This Week in Sustainability 11.27.12

11/27/2012 § Leave a comment

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Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Volunteer at the Campus Garden (posted 11/27)
Even though it’s getting cold out, there are still opportunities to volunteer at the Campus Garden!  Every Tuesday from 4-6 pm and Friday from 9-11 am all are welcome to come play in the dirt and learn more about gardening.  All tools and gloves are provided.   For more information, click here.

Donate During Class Registration (posted 10/29)
All IUB students will have the opportunity to donate $5 to the Sustainability Fund when they register for spring classes. Please encourage your organizations to complete the simple actions below to help publicize the fund. This effort goes a long way to advancing sustainability on campus. Donations to the fund help us support sustainable infrastructure on campus like the forthcoming motion- and sunlight-sensors to be installed in the stairway of Ballantine Hall.

Diabetes: Are You At Risk?   (posted 11/12)
Attend this FREE 16-week is designed to reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.  It is designed to create awareness of the causes of the disease.  This class will be led by Susan Woods, Lifestyle Coach.  For more information and to register, click here.  Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in the Indiana Memorial Union Redbud Room.

A Consideration When You Click “Buy”

11/26/2012 § Leave a comment

By: Anthony Marletta, Green Purchasing

When you log into your account on amazon.com and if, like me, you’re a little crazy about researching what you buy, you search through all of the product reviews. In any of the reviews do they mention where the product came from? Sure, they talk about the size, or the value, or their use of the product, But it’s pretty rare that you hear someone mention, “I actually chose this jacket because it was made in Bangladesh.”

The daily debacle: Stairs or elevator

11/26/2012 § 1 Comment

By Karina Cardella, Data Utility Analyst Intern

Whether or not to take the stairs or the elevator for me is always an ongoing struggle between my laziness and my desire to save energy and resources. Usually, my desire to save energy wins, and I take the stairs. And I am always glad I did. I am sure that many of you who bike or walk on campus instead of driving, use reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones, or make other personal valiant efforts to reduce their own environmental footprint, do these things everyday without even thinking twice about it. They know that the other option, taking the elevator, disposing of plastic water bottles or driving their car for an unneeded, superfluous reason are wasteful. However, there are many people who indeed do these things, especially taking the elevator, without even realizing what the impact of their actions has. It certainly has an impact on one building in particular: Ballantine Hall. 

Ballantine Hall

 

Many of you who attend class or have an office in the bustling halls of Ballantine may encounter a daily debacle: Stairs or elevator? Now technically, the elevators are only for grad students, faculty and professors, but many undergraduate students always sneak through the system and hop on the elevator anyway.

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Optimism and Sustainability in Midwestern Cities

11/26/2012 § Leave a comment

By Tim Clark, Bicycle Friendly Campus Intern

This recent Thanksgiving holiday, I traveled from Cincinnati to Indianapolis and, finally, to Chicago, visiting relatives and generally feasting. Whenever I had the chance, I would to leave the seclusion of my Aunt’s suburbia and experience the city proper, acting a tourist to these historic hubs of industry and ingenuity.

Having already given up on the struggling midwestern downtowns, my relatives were confused by my behavior and thrill in seeing that urban blight. But I didn’t see decay and dereliction; I saw opportunities and community-based adaptations and solutions to urban environment issues.
Chicago - Photo by Dave Cameron
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What Can Living Sustainably Look Like?

11/13/2012 § Leave a comment

By Patricia Peng, Living Sustainably Off-Campus

A big part of “living” takes place in our physical homes; in fact studies show the average American spends 90% of their time indoors and a significant portion of that time in our respective homes.[1]  The place you choose to live factors into how you “live sustainably”.   This can take into consideration the appliances provided in your apartment, methods of transportation to school or work and any recycling services provided.

Energy efficiency is one of the main considerations that pop up when searching for a home.  This contributes to living sustainably because the energy consumed by your home appliances determines your daily energy usage.  Most of the appliances in your home will be used every day and run consistently.  “The average home causes the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide—the principal greenhouse gas—as the average car”.[2]  Many don’t realize how much energy and money they are wasting when they use old or broken appliances.  As you move into a new place, consider the type of appliances that have been provided. 

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This Week in Sustainability 11.12.12

11/12/2012 § 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: 

First Annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony (posted 11/12)
IU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members will be recognized 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. The Awards Ceremony will be on November 14 from 7-8 pm at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture’s Grand Hall.  Preceding the event from 6:45 – 7:00 pm, the Energy Challenge Awards will be presented.  For more information click here.  Don’t forget to register at this link!

Donate During Class Registration (posted 10/29)
All IUB students will have the opportunity to donate $5 to the Sustainability Fund when they register for spring classes. Please encourage your organizations to complete the simple actions below to help publicize the fund. This effort goes a long way to advancing sustainability on campus. Donations to the fund help us support sustainable infrastructure on campus like the forthcoming motion- and sunlight-sensors to be installed in the stairway of Ballantine Hall.

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Lunch-time sustainability

11/11/2012 § Leave a comment

By Alexandra Aznar, Sustainability Dashboard Intern

Single folks, especially graduate students, can probably relate to the following cooking scenario: spend several hours on a Sunday making some stew, casserole, pasta salad or what have you, then eat it for dinner and lunch the next day. Another dinner. Another lunch. By the third day of eating said concoction your body and soul crave variety so much you miserably finish off the last serving or heaven forbid just toss the last of it in the trash.  All the while, you’ve probably spent more money cooking for yourself than what you would spend to feed two or three others. Sustainability failure!

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