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The Eco-Heroes Contest seeks to connect the natural curiosity of students and residents to their passion for the environment and creativity as artists, writers, and craftspeople. 


How To Enter 

The entry period for the 2020 Eco-Heroes Contest is now open!

Participation in the Eco-Heroes Contest is open to all public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12, as well as adults (18+) who reside in the City of Bloomington. The theme of the 2020 Eco-Heroes Art Contest is "Mission: Lower Emissions!" This theme is intended to spread knowledge about what causes climate change, and encourage participants to think of themselves as capable of making a difference toward a cleaner world. We can all make decisions that reduce our emissions, such as bicycling or walking instead of driving, eating more fruits and veggies instead of meat, and recycling and donating our things instead of throwing them away.

Entries based on the theme are welcome in a wide range of formats, including visual (e.g., drawings, sculptures, paintings, animations, and craft projects), written (e.g., stories, poems, and essays under 300 words), or performance art (e.g., songs, sketches, and plays). In addition to being honored as an Eco-Hero by Mayor John Hamilton at the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 18th at 10:00 AM, each Hero will be presented with prizes sponsored by local businesses.

Submissions should be dropped off with an entry form at the Department of Planning & Transportation, located in City Hall (401 N. Morton St., Suite 130) by Friday, April 3 at 5:00 PM.


If you have any questions about the Eco-Heroes contest, please email Kate Corcoran at or Jesus-Rivera Nasser at


2019 Eco Heroes Contest

The 2019 Eco Heroes Contest was a great success, with more than 100 tremendous and diverse submissions from sculptures, paintings, and songs, to animated films, drawings, and quilts.The Bloomington Environmental Commission is pleased have awarded 15 talented artists at its eighth annual Eco-Heroes Art Contest. All submissions were displayed at City Hall, with winning contestants awarded by Mayor John Hamilton at Showers City Hall in Council Chambers on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Certificates and prizes were awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place winners in five groups (Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adult). Local businesses sponsored prizes for the 2019 Eco-Heroes Art Contest, awarding over $1,500 in prizes. 

The theme of the 2019 Eco-Heroes Art Contest was “Lakes, Rivers, & Streams, Oh My!” This theme was intended to encourage participants to express the important role water and water bodies play in our environment, our well-being, and our community. Water sustains our bodies, our agricultural system, and the natural world that surrounds us. Water also serves an important cultural and social role in our lives; here in Bloomington we boat, swim, fish, and play in nearby Lake Monroe. 


Photo: "Spirit of Lake Monroe" Sculpture by Torin McLaughlin, 2019 Second Place Winner, 9th to 12th Grade - Sculpture made of collected trash around Lake Monroe (Photo by Kate Corcoran - SPEA Fellow)