Great Upcycling Ideas

02/28/2013 § Leave a comment

By Skyler Roeshot Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale Intern 

With special help from Ben Calvin and Polly Fairfield :)

As the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale intern, I am responsible for maintaining social media websites.  If you are anything like me, you never throw anything away, because who know that at some point you will be able to do something creative with it.  Upcycling ideas are endless, but here are some cool ones to get you started.

  1. Puppy getting too big for your bed?   Why not make him his own?  All you have to do is take a suitcase and an old pillow, combine them, and you have a brand new doggy bed.Untitled « Read the rest of this entry »

The Trip Your Trash Makes

02/26/2013 § Leave a comment

By: Jessica Plassman, Marketing and Brand Specialist

Reuse and recycling are always on Skyler’s mind. As the Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) intern at the IU Office of Sustainability, Skyler Roeshot works hard to raise awareness and change perceptions surrounding recycling and reuse. Skyler’s responsibilities encompass not only the coordination of this gigantic community sale, but to develop strategies and campaigns to persuade students to reuse and/or donate their items when they move-out.

Although Skyler hasn’t had to start from scratch, she continues to build upon the work of the last three H2H interns to ramp up their media presence and student outreach efforts. It’s important to reach students before they throw items like their couch into the dumpster because they don’t have room to haul it with them. H2H offers pick-up services and many drop-off locations around campus to make it easier for students to donate unwanted items. But, these donation locations and the sale itself are ineffective if students don’t know about it before they move out.

In commenting on the purpose of the video, Skyler said, “Along with a large community-wide sale selling used items, this year, Hoosier to Hoosier also wants to focus on educating the community about waste reduction overall. I made the video to urge everyone in the Bloomington community to think about where their waste goes.”

Since she began this internship, Skyler has made it a point to use social media marketing channels to reach her target audience – the student population. Through Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube, Skyler educates students on waste generation and provides inspiration for DIY and upcycling projects all while raising awareness of what H2H is and the community service it provides.

To find out more about Hoosier to Hoosier visit: http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/hoosier_to_hoosier/

Follow on Twitter: @IUH2H

Take Advantage of Your AASHE Membership

02/26/2013 § Leave a comment

By: Bill Brown, Director

If you have an IU email address you already have access to the university’s membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. All you need to do to access “member-only” resources regarding campus sustainability is go to their web site and sign up. AASHE was officially launched in January 2006, serving as the first professional higher education association for the campus sustainability community. Nearly 900 higher education institutions are members of AASHE.

AASHEarticle-Feb13My first encounter with AASHE was at their 2008 conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, that sold out two weeks before the event, with over 1700 attendees. I have attended every conference since then and I should disclose that I now serve on their board of directors.

AASHE’s web site will connect you to your peers through topical forums, journals, blogs and member directories. These are all searchable, so you could quickly find all information on bike sharing or electronic waste programs or curriculum development. One of the most popular publications is the annual Higher Education Sustainability Review, which organizes all campus sustainability news articles from the previous year.  As a member, you can sign up for discussion lists and e-newsletters.

Resources for education & research include campus case studies on curriculum development, course listings and syllabi, sustainability focused degree and study abroad programs. Sustainability research case studies and inventories, campus centers and institutes of sustainability and surveys of sustainability awareness, attitudes, and values can also be found on the web site, along with related forums and AASHE conference presentations.  Resources for sustainability in co-curricular education and student organizing can also be found including specific guides for campus gardens, peer-to-peer education programs, alumni sustainability networks, and student leadership organizations.

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This Week in Sustainability 2.25.13

02/25/2013 § 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: 

Sustainability Course Development Fellowships Available (posted 2/11)
Application Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013
Description: Applications are being accepted for the Sustainability Course Development Fellowship, an opportunity offered by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.  This Fellowship supports faculty who develop new courses which apply principles of sustainability.  Development of both undergraduate and graduate levels of instruction are supported, as well as service-learning courses.
Questions: For more information, visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs website at:  http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/awards-competitions/index.shtml .

2013 Geothermal Student Competition (posted 2/25)
Application Deadline : Friday, March 29, 2013
Description: The US Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education are pleased to announce the 2013 Geothermal Student Competition.  The Competition is looking for engaged students to take part in a collaborative exercise to make a business plan for developing a geothermal enterprise.  Applicants are encouraged to consider a candidate resource in their home state/region, though convincing plans for any domestic target will also be considered.
Questions: For more information, click here or contact Dr. Desmond Stubbs, Program Manager, at: goethermalstudentcompetition@orise.orau.gov . 

2013 Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard (MHC) Garden Internships (posted 2/25)
Application Deadline : Friday, March 8, 2013
Description: MHC is currently seeking garden interns for the upcoming 2013 growing season.  MHC’s Community Garden program provides fresh and nutritious food to their own pantry.  Interns will work closely with staff and volunteers to plan, plant, and maintain MHC’s garden.  3 internship positions are available within the Youth Gardening Program and Hoophouse Management.  Interns will utilize Permaculture, Biointensive, and Biodynamic growing methods as they explore their interests within gardening.
Questions: For more information, contact Stephanie Solomon at stephanie@mhcfoodpantry.org , or click here for more information.

2013 Trashion Refashion Show (posted 2/18)
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2013 (register and photos)
 DescriptionThe Trashion Refashion Show is a community event that displays local fashion designs from designers (of all ages and skill-levels) around the Bloomington campus and community. You can submit a design or up to three designs in either the trashion or refashion category. Trashion is the result of creatively turning discarded items into fashion. Refashion is the result of modifying existing clothing into something more fashionable. The show will be held on April 21st at 7:00pm at the BCT.
Questions: Click here for more information.

Volunteer at the Campus Garden (posted 1/28)
Even though it’s getting cold out, there are still opportunities to volunteer at the Campus Garden!  Every Tuesday from 5-7pm 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.

Diabetes: Are You At Risk?   (posted 1/28)
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.

Submitting an event or opportunity:

  •  If you are interested in having an event included on our calendar, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to susevent@indiana.edu by the Saturday evening before the Monday you wish for the event to begin to be advertised.
  • Items for the blog post (ongoing events and other opportunities) may also be sent to susevent@indiana.edu. Items will be listed for 4 weeks. After this time they will be retired, but you may email susevent@indiana.edu to resubmit your item with an extension request if you feel your item should remain on the list for a longer period of time.
  • Regional and national programs that have continual opportunities will be listed on a new webpage that we are in the process of developing. This will be a more static site that includes basic information and typical application and program dates. If we are contacted about an upcoming deadline for these opportunities, we will include a reminder in this weekly post.
  • Please email us at susevent@indiana.edu if you have any questions.

Why You Should Never Buy Bottled Water

02/24/2013 § Leave a comment

By Jonathan Moberly, Document Management Intern

A few days ago me and one of my roommates were talking about bottled water. While we both agreed the idea of purchasing something that you can get practically for free from your sink is ridiculous, he buys bottled water in bulk. For him, it is just convenient to have a bottle of water handy so he’ll buy a variety pack whenever he sees them on sale. Although I had assumed that bottled water isn’t any better for you and already knew it is wasteful, I had never thought much about it.

After me and my roommate talked about it, I decided to look at whether there were actually any benefits to bottled water. There aren’t. First off, it is vastly more expensive than tap water, to the tune of $1.27 per gallon vs $0.0015 per gallon according to the Sierra Club. Nevertheless, the market for bottled water is vast, both in the United States and globally; in 2011, 9.1 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the U.S. Although the market suffered during the recession, beverage companies see bottled water as a tremendous growth area compared to stagnating sales of soda. Although the United States is the biggest market, sales are growing rapidly worldwide. Despite the huge cost advantage to drinking tap water, sales of bottled water are projected to increase faster than many mainstream beverages.

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This Week in Sustainability 2.18.13

02/18/2013 § 1 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: 

Sustainability Course Development Fellowships Available (posted 2/11)
Application Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013
Description: Applications are being accepted for the Sustainability Course Development Fellowship, an opportunity offered by the Office of Sustainability and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.  This Fellowship supports faculty who develop new courses which apply principles of sustainability.  Development of both undergraduate and graduate levels of instruction are supported, as well as service-learning courses.
Questions: For more information, visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs website at:  http://www.indiana.edu/~vpfaa/awards-competitions/index.shtml .

Applications for CLD Board of Directors (posted 2/4)
Application Deadline : Friday, February 22, 2013
Time Commitment: Each position will require at least 8 hours per week.  The positions run from August 2013 – May 2013.
Position Description: Civic Leadership Development (CLD) is one of IU’s most impactful volunteer service and civic engagement programs.  These leadership positions require passionate, team-oriented proactive, detail-oriented, and creative students, who are motivated to serve the Bloomington community.  Positions are available in all areas, including developing volunteer projects, planning a speaker series, other educational events, member relations, and marketing.
Questions: For more information about this opportunity or to request an application contact: tkerle@indiana.edu .

Identifying Barriers and Creating Solutions in Bicycle Planning

02/18/2013 § 2 Comments

By Timothy Clark, Bicycle Friendly Campus Intern

What gets you on your bike in the morning? Or, rather, what keeps you off it? The city of Bloomington and the Indiana University campus have made and are making consistent efforts to improve the bicycle infrastructure available to commuters. The city published its Bicycle and Pedestrian System Plan in 2008, identifying locations throughout the city to add bike routes, lanes, bicycle boulevards, and more. This plan is crucial for overcoming short- and long-term bicycle issues.

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The main issues that I have confronted personally are threats to my safety, wayfinding (i.e. routes), and the winter in general.

As much as I would love for the city and university to solve the problem of it being so darn cold in the morning, I really can’t condone intentional climate change. Instead, I’ll just layer up and experience the season (and wipe the road salt of my bike at the end of the day).

My major barrier to commuting to bike is a lack of safe, well-marked bike routes. I ride up and down Jordan everyday, and nearly everyday, a car cuts into the bike lane and I politely knock on their window (“this is not an extra wide shoulder”).

I don’t find myself upset at the driver; there is a considerable lack of signage denoting the presence of my lane. Some signs, painted bicycle lanes, and I think Jordan Ave. would be phenomenal.

In the recent Transportation Demand Management plan (for a copy of this report, contact me) for IU, it was found that additional bike paths and covered, secure bicycle storage would encourage the most drive-alone commuters to start bicycling.

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