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Sustainability Commission


    The Sustainability Commission advises the Bloomington City Council, Bloomington City staff, and the Bloomington community on policies, practices, procedures and proposals that relate to the sustainable use and management of environmental resources that include air, water, energy, land and ecological resources, and waste. The Commission helps to ensure that such resources will be sustained and continue to provide for a high quality of life for present and future generations.


    The commission is appointed by and advisory to the City Council. Its duties and responsibilities include the following: 

    • Collaborate with the City staff to review, evaluate, develop and advise the City Council on policies and practices regarding sustainability and management of environmental resources.
    • Engage with the Bloomington community and serve as a community liaison for issues, ideas and proposals while providing appropriate feedback.
    • Serve as a resource for other Bloomington commissions, boards, committees and task forces on any issues related to sustainability.

    Sustainability Commission meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Public Works Training Room. To find their agendas, webcasts, and documents, please see the City Meetings website.


    The Sustainability Commission shall have no more than nine members appointed by the City Council, with staggered terms of up to three years, and with an opportunity for appointment for a maximum of six years.

    Of these nine members, the majority shall be technical experts in one or more of the areas of sustainability as stated in the scope.  One seat shall be reserved for a City Council member. 

    Of the remaining members, efforts should be made to select members so that the diverse interests of the Bloomington community are represented including geographic diversity, education, student or youth, residents, businesses, faith-based and nongovernment organizations.

    Staff liaison

    The commission’s staff liaison is Ellen Biales

    Organics recycling drop-off

    We want to hear from you! All Bloomington residents are invited to participate in a five-minute survey about the organics recycling drop-offs located in Bloomington. The City would like to hear from all residents, whether you use the drop-offs or not! The information gathered will help the City evaluate the program and guide future changes. We value your feedback and want to ensure our programs reflect what residents support. To take the survey and learn more about organics recycling visit our website at

    Organics Recycling Drop Off Organics Recycling Drop Off