Category Archives: Community

Good to Go Commuter Challenge

The Good To Go Commuter Challenge is back!

May 16 – 22

Register and join the Illinois Wesleyan University group

Once registered, log in and record your daily commutes. Eligible modes include: biking, walking, taking the bus, telecommuting, and carpooling. It is easy and quick to find transit schedules, walking & biking routes, and find/create carpooling opportunities. Prizes will be awarded to the individual, the team and the employer with the most participation.

ISU vs. IWU Sustainability Challenge

The Illinois Green Business Association is hosting an intercollegiate sustainability challenge.

Tweet photos of green actions using the hashtag #SustainBloNo for a chance to win prizes.

Possible actions (11 actions for the 11th month) include:

1) Donate your clothes

2) Recycle

3) Post a tip or trick on a sustainability education bulletin board

4) Upcycle an item for a purpose different than its original use

5) Give a high five to a stranger or perform a random act of kindness

6) Use recycling bins on campus

7) Use CFL lightbulbs

8) Bike or walk to your destination

9) Brainstorm – think of a sustainable practice not listed. The most creative will receive a prize.

10) Pick up litter (hashtag #litterati) for exposure

11) Find and count reusable bottles vs. disposable water bottles

America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event

Saturday, Nov. 15
8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Hansen Student Center Parking Lot

One Day, One Time, One Place ‐ recycle many things at once!

– Electronics (Computers, VCRs, phones, small kitchen appliances, etc.) NO CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted
– Household Batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeables)
– Clothing and textiles (usable or not)
– Shoes (usable or not)
– Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
– Plastic Garden Pots Terracycle items

And as an added bonus ‐ FREE confidental paper shredding

Residential waste only.

Learn more or volunteer.

Bicycle Brainstorming Workshop

Do you ever wish it were easier to bike to Eastland Mall, downtown Bloomington, or anywhere else in the local community? The City of Bloomington is developing a master plan for bicycle accommodations and they want input from the IWU community!

In addition to the online feedback system, there will be a brainstorming workshop on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Bloomington Police Department. Participants will be given maps to mark roads where they want to see bike lanes, Constitution Trail extensions, additional bike racks, and anything else they can think of.

Emergency Public Meeting on Mahomet Aquifer

The City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal are sponsoring an emergency public meeting:

Mahomet Aquifer Summit
Saturday, Feb. 22,  9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Uptown Station (4th floor), 11 Uptown Circle in Normal


Briefly, a local disposal company is seeking approval to operate a chemical waste storage facility near the Clinton, Ill., Landfill site, a short distance from Bloomington/Normal. If approved, large quantities of the banned toxic chemical Polychlorinated Biphenyls, commonly referred to as PCBs, will be moved to the Clinton site. One of many concerns is that this facility would sit directly over the Mahomet Aquifer which provides drinking water for over 1,000,000 people in Central Illinois. Please consider attending for any or all of the meeting. The agenda:

McLean County Mahomet Aquifer Summit

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Uptown Station

4th Floor

11 Uptown Circle

Normal, IL   61761


Moderator – Steve Carter, retired City Manager, Champaign



9:00 a.m.       Registration

9:30                Overview of the Mahomet Aquifer and Sole Source Designation Application

  • Allen Wehrman, Project Engineer, Layne Hydro


10:15              Legal Challenges

  • Joe Hooker, Assistant City Attorney, Champaign, IL

10:45              Why Do We Need to Protect Our Aquifer?

  • Remarks by Selected Local, State and Federal Elected Officials


12:00 p.m.       Lunch (provided by the Town of Normal)

12:45              Citizen Advocacy Panel…

“Next Steps?  What Can We Do?” 

  • John Marlin, Prairie Rivers Network
  • Steve Bridges, Mahomet Aquifer Alliance    
  • Angelo Capparella, John Wesley Powell Audubon Society


2:00                Closing Comments –

  • Mark Peterson, City Manager, Normal


For more information, contact Mark Peterson, Town of Normal City Manager.


Bloomington Bike Survey

The city is embarking on creating a citywide bicycle master plan. This plan will help guide the future bicycling infrastructure investments in the city. Residents of Bloomington will have three different ways to participate:

  1. Express your opinion online via the virtual town hall at  Through this forum, you can voice your opinion, see what other members of the community are proposing in terms of Biking infrastructure improvements, engage in an online conversation with other contributors, pinpoint the problem areas on the map and interact with the city staff.
  2. Fill out the paper survey:  All Bloomington residents should receive a survey in the mail along with their water bills.  Please be sure to fill those out and send them back with your water payments. Encourage your neighbors to fill them as well.  If you do not get a water bill, please Call the Public Works at 434-2225 and they will send you a copy.
  3. Attend the workshop: We encourage you to attend an interactive workshop led by the League of Illinois Bicyclists (LIB) to learn about the project and types of bikeways, and to provide more detailed input in person.
    Public Brainstorming Workshop
    March 18, 2014 7-8:30 p.m.
    Bloomington Police Station
    Osborn Room
    305 S. East St. Bloomington, IL 61701

We urge you and your neighbors to utilize one of these ways to provide the feedback. Feel free to forward this invitation to any and all interested parties that may have an interest in participating in this important process.

Water Conservation

The City of Bloomington Water Department reports that U.S. Drought Monitor continues to rate McLean County as being in a moderate drought, and declining levels in the city’s two reservoirs have triggered action. Voluntary water conservation efforts are encouraged. Read more.

Among its goals for the year, the GREENetwork has identified the need for a campus drought response plan, to determine possible actions when water conservation is mandated.