This Week in Sustainability 7.6.11

If you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. 

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, July 21 
Lunch and Learn at the Bryan House Garden

Led by Bryan House Garden Coordinator and IU Office of Sustainability intern, Stephanie Hopkins
When: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Where: The Bryan House Garden
Description: Bring your lunch and a friend and join us for a discussion about the pilot campus garden at the Bryan House. We’ll talk about the importance of growing food for our community and incorporating it into IUB’s academic initiatives.  A small gardening activity will follow the discussion.

Friday, September 16
3rd Annual Lugar Collegiate Energy Summit

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art
Description: The Lugar Collegiate Energy Summit brings together students interested in energy issues with the goal of encouraging them in their current and future work. Among other things, there will be workshops on club development, outreach to businesses, and public policy, as well as time for students to network with businesses and organizations.

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

SPROUTS Community Garden seeks volunteers to help grow organic food
The SPROUTS garden is a community-organized garden located at the intersection of 8th St and Fess Ave on the IU-Bloomington campus. SPROUTS was founded in 2005 by several IU Permaculture Design Course graduates, but you don’t have to be a student to pitch in!
SPROUTS uses permaculture principles and organic methods to grow fruits and vegetables. Most of our produce is donated to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard Food Pantry. The remaining produce is available for garden volunteers to take home.
There are currently two participation days per week: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Comment on the Indiana Rail Plan by July 7th
There are only two days left to participate in the Indiana Department of Transportation’s State Rail Plan survey. The survey pertains to both passenger and freight related rail policy in Indiana. Survey can be completed online at:
Weekly Workdays at the Bryan House Garden
If you are looking for something to do this summer and want to show the IU community that we can sustain a garden over the summer, come out to the Bryan House Gardens for our weekly work days! Every WEDNESDAY from 6-8 PM, we’ll be maintaining our vegetable and herb gardens. Plus, if you volunteer 10 hours over the summer, you will receive fresh produce from the garden!
If you would like to volunteer, or if you are enrolled in a course or work with an organization that you think might be interested in this garden initiative, please email garden intern Stephanie Hopkins at
The Bryan House Garden is located on the eastern lawn of the Bryan House, just to the west of the Musical Arts Center.Help Indiana get more trees with just a few clicks
It’s quick, easy, and free to help get more trees for Indiana by voting online. Each vote results in a $1 donation from Odwalla to the Indiana DNR for planting trees in Hoosier state parks. Last year around $3,400 was raised through this program. With the Emerald Ash Borer killing trees throughout the state, more trees will be needed this year to offset the damage and grow our forests.
Visit to vote. More information at the DNR site here:

Room available for rent in new Bloomington Ecovillage
Walking distance to campus. Available starting August 1st.
If you are particularly interested in intentional community and sustainable living, contact Doug Hanvey ( for complete details.

Global Village Living-Learning Center Graduate Assistant Position (2011-2012)
The Global Village is a residence hall located in Indiana University’s northwest neighborhood and home to 170 academically focused students who share an interest in languages, culture, history, globalization, and world affairs and who want to learn from each other through cultural events and special interest groups. The Global Village GA will provide support to students planning co-curricular and extra-curricular events that meet the Global Villages mission of being a multilingual, multinational, multicultural, multidisciplinary residence hall. The graduate assistant would work closely with the three Global Village staff members, who will be supervisors of different aspects of the position.
Preferred Qualifications:
*must be enrolled in a minimum of six graduate credit hours for fall semester
* background or experience in student services, student affairs, service-learning, foreign cultural studies,
volunteer management, service-corps, etc.
* proficiency in one or more foreign languages (and enthusiasm for foreign languages and cultures)
* experience with international travel and studying abroad
* familiarity with IU structure, student services, IU resources, academic programs
* (highly preferred) experience with data collection, data analysis, and data presentation
* flexibility, sociability, compassion, and dedication to undergraduate education and the undergrad experience at IU
For complete job description email Lauren Caldarera, Assistant Director of the Global Village (

GREEN Educational Adventure Programs in Costa Rica
The Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN) inspires university students to explore the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. The GREEN Educational Adventure Programs in Costa Rica offer a unique way to satisfy your intellectual curiosity while experiencing unforgettable adventures, gaining a cultural experience, and giving back to the community through socially responsible projects. The Programs in Costa Rica are focused on Renewable Energy Education, Adventure, Culture, and Social Responsibility. The 12-day trip gives students a chance to explore the topics of RENEWABLE ENERGY andSUSTAINABILITY through interactive lectures and exclusive hands-on site visits to functioning power plants, like wind farms and geothermal plants, and residential facilities, such as organic sustainable farms and green-centric housing developments.

Summer spots still available. Visit for additional details and scholarship information.

Sierra Student Coalition Midwest Regional Summer Leadership Training
Participate in an exciting training opportunity coming up right in our own backyard! From July 11-18 the Sierra Student Coalition is holding their Midwest regional summer trainings (SPROG) in Bradford Woods (near Bloomington). It is a week long training in which you will learn the skills to run and win local and grassroots campaigns and victories. SPROG’s have been around for 22 years and is an award winning training program run by student leaders from across the country. Learn new skills, meet new friends, and come together with other young people from around the Midwest to create a network of support that goes beyond our own communities. Contact Alexis Boxer ( of the Sierra Student Coalition if you are interested or would like more information about the program.

There are a limited amount of spots available so act fast! Share with your friends and networks and help build our movement here in Indiana!
View for more information.
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Scholarship opportunities are available. Contact Alexis for scholarship information.

Simply Living Fair seeking sponsors and exhibitors
The Center for Sustainable Living is pleased to announce that the 2011 Simply Living Fair will be held on Saturday, September 10th in Third Street Park (also known as the Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park).  They are seeking sponsors and exhibitors, with a goal of raising $1,500 to cover expenses. This is a great chance to showcase your green business or organization to a crowd of eco-minded folks who are willing to spend their dollars where their values are.  Booths are available for $25 for businesses and $15 for non-profits, with sponsorship opportunities starting at $80.  Please visit for more information or contact the Center for Sustainable Living at (812) 332-8796.

Show tornadoes that they aren’t welcome here!!  Donate to the City of Bloomington Tree Fund.
During the storms last month, the campus and community lost an estimated 500-700 trees, some of which were 150 years old or more.  Help replace these monuments in our green city!  Contact (or 349.3498) to make a donation. Anything you contribute will help send a signal to tornadoes to dissipate into refreshing spring breezes.

Student Conservation Association Internships
The SCA is one of the biggest partners for national parks and forests. Each year, they send thousands of youth across the country to get conservation experience in awesome places. Living expenses, housing, and round trip travel provided. Internships run from 3-12 months and are available in all 50 states. See for more information and to apply.

Pick Up America Internships
Pick Up America seeks interns year-round. It’s a great opportunity for young people to get nonprofit experience while getting the chance to travel slowly. Students work closely with the core PUA team. Travel with us, pick up trash, and focus your skills on a specific project thisyear. Our goal is to make it to Denver by November. If you’re interested in this great opportunity to see the USA one step at a time, email Johnna Jackson [] with a brief letter to the Pick Up Artists, a resume, and references. At this time, we must ask interns to pay for room/board. $60/week. Or $45/week if you have a car. We’ll pay for fuel while you’re on the road with us. Visit for more information.

Office space available in Bloomington Eco Center
Great downtown location. Shared meeting space.  Fantastic deal, includes all utils. and internet. $350/mo., Contact for details.


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