This Week in Sustainability 2.18.13

02/18/2013 § 1 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.

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 .

Think outside the [heart-shaped] box

02/12/2013 § Leave a comment

By: Jessica Plassman, Marketing & Brand Specialist

Photo courtesy of inhabitat.com

Photo courtesy of inhabitat.com

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you haven’t decided what to do?! Well, you’re in luck. The IU Office of Sustainability wants to help you make this Valentine’s Day memorable and sustainable. You can love your partner and the planet with these easy-to-follow tips.

  • Don’t buy it, make it

Taking the time to make your own card out of recycled or repurposed paper says “I love you” in an unforgettable, personal way. Need some inspiration? Check out the wide-range of DIY cards on Pinterest.

  • Don’t snail mail or hand-deliver it, send your card online

Don’t have a creative bone in your body? A customized e-card can be just as personal as a hand-made one and you can save both paper and lighten the post-man’s bag (saving precious resources and polluting less).

  • Don’t buy a dozen cut flowers, get seeds to plant

Nothing says “I want our love to grow” more than local, organic seeds that once planted will express your love year after year. Check out Nature’s Crossroads for local, organic seeds here in Bloomington.

  • Don’t grab those chocolates without reading the label, go fair trade and organic

When you turn down the candy aisle there are so many pink and red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates it can be overwhelming. The choice is easier when you know what to look for – choose a chocolate that is fair trade, organic, and has less packaging (equaling less waste).

  • Don’t go to a chain, choose a local restaurant serving locally-grown food

Not only are you supporting local commerce, you are making the effort to eat local, sustainably grown food. Bloomington has a wide-range of local restaurants with stellar chefs and excellent food.

  • Don’t drive far away, pick a place close by (and maybe even bike)

You don’t have to take your significant other far away to have a lovely evening out; you can save your wallet and the planet by choosing a place within walking or biking distance.

This Week in Sustainability 2.11.13

02/11/2013 § 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: 

Applications for the Summer 2013 Internships are Now Open (posted 1/28)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013
Time Commitment: Each position will require 20 hours per week.  The positions run from May 2013 – August 2013.
Compensation: Interns will be compensated for their time at a rate of $11/hr for graduate students and $9/hr for undergraduates.
Positon Description: Numerous positions are available for the Indiana University Office of Sustainability Summer 2013 Internship Program.  Applicants must be full-time students at Indiana University Bloomington at the time they apply to the program.  Applicants must also have a good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Graduate and undergraduate students in all schools are eligible to apply.  Click here to learn more about the internship opportunities we have available.
Questions: If you have any questions, comments, concerns or need some advice about the application process, email us at sustain@indiana.edu .

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 .

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This Week in Sustainability 2.4.13

02/04/2013 § 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: 

Applications for the Summer 2013 Internships are Now Open (posted 1/28)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013
Time Commitment: Each position will require 20 hours per week.  The positions run from May 2013 – August 2013.
Compensation: Interns will be compensated for their time at a rate of $11/hr for graduate students and $9/hr for undergraduates.
Positon Description: Numerous positions are available for the Indiana University Office of Sustainability Summer 2013 Internship Program.  Applicants must be full-time students at Indiana University Bloomington at the time they apply to the program.  Applicants must also have a good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Graduate and undergraduate students in all schools are eligible to apply.  Click here to learn more about the internship opportunities we have available.
Questions: If you have any questions, comments, concerns or need some advice about the application process, email us at sustain@indiana.edu .

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 .

This Week in Sustainability 1.28.13

01/28/2013 § 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.

IUOS Website | Twitter | Facebook |  Calendar

Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Applications for the Summer 2013 Internships are Now Open (posted 1/28)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013
Time Commitment: Each position will require 20 hours per week.  The positions run from May 2013 – August 2013.
Compensation: Interns will be compensated for their time at a rate of $11/hr for graduate students and $9/hr for undergraduates.
Positon Description: Numerous positions are available for the Indiana University Office of Sustainability Summer 2013 Internship Program.  Applicants must be full-time students at Indiana University Bloomington at the time they apply to the program.  Applicants must also have a good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Graduate and undergraduate students in all schools are eligible to apply.  Click here to learn more about the internship opportunities we have available.
Questions: If you have any questions, comments, concerns or need some advice about the application process, email us at sustain@indiana.edu .

Bloomington Community Orchard Nonprofit Internship Program (posted 1/28)
Application Deadline: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Compensation: NA at this time; information upon request.
Positon Description: The Bloomington Community Orchard’s Operations team seeks interns for the 2013 winter/spring season.  There are three positions available on the Operations team.  Each intern will participate int he operations of the orchard, in addition to developing and managing their independent project.  For the individual assignment, the interns will choose from the following positions: Tree Steward, Pest Management, and Permaculture Design.  If you are interested in community development, urban agriculture, food security, and education through demonstration, then this is the internship for you.
Questions: If you have any questions regarding the organization or internship, feel free to email Amy Allen at alleamy@umail.iu.edu .  Click here for more information about the organization, internships, and how to apply.

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3 Application Tips for the Summer 2013 Internship Program in Sustainability

01/21/2013 § 1 Comment

By Jessica Plassman, Project Coordinator; Brand and Marketing Specialist

As you prepare your IUOS application, consider the following tips from actual application reviewers:

1. Be strategic about your recommendation.

When choosing who will write your recommendation letter (required to apply) be strategic. Past applicants have failed to recognize that just because a professor or professional has clout in his/her field, they may not have been able to speak in detail about your abilities. While choosing someone who is in a position of authority (i.e. is highly regarded in his/her field) is important, it is equally important that this person knows your work and can provide a detailed summary of your qualities, your job skills, and how you would best fit with IUOS.

Beyond making the best choice in your recommender, don’t be afraid to provide guidelines to your recommender about specific areas he/she should focus on. If you feel there is a specific skill, ability, or attribute you possess that would make you stand out as a great choice feel free to ask your recommender to highlight that area. But don’t just ask them, provide them reasons why and how best he/she might do that. This clearly guides your recommender to ensure that he/she is not creating a cookie-cutter recommendation but one that is tailored to you.

Don’t forget to give your recommender plenty of time and be sure to remind them at least one week before your submission is due.

2. Be specific and provide examples.

As you will find, there are many short answer questions included in the application. These questions allow the panel of reviewers to assess your abilities. Beyond your resume, we want to get a first-hand account of your skills and experience. Too many times applicants provide a one-sentence answer that is both vague and nondescript. Use these questions as an opportunity to point out your strengths. You should approach these questions both individually and as a whole. As you are answering each question, ask yourself:

  • Have I answered the question directly?
  • Have I been thorough in my answer?
  • Have I provided a specific example of an experience or skill?
  • Does my answer highlight my strengths?
  • How does my answer fit within my entire application (i.e. have I been able to point out several different attributes; do I need to add variety in my examples)?

3. Write a strong personal statement.

Some of the applications we receive don’t include a personal statement at all or if they do, it is under-developed. Not providing a personal statement is a missed opportunity! You should use the personal statement as a chance to engage the reviewers and highlight skills/attributes that directly relate to the internship position(s) you are applying for. Providing a poorly written or underdeveloped personal statement gives a bad first impression. Take enough time that you can formulate a statement with a well-rounded argument (i.e. 5 paragraph essay). Be sure to proofread for any spelling and grammatical errors (your entire application should be free of errors like this).

While cover letter/personal statement writing is a skill you will develop over time, it’s important that you see the statement as your first impression to a company. There are many tips online for writing a strong cover letter and if you’ve never written one before now is the time to start reading those tips! Tips can vary depending on what a reviewer is looking for, but in general, a well written, thoroughly executed cover letter that is direct and relevant is a great start. Before you submit your personal statement, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my personal statement free of errors?
  • Is my argument well-rounded? Is it succinct and relevant?
  • Have I included all relevant skills and attributes that pertain to the position(s) I’m applying for?
  • Have I included examples that clearly align with the position(s) and demonstrate my ability to achieve success?

For more tips and how to apply click here.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Consider an IUOS Internship

01/21/2013 § Leave a comment

By: Jessica Plassman, Project Coordinator: Brand and Marketing Specialist

As our office prepares to hire the next group of bright minds for the Summer Internship in Sustainability, I wanted to find out what the current interns have to say about their favorite reasons for working at IUOS.

Here are their top 5 favorites:

1. Professional development

One of the advantages of an IUOS internship is that it prepares you for the business world. Whether you imagine yourself in a large, small, corporate, or non-profit atmosphere, you have the opportunity to experience it all. Through working with a small organization, navigating a large bureaucratic organization, and learning to develop business-to-business and business-to-customer relationships, an IUOS internship teaches you about sustainability and builds your business acumen.

As one intern says, “I think this internship can act as a really great segue from being a full-time student, to a full-time professional. It has taught me how to manage my time, hold meetings, manage people and events, etc. All while focusing in an area that I care about.”

2. Instilling change and making a lasting impact

From the start of their internships, IUOS interns are immersed in a large and very complex organizational structure that they will learn to navigate. Summarizing this process, one intern says, “Before my internship I had no idea of the complexity that goes into running IU. Through talking with the other interns and my own work I have learned more about the operational side of IU and I can better appreciate what goes into making it a pleasant campus to live and learn on.”

Producing change is an important facet of all internship initiatives. As interns acclimate to the bureaucratic structure of the university, they are able to develop and implement plans for events, research, and studies that will have an impact on driving all facets of IUB toward sustainability.

Interns agree that, not only were they initially unaware of what it takes to make IUB run smoothly and to instill change, one of the best rewards of all their hard work is seeing the operational and academic sides of the university evolve. As one intern suggests, “As an intern, I’ve had the autonomy to define my own plan and decide where, when, and how changes will be made to make IU and the community more sustainable.” Almost all interns agree that while change can happen slowly and takes a lot of hard work, “it was totally worth it.”

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This Week in Sustainability 11.27.12

01/14/2013 § 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: 

Indiana University Office of Sustainability Summer 2013 Internships (posted 1/14)
Looking for an intellectually engaging, creatively stimulating, fun, challenging internship that will build your professional skill set?  Interested in social, economic, and environmental issues and their intersection on our campus? Apply to the Summer 2013 Internship Program in Sustainability!  This summer’s program will run from May 13, 2013, to August 2, 2013.  and interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours/week in addition to attending a weekly seminar.  Students interested in applying may visit
http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/Intern/apply.html for more information about the program, this year’s position descriptions, and link to application.  Applications are due on Friday, February 17, 2013.  Additional questions and comments can be directed to sustain@indiana.edu .

Volunteer at the Campus Garden (posted 1/14)
Even though it’s getting cold out, there are still opportunities to volunteer at the Campus Garden!  Every Tuesday from 5-7 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.

Hoosier to Hoosier Call Out Meetings (posted 1/14)
If you’re a former volunteer, we’d love to have you involved in sale planning.  If you haven’t volunteered yet, we need you!  Whether you have a group you’d like to get involved in volunteering, would like to serve on a committee, or if you just have ideas for how to make the sale better, these meetings are for you!  Both meetings (January 16 and 17) will take place at 5:30 pm; the meetings will be identical in content, but we are offering two times just in case interested folks have schedule conflicts.  On Wednesday, January 16, the meeting will be at the E-house, and on Thursday, January 17, the meeting will be at Monroe County Public Library, Room 1C.  Hope to see you there!

Jim Hightower: America’s Populist Cowboy Gallops Into Bloomington (posted 1/14)
“Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building.”  So says New York Times best-selling author Jim Hightower, heard daily at 9 am on Bloomington station WFHB, 91.3 FM.  In celebration of WFHB’s 20th anniversary, Hightower will share his no-holds-barred critiques of Big Money, Big Corporations, and Big Government in a one-night event that includes questions from the audience and a book signing of his latest bestseller, “Swim Against the Current:  A dead Fish Can Go With The Flow.”  Tickets on sale at: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/9742522 .

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Pre-Winter Break – Power Down Checklist

12/03/2012 § Leave a comment

By Bill Brown, Director of IU Office of Sustainability

Chances are very good that you will be away from campus during the winter holiday break for at least a few days, or weeks, if not for good – congrats to the December graduates!

As you gear up to get out of town, consider taking a few minutes to make a big difference.

You can give planet Earth and Indiana University a gift while you are gone by reducing consumption of resources you will never miss. Tis the season for making lists, so I have a checklist for winter break as we vacate our classrooms, offices, homes, and apartments.

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This Week in Sustainability 11.27.12

11/27/2012 § 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: 

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.

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