This Week in Sustainability 11.7.11

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Upcoming Events: 

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. 


Wednesday, November 9
The Indiana Geological Survey 2011 Seminar Series presents: The Potential for Carbon Sequestration and Enhanced Methane Production from Coal Seams in the Illinois Basin
When: 3:00 PM
Were: Geology Building, Room S-201
Presented by Maria Mastalerz, Indiana Geological Survey. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar.
Abstract: The Illinois Basin (Indiana, Illinois, and western Kentucky) includes substantial Pennsylvanian coal resources of high volatile bituminous rank, but much of the resource is considered to be too deep or too thin for economic recovery. Sequestration of CO2 within the unminable portions of these coal beds is one of the geological options considered for future isolation of CO2.  The remaining coal resource in the basin is newly estimated for this study at  413 billion tonnes (455 billion tons) of which 142 billion tonnes (157 billion tons) (or 34.5%) meets the “minable” criteria of being less than 305 m (1000 ft) deep and greater than 1.1 m (3.5 ft) thick. Thus, 271 billion tonnes (298 billion tons) are potentially available as a sequestration reservoir. The estimated CO2 storage capacity of the unminable coals in the Illinois Basin is 3637 million tonnes (4008 million short tons). In addition to storing CO2, these coals are also targets for enhanced coalbed methane (ECBM) production, with an estimated volume of 6680 billion standard cubic feet (scf) of recoverable methane. For the coals studied, the adsorption capacities for CO2 are three to six times greater than for methane (CH4). Experiments demonstrate that swelling and shrinkage of the Illinois Basin coals after injection of CO2 is considerable, indicating the possibility of permeability damage following CO2 injection.  Key parameters that influence gas adsorption capacities were mapped for the Danville, Hymera, Herrin, Springfield, Survant, Colchester, and Seelyville Coal Members, including thickness, depth, elevation, moisture and ash, vitrinite reflectance, and temperature and pressure.  

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

Tree Campus USA Tree Planting at IUB
When: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Dunn Meadow
Description: The event will begin at 9:30 with time to gather over coffee and donuts and organize working groups for theplanting. Following that will be the presentation of awards to IU Energy Challenge winners. At 10:15 we’ll begin the tree planting. Shovels and other necessary equipment will be provided. Please click here to register for the event. Contact IUOS at if you have any questions. 

IU Fall Energy Challenge Awards Ceremony
When: 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM
Where: Dunn Meadow
Description: Vice President Tom Morrison will be presenting the awards at 10:00 a.m. In addition to honoring this year’s winners, we will present plaques to all past winners.  If you were a top contender this year or a past challenge winner, we encourage you to attend! Please click here to register for the event.  

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.

Saturday, Nov 12, 2011

eMISSION: Your Mission Should You Choose to Accept It – A Decision-making Workshop for Undergraduates on Energy Policy and Climate Change
When: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: HHC Building (811 E. Seventh St.)
Description: Some warn that if significant steps are not taken to address carbon emissions, Indianapolis could experience almost a month of days with temperatures over 100°F each summer by the end of the century; corn yields could drop by as much as 50 percent by the middle of the century; the wet parts of the country will get dramatically wetter and the dry parts drier, with dangerous storms, increased threats from wildfires, decreased biodiversity, and rising sea levels. Other sources warn such changes in climate will spark major threats to international security.

•   What can be done, what should be done to address the impact that human beings are having on the planet’s climate?
•   What tools do we already have, what alternatives should we consider, what choices can be made, what will be the costs?
•    Whether or not you are persuaded that climate change is a serious problem or caused by humans, policies are being made that will affect you as well as the planet. What should those policies be?
You need no expertise to participate in this decision-making workshop as HHC Dean Matt Auer, an environmental policy expert and an award-winning member of the SPEA faculty, will provide background and guidance. Using a game developed by the Princeton Environmental Institute, students will work together in teams to “solve” the looming carbon crisis and find a solution that will lead to a “cooler” future. The game will help you think, research, and negotiate as you and your teammates work to come up with a strategy to use available technologies in politically, economically, and physically possible ways.
Auer’s research focuses on comparative industrial environmental politics, international forest policy, and the politics of foreign aid; he has received numerous awards for teaching, including the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
SIGN-UP INFO: Sign up required by today, Nov 7th. If you are interested in attending this event, please check your schedule to make sure you can attend the entire event and then email Julia Denison (, indicating you wish to sign up for the “climate change workshop,” and include your name, e-mail address, year in school, and field(s) of study.  You are welcome to sign up friends as well as long as they are IU undergraduates.  Please provide the requested information for them as well.  Space is limited so we will let you know by e-mail if a space is available.  The workshop is co-sponsored by Volunteers in Sustainability and the Wells Scholars Program.

Bloomington Community Orchard Cider Fest
When: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: At the Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Description: Come celebrate the season with us at the first-ever Community Orchard Cider Fest! Local farmers are providing bushels and bushels of apples and we’ll be making fresh apple cider with them– so please bring your own mug!  Delectable baked goods, delicious live music featuring Mitch and Eileen Rice and Malcolm Dalglish, and fun activities are on the docket.  A donation of $5-10 per family is suggested to help us cover costs, but the real goal of the day is to gather together to celebrate our community and our public orchard- so please come despite any pocketbook woes!   Want to bake or help out with other preparations for this fun event? Please contact Tara Darcy-Hall at for more info. Please mark your calendars and spread the word! Should the sky have other plans, we’ve scheduled a rain date for Nov. 19th.

Indiana Recycling Coalition’s fall fundraiser, REVENT
When: 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Where: Robert Irsay Pavilion, 1303 W. 116th St., Carmel, IN 46032
Description: Enjoy great company, original artwork and local/organic appetizers, desserts, beer and wine (all complimentary) as we celebrate America Recycles Day and support the important work of the IRC.  There will also be plenty of time for socializing and we’ll enjoy a sneak peak viewing of the IRC’s 2011 video contest finalists.
Tickets are $60 for IRC members, $80 for non-members, $45 for young professionals (35 years or younger). Tables of 8 are $450. Cocktail attire please. Please register online today!  

Sunday, November 13
Green Fire – Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time
When: 3:00 PM (doors open at 2:00 PM)
Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
Description: Join us at the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre (! See the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy at the beautiful Buskirk-Chumley Theatre! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land. Executive Producer, Buddy Huffaker will introduce the film and field questions at the end. Tickets are free to the first 600 people. Hosted by the US Forest Service and the Buskirk-Chumley Theatre. Learn more…

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:

Students – Help Shape the Future of Sustainability Studies at IU

The Environmental Studies and Sustainability Committee is in the process of formulating a sustainability major at IU and is seeking student input. Please take this survey ( to help shape the future of sustainability studies at IU. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes.

New location for Campus Garden Initiative Workdays

During the 2011 Fall semester, students, faculty, and staff are invited to come work in the dirt 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

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 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.

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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