This Week in Sustainability 9.21.11

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. 

Thursdays, September 22, September 29, October 6
Griffy Woods Invasive Species Removal 
When: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Griffy Woods 
Description: Join Preserve staff to pull invasive species at Griffy Woods, a parcel of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Meet the Preserve staff at 4:00 p.m., in the Griffy Woods parking lot. The Preserve staff will bring tools and equipment. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and long pants and also bring water.We will provide the work gloves.

Please RSVP on Facebook, email, or call 855-8742 to let the Preserve Staff know you are coming.

Griffy Woods Preserve: From the 45/46 Bypass / Fee Lane intersection- travel northeast on E. Matlock Rd. for .3 miles. Make hard bend to the left onto N. Headley Rd. Travel on N. Headley Rd around hard bend to right and back to the left, for about .5 miles total until you reach the parking area on the left-hand side.

Monday, September 26
Sustainability Case Competition Information Session
When: 7:00 PM
Where: IMU Georgian Room
Description: Indiana University Student Association (IUSA) in co-operation with University Information Technology Services (UITS) and Indiana University Office of Sustainability (IUOS) would like to introduce the campus-wide sustainability Case Competition! The goal of the Case Competition is to bring both undergraduate and graduate students from all backgrounds of university life together to design and apply a tool, system, or practice that addresses one of the issues below regarding sustainable computing.

·         Reducing the environmental impact of IT at IU

o   Print and Paper reduction (document management)

o   Energy reduction

·         Leveraging IT for campus-wide sustainability gains.

·         Capturing and presenting metrics on Sustainable Computing and sustainability in general.

The competition begins Monday September 26 in the Georgian room of the IMU with an information session open to all who are interested.  Interested teams must be at this event to qualify for the competition. Round one of the competition begins promptly the 26th of September and lasts till October 10. Within this time frame student teams, consisting of 2-5 students, must create a short video as well as a position paper, pitching their idea or proposal for a product that would accomplish the desired ends.

Round 2, October 13 to November 7, requires advancing teams to deliver a fifteen minute presentation and participate in a 5 minute Q and A. The Case Competition will conclude November the 11 with an awards ceremony. Both rounds will be judged by a panel of IUB staff, faculty, and students. Top 3 teams from round 1 will advance and receive $500 each. At the end of round 2, 1st place will receive $1500, 2nd $750, and 3rd honorable mention.

Keep in mind that ideas must be able to be implemented and fully functional on campus! Products must also be well researched, thought out, and developed. Teams should be expected to engage in concept development, prototyping of products, and measurement and figure research of products (quantification of benefit etc.).

IUSA, UITS, and IUOS know the students of IU Bloomington have much to offer and look forward to seeing what ingenious ideas will be presented and encourage you to come to the information session the 26th of September. Good luck to all, and may the best team win!

Wednesday, September 28
Green Teams Happy Hour
When: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Where: Nick’s English Hut, 423 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Description: Our first Green Teams Happy Hour is an opportunity for team members to meet, chat, and share ideas. Feel free to invite co-workers, spouses, and anyone else who is interested in sustainability. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Amy Allen at iugt@indiana.eduClick here to register!
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 and please contact sharma@purdue.edu765-496-7452 for information.

October 3, 4, and 7 

Lecture Series and Mini-Conference on Environmental Policy

The Department of Economics, SPEA, the Department of Geography and European Union Center present several upcoming special events in Environmental Policy:

  • Lecture Series: The Green Paradox

by Professor Hans Werner Sinn (University of Munich and the Ifo Institute,

Germany) based on his new book The Green Paradox, forthcoming in MIT Press.

Lecture I: Monday, October 3 at 4 pm in Wylie Hall 005.

Lecture II: Tuesday, October 4 at 4 pm in Wylie Hall 005.

  • Mini-Conference on Environmental Policy on Friday, October 7

Location: Tocqueville Room, Political Theory Workshop, 513 North Park Avenue


9:15- 10:15:  Arik Levinson, Georgetown University: Environmental Engel Curves

1015-10:45: Coffee break

10:45-11:45: Sara Pryor, Indiana University:  Furloughing climate science into climate policy: A physical scientists perspective

3:00-4:00 : Hans Werner Sinn, University of Munich and the Ifo Institute:  The Green Paradox (forthcoming with MIT Press)

4:00-4:30 Coffee break

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:



Green Acres Neighborhood Ecovillage

Want to grow sustainable community right here in Bloomington? Our “retrofit cohousing” ecovillage offers sustainability-related events, community potlucks, music jams, and much more. Come learn with us (even if you don’t live in the neighborhood) and make new friends. We welcome folks of all ages who are attracted to our vision. Learn more at To get involved, join our email list by sending a blank email to:



U8 network seeks IU student involvement

The U8 is a global network that connects students and institutions from around the world to discuss international development issues ( We are a non-profit organisation that has been running since 2005 and has previously brought together students from around the world to discuss development issues with the desire to engage policy makers and the media. Our summits in Warwick and Cambridge brought the student voice to the attention of governments and the world’s media.

In 2011 we are undertaking our most ambitious projects to date and would love for students Indiana University to be part of this. We already have universities from all over the world who are going to participate, including the prestigious universities of Oxford, Cambidge and Harvard. This November we will be hosting a global online summit that will connect students from all around the world for a weekend of truly inclusive discussion. Student groups from more developed countries will be twinned with those from less developed countries, giving members the chance to gain a exciting and honest first-hand perspective on life in developing countries, donor countries and the public opinion in each towards the other. Of course, as we are a non-profit organisation, all our services are cost free. All we ask for are interested students.
This is a really exciting time for students to link with the U8 and join our network of universities.  Students or student societies/organizations that may be interested in joining the U8 global network or starting a U8 group, or those would simply like more information about what the U8 is, how a U8 group works or what the Summit will involve please contact Daniel Waldron (

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

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.

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:

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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