This Week in Sustainability 9.12.11

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:
Wednesday, September 14
Big Red Eats Green: A Festival Celebrating Local Food
When: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Where: Dunn Meadow (corner of 7th and Indiana)
Description: Taste local flavor and learn about where your food comes from. Come join our area’s best restaurants, farmer’s market vendors, local food interest groups and live musicians incelebrating Southern Indiana food culture! All foods priced at $1, $2 and $3. This event is open to both students and the Bloomington community. Tell your friends to meet you there!
In case of rain, this event will be held in Alumni Hall at the Indiana University Memorial Union.

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.
Food Security in Bloomington Tour
When: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Description: Do you believe that all people, at all times, should have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life?   Are you interested in seeing what a south-central Indiana community has done to increase food security and develop their local food system? Purdue-Cooperative Extension Monroe County is offering a tour of Bloomington’s local food system on Thursday, September 15th from 9:30 to 3:30.  Representatives from several grass-roots projects focused on food security will showcase their sites and projects while also providing an overview of current local activities ranging from the ever-growing farmers’ market to new community gardens to gardening and nutrition programs for low-income families, to the beginnings of a food policy council for Bloomington and Monroe County.  The tour cost is $15 which includes lunch and transportation. More information, including a registration form and program agenda, can be found here:
Unable to come for the day?  Join us at 7:00PM for “America’s Food System: A Cause for Concern, a Time for Action”, a free talk by Mark Winne of the National Food Security Coalition.  Mark is the author of “Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture” and “Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” and a nationally recognized food activist.  The talk will be held in the Duke Energy Room of the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center. Boxcar Books will host a sale of Mark Winne’s books and a book signing by the author at the event.  Both events (and many more) are part of “Food for Thought” week sponsored by the Bloomington Lifelong Learning Coalition.  For more details, visit:
Friday, September 16 
Slow Food $5 Challenge
When: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard,1010 S. Walnut St, Bloomington
Description: Join us as we demonstrate that exciting, nutritious meals can be prepared simply and with affordable ingredients. We will prepare a meal on-site, using fresh, local ingredients and items found on the shelves of our food pantry. Samples and recipes will be offered to those receiving food assistance and to all community members who join us for this festive kick-off event of the Slow Food USA $5 Challenge (the official date of the nation-wide challenge is 9/17). High quality meals, made from scratch, with whole foods, are not out of reach to those on a tight budget. In fact, they are the true value meals.  Join us to discover how delicious a $5 meal can be! This event is free and open to the public, and we’ll have a drawing to win a free Crock Pot Slow Cooker!

3rd Annual Lugar Collegiate Energy Summit
When: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
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. Designed to engage, motivate, and encourage college student learners to focus on America’s energy security, the day long summit will also serve as a networking opportunity for the students. 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. For detailed schedule, registration, and other information please visit:
Student groups who are interested in presenting to the whole group and/or participating in the afternoon workshop or display period should contact (please note presentation display spots are limited).
Saturday, September 17
Help Bridge the Gap – Volunteer as a Friend for the Day!
When: 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church, 221 E. 6th St, Bloomington
Description: Citizen Advocacy of South-Central Indiana, Inc (CASCI) has several people with disabilities on the waiting list for a volunteer Advocate.  Advocates fill many roles in the lives of their partners, first and foremost that of friendship.  To encourage our community to reach out to members of our community with disabilities, as well as providing our “Partners in Waiting” an opportunity for fun and socializing, CASCI is hosting our fall  “Bridge the Gap” activity. CASCI is seeking volunteers from the community to be a “Friend for the Day” at this event where all participants will enjoy “Getting to Know You – Speed Meet & Greet” activities, dinner and Karaoke.  Currently matched Advocates and Partners will be participating and sharing thoughts about what their friendships have meant to them.
We need several volunteers to make the fall “Bridge the Gap” event a success.  If you have ever considered being a volunteer Advocate for someone with a disability, or if you just want to brighten someone’s day, please celebrate this event with us. Participation in Bridge the Gap is not a commitment to become an Advocate.
First Presbyterian Church is accessible to all, and a parking lot is available on the north side of the church. Advance registration is required. Please contact Coordinator Diana Reynolds by email at or by phone at 812-325-8969 to register.

Tuesday, September 20
Public Lecture by Fernando Nilo, Founder of Chile’s 1st Recycling Company – RECYCLA
When: 7:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Description: Focused on E-waste recycling in Chile, RECYCLA has become a leader inLatin America in environmental innovation, sustainable business, and social responsibility.  Founder and CEO, Fernando Nilo, will share his experiences as a leader in the triple bottom line community and offer his vision for the future of sustainable business in Latin America and the world.  Founded in 2003, RECYCLA has garnered international acclaim for its business model, winning prizes and awards from the World Economic Forum, Schwab Foundation, Chilean government, Energy Globe, Dubai International, and many others.  Employing the triple bottom line model, RECYCLA has succeed in incorporating environmental sustainability, social justice, and profitability.  Gathering e-waste from companies across Chile, RECYLA has emerged a model business in a country with low levels of recycling and environmental awareness. With 40% of its workforce comprised of ex-convicts, RECYCLA¹s business model seeks to reintegrate incarcerated citizens into Chilean society. As a result, RECYCLA has driven Chilean society and the region at large to challenge standard business practices and a create a more just, sustainable society. The event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Kelley Institute for Social Impact.
September 29 – October 4
28th Annual American Red Cross Book Fair 
Where: Monroe County Fairgrounds, Commercial Building West
Description: There will be between 80,000-100,000 gently used books, CDs, videos, DVDs, cassettes, records, games, puzzles, maps, sheet music, and many other items for sale at very reasonable prices.  Opening day admission is $10, but the rest of the week’s entrance is free.  Please visit for complete details (including exciting specials!), or call us at 812-332-7292 to receive a Book Fair bookmark with dates, times, and specials listed, to receive additional information, or volunteer for this event.

September 25-28
China-US 2011 Joint Symposium on Global Sustainability Issues in Energy, Climate, Water, and Environment
Where: Purdue University
Description: The inaugural event of the EcoPartnership between Purdue, U. Tennessee, ORNL and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will be the China-US 2011 Joint Symposium on ‘GlobalSustainability Issues in Energy, Climate, Water and Environment’ to be held at Purdue September 25-28. We will receive approximately 35 of China’s top biofuels, climate, and environmental scientists, as well as about 20 UT/ORNL faculty, representatives from several multi-national companies and US government agencies including the State Department, and a very large number of Purdue faculty and students. We expect a total of 100-150 attendees at the symposium.  The web site for the event including registration is:
 Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Contact sharma@purdue.edu765-496-7452 for information.

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:

Bloomington Community Orchard Workdays and Events
The Orchard has many September opportunities for all interest levels. Workdays, team meetings, limestone benchmaking workshop, tabling at community events, tours at the Orchard..the list goes on! Check out our calendar ( for details or email Stacey at for more information.

Middleway House Seeks Urban Agriculture Intern
Middle Way House, a national model domestic violence program located in Bloomington, is in the process of creating a demonstration production roof garden. There is still time to have an impact on its design and content, but the position requires maintenance of effort as well.
· The Intern will develop and implement late season planting and season extension mechanisms and the vermiculture and mushroom-growing components of the system.
· The Intern will coordinate distribution of the harvest among Middle Way House programs, packaging and marketing some of the produce
· The Intern will maintain records relative to planting, harvesting, and ordering and using supplies;
· The Intern will develop the framework for the roof garden to serve as a demonstration site and play a role in designing the education component.
· The Intern will recruit volunteers as necessary.
The intern will coordinate as much of the roof garden work as possible with the Youth Programs Coordinator. The Intern will report to the Director.
Although not a requirement of the position, grant-writing, if it interests the candidate, would be welcome (and assistance/instruction available).
Intern should attend the next available pre-service training program (a requirement of the State of Indiana) and be willing to sign a release for a background check. References appreciated.
Hours: variable according to season and weather conditions; a minimum of 10 hours/week
Site: 338 South Washington Street; shared office space; on street parking and on-site bike racks, close to bus – and very nice.
Compensation: There will be praise and satisfaction, chocolate and baked goods, and lots of autonomy. We’re dead broke.
Contact Toby Strout ( for application information.

Menu for the Future announces two fall discussion groups
Menu for the Future is a six-session discussion group in which participants will explore food systems and their impacts on culture, society and ecological systems, gain insight into agriculture and individual practices that promote personal and ecological well-being and consider ways to create and support sustainable food systems.
Earth Care is hosting two “Menu for the Future” discussion groups this fall:
  • Sundays, October 2 through November 6 from 4 – 5:30 pm at First United Church (2420 East Third Street).  For more information or to register, contact Janice Lilly at or 812-339-4419.
  • Thursdays, October 6 – November 10 from 6:30 – 8 pm at Rachel’s Café (300 East Third Street). For more information or to register, contact Ria Collee at or 812-336-2512
The cost for the book is $21. Some loaner books are available, if you would like one, please indicate that when you register.  Register by Tuesday, September 20. For more information on Earth Care visit

Volunteer for the American Red Cross Book Fair
It takes over 350 volunteers to help us organize and offer this fantastic event that features recycled, gently used books and media, games and puzzles and other collectibles, all at bargain prices (see event details above). We welcome IU student and student groups to come out, have a good time and help us with this event.

For the set-up days (Thursday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 28), tasks range from carrying boxes of books to the appropriate tables, to helping put up our signs, to organizing the concession stand. We need volunteers in increments of two hours minimum (more is great!) from 8am to noon and 1pm to 5pm daily.

For the Fair itself (Thursday, September 29 through Tuesday, October 4), tasks include walking the floor and straightening the merchandise, answering customers’ questions, helping carry items to the customers’ cars, or working the concession stand. Again, you can sign up for two-hour minimum slots from 8am to noon and 1pm to 7pm on September  29 & 30 and 8am to noon and 1pm to 6pm on October 1, 2 & 3 and 8am to noon and 1pm to 5pm on October 4.

The tear-down days (Wednesday, October 5 & Thursday, October 6) are when we re-box the leftover books, fold tables, and load the trucks. Hours are 8am to noon and 1pm to 5pm.

Groups or individuals can sign up for as many days/shifts as they’d like. Contact us at All proceeds from the Book Fair benefit disaster relief, service to military families, and emergency preparedness services in Monroe and Owen Counties.

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:

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 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.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: 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 $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:

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., contact for details.


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