This Week in Sustainability 10.31.11

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 Upcoming Events:

Monday, October 31

Workshop in Political Theory and Analysis Colloquium Series presents: Ecological Macroeconomics, a Tropic Conundrum, and Steady Statesmanship in Global Affairs
When: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Where: Georgian Rm, IMU
Description: Presented by Dr. Brian Czech, President, Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy, Arlington, VA, and Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Natural Resources, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Abstract: Ecological macroeconomics focuses on the size of the economy relative to its containing, sustaining ecosystem; sometimes called the “scale issue.” One of the clearest manifestations of the scale issue is the conflict or trade-off between economic growth and biodiversity conservation. This conflict is ultimately based on laws of thermodynamics and is, in that sense, a “fundamental” conflict that cannot be reconciled with technological progress. Attempts to handle this conflict with microeconomics – such as the valuation and marketing of ecosystem services – are at odds with the trophic origins of money. The conflict between economic growth and biodiversity conservation helps illuminate limits to growth, the concept of uneconomic growth, and numerous perils of economic growth including environmental protection in general, economic sustainability, national security, and international stability. Given this conceptual framework, GDP (gross domestic product; the primary indicator of economic activity) becomes an index of environmental impact or ecological footprint. Therefore, ecological macroeconomics calls for international diplomacy in which a nation’s ecological footprint or GDP/hectare may be used as criteria of appropriateness and justice.

The Department of Statistics presents: Spatio-temporal Statistical Modeling of Land-Cover Processes
When: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Where: Maple Rm, IMU
Description: Lecture from Desheng Liu, Ohio State University Department of Geography and Department of Statistics.
Abstract: Land-cover and land-cover change determine surface conditions critical to many environmental and ecological processes. Satellite remote sensing provides a modern approach to monitoring land-cover dynamics. The increasing availability of long time series of satellite images, especially the recent free release of multi-decadal Landsat satellite data by USGS, presents an unprecedented opportunity to improve our ability to monitor land-cover change more frequently and advance land change science. This talk presents a new land-cover classification/change detection method that can take advantage of the increasing temporal depth of satellite images. I will first review the major challenges in land-cover mapping from remote sensing and then examine the effects of different classification models on land-cover results. Following this, a novel spatial-temporal statistical modeling approach will be introduced to estimate land-cover processes from multi-temporal satellite imagery. Finally, results from land-cover mapping using multi-temporal Landsat and MODIS images will be used to demonstrate the methodology. 



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

Tuesday, November 8
Brown Bag Seminar: Wind-wave interaction
When: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Where: Gill Center Conf. Rm, Multidisciplinary Science Building II
Description: Lecture by Chris Letchford, Professor and Department Head Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. RSVP needed to by noon on Friday 4 November if you would like a boxed lunch. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.
Abstract:  Wind-wave interaction is important for a number of reasons: storm surge is driven by wind shear, while the wind-roughened sea state characterizes the turbulence for offshore structure design.  While a fair amount of research has tackled wind-wave interaction in the deep ocean, the more complicated near-shore environment remains an area of fruitful study.  In this seminar wind-wave interaction will be discussed and results presented from novel wind tunnel studies on the boundary layer development over simulated waves, both stationary and moving, as well as results from a field campaign during Hurricane Ike in 2008. 

Thursday, November 10
2012 Hoosier to Hoosier Kick-Off Meeting
When: 5:30 PM
Where: Nick’s English Hut (423 E Kirkwood Ave.)
Description: Planning for the 2012 Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale has begun!  Learn what it’s all about at the H2H Kickoff Meeting at Nicks on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 5:30pm.  We need volunteers, steering committee members, and anyone who wants to know more.
H2H is a reuse program that aims 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order 3) to raise funds for local charities and other organizations.  H2H raised over $17,000 in 2011 to support local organizations, and is a joint effort of the IU Office of Sustainability, City of Bloomington, United Way, and Habitat for Humanity.

Friday, November 11
Meeting Trees – An Evening with Scott Russell Sanders
When: 7:00 pm
Where: The Meeting Room of the Unitarian Universalist Church (2120 N. Fee Ln.)
Description: As a child, Scott Sanders was introduced to trees by his father, and he has loved them ever since.  Because he writes about this love unabashedly, readers sometimes ask him if he actually hugs trees.  “Sure,” he answers.  “Don’t you?  How can you meet these resourceful and dignified beings without wishing to embrace them, or at least to lay your hands on their resilient skin?  Haven’t you ever climbed trees or swung from their branches?  Haven’t you ever turned to them for comfort?  Haven’t you ever been stopped in your tracks by their beauty?”  In this reading Sanders will explore his thoughts and feelings for trees and forests. In this reading of selections from his books accompanied by photographs, award winning author and lover of trees, Scott Sanders will trace his encounters with trees and his fascination with forests.  Donations are welcome. Proceeds from this event will benefit the church’s Green Sanctuary Task Force which promotes mindful, Earth centered living, working to educate and motivate individuals and institutions to take positive steps toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the understanding that it is our moral imperative to care for the Earth. For more information contact or call (812) 988-4956

Tuesday, November 15

The Carbon Cycle: Indiana and the World Breathe Together
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monroe County Public Library, Meeting Room 1B
Description: In a highly visual presentation, IU professor Faiz Rahman will share an overview of what we know and still don’t know about the carbon cycle and its impact on our lives.  He’ll discuss his use of data collected from small planes, a cherry picker, and a tower, as well as NASA satellite data to study changes in Morgan Monroe State Forest and other forested areas in the country, as well as the disappearing mangrove swamps of southeast Asia. You can register here:  Drop-ins are also welcome.

November 16-17

GreenTown 2011
Where: Indiana State University, Terre Haute
Description: Creating a Sustainable Wabash Valley at GreenTown: The Future of Community – How do we create healthy, sustainable communities? Communities with green jobs. Healthy food. A culture of biking and walking. A built and natural environment that fosters healthy, thriving communities. Whether you are part of the public or private sector, join us for GreenTown in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana on November 16 (half-day pre-conference) and November 17 (full day experience) on the campus of Indiana State University to work toward a brighter future. This event will feature keynote presentations from Dr. Richard Jackson, Author and Chair of the School of Public Health at UCLA, and Mayor Bob Dixson of Greensburg, Kansas. This is the tenth GreenTown event co-produced by a5 and Seven Generations Ahead, and we welcome those from all over Indiana, Illinois and the Midwest to GreenTown Terre Haute. For more information and to register click here:

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

New location for Campus Garden Initiative Workdays

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. No experience or tools needed. Workdays are now taking place at the new central campus garden at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center (2367 East 10th Street). Contact garden coordinator Stephanie Hopkins at with questions.

Ball State University’s Greening of the Campus Conference accepting abstract submissions

The Ball State University Greening of the Campus Conference returns to the BSU campus in Muncie, IN on March 18-21, 2012 with the staging of Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy. 
What must our institutions become if we are to equip our graduates with the necessary awareness, understanding and ability to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability in their lifetime? 

We invite you, the faculty, students, and administrators, staff, and facilities professionals— working in sustainability on your campuses — to share your perspectives on, your experiences with, and your visions for Higher Education. Visit for submission information and conference details.

Winter Thermostat Settings – a message from the IU Physical Plant

Cold weather is here, so please set down the thermostats to the winter set point of 68 degrees for classrooms, offices, hallways, lounges and general rooms (excluding labs with critical temperature requirements). Set points can be slightly higher for rooms that have window, ventilation or other comfort problems. Vestibules should be set at 60 degrees. The thermostats that control cooling only units should be left at 78 degrees.

Please contact the Operations Dispatchers to have Work Request initiated for each building involved with this work. These Work Requests will be part of Project No. 2012. If these set points cause problems for particular rooms please contact Doug Trueblood ( Thank you for the many ways you continue to help us keep our energy cost down as much as possible.

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 collegesustainability 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 at 812-825-4490 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.

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.

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.


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