This Week in Sustainability 8.23.11

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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.

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.

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!

Thursday, September 8
Celebrate the opening of the completed B-Line Trail

When: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Where: The B-Line Trail at 245 W. Grimes Ln.
Description: Join the B-Line Express parade at Mills Pool at 5pm, or move at your own pace along the trail.  All participants can collect tickets for the drawing (we have 4 bikes to give away!) that will take place around 6:30.  Join us!
Timeline of events:
B-Line Express Parade!
4 p.m. Bicycle decorating and bike checks at Mills Pool, 1100 W. 14th St.
5 p.m. B-Line Express Parade leaves Mills Pool. Bike riders and walkers of all ages are welcome to join the B-Line Express Parade anywhere along the Trail.
5:45 p.m. The B-Line Express arrives at Grimes Lane.
5:30-6 p.m.
Live Entertainment: Bloomington Community Band on the B-Line Trail at Grimes Lane.
Artist demos: Plein air painters, limestone carving, and marbling demos on the B-Line Trail at Grimes Lane.
6 p.m. Guest speakers and ribbon cutting
Mayor Mark Kruzan; Bloomington Parks & Recreation Dept. Director Mick Renneisen; City Council President Susan Sandberg; Upland Brewing Co. President Doug Dayhoff; IU Health Bloomington President and CEO Mark Moore
Door prize drawing immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony – win a bike!

Saturday, September 10

“Make Art Local” Hosted by Local First Indiana

When: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Tour will start at Twisted Limb Paperworks, 1122 S. Morton St.
Description: Newcomers, tourists, and longtime residents alike will enjoy our Make Art Local Tour.  This is a day-long tour, visiting 3 Bloomington businesses, where you will create your own work of art.  Tickets are $190 and may be purchased at Advance tickets only, payment and registration due by Sept. 3 (tour will only happen if all 8 slots are filled). Ticket price includes lunch from the Owlery. Ages 13 and up; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available at Contact Una Winterman (, 812-334-8903) or visit for more information.

The tour starts at Twisted Limb Paperworks, where participants will learn how to make paper.  After a quick stop for lunch at The Owlery, a new, very tasty vegetarian restaurant, we’ll head over to Collective Press, where participants will print their own images onto the homemade paper.  (Participants should bring their own images to use for cutting their own block.  If you don’t like how it turns out, you can choose from some pre-cut blocks.)  After printing, we’ll walk a short block and a half to Reframe to choose a frame and put it together.  Your art will be ready for the wall by the time you get home!  This particular piece of art will be infused with your own experience of making it and with the three remarkable business owners who will walk you through the process.

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 ranging in topic from seed saving to green investing to worm composting to trashion.  Workshops happen at 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 – with one child/family-friendly offering for each time slot. There will also be a raffle with prizes including a rain barrel and worm composting kit. 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.

“Where the Locals Go Out” Tour Hosted by Local First Indiana
When: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Where: Tour will meet at Nick’s English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Description: Join our tour guides for a bar tour of downtown Bloomington.  Tour price includes 5 drinks at 5 locations, witty anecdotes and valuable information from your brave tour leaders, and special deals throughout the night.  Tour goers will receive free admission after the tour to comedy or live music at The Comedy Attic (Kurt Metzger), The Bishop, or the Bluebird (Andy Hollinden). Tickets are $25. Participants must be 21 or over. Tickets are available at Contact Una Winterman (, 812-334-8903) or visit 2011/08/where-the-locals-go-out-tour/ for more information.

Tentative Schedule (final details will be confirmed via email):
6-7pm: Nick’s (20% off food)
7:15-7:45pm: Crazy Horse
8-8:30pm: Uptown Cafe
8:45-9:15pm: The Bishop
9:30-10pm: The Atlas

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.

October 21-23
Bluegrass Bioneers: The Leading Sustainable Solutions Conference
Where: The University of Louisville
Description: Bluegrass Bioneers 2011 ( – presented by BEcreative and the University of Louisville Center for Environmental Education – is the southeast’s Beaming Bioneers incarnation and is based in Louisville, KY. Louisville is proud once again to be a Bioneers satellite city. The 3-day conference will be held at the University of Louisville & Rauch Planetarium (Google Map Link), October 21-23. The full list of 2011 Plenary Speakers is still being determined, but among this year’s renowned national keynote speakers are feminist icon Gloria Steinem; renewable energy guru Amory Lovins; and master mycologist Paul Stamets. More information at
The third annual Bluegrass Bioneers will combine national plenary speakers and experts on the “big screen” from the national Bioneers Conference in California with live local & regional speakers, experts, and performances for an entertaining and enriching event that encourages innovative, creative solutions to help Louisville and the rest of the world build a more just and sustainable society. On a national level, Bioneers is an inspired and inspiring annual 3-day conference in Northern California of more than 3,000 social, scientific, and environmental innovators working to create a more just and sustainable world for humanity. The website is and the organization’s tagline is “Revolution from the Heart of Nature.”

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

New time for weekly workdays at the Bryan House Garden
During the 2011 Fall semester, students, faculty, and staff are invited to come work in the dirt at the Bryan House every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Tools and gloves are provided. Please share this opportunity with your peers. 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.

Fall Weekend Permaculture Design Course
Join Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, Rhonda Baird, and guests in a whirlwind of serious fun exploring the world of permaculture.
Over five weekends we will cover the core permaculture ethics, principles, and practices. In your time, you will be begin to appreciate, understand, and be able to replicate natural processes. We will introduce you to good design through classroom experiences, field trips, and hands-on experience.
We understand that taking two to three weeks away from work, family, and home can be very difficult. For that reason, we are happy to offer the design course in the weekend format.
The teaching team combines decades of experience in permaculture and its various disciplines with sensitivity to each others’ strengths in the classroom and field. Along the way we have a lot of fun.
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Dates: September 30-October 2; October 14-16; October 28-30; November 4-6; November 18-20.
Cost: $750 includes instruction, materials, and Saturday lunch.
More information and link to registration here: www.vitalconnection.wordpress.comVolunteer as a New Student Service Day Site Facilitator
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to get involved during the 2011 Welcome Week program. Our newest Hoosiers have been invited to participate in a morning of service on Saturday, August 27th 9:00am – 1:00pm. Through partnerships with over 20 local non-profit agencies, New Student Service Day provides opportunities for students to connect with one another, explore Bloomington, and make a difference in their new community.  To enrich this experience we connect a student leader, staff, or faculty facilitator with each site to supervise and lead a reflection discussion to help bring meaning to the service experience.
We invite you to participate as a site facilitator, using your talent and skills to make New Student Service Day a success. Please do not miss the chance to get involved and make a difference.  To become a New Student Service Day site facilitator email indicating your interest.

Bloomington Environmental Commission accepting applications for two internship positions

Toxics Intern: The City of Bloomington Environmental Commission (EC) is offering a paid internship in TOXICS for September through May, 2012.  The EC seeks someone with experience in toxicology and/or hazardous materials, can work with databases (e.g. EPA’s Envirofacts Data Warehouse), and is adept at risk communication.  Media experience and GIS familiarity are pluses.
Responsibilities will include: writing press releases related to an existing Toxics Report; coordinating public meetings and a tour related to PCBs; researching, analyzing, and translating data regarding toxic substances in Bloomington; follow through on recommendations of report and begin research on expanding the report; monthly attendance at Thursday evening EC meetings; and other duties as assigned.  Excellent researching and writing skills as well as the ability to work independently are required.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.

Environmental Education Intern: The City of Bloomington Environmental Commission (EC) is offering a paid internship in ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION for fall semester 2011.  The EC seeks someone with experience in online and media education and publicity, ecological concerns related to natural landscaping, and waste reduction.
Responsibilities will include writing press releases, designing educational brochures, researching natural landscaping dilemmas faced locally, researching waste reduction possibilities, monthly attendance at Thursday evening EC meetings, and other duties as assigned.  Excellent researching and writing skills as well as the ability to work independently are required.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required.

Both positions pay $10/hour for 10 hours/week at the Bloomington Planning Department office in City Hall.  To apply, please send a letter of interest, three references, and a detailed résumé to Linda Thompson, Environmental Planner,  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, Sept 6. For more information on the EC please visit

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:

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.

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:

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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