This Week in Sustainability 10.10.11

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.


October 5 – November 2

IU Fall Energy Challenge
Where: Your academic building, residence hall, and/or Greek house
Indiana University will celebrate the second running of the Fall Energy Challenge from Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 2. This semester, the IU Office of Sustainability will focus its efforts on increasing participation and engagement within veteran buildings. While past effort was focused on expanding the scope of the challenge and increasing the breadth of buildings participating, emphasis this year will be on increasing the intensity of participation and enthusiasm within the buildings that have been in the challenge for some years.
In pursuit of these goals, IUOS is rolling out a new promotional campaign for the program.  The new campaign will focus on securing written, public commitments from participants to engage in sustainable behaviors during the four weeks of the competition.  Participants will receive pins declaring “I’m taking the Energy Challenge!” upon signing the electronic pledge form.  Participants will also be invited to have their photos taken in a traveling photo pledge booth, all of which will be uploaded to the program’s website and Facebook page.
For more information about the 2011 Fall Energy Challenge and water and energy saving tips, please visit  If you would like to request pledge pins or to reserve the traveling photo pledge booth for a group or meeting, contact Energy Challenge Coordinator Will McHenry at

Monday, October 10 
The True Cost of Coal 
When: 7:00 -9:00 PM
Where: Collins Living Learning Center Courtyard
Description: The True Cost of Coal is a presentation by a traveling group called the Beehive Collective that uses a large portable mural to explain the history and negative environmental effects of the coal industry.  In 2008, the Beehive Design Collective allied with Appalachian grassroots organizers fighting Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining, a highly destructive practice that blasts ancient mountains into toxic moonscapes to fuel the ever-growing global demand for electricity. This graphic reflects the complexity of the struggles for land, livelihood, and self-determination playing out in Appalachia, while honoring the tremendous history of organized resistance and the courage of communities living in the shadow of Big Coal. This event is sponsored by Coal Free IU. 

Wednesday, October 12
The Potential for Geologic Carbon Sequestration in Indiana. Seminar by Cristian Medina, Indiana Geological Survey
When: 3:00-4:00 PM
Where: IU Bloomington Geology Building Room S-201
Description: One of seven seminars in the Indiana Geological Survey’s Fall Seminar Series investigating Indiana’s potential for mitigating CO2 emissions through carbon sequestration.  See for more details. 
Excerpt from abstract: Indiana produces a great deal of energy, and approximately 70 percent of the state’s CO2 emissions from stationary sources are produced from coal-fired power plants. As a result, geologic carbon capture and storage (also known as carbon sequestration) may be a promising technology for Indiana to reduce its CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. Carbon sequestration in underground geologic formations may be conducted in depleted oil and gas reservoirs, coal beds, organic shales, or deep saline formations. The latter are particularly attractive in Indiana because of the distribution of these potential storage reservoirs in the subsurface and their favorable geologic characteristics.This talk will provide a general overview of carbon sequestration as a mitigation effort for reducing CO2 emissions and will focus on the high potential of the Mount Simon Sandstone for geologic carbon sequestration in Indiana.

Sunday, October 16

Fall Colors Hike at IURTP’s Lilly-Dickey Woods
When: 1:30-4:00 PM
Where: IU Research and Teaching Preserve
Description:Lilly-Dickey woods is one of the most beautiful preserve properties when the leaves are changing. Join Dan Johnson and the IU preserve staff on an interpretive hike through Lilly-Dickey Woods on Sunday October 16th from 1:30 to 4:00pm. Due to the limited parking at Lilly-Dickey Woods, we will meet at 1:30pm on Oct. 16th in the Bloomingfoods East Parking Lot (near the K-Mart) to carpool over to Lilly-Dickey. Bring warm clothing, sturdy closed-toed shoes, and a bottle of water with you. We will provide some snacks!

Thursday, October 20th
Building Tomorrow’s first event of the year, the StandOff!
When: Building Tomorrow will stand for 24 hours as a club (Thursday, 7am – Friday, 7am) but your group can decide on your own hours.
Where: In your classes! At the library! On Kirkwood! Wherever you are throughout your day. Booths will be set up in front of Ballantine, as well as at 10th and Fee.
Description: Building Tomorrow stands for 24 hours throughout our daily activities (in class, at meetings, you name it!) and at our tables around campus to raise awareness for our cause: access to primary education for all. This year, we want to empower YOU to stand with us, raising awareness for your own cause! The StandOff is a great way to empower groups across campus to come together and spread awareness for their causes, and we would like as many groups to get involved as possible! Please contact Meg Hassey at if you are interested in standing with us!

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.” 

Midwest Powershift
Where: Cleveland, OH
Description: A weekend youth conference to educate, train, and inspire participants to become agents of change in transforming Americas dirty energy policy into creating a clean economic future. Attendees will participate in grassroots training sessions, public demonstrations, hear from leaders in the environmental movement, learn about the various aspects of sustainability, meet others from Midwest schools who have been effective on their home campuses, and view upcoming environmental documentaries. An IU coalition is forming to carpool to and from the conference. All those who are interested can email coalfreeiu@gmail.comMore information at

Sunday, October 23
Civic Leadership Development Campus Cleanup
Groups will meet and leave from Dunn Meadow. More information coming soon!

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

Call for Papers on Higher Education and Sustainable Food Systems
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is calling for papers that focus on university or college sustainability efforts related to food and agriculture. Papers could be based on case studies, surveys, focus groups, impact analysis, or other research based on your campus’s or students’ experiences. Contact Duncan Hilchey at if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the call. Full text of the current calls is available here. To learn more about the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, go to

Skilled Labor Needed for Tornado Home Repairs
Three Bloomington-area homes damaged in this May’s tornado are still in need of repair. Use your skills to make these homes safe havens once again for their owners. Funding is now available through a grant to purchase supplies, but volunteer labor is needed to make these dollars stretch to completely repair these homes in time for the change of season. The need is urgent! Volunteers with any of the following skills are encouraged to help: plumbing, electrical, roofing, masonry, construction, drywall, and general labor. Volunteers will be assigned to a general contractor and a home depending on where their skills are needed. Time commitment is flexible, and based on project needs. Some projects will take only a few hours. Experienced people to act as the general contractors for each home are also needed!  Give as much or as little time as you have available. Please contact Van Buren Township Trustee, Rita Barrow at812-825-4490 or if you can help. Learn more >>

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.

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.

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:

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.
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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