This Week in Sustainability 10.31.11

10/31/2011 § Leave a comment

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Monday, October 31

Workshop in Political Theory and Analysis Colloquium Series presents: Ecological Macroeconomics, a Tropic Conundrum, and Steady Statesmanship in Global Affairs
When: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Where: Georgian Rm, IMU
Description: Presented by Dr. Brian Czech, President, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, Arlington, VA, and Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Abstract: Ecological macroeconomics focuses on the size of the economy relative to its containing, sustaining ecosystem; sometimes called the “scale issue.” One of the clearest manifestations of the scale issue is the conflict or trade-off between economic growth and biodiversity conservation. This conflict is ultimately based on laws of thermodynamics and is, in that sense, a “fundamental” conflict that cannot be reconciled with technological progress. Attempts to handle this conflict with microeconomics – such as the valuation and marketing of ecosystem services – are at odds with the trophic origins of money. The conflict between economic growth and biodiversity conservation helps illuminate limits to growth, the concept of uneconomic growth, and numerous perils of economic growth including environmental protection in general, economic sustainability, national security, and international stability. Given this conceptual framework, GDP (gross domestic product; the primary indicator of economic activity) becomes an index of environmental impact or ecological footprint. Therefore, ecological macroeconomics calls for international diplomacy in which a nation’s ecological footprint or GDP/hectare may be used as criteria of appropriateness and justice.

The Department of Statistics presents: Spatio-temporal Statistical Modeling of Land-Cover Processes
When: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Maple Rm, IMU
Description: Lecture from Desheng Liu, Ohio State University Department of Geography and Department of Statistics.
Abstract: Land-cover and land-cover change determine surface conditions critical to many environmental and ecological processes. Satellite remote sensing provides a modern approach to monitoring land-cover dynamics. The increasing availability of long time series of satellite images, especially the recent free release of multi-decadal Landsat satellite data by USGS, presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve our ability to monitor land-cover change more frequently and advance land change science. This talk presents a new land-cover classification/change detection method that can take advantage of the increasing temporal depth of satellite images. I will first review the major challenges in land-cover mapping from remote sensing and then examine the effects of different classification models on land-cover results. Following this, a novel spatial-temporal statistical modeling approach will be introduced to estimate land-cover processes from multi-temporal satellite imagery. Finally, results from land-cover mapping using multi-temporal Landsat and MODIS images will be used to demonstrate the methodology. 

 

 

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Indiana University Bloomington celebrates Campus Sustainability Day Wednesday

10/26/2011 § Leave a comment

Indiana University Bloomington will join universities and colleges across the nation this Wednesday (Oct. 26) in celebrating Campus Sustainability Day, an event that was created in 2003 to draw attention to the growing momentum of sustainability initiatives in institutions of higher education.

In partnership with the Bloomington Professional Council (BPC) and the Student Sustainability Council (SSC), the Office of Sustainability (IUOS) has developed activities and events to support students, faculty and staff members in creating an environmentally, socially and economically healthy campus community.

Opportunities to make personal commitments to live, learn and work more sustainably include:

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This Week in Sustainability 10.25.11

10/25/2011 § Leave a comment

If you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to susevent@indiana.edu (or reply to this email) by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. Occasionally, we will send out additional notices, but we’ll try to keep those to a minimum.

 

October 5 – November 2

IU Fall Energy Challenge
Where: Your academic building, residence hall, and/or Greek house
Indiana University will celebrate the second running of the Fall Energy Challenge from Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 2. This semester, the IU Office of Sustainability will focus its efforts on increasing participation and engagement within veteran buildings. While past effort was focused on expanding the scope of the challenge and increasing the breadth of buildings participating, emphasis this year will be on increasing the intensity of participation and enthusiasm within the buildings that have been in the challenge for some years.
In pursuit of these goals, IUOS is rolling out a new promotional campaign for the program.  The new campaign will focus on securing written, public commitments from participants to engage in sustainable behaviors during the four weeks of the competition.  Participants will receive pins declaring “I’m taking the Energy Challenge!” upon signing the electronic pledge form.  Participants will also be invited to have their photos taken in a traveling photo pledge booth, all of which will be uploaded to the program’s website and Facebook page.
For more information about the 2011 Fall Energy Challenge and water and energy saving tips, please visit http://energychallenge.indiana.edu.  If you would like to request pledge pins or to reserve the traveling photo pledge booth for a group or meeting, contact Energy Challenge Coordinator Will McHenry at iuec@indiana.edu.

Tuesday, October 25

NO CLEAR Answer? or NUCLEAR Solution?
Understand the debate over nuclear energy in relation to hazardous waste disposal options, public health, and sustainability.
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Meyers Hall room 130
Description: Following Japan’s nuclear disaster in March, the debate over the use of nuclear energy received significant attention worldwide. While some countries rely almost entirely on nuclear power and view it as a clean energy source, others adamantly refuse to implement it. This contrast generates much confusion over what nuclear energy actually is, if it is in fact dangerous, and how it may or may not fit into the future of energy in the United States. Join us in a conversation about the current and future state of nuclear energy. The discussion will be led by three panelists and will address radiation safety, nuclear waste disposal options, and whether or not nuclear can be considered sustainable. Rather than pushing for one side of the issue, this event seeks to open up a forum for audience questions. Our distinguished panelists include:

John Applegate is the Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law as well as the IU Executive Vice President for regional affairs, planning, and policy. He was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board and is nationally recognized for his work in environmental risk assessment and policy analysis. Applegate has written many books and articles on the regulation of toxic substances, defense nuclear waste, public participation in environmental decisions, and international environmental law.

Paul Sokol is a professor of condensed matter physics (experimental) at IU. His research expertise includes the areas of neutron and X-ray scattering, quantum liquids, nanosytems, and phase transitions. Sokol formerly served as director of the IU Cyclotron Facility, recently restructured into the new physics research laboratory, called the Center for the Exploration of Energy and Matter.

Gregory Crouch is a broadly trained radiological health and safety professional with more than 30 years of diverse experience in various positions within universities and government. He holds a Master of Science in Radiological Health Physics from Purdue University and a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Director of Radiological Safety for Indiana University – Bloomington, where his responsibilities include managing the activities and associated hazards of radioactive material uses licensed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. His professional experience also includes serving in several key positions in State Radiological Emergency Response Plans. Crouch has developed and taught courses in “Environmental Health Science”, Controversies in Environmental Health,” “Radiological Hazard Management”, and “Nuclear Technology and the Environment.”

This event is co-sponsored by IU Volunteers in Sustainability and the Hutton Honors College.

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Check the Box to Donate $5 to the IU Sustainability Fund!

10/19/2011 § Leave a comment

The Student Sustainability Council (SSC) needs your help!  Each semester when you register, you can donate $5 through your bursar account to projecta that make IUB a more sustainable place to live, learn and work.

Projects may involve:

  • Renewable energy systems
  • Clean transportation options
  • Comprehensive campus recycling

All funds raised are managed by the SSC, a coalition of student groups and student governments on campus.  If you or a group you are involved in are interested in joining the SSC and helping determine how these funds will be used, email the SSC at iubssc@indiana.edu.

Visit the SSC online at www.indiana.edu/~iubssc.

This Week in Sustainability 10.18.11

10/18/2011 § Leave a comment

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October 5 – November 2

IU Fall Energy Challenge
Where: Your academic building, residence hall, and/or Greek house
Indiana University will celebrate the second running of the Fall Energy Challenge from Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 2. This semester, the IU Office of Sustainability will focus its efforts on increasing participation and engagement within veteran buildings. While past effort was focused on expanding the scope of the challenge and increasing the breadth of buildings participating, emphasis this year will be on increasing the intensity of participation and enthusiasm within the buildings that have been in the challenge for some years.
In pursuit of these goals, IUOS is rolling out a new promotional campaign for the program.  The new campaign will focus on securing written, public commitments from participants to engage in sustainable behaviors during the four weeks of the competition.  Participants will receive pins declaring “I’m taking the Energy Challenge!” upon signing the electronic pledge form.  Participants will also be invited to have their photos taken in a traveling photo pledge booth, all of which will be uploaded to the program’s website and Facebook page.
For more information about the 2011 Fall Energy Challenge and water and energy saving tips, please visit http://energychallenge.indiana.edu.  If you would like to request pledge pins or to reserve the traveling photo pledge booth for a group or meeting, contact Energy Challenge Coordinator Will McHenry at iuec@indiana.edu.

Thursday, October 20th
Building Tomorrow’s first event of the year, the StandOff!
When: Building Tomorrow will stand for 24 hours as a club (Thursday, 7am – Friday, 7am) but your group can decide on your own hours.
Where: In your classes! At the library! On Kirkwood! Wherever you are throughout your day. Booths will be set up in front of Ballantine, as well as at 10th and Fee.
Description: Building Tomorrow stands for 24 hours throughout our daily activities (in class, at meetings, you name it!) and at our tables around campus to raise awareness for our cause: access to primary education for all. This year, we want to empower YOU to stand with us, raising awareness for your own cause! The StandOff is a great way to empower groups across campus to come together and spread awareness for their causes, and we would like as many groups to get involved as possible! Please contact Meg Hassey at mhassey@umail.iu.edu if you are interested in standing with us!

This Week in Sustainability 10.10.11

10/10/2011 § Leave a comment

If you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to susevent@indiana.edu (or reply to this email) by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. Occasionally, we will send out additional notices, but we’ll try to keep those to a minimum.

 

October 5 – November 2

IU Fall Energy Challenge
Where: Your academic building, residence hall, and/or Greek house
Indiana University will celebrate the second running of the Fall Energy Challenge from Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 2. This semester, the IU Office of Sustainability will focus its efforts on increasing participation and engagement within veteran buildings. While past effort was focused on expanding the scope of the challenge and increasing the breadth of buildings participating, emphasis this year will be on increasing the intensity of participation and enthusiasm within the buildings that have been in the challenge for some years.
In pursuit of these goals, IUOS is rolling out a new promotional campaign for the program.  The new campaign will focus on securing written, public commitments from participants to engage in sustainable behaviors during the four weeks of the competition.  Participants will receive pins declaring “I’m taking the Energy Challenge!” upon signing the electronic pledge form.  Participants will also be invited to have their photos taken in a traveling photo pledge booth, all of which will be uploaded to the program’s website and Facebook page.
For more information about the 2011 Fall Energy Challenge and water and energy saving tips, please visit http://energychallenge.indiana.edu.  If you would like to request pledge pins or to reserve the traveling photo pledge booth for a group or meeting, contact Energy Challenge Coordinator Will McHenry at iuec@indiana.edu.

Monday, October 10 
The True Cost of Coal 
When: 7:00 -9:00 PM
Where: Collins Living Learning Center Courtyard
Description: The True Cost of Coal is a presentation by a traveling group called the Beehive Collective that uses a large portable mural to explain the history and negative environmental effects of the coal industry.  In 2008, the Beehive Design Collective allied with Appalachian grassroots organizers fighting Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining, a highly destructive practice that blasts ancient mountains into toxic moonscapes to fuel the ever-growing global demand for electricity. This graphic reflects the complexity of the struggles for land, livelihood, and self-determination playing out in Appalachia, while honoring the tremendous history of organized resistance and the courage of communities living in the shadow of Big Coal. This event is sponsored by Coal Free IU. 

This Week in Sustainability 10.3.11

10/03/2011 § Leave a comment

If you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to susevent@indiana.edu (or reply to this email) by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. Occasionally, we will send out additional notices, but we’ll try to keep those to a minimum.

 

Tuesday, October 4
Midwest Powershift Logistical Meeting
When: 7:15 PM
Where: Ballantine Hall Rm. 336
Description: Anyone interested in attending Midwest Power Shift in Cleveland October 21-23 (see event detail below) should attend this informational/logistical meeting. We will discuss housing and transportation to the event, as well as ways to raise money and  awareness in the weeks leading up to the event. This is a crucial meeting to attend if you plan to travel with our coalition; so if you are going to attend Powershift but cannot make Tuesday’s meeting, please email  coalfreeiu@gmail.com and we can help get you set up. If you have to arrive later in the evening, that’s fine, too.

September 29 – October 4
28th Annual American Red Cross Book Fair 
Where: Monroe County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building West
Description: There will be between 80,000-100,000 gently used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, cassettes, records, games, puzzles, maps, sheet music, and many other items for sale at very reasonable prices.  Opening day admission is $10, but the rest of the 
week‘s entrance is free.  Please visit http://monroe-redcross.org for complete details (including exciting specials!), or call us at 812-332-7292 to receive a Book Fair bookmark with dates, times, and specials listed, to receive additional information, or volunteer for this event. 

Thursday, October 6
Griffy Woods Invasive Species Removal 
When: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Griffy Woods 
Description: Join Preserve staff to pull invasive species at Griffy Woods, a parcel of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Meet the Preserve staff at 4:00 p.m., in the Griffy Woods parking lot. The Preserve staff will bring tools and equipment. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and long pants and also bring water. We will provide the work gloves.

Please RSVP on Facebook, email preserve@indiana.edu, or call 855-8742 to let the Preserve Staff know you are coming.

Griffy Woods Preserve: From the 45/46 Bypass / Fee Lane intersection- travel northeast on E. Matlock Rd. for .3 miles. Make hard bend to the left onto N. Headley Rd. Travel on N. Headley Rd around hard bend to right and back to the left, for about .5 miles total until you reach the parking area on the left-hand side.


October 3, 4, and 7 
Lecture Series and Mini-Conference on Environmental Policy
The Department of Economics, SPEA, the Department of Geography and European Union Center present several upcoming special events in Environmental Policy:  
·         Lecture Series: The Green Paradox
by Professor Hans Werner Sinn (University of Munich and the Ifo Institute,
Germany) based on his new book The Green Paradox, forthcoming in MIT Press.
Lecture I: Monday, October 3 at 4 pm in Wylie Hall 005.
Lecture II: Tuesday, October 4 at 4 pm in Wylie Hall 005.
·         Mini-Conference on Environmental Policy on Friday, October 7
Location: Tocqueville Room, Political Theory Workshop, 513 North Park Avenue
Program:
9:15- 10:15:  Arik Levinson, Georgetown University: Environmental Engel Curves
1015-10:45: Coffee break
10:45-11:45: Sara Pryor, Indiana University:  Furloughing climate science into climate policy: A physical scientists perspective
3:00-4:00 : Hans Werner Sinn, University of Munich and the Ifo Institute:  The Green Paradox (forthcoming with MIT Press)
4:00-4:30 Coffee break


October 5 – November 2
IU Fall Energy Challenge
Where: Your academic building, residence hall, and/or Greek house
Indiana University will celebrate the second running of the Fall Energy Challenge from Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 2. This semester, the IU Office of Sustainability will focus its efforts on increasing participation and engagement within veteran buildings. While past effort was focused on expanding the scope of the challenge and increasing the breadth of buildings participating, emphasis this year will be on increasing the intensity of participation and enthusiasm within the buildings that have been in the challenge for some years.
In pursuit of these goals, IUOS is rolling out a new promotional campaign for the program.  The new campaign will focus on securing written, public commitments from participants to engage in sustainable behaviors during the four weeks of the competition.  Participants will receive pins declaring “I’m taking the Energy Challenge!” upon signing the electronic pledge form.  Participants will also be invited to have their photos taken in a traveling photo pledge booth, all of which will be uploaded to the program’s website and Facebook page.
For more information about the 2011 Fall Energy Challenge and water and energy saving tips, please visit http://energychallenge.indiana.edu.  If you would like to request pledge pins or to reserve the traveling photo pledge booth for a group or meeting, contact Energy Challenge Coordinator Will McHenry at iuec@indiana.edu.

Friday, October 7

Urbanized Summit
When: 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: The Toby Theater at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Description:
Engage with urban leaders and change-makers in a half-day summit focused on the design of Indianapolis and issues around urbanism: transit, civility, diversity, redevelopment, livability, and resilience. The summit is segmented into three themes: LOOK, MOVE, and GROW. In the LOOK segment, hear from experts on big ideas foundational to the future of our city. In MOVE, tackle issues surrounding transit in Indianapolis. In GROW, participate in a sticky-note brainstorming session facilitated by Big Car and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful designed to translate urban design livability principles into actionable ideas. Also, at the Urbanized Bazaar, meet those leading the latest, greatest urban design initiatives that are shaping Indianapolis now and in the future. 

At 5 pm, Gary Hustwit’s new film, Urbanized, will be screened in The Toby following the summit.
Confirmed speakers/panelists:
-Dan Hellmuth, AIA, LEED, principal, Hellmuth & Bicknese Architects, St. Louis MO
-Khaula Murtadha, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Lifelong Learning at IUPUI and professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at IUPUI
-Vop Osili, founding partner and principal, A+X Design and Development
-Bruce Race, FAIA, AICP, Principal, RACESTUDIO & Assoc. Professor of Practice, Master of Urban Design Program, Ball State University
-John Schneider, Chair, Alliance for Regional Transit, Cincinnati OH
-Ron Gifford, Executive Vice President for Public Policy & Executive Director of the Central Indiana Transit Task Force, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership
-Samantha Cross, Director of Business Development, IndyGo
-Miriam Fathalla, blogger & former environmental planning officer in Melbourne, Australia, and émigré to the American midwest
-Bill Taft, Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation
-Derrick Braziel, Founder of Dreamapolis
-Brian Payne, President of Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation
-Jim Walker, Director of Big Car and David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc

Saturday, October 8
Greening Cream & Crimson Volunteer Opportunity (vs. Illinois)
When: 2-hour shifts available between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM
Where: 17th and Fess
Description: Are you ready to show off your Hoosier Pride this upcoming Saturday, October 8, when the Hoosiers take on Illinois? Yes you are, and you can help IU Athletics go green!You’re invited to attend the fourth 2011-2012 Greening Cream and Crimson event. We need your help with the assistance of promoting our green initiatives, including recycling and our bike valet program. Volunteers will educate fans on recycling, help increase the amount of recycling, assist with our bike valet program, and have a blast while doing it!
We have various 2 hour shifts available throughout the day so you don’t have to give up your entire Saturday to volunteer with us. During your shift, volunteers will receive a Greening Cream and Crimson T-shirt, as well as snacks and drinks. Click here for more information and to register!

If you have any questions, please contact John Hageman atgcc@indiana.edu or by phone at 847.421.6259

Monday, October 10 
The True Cost of Coal 
When: 7:00 -9:00 PM
Where: Collins Living Learning Center Courtyard
Description: The True Cost of Coal is a presentation by a traveling group called the Beehive Collective that uses a large portable mural to explain the history and negative environmental effects of the coal industry.  In 2008, the Beehive Design Collective allied with Appalachian grassroots organizers fighting Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining, a highly destructive practice that blasts ancient mountains into toxic moonscapes to fuel the ever-growing global demand for electricity. This graphic reflects the complexity of the struggles for land, livelihood, and self-determination playing out in Appalachia, while honoring the tremendous history of organized resistance and the courage of communities living in the shadow of Big Coal. This event is sponsored by Coal Free IU. 


October 21-23


Bluegrass Bioneers: The Leading Sustainable Solutions Conference
Where: The University of Louisville
Description: Bluegrass Bioneers 2011 (BluegrassBioneers.org) – presented by BEcreative and the University of Louisville Center for Environmental Education – is the southeast’s Beaming Bioneers incarnation and is based 
in Louisville, KY. Louisville is proud once again to be a Bioneers satellite city. The 3-day conference will be held at the University of Louisville & Rauch Planetarium (Google Map Link), October 21-23. The full list of 2011 Plenary Speakers is still being determined, but among this year’s renowned national keynote speakers are feminist icon Gloria Steinem; renewable energy guru Amory Lovins; and master mycologist Paul Stamets. More information at http://www.bluegrassbioneers.org/.
The third annual Bluegrass Bioneers will combine national plenary speakers and experts on the “big screen” from the national Bioneers Conference 
in California with live local & regional speakers, experts, and performances for an entertaining and enriching event that encourages innovative, creative solutions to help Louisville and the rest of the world build a more just and sustainable society. On a national level, Bioneers is an inspired and inspiring annual 3-day conference in Northern California of more than 3,000 social, scientific, and environmental innovators working to create a more just and sustainable world for humanity. The website is www.bioneers.org and the organization’s tagline is “Revolution from the Heart of Nature.” 

Midwest Powershift

Where: Cleveland, OH

Description: A weekend youth conference to educate, train, and inspire participants to become agents of change in transforming Americas dirty energy policy into creating a clean economic future. Attendees will participate in grassroots training sessions, public demonstrations, hear from leaders in the environmental movement, learn about the various aspects of sustainability, meet others from Midwest schools who have been effective on their home campuses, and view upcoming environmental documentaries. An IU coalition is forming to carpool to and from the conference. All those who are interested can email coalfreeiu@gmail.comMore information at http://midwest.wearepowershift.org/.

Sunday, October 23
Civic Leadership Development Campus Cleanup
Groups will meet and leave from Dunn Meadow. More information coming soon!

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:


Call for Papers on Higher Education and Sustainable Food Systems
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is calling for papers that focus on university or college sustainability efforts related to food and agriculture. Papers could be based on case studies, surveys, focus groups, impact analysis, or other research based on your campus’s or students’ experiences. Contact Duncan Hilchey at duncan@newleafnet.com if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the call. Full text of the current calls is available here. To learn more about the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, go to www.AgDevJournal.com.


Skilled Labor Needed for Tornado Home Repairs
Three Bloomington-area homes damaged in this May’s tornado are still in need of repair. Use your skills to make these homes safe havens once again for their owners. Funding is now available through a grant to purchase supplies, but volunteer labor is needed to make these dollars stretch to completely repair these homes in time for the change of season. The need is urgent! Volunteers with any of the following skills are encouraged to help: plumbing, electrical, roofing, masonry, construction, drywall, and general labor. Volunteers will be assigned to a general contractor and a home depending on where their skills are needed. Time commitment is flexible, and based on project needs. Some projects will take only a few hours. Experienced people to act as the general contractors for each home are also needed!  Give as much or as little time as you have available. Please contact Van Buren Township Trustee, Rita Barrow at812-825-4490 or vbtrita@bluemarble.net if you can help. Learn more >>

Green Acres Neighborhood Ecovillage

Want to grow sustainable community right here in Bloomington? Our “retrofit cohousing” ecovillage offers sustainability-related events, community potlucks, music jams, and much more. Come learn with us (even if you don’t live in the neighborhood) and make new friends. We welcome folks of all ages who are attracted to our vision. Learn more at www.ganecovillage.org/vision-and-values. To get involved, join our email list by sending a blank email to: green-acres-neighborhood-ecovillage+subscribe@googlegroups.com.


U8 network seeks IU student involvement

The U8 is a global network that connects students and institutions from around the world to discuss international development issues (www.u8development.org). We are a non-profit organisation that has been running since 2005 and has previously brought together students from around the world to discuss development issues with the desire to engage policy makers and the media. Our summits in Warwick and Cambridge brought the student voice to the attention of governments and the world’s media.

In 2011 we are undertaking our most ambitious projects to date and would love for students Indiana University to be part of this. We already have universities from all over the world who are going to participate, including the prestigious universities of Oxford, Cambidge and Harvard. This November we will be hosting a global online summit that will connect students from all around the world for a weekend of truly inclusive discussion. Student groups from more developed countries will be twinned with those from less developed countries, giving members the chance to gain a exciting and honest first-hand perspective on life in developing countries, donor countries and the public opinion in each towards the other. Of course, as we are a non-profit organisation, all our services are cost free. All we ask for are interested students.

This is a really exciting time for students to link with the U8 and join our network of universities.  Students or student societies/organizations that may be interested in joining the U8 global network or starting a U8 group, or those would simply like more information about what the U8 is, how a U8 group works or what the Summit will involve please contact Daniel Waldron (dan@u8development.org). 


Bloomington Community Orchard Workdays and Events
The Orchard has many September opportunities for all interest levels. Workdays, team meetings, limestone benchmaking workshop, tabling at community events, tours at the Orchard..the list goes on! Check out our calendar (http://www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site/calendar) for details or email Stacey at getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org for more information. 

Middleway House Seeks Urban Agriculture Intern
Middle Way House, a national model domestic violence program located in Bloomington, is in the process of creating a demonstration production roof garden. There is still time to have an impact on its design and content, but the position requires maintenance of effort as well.
· The Intern will develop and implement late season planting and season extension mechanisms and the vermiculture and mushroom-growing components of the system.
· The Intern will coordinate distribution of the harvest among Middle Way House programs, packaging and marketing some of the produce
· The Intern will maintain records relative to planting, harvesting, and ordering and using supplies;
· The Intern will develop the framework for the roof garden to serve as a demonstration site and play a role in designing the education component.
· The Intern will recruit volunteers as necessary.
The intern will coordinate as much of the roof garden work as possible with the Youth Programs Coordinator. The Intern will report to the Director.
Although not a requirement of the position, grant-writing, if it interests the candidate, would be welcome (and assistance/instruction available).
Intern should attend the next available pre-service training program (a requirement of the State of Indiana) and be willing to sign a release for a background check. References appreciated.
Hours: variable according to season and weather conditions; a minimum of 10 hours/week
Site: 338 South Washington Street; shared office space; on street parking and on-site bike racks, close to bus – and very nice.
Compensation: There will be praise and satisfaction, chocolate and baked goods, and lots of autonomy. We’re dead broke.
Contact Toby Strout (tobystrout@middlewayhouse.org) for application information.

Menu for the Future announces two fall discussion groups
Menu for the Future is a six-session discussion group in which participants will explore food systems and their impacts on culture, society and ecological systems, gain insight into agriculture and individual practices that promote personal and ecological well-being and consider ways to create and support sustainable food systems.
Earth Care is hosting two “Menu for the Future” discussion groups this fall:
  • Sundays, October 2 through November 6 from 4 – 5:30 pm at First United Church (2420 East Third Street).  For more information or to register, contact Janice Lilly at janicelilly@alumni.iu.edu or 812-339-4419.
  • Thursdays, October 6 – November 10 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Rachel’s Café (300 East Third Street). For more information or to register, contact Ria Collee at mcollee@indiana.edu or 812-336-2512
The cost for the book is $21. Some loaner books are available, if you would like one, please indicate that when you register.  Register by Tuesday, September 20. For more information on Earth Care visit earthcareindiana.org.

New time for weekly workdays at the Bryan House Garden
During the 2011 Fall semester, students, faculty, and staff are invited to come work in the dirt at the Bryan House every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Tools and gloves are provided. Please share this opportunity with your peers. If you would like to volunteer, or if you are enrolled in a course or work with an organization that you think might be interested in this garden initiative, please email garden intern Stephanie Hopkins at iugarden@indiana.edu.
The Bryan House Garden is located on the eastern lawn of the Bryan House, just to the west of the Musical Arts Center.


Monroe County Pharmaceutical Disposal Program
The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office this week announced a new effort to collect and properly dispose of unused, unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs and controlled substances in order to reduce the risk of illegal diversion, drug abuse, overdose, and environmental risks resulting from improper disposal.   For more information visit http://www.co.monroe.in.us/prosecutor and follow the link to the Monroe County Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal Program, or call 349-DRUG.

Take the Pledge – Go Phosphorus Free!
Clear Choices for Clean Water is a campaign to increase awareness about lawn care and its impact on our streams and lakes. Water quality friendly lawn care includes practices such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and overall lawn reform. Click here to take the pledge: http://www.clearchoicescleanwater.org/

Show tornadoes that they aren’t welcome here!!  Donate to the City of Bloomington Tree Fund
During the storms last May, the campus and community lost an estimated 500-700 trees, some of which were 150 years old or more.  Help replace these monuments in our green city!  Contact dunbarb@bloomington.in.gov (or 349.3498) to make a donation. Anything you contribute will help send a signal to tornadoes to dissipate into refreshing spring breezes.Student Conservation Association Internships
The SCA is one of the biggest partners for national parks and forests. Each year, they send thousands of youth across the country to get conservation experience in awesome places. Living expenses, housing, and round trip travel provided. Internships run from 3-12 months and are available in all 50 states. See http://thesca.org/serve/internships for more information and to apply.Office space available in Bloomington Eco Center
Great downtown location. Shared meeting space.  Fantastic deal, includes all utils. and internet. $350/mo., contact harmony@indiana.edu for details. 

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