This Week in Sustainability 8.16.11

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 (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.

Wednesday, August 24
Summer Garden Volunteer Potluck
When: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: The Bryan House Garden
Description: To celebrate the achievements of the garden volunteers this summer, the last summer work day will be a potluck! All summer volunteers are invited to bring a dish to share (and a friend!). We’ll celebrate the success of the garden and the last week of summer with good food, music, and conversation. To sign up for the potluck, enter your name and the dish you will be bringing here. 

Saturday, August 27
“Where the Locals Go” Tour, hosted by Local First Indiana
When: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Begins at Sample Gates (corner of Kirkwood and Indiana)
Description: Join our tour guides for a fun and inspiring walking tour of downtown Bloomington. This tour will highlight the history and stories of some of the buildings and local, independent businesses in downtown Bloomington – a great way to get to now our city better! Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Contact Una Winterman (, 812-334-8903) or visit for more information.

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!

Saturday, September 10
Simply Living Fair
When: 12:00 – 5:30 pm
Where: Third St. Park
Description: Enjoy a rousing concert from 12:00 to 1:00 with the Bloomington Peace Choir, Soul Circle, and the International Dance Ensemble of IU.  Food Works for Middle Way House will have tasty lunches and snacks available all afternoon and over twenty organizations will be on hand with information on everything from solar panels to green cleaning to organic gardening.  There will be nine green living workshops (including three for kids and families) ranging in topic from seed saving to green investing to worm composting to trashion.  All events on Saturday are FREE.  The fair is organized by the Center for Sustainable Living in partnership with Bloomingfoods and with sponsorship from Bloomington Peace Partners, Gengee LLC, Monroe County Government, Branches Magazine, L.B. Stant, Worm’s Way, Green Sweep Cleaning Company, and others. Visit for more information.

Sunday, September 11
Green Living Tours
When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Where: Meet at Bloomingfoods East
Description: The Center for Sustainable Living will also be hosting two green living tours on Sunday, September 11th.  Tickets are $15 (available at Bloomingfoods and online at which include round-trip transportation from Bloomingfoods East.  From 10:00 to 12:00, see what’s developing at Renaissance Farm, as expert permaculturists Keith Johnson and Peter Bane celebrate their sixth season transforming a 2/3 acre suburban plot into a lush, sustainable homestead. Even if you’ve visited before, you’ll find something new and fascinating in Keith’s guided tour.   From 1:30 to 3:30, discover how the Bessler and Urrutia families have lowered their carbon footprint by reducing their electrical use and incorporating different kinds of solar technology to their homes (solar electricity, solar furnace, and solar hot water).  The Besslers won the 2010 Energy Showdown by lowering their electrical bills by 46% between 2009 and 2010!

Thursday, September 15
Campus Sustainability Advisory Board Transportation Working Group Meeting
When: 4:00 pm
Where: Offices of Parking Operations in the Henderson Parking Garage (intersection of Atwater and Henderson)
Description: Faculty, staff, and students who are interested in being on this working group are welcome to attend. Meetings for the rest of the fall semester will be held on October 20 and November 17 at 4:00 pm in the same location.

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

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 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 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 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:

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 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
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 to vote. More information at the DNR site here:

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 for additional details and scholarship information.

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 (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 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 [] 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., for details.


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