This Week in Sustainability 8.8.11

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 susevent@indiana.edu (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. 

Featured Event:

Friday, August 12
4th Annual IU Office of Sustainability Summer Internship Symposium

When: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Neal Marshall Grand Hall, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

Description: Spots are still available to join us in celebrating our students’ contributions to the campus sustainability initiative!  The symposium will feature the summer research projects of IU Bloomington’s sustainability interns and will include presentations, a poster session, and a complimentary lunch featuring local food. Visit this webpage from the 2011 Academic Year symposium for more information about the symposium’s format. Register now, as attendance will be closed at 150 guests.  
Upcoming Events:
 
Tuesday, August 9  

City of Bloomington Commission on Sustainability
When: 6:00 pm
Where: City Hall, McCloskey Room
Description: Items on the agenda include a discussion of energy efficiency efforts at the Monroe County Community School Corporation.
 
Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network meeting
When: 7:00 pm
Where: Monroe County Public Library, Rm 1B
Description: A brief information session on Net Metering and the new IURC rules governing Net Metering will be provided, followed by an opportunity to ask about or discuss any topic related to Renewal Energy in south-central Indiana.
 
Wednesday, August 10
 
Fall Planting Day at the Bryan House Garden
When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: The Bryan House Garden (behind the Musical Arts Center)
Description: 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. This Wednesday, 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. For more information about the Bryan House Garden, visit iugarden.wordpress.com. Email questions to iugarden@indiana.edu
 
Earth Care monthly meeting 
When: 7:00 pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church (6th and Lincoln), Room 5.  Enter through the administrative entrance on Lincoln.
Description: The group will be discussing ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency and other activities.
 
Saturday, August 13
 
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard presents Hub Ride for the Hungry
When: 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Where: Karst Farm Park

Description: This event offers rides for bikers of all levels, from novice to nuts! The 50, 25, 15 and 4 mile rides start and finish at Karst Farm Park located 3 mileswest from downtown Bloomington, IN. Registration fee of $35 for adults and $25 for children 11 and older. Register before August 1st and receive $5 off each registration. All proceeds from the ride go to support Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, helping us improve the lives of our neighbors by providing: healthy groceries to over 1900 people in need every week, hands on learning opportunities in the garden for 40 children each week, and 35 free nutrition and garden education classes for our patrons. For more information and to register visit www.mhcfoodpantry.org.
 
City provides free electronics recycling
When: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Sanitation Garage, 3406 S. Walnut St.

Description: The City of Bloomington Sanitation Dept. has announced a new partnership with Vinatage Tech Recylers. This partnership will allow the City to host its first e-waste recycling program. The City invites Bloomington residents and thosefrom surrounding communities to dispose of unwanted electronics for recycling on Saturday, August 13th. The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, monitors, LCDs, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, cables, televisions, VCR’s, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, gaming systems,telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, fax machines, copiers and postage meters. For more information contact the Sanitation Department at 812-349-3443 or visit www.bloomington.in.gov/sanitation.
 
Sunday, August 14
Slow Food Fest: A Taste of LOCAL Bloomington: Celebrating the farmers who raise our food and the chefs who prepare it
When: 4:00 – 7:00 pm, rain or shine!

Where: Kirkwood Ave. between Indiana and Dunn

Description: A dozen local, independent restaurants will prepare delectable bites of summer’s most luscious produce. The event will also feature local brews, local wines, and a silent auction of local culinary delights. The event is a fundraiser for Slow Foods Bloomington to continue supporting community events including the Summer Farmer’s Market Tastings, Chef’s Cooking Presentations, Big Red Eats Green Event in September at Dunn Meadow, Elementary School Garden, and the promotion of local restaurants who serve locally-raised foods. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door (a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible). Cash bar. Tickets available at Bloomingfoods. Vendors include Restaurant Tallent, Finch’s Brasserie, FARM, BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe and Cakery, Nick’s English Hut, Upland Brewery, One World Catering, Bloomingfoods, Happy Pig, the Indiana Memorial Union, Mad Tad’s BBQ, Recess (Indianapolis), and Brown County Coffee Co.
 
Monday, August 15
Bloomington Community Orchard Workday and Workday Coordinator Training
Where: At the Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Description: At 6 p.m., four or five people with pick-up trucks will meet out at Rocky River Equestrian Farm and load up horse manure and sawdust. The party will return to the Orchard to meet a crew of compost flippers and sheet mulchers. In addition, we will have a workday coordinator training that day from 7:30-8:15 p.m. If you have interest in helping create a sustainable soil network in the Orchard, please let us know how you can help! RSVPs to Stacey Decker at getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.orgare greatly appreciated.
 
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 http://www.indiana.edu/~h2h/.  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 http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/hoosier_to_hoosier/volunteer.html to register.
 
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!  http://www.localfirstindiana.org/going-local-week/
 
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 futurework. 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:
 
Apply for the new City of Bloomington Sustainability Partnership (SuPar) program!
Letter of intent due September 1, final application due October 1. Grants up to $5000 for both for-profit businesses and community organizations.  For more information on this and other new programs, visit http://bloomington.in.gov/incentives.
 
Monroe County Pharmaceutical Disposal Program
The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office this week announced a new effort to collect and properly dispose of unused, unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs and controlled substances in order to reduce the risk of illegal diversion, drug abuse, overdose, and environmental risks resulting from improper disposal.   For more information visit http://www.co.monroe.in.us/prosecutor and follow the link to the Monroe County Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal Program, or call 349-DRUG. 
 
Job Opening with the Monroe County Planning Commission
The Plan Commission of Monroe County, Indiana, is seeking a Planner /GIS Specialist to perform current and long range planning functions.  Moreinformation is available athttp://www.co.monroe.in.us/tsd/Government/Support/HumanResources/JobOpenings.aspx.  
 
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: http://www.clearchoicescleanwater.org/
 
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 and scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature and 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.
Click here for more information and registration form:https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEdMUXJKcENQZXlfTC0yWUFLaGxRbUE6MQ
 
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 sprouts@indiana.eduor 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 hoursover 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 iugarden@indiana.edu.
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 $1donation 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 http://www.odwalla.com/plantatree/ to vote. More information at the DNR site here: http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2923.htm
 
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-daytrip 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 https://greenworknow.com 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 visithttp://www.simplylivingfair.org 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 May, 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 dunbarb@bloomington.in.gov (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 http://thesca.org/serve/internships 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 closelywith 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 [johnjackson113@gmail.com] 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. Visithttp://pickupamerica.wordpress.com/help/ 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 harmony@indiana.edu for details.

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