrap metal)
  • Plastics #1-7
  • Clear and colored glass bottles and jars (no window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, etc)
  • Mixed paper/fibrous products (junk mail, newspaper, office paper, paperboard, etc)
  • Corrugated cardboard

All materials must be free from food contamination, and paper and cardboard products must be dry. The center does not currently accept hazardous materials such as paint, aerosols, poisons or batteries, but these items may be taken to the Monroe County Recycling Center at 3400 S. Walnut Street. Visit their facebook page or website for more information. For further questions about the recycling center downtown call Chad Roeder at 325-2777.

Sign a petition for local transit funding referenda

Bloomington Transportation Options for People (B-TOP) has passed a resolution supporting a petition from the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority calling for dedicated funding for transportation. To read and sign the petition, visit, if you are involved in an organization that may want to pass a resolution, the coalition is looking for more supporting organizations to sign on.

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Bloomington Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Biking Beyond IU

Bloomington’s biking culture has a long history. In 1951, the town held its first “Little 500,” the popular amateur bike race. In 1968, the “Hilly Hundred,” the three-day back-roads race through the hills of Southern Indiana, made its debut.  And of course everyone knows the movie Breaking Away, which brought national attention to our unique little town that is Bloomington. The biking culture has grown substantially over the years and continues to be an integral part of the Bloomington Community.

Biking in Bloomington:

Bloomington Bicycle Club – Provides cyclists group riding opportunities and also includes bike advocacy.

Bloomington Community Bike Project – A non-profit organization where volunteers teach bike maintenance, and community members can build their own bike for free in exchange for volunteer hours.

City of Bloomington Bicycle

Bloomington Velo News – Blog maintained by a cooperative posting of different cycling community members. Provides updates on road conditions, events, and news.

Local shops/repair:

Bikesmiths (

Bike Garage (

Revolution Bike and Bean (

Bicycle Doctor – he’s mobile (

Bloomington Beyond IU

The Green Teams is not just about making your office more sustainable. It is about changing the way you live, work, think, and act. This is where Bloomington Beyond IU comes into play. Bloomington Beyond IU is meant to be an information source for the Green Teams as a way to learn about various sustainable events, practices, and business in our community. All of us have carved out our own niches in Bloomington, and I would love to hear about yours.