This Week in Sustainability 8.29.11

08/29/2011 § Leave a comment

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:

September 3-11
Going Local Week

Description: Hosted by Local First Indiana and the Local Grower’s Guild, Going Local Week is a week-long celebration of all things local and a springboard for educating the community about the importance of shopping locally and eating local food as a means of supporting the local economy for greater self-reliance.  Events include art openings, concerts, business specials, local food specials in restaurants, various fundraisers for other local nonprofits, etc.  We encourage our community to get out and do something local every day. Keep an eye out on the Local First website for the full Calendar!

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We’re now accepting applications for our ’11-’12 academic year internship program!

08/28/2011 § Leave a comment

The IU Office of Sustainability is now accepting applications for the

2011-2012 Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability

Applications are due at 11:59 pm on September 14th, 2011

Information on how to apply, including a full list of internship descriptions:

Online application system:

Open positions:

Internships Mentored by the Office of Sustainability Internships Mentored by the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board Working Groups

Questions regarding internships or the application process should be directed to Emilie Rex at

Continuing the tradition of the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability (IUOS) addresses issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability in campus operations, academic programs, and university-community relations. This fall, we are seeking another group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to advancing sustainability at Indiana University Bloomington.

The IUB Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability will run from early October through late April. Funding is available to support eleven new sustainability-related internships. Four of these interns will join four continuing interns working on ongoing IUOS projects. The other seven will join three continuing interns, working collaboratively with IUOS and the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board on projects designed to meet the strategic goals of our seven working groups. Students will be expected to work approximately ten to fifteen hours per week over the course of the school year and participate in a seminar in sustainability taught by Director of Sustainability Bill Brown. Student interns and their mentors will have discretion in setting their work schedules to accommodate vacation and other commitments. For their service, graduate fellows will recieve $11 per hour and undergraduate interns will receive $9 per hour.

For more information on the program’s history, current interns and steps to applying, see below:

Learn about the program
Meet our interns
Learn how to apply
Apply to the program

IU Guides Still Needed – Sign Up Today!

08/23/2011 § Leave a comment

Greetings from the Office of First Year Experience Programs,

It’s hard to believe the first few days of classes are around the corner.  Consider helping new students out by participating as a 2011 IU Guide! If you are already signed up to volunteer, we thank you for your time commitment and encourage you to forward this invitation to colleagues andstudent leaders in your department since we are still in need of additional IU Guides.

IU Guides will take place during the first two days of classes, Monday, August 29th and Tuesday, August 30th.  To sign up or to obtain more information, please visit: 2011 IU Guides Registration.

We hope you will highly consider participating in the IU Guides program and continue the tradition of providing new students with a warm, personal introduction to Indiana University.

This Week in Sustainability 8.23.11

08/23/2011 § Leave a comment

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This Week’s Events:

Wednesday, August 24

Green Drinks Bloomington: Lew May and Kent McDaniel on Bloomington Transit’s and IU’s leadership in transportation sustainability
When: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Upland Brewery Banquet Facility, 350 W. 11th St.
Description: Lew May, General Manager of Bloomington Transit (BT), and Kent McDaniel, Executive Director of the Indiana Transportation Association (ITA), former Director of IU Transportation Services, and vice-chairman of Bloomington Transit’s board of directors will present a talk on Bloomington Transit’s and IU’s leadership in transportation sustainability. Bloomington and IU buses set another ridership record in 2010: 6.9 million riders, compared to Indianapolis with 8.4 million. $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided.

This Week in Sustainability 8.16.11

08/18/2011 § Leave a comment

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 (or reply to this email) by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. Occasionally, we will send out additional notices, but we’ll try to keep those to a minimum. 

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 20
Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale Day, part of the Bloomington Resale Trail

When: 7:30-9:00 am ($5 early bird special admission); 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (free admission)
Where: Gladstein Fieldhouse (just east of Assembly Hall)
Description: Find treasures and back-to-school bargains and give back to your community at the same time! Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims to 1) divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) preventadditional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order to 3) raise funds for local charities and other organizations. H2H is a partnership between the United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, City of Bloomington, IU Athletics, IU Office of Sustainability, and IU Residential Programs and Services. Aside from a small percentage associated with administrative costs, all proceeds from the sale will benefit Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Monroe County. More information about the sale is available at  H2H is just one of the sales along the Bloomington Resale Trail, a city-wide event that combines multiple locations throughout Bloomington into one giant garage sale.

Volunteers are still needed for pre-sale staging and the sale day! We especially need volunteers for shifts 2 and 3 the day of the sale. Visit to register.

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Tomorrow: Fall Planting Day @ the Bryan House

08/09/2011 § Leave a comment

It might not feel like it, but fall is just around the corner and there is some work to do at the Bryan House Garden. Tomorrow, August 10th, from 6-8 pm volunteers will gather to participate in the garden’s Fall Planting Day. Volunteers will help plant seeds for several fall crops including spinach, beets, peas, and beans.

Those interested in attending should meet at the brown shed on the east lawn of the Bryan House, just behind the Musical Arts Center.

Register by Wednesday for Friday’s Summer Sustainability Internship Symposium

08/09/2011 § Leave a comment

Symposium Group PhotoThere are two days left to register for the fourth annual Indiana University Summer Sustainability Internship Symposium thisFriday, August 12, 2011 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Grand Hall at the Neal-MarshallBlack Culture Center.

The symposium will feature the summer research projects of IU Bloomington’s sustainability interns, including presentations, a poster session, and complimentary lunch featuring local food. Visit the 2011 Academic Year Sustainability Internship Symposium webpage for a better idea of the symposium’s structure.

Register now and join us in celebrating our students’ contribution to the campus sustainability initiative. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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