In case of rain, this event will be held in Alumni Hall at the Indiana University Memorial Union.
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.
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: http://bloomington.in.gov/bllc
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. 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: http://www.lugar.senate.gov/energy/summit/.
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 http://monroe-redcross.org 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.
Bluegrass Bioneers: The Leading Sustainable Solutions Conference
Where: The University of Louisville
Description: Bluegrass Bioneers 2011 (BluegrassBioneers.org) – 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 http://www.bluegrassbioneers.org/.
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 www.bioneers.org and the organization’s tagline is “Revolution from the Heart of Nature.”
Ongoing Events and Opportunities:
Menu for the Future announces two fall discussion groups
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 812-336-2512
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 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.
Groups or individuals can sign up for as many days/shifts as they’d like. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All proceeds from the Book Fair benefit disaster relief, service to military families, and emergency preparedness services in Monroe and Owen Counties.
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 email@example.com.
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:http://shelteringhills.net/2011%20weekend%20course.html
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.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/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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://www.odwalla.com/plantatree/ to vote. More information at the DNR site here:http://www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/2923.htm
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 email@example.com (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 [firstname.lastname@example.org] 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 http://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 email@example.com for details.