This Week in Sustainability 4.30.12

04/30/2012 § Leave a comment

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 30
IUB Libraries Green Team presents Megan Anderson, president of Coal Free IU
When: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Wells Library E174
Description: The Libraries Green Team is pleased to bring our first guest speaker to the Wells Library on Monday April 30.  We are excited to welcome Megan Anderson, president of Coal Free IU.  Megan is a senior at Indiana University with a major in Nonprofit Management, Public Affairs.  While at IU she completed an internship with the Marine Corps Environmental Management Program at their headquarters in Arlington, Virginia developing Sustainability Plans to be implemented across all bases.  She is currently interning with the Sierra Student Coalition Beyond Coal Campaign. Her presentation will cover Indiana University’s use of coal and the impact of that use both locally and across country.
Coal Free IU launched in 2009 as part of the Sierra Student Coalition’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and was formed as a student group at IU with the mission of “transitioning IU beyond coal to 100% renewable energy.”

Wednesday, May 2
“Stylish Cycling” panel discussion

When: 7:00 pm
Where: Room 1C of the Monroe County Public Library
Description: Ready to become a professional pedaler?  Come to a “Stylish Cycling” panel discussion and hear tips and tricks from working women on how to bicycle to work and still look great.  They will share their stories of mastering the bicycle commute and talk about how to look professional, stay safe, and have fun while traveling on a bike.  (Lycra and spandex are entirely optional.)  Ask your questions, share tips with others, and enjoy free tea and cookies.  All levels of bicyclists welcome, including not-yet-riders and those with bicycles buried deep in the garage. Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Living and the Bloomington Commission on Sustainability « Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Sustainability 4.9.12

04/09/2012 § Leave a comment

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Upcoming Events:


April 9 – April 15
5th Annual SustainIU Week
Join the Student Sustainability Council (SSC) with a week of collaborative events centered around this year’s theme, “Act Naturally.” Events are listed below, as well as on the SSC website. 

Monday, April 9
Volunteers in Sustainability Water Bottle Sale
When: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Sample Gates
Description: Volunteers in Sustainability (ViS) will be selling their water bottles with the “I’d Tap That” logo for $5 (small), $7 (large), and $10 (one of each). Proceeds go to ViS. Picture of the bottles and more information on the facebook event. 

Field to Table Panel Discussion
When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Historical Society Education Room
Description: Come join us to discuss how Bloomington can expand access to local food! Students Producing Organics Under the Sun (SPROUTS) and Slow Food IU are bringing together a number of important players in the local food movement to discuss how Bloomington can create and sustain a thriving local food distribution system. The panel will be comprised of growers, vendors, restaurateurs, educators and local food activists. This event is part of SustainIU.  « Read the rest of this entry »

The Challenge of Renewable Energy at IU

04/07/2012 § Leave a comment

Energy is a hot topic these days – and deservedly so. To tackle the intractable problem of climate change, we will have to fully confront our “addiction” to fossil fuels by a two-fold strategy: (1) use less and (2) produce a greater percentage of our energy from renewable sources. Let’s examine some of the trends and issues, starting with the big picture before focusing in on its implications for Indiana University and our sustainability goals.

A recent article in the New York Times titled “U.S. Inches Toward Goal of Energy Independence” provides a great summary of the recent trends in domestic consumption and production of oil and natural gas. A convergence of two trends – increased domestic production and decreased domestic consumption – have resulted in the U.S. importing only 45 percent of its liquid fuels in 2011 compared to 60 percent in 2005. In fact, the U.S. reduced oil imports from OPEC countries by 20 percent in the last 3 years. Good news, right? « Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Sustainability 4.2.12

04/02/2012 § Leave a comment

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 2
REstyled Ethical Fashion Show
When: 8:00 pm
Where: Alumni Hall, IMU
Description: The show will feature looks from top eco designers as well as fair trade certified items, local vintage stores, and student designers. Cost is free, but a five dollar donation is encouraged. All proceeds will go to Teens Turning Green. RSVP at restyledatiu.com to reserve your seat and enter your name in the drawing for a gift card to Farm. For more information, visit our website at restyledatiu.com.

Tuesday, April 3
Spring 2012 Energy Challenge Parade
When: 1:45 pm
Where: Meet at Sample Gates
Description: Please join us as we march with the Jefferson Street Parade Band through campus to celebrate and advertise this spring’s challenge! « Read the rest of this entry »

Green Living Off-Campus- What Can You Do?

04/01/2012 § Leave a comment

According to the US News and World Report, of the roughly 32,000 undergraduate students that attend Indiana University, two out of every three students live off-campus, while only 33.0 percent live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing. That means that each year, over 21,000 students search for (and presumably find) housing in one of the many rental apartments, homes, or cooperatives found throughout Bloomington.

With such a consistently high need for housing units and regular annual turnover, it’s no wonder that in Bloomington the number of housing units offered up for rent jumped from 57,933 in 2009 to 59,107 just a year later- an upwards looking trend that seems to have continued into 2012, based on observations of the multitude of new apartment complexes springing up across town. As more rental units are built and new cohorts of students are moving off-campus each year, this provides us with both increased promise and challenges for addressing the sustainability of the living choices of what is undeniably the greater proportion of the IU student body.

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