This Week in Sustainability 9.24.12

09/24/2012 § Leave a comment

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Select ongoing events and opportunities are highlighted in our weekly email, while the full list of items are available on this weekly blog post. Instructions for submitting an item to either our calendar or blog are at the end of this post.

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Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

1st Annual Sustainability Awards applications are now open!  (posted 9/24)
Do you have a mentor who has helped make IU a more sustainable place? Do you know a community member that has made the Bloomington community greener?  Recognize them as one of our sustainable leaders at the First Annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony!  Awards will be presented in four categories: Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching, Leadership Award, and Team Award. Any faculty, student, staff, or community member may be nominated for these awards.  For more information or to nominate click here.

Participate in the Fall 2012 Energy Challenge (posted 9/24)  
Register your building today for the Fall 2012 Energy Challenge!
Only 25 spots are available and the event runs October 22 to November 12.  For more info click here or click here to register.

Get involved with Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project (9/10)
Are you interested in getting more involved on campus and learning about the history of IU, urban green space, native flowers, or biological diversity? If so, come out and volunteer with the Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project.  For more information and future volunteer dates click here or email hprihoda@indiana.edu .

Partipate in the roundtable forum “Who’s Responsible for the Future?” (posted 9/17)
Presented by ARC-IU, this discussion will delve into what we have inherited, what we are making of this world and what we are leaving for the future.  Participants are invited to propose topics, lead discussion at a table, and register to participate at a table discussion.  Discussion proposals will be accepted through September 21.
Roundtable discussion registration is open until October 5.  To register click here.  For more information click here.  This event will take place Monday, October 15, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm

Come to FUMC Classes (posted 9/24) 
Free University of Monroe County (FUMC) offers affordable non-credit classes for adults 18 years of age and older.  For a small fee, you can expand your knowledge of new ideas as you foster your joy of learning.  For more info, a registration, or a current Class List, email freeumc@gmail.com .

  • Seed Saving Workshop – On Thursday, 9/27, come to Hilltop Gardens for a hands-on demonstration on various techniques to save seeds.  Cost is $8. Register by 9/25.
  • Wire Wrapping – The Basics – On Saturday 10/13, explore the basics of wire wrapping and create stunning jewelry.  Cost is $20, plus a $30 material fee.  Students only need to bring wire cutters and flat- and round-nose jewelry pliers.  Registration deadline is 10/10.
  • Preserving Fresh Garden Produce – On Tuesday, 10/23, learn the a variety of ways to preserve fresh-picked produce.  Participants will make fresh salsa as they learn the canning method.  Cost is $15 and registration should be submitted by 10/22.
  • Wire-Wrapped Celtic Jewelry – On Saturday, 11/3, explore the art of wire wrapping as you create Celtic-inspired jewelry.  Cost is $20 plus a $30 material fee.  Register by 10/31.
  • All the Tea in China – On Saturday, 11/10, come experience a diversity of teas from China.  Participants will learn how to prepare and serve different teas, the history of tea, and where to obtain quality teas and equipage.  Cost is $18. Register by 11/7.

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Big Red Eats Green (& Bikes) Festival raises awareness about healthy, sustainable food and biking options

09/18/2012 § Leave a comment

By Emilie Rex

Local restaurants and growers, as well as campus and community alternative transportation groups joined an estimated 800 Indiana University Bloomington students, faculty and staff on Thursday, September 6 for the second annual Big Red Eats Green & Bikes (BREG) Festival. The event was designed to raise awareness about the importance of eating local grown food and biking as healthy and sustainable lifestyle choices.

Attendees had the opportunity to purchase a wide range of food items from area restaurants, priced between $1 and $3 each. All of the restaurants support local farms and food producers and centered their dishes on in-season, locally-grown ingredients. Farmers and food producers from the surrounding area, some of which produced foods used by the chefs, were also on hand to conduct a scaled-down farmer’s market where visitors could shop and purchase take-home items.

Community non-profits and IU student groups, offices and departments focused on food issues provided attendees with information about how to get more involved on campus and in the community. For a full list of participating local food vendors and growers, as well as info table participants, visit:  http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/breg/food.php

“The local food community has such an important presence in Bloomington, and Big Red Eats Green (and Bikes) is very effective at promoting the variety of available resources to explore healthy and sustainable eating,” said Big Red Eats Green & Bikes Festival Coordinator Frances Einterz.  “I find it especially wonderful that the festival can appeal to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

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The IUB Million Gallon Challenge Saves 3.7 Million Gallons in the First 10 Days

09/17/2012 § 1 Comment

By: Director, Bill Brown

Before IU Bloomington students returned to campus last month, the Bloomington water utility was experiencing historically high demand due to an extremely hot and dry summer. Industrial fans were brought in to cool the water pumps that were overheating. In anticipation of a bump in demand due to the return of the full IU student body, the city issued an Emergency Water Restriction Order and asked what the university could do to reduce demand.

Even before the order was issued, IU was taking steps to curtail water use, such as turning off fountains, using non-potable water for landscape irrigation, and conserving water used in campus facility processes.

Working with the Physical Plant Utility Information Group, IUOS proposed a Million Gallon Challenge water conservation challenge to make returning students, as well as faculty and staff, aware of the need to conserve water.

In the first ten days, from September 1st through September 10th, IUB has reduced water consumption by 3,715,110 gallons compared to the same period last year. This is equivalent to 743 tanker trucks of water.

Among the residence halls, Collins set the pace with 35% savings compared to last year, followed by Wright and Woodlawn at 15% each.

IU Athletics got into the act with Cook Hall saving 20%.

Among academic buildings, Bryan Hall led with 23% savings, followed by Swain Hall with 21% and Lilly Library with 20%.

Hurricane Isaac delivered much needed rain to Bloomington and cooler weather has reduced the need for irrigation. Last week, Bloomington lifted its emergency order, but asked that citizens continue to conserve water. So the Million Gallon Challenge will go on until the end of this month.

We hope that conservation habits learned during the challenge continue, because saving water is a good idea all the time.

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This Week in Sustainability 9.17.12

09/17/2012 § Leave a comment

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Upcoming events are listed in a weekly email bulletin and on our calendar. If you do not receive our weekly email and would like to, please email sustain@indiana.edu to subscribe.

Select ongoing events and opportunities are highlighted in our weekly email, while the full list of items are available on this weekly blog post. Instructions for submitting an item to either our calendar or blog are at the end of this post.

IUOS Website | Twitter | Facebook |  Calendar

Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Get involved with Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project (9/10)
Are you interested in getting more involved on campus and learning about the history of IU, urban green space, native flowers, or biological diversity? If so, come out and volunteer with the Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project! Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to volunteer and learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of Dunn’s Woods (the wooded area of campus near Sample Gates) and Latimer Woods (a ~10 acre woodland near College Mall).  For more information about the project and future volunteer dates, times, and locations click here or email hprihoda@indiana.edu .

Nominations Now Open for Campus Sustainability Awards (posted 9/10) 
We are now accepting nominations for the First Annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented in four categories: Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching, Leadership Award, and Team Award. Any faculty, student, staff, or community member may be nominated for these awards.  For more information or to nominate click here.

Partipate in the roundtable forum “Who’s Responsible for the Future?” (posted 9/17)
Presented by ARC-IU, this discussion will delve into what we have inherited, what we are making of this world and what we are leaving for the future.  Participants are invited to propose topics, lead discussion at a table, and register to participate at a table discussion.  Discussion proposals will be accepted through September 21.
Roundtable discussion registration is open until October 5.  For more information click here.  This event will take place Monday, October 15, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm

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This Week in Sustainability 9.10.12

09/10/2012 § Leave a comment

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Upcoming events are listed in a weekly email bulletin and on our calendar. If you do not receive our weekly email and would like to, please email sustain@indiana.edu to subscribe.

Select ongoing events and opportunities are highlighted in our weekly email, while the full list of items are available on this weekly blog post. Instructions for submitting an item to either our calendar or blog are at the end of this post.

IUOS Website | Twitter | Facebook |  Calendar

Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Get involved with Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project (9/10)
Are you interested in getting more involved on campus and learning about the history of IU, urban green space, native flowers, or biological diversity? If so, come out and volunteer with the Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project! Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to volunteer and learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of Dunn’s Woods (the wooded area of campus near Sample Gates) and Latimer Woods (a ~10 acre woodland near College Mall).  For more information about the project and future volunteer dates, times, and locations click here or email hprihoda@indiana.edu .

Nominations Now Open for Campus Sustainability Awards (posted 9/10) 
Indiana University Office of Sustainability wishes to recognize outstanding individuals and groups who demonstrate a commitment to the principles of sustainability through projects or initiatives that improve our campus, our community, and our world.
We are now accepting nominations for the First Annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented in four categories: Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching, Leadership Award, and Team Award. Any faculty, student, staff, or community member may be nominated for these awards.  For more information or to nominate click here.

Become a member of the Campus Garden Initiative’s Garden Corps team  (posted 9/4)
Step into the world of Bloomington’s local food scene while helping maintain the campus garden. Corps members will have the opportunity to meet with local chefs, farmers, and food advocates while helping to strengthen our own campus food system.

Position Details:
  • 6-10 hrs/wk from September to early December
  • Compensation: In addition to free, fresh vegetables, you will gain knowledge and experience about gardening, time management, organization, and leadership.

To find out more information or to apply to the program click here.

Take part in Fall-Winter 2012 gardening classes (posted 9/10)
Get involved in gardening classes sponsored by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.  They currently have one class open for registration.

  • Compost: How to Make It Well and Use It Correctly: Learn the secrets of making and using nutrient-rich compost. Class is Saturday 10/6 from 2-4 pm. Register by 10/3. Cost is $13/in-city and $15/non-city. Click here for registration and for more information.        

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This Week in Sustainability 9.4.12

09/04/2012 § Leave a comment

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Upcoming events are listed in a weekly email bulletin and on our calendar. If you do not receive our weekly email and would like to, please email sustain@indiana.edu to subscribe.

Select ongoing events and opportunities are highlighted in our weekly email, while the full list of items are available on this weekly blog post. Instructions for submitting an item to either our calendar or blog are at the end of this post.

IUOS Website | Twitter | Facebook |  Calendar

Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Apply to the 2012/2013 Academic Year Internship Program (posted 8/20)
We are now accepting applications for the 2012/2013 academic year internship program. See the details below or click here to be taken directly to the website.

There is still time to apply to the 2012/2013 Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability. With TEN available positions, we are sure to have an internship that will pique your interests! The positions are *paid* $9/hr undergrad and $11/hr graduate. The hours are flexible: work 10-15 hrs/week on your own schedule.

We are looking for students with a diverse range of backgrounds and academic disciplines who can contribute their unique perspective to sustainability initiatives. If you are driven, self-motivated, and interested in a job with autonomy then this is the right program for you!

Applications are due FRIDAY September 7th. 

Click here to learn more.
Click here  to apply.

Big Red Eats Green (& Bikes) Festival is Looking For Volunteers (posted 9/4)

Consider volunteering for the September 6th festival. Big Red Eats Green (& Bikes) is a local/seasonal food festival featuring Bloomington restaurants and local farmers as well as a bicycle transportation fair. There will be several volunteer shifts available throughout the day. Go to the website  for more information or email breg@indiana.edu with questions.

Become a member of the Campus Garden Initiative’s Garden Corps team  (posted 9/4)
Step into the world of Bloomington’s local food scene while helping maintain the campus garden. Corps members will have the opportunity to meet with local chefs, farmers, and food advocates while helping to strengthen our own campus food system.

Position Details:
  • 6-10 hrs/wk from September to early December
  • Compensation: In addition to free, fresh vegetables, you will gain knowledge and experience about gardening, time management, organization, and leadership.

To find out more information or to apply to the program click here.

Get involved in Fall-Winter 2012 gardening classes (posted 9/4)

There are multiple opportunities to get involved in gardening classes sponsored by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Community Gardening Program:   Offers a variety of gardening opportunities and classes. Visit their website for more information. Email communitygardens@bloomington.in.gov with questions.
  • Bloomington Community Orchard Classes: Classes in the following: Tree Guilds, Beekeeping, Fall Planting of Fruit Trees, Preparing Fruit-Producing Plants for Winter, and Selecting Fruit Cultivars for Spring Planting. Runs Saturdays from 2-4 pm. $7/in-city and $8/non-city per class. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Compost: How to Make It Well and Use It Correctly: Learn the secrets of making and using nutrient-rich compost. Class is Saturday 10/6 from 2-4 pm. Register by 10/3. Cost is $13/in-city and $15/non-city. Click here for registration and for more information.         « Read the rest of this entry »

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