This Week in Sustainability 7.18.11

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

When: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Where: The Bryan House Garden

Description: To fulfill its mission of growing for the IUB campus and engaging the community in the process, the Bryan House Garden will host a Lunch and Learn for faculty and staff. IU Office of Sustainability intern and Garden Coordinator Stephanie Hopkins will lead a discussion about the importance of growing food for the campus community and incorporating the food growing process into IUB’s academic initiatives. Shade and salad greens from the garden will be provided, just be sure to pack a lunch! For more information or to RSVP, please email:

Monday, August 8 – Friday, August 12 
Solar Training Workshop for NABCEP Entry Level Exam
When: Daily, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
NABCEP Test August 13 or by arrangement.
Where: Brown County Career Resource Center, 246 E. Main St., P.O. Box 2087, Nashville, IN 47448
Description: The Brown County Career Resource Center, located in Nashville, IN is offering a week long solar electric workshop. The course is designed for people looking to gain basic knowledge with solar PV technology and provide participants to sit for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam. Students attending the workshop will learn solar PV electricity basics, solar energy fundamentals, PV module fundamentals, PV site assessment, PV system components, PV system sizing, PV system design, working safely with PV and PV markets and applications. Participants will be given some hands-on training. Participants who have completed the workshop will be able to sit for the NABCEP PV Entry level exam. The last day 8/13, will be a 1/2 day review to help students prepare for the exam, then the exam will be administered that afternoon. The workshop is taught by NABCEP certified PV installer, Alex Jarvis. Cost is $650 and includes textbook, workshop materials and the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam. This coursework is offered at easily twice the price from other training providers.
We have tried our best provide excellent training while at the same time keeping the enrollment cost down. Space is limited so don’t wait too long to enroll.
Register by:
July 27th, 2011

Please contact: David Bartlett (812) 988-5880 or
or Shiela Roccia,

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:

Student Leaders sought for IUBeginnings Trip, “Sustain-Ability”
The IU Office of Sustainability and the Office of First Year Experience are teaming up this summer to create an IUBeginnings trip themed “Sustain-Ability.” The trip will consist of a variety of events ranging from community service to movie screenings to hikes and tours. What the trip needs now is YOU!  This exciting role is for any IUB student, undergraduate or graduate, that wants to directly engage with incoming freshmen on the topic of sustainability. This program is a great opportunity to impact incoming students, get to know new people, and gain valuable leadership experience all while having fun! Ideally, candidates for this role are already engaged in sustainability—whether through student groups, academic studies, work experience, and/or internships. Those selected for the role should be willing to share their experiences with others and be eager to assist new students to the IUB campus.
To be selected, you must be enrolled full-time at IU Bloomington, be able to regularly check email throughout the summer, be available all day from Friday, 8/19 to Wednesday, 8/24 (arrangements can be made for early move-in to residence halls), be enthusiastic about orienting new students to IU and engaging in sustainability, and be periodically available for mentoring throughout the academic year. The position is not paid, but costs of the trip, including dining, lodging, and transportation are covered. For more information, please email Bridget Flynn, IU Office of Sustainability intern, at 

Take the Pledge – Go Phosphorus Free!
Clear Choices for Clean Water is a campaign to increase awareness about lawn care and its impact on our streams and lakes. Water quality friendly lawn care includes practices such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and overall lawn reform. Click here to take the pledge:

Bluegrass Bioneers 2011 – Call for Presenters & Proposals 
The 2011 Bluegrass Bioneers Conference will take place October 21-23 in Louisville, KY at the UofL. This is our third annual event, and we need YOUR help to make it the best one yet! – Are you or someone you know doing something visionary and interesting that people need to know about? – Do you have an innovative solution to the challenges facing the Louisville community and humanity at large? – Have you hit on a unique or entertaining way to move or inspire people to action? – Do you have something to share that will grab the attention of 50 people…and hold it for an hour? If you answered YES to any of these, we want to hear from you. The Bioneers Conference is the country’s “leading-edge forum & environmental conference… (where) social & scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature & human ingenuity.” Among this year’s renowned national keynote speakers are feminist icon Gloria Steinem; renewable energy guru Amory Lovins; and master mycologist Paul Stamets. In addition to these national luminaries, the conference will feature local/regional visionaries, innovators, and workshops.
The larger Bioneers mission is to uncover and promote “practical environmental solutions and innovative strategies for restoring the Earth and communities.” It is with this as a guide that the organizing committee will choose a select number of local workshops and presenters for the Bluegrass Bioneers Conference.

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.

For more information about SPROUTS events please email or check out their facebook page.

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.

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 and SUSTAINABILITY 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.

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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