This Week in Sustainability 11.14.11

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Upcoming Events:

Monday November 14
A Food Studies Research Colloquium – Economic and Political Spaces of Food Activism: the Slow Food Movement
When: 4:00 PM,
Where: Student Building, Room 159
Description: A Talk by Prof. Valeria Siniscalchi, Centre Norbert Elias, L’ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Marseille. Prof. Siniscalchi is an Italian economic anthropologist who has been studying food activism in France and Italy for a number of years. She has done fieldwork on the agricultural economy, households and local politics, and extensive research on natural parks, landscape and concepts of heritage.

 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.

Wednesday, November 16
The Indiana Geological Survey 2011 Seminar Series presents: Aqueous Geochemical Response to CO2 Injection, Sugar Creek Field, Hopkins County, KY
When: 3:00 PM
Where: Geology Building, Room S-201
Presented by T. Marty Parris, Kentucky Geological Survey. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar.
Abstract: Creek oil field was the site of a CO2 enhanced oil recovery-sequestration pilot project administered by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium. From May 2009 to May 2010 approximately 7,200 tons of CO2 were continuously injected into the Mississippian Jackson Sandstone at ~ 0.5 km depth (1850 ft) under immiscible conditions. Injection occurred through a central injection well surrounded by six to eight production wells. Broad project objectives included documenting the: (1) oil recovery efficiency; (2) interactions among injected CO2, reservoir and seal minerals, and aqueous fluid; and (3) amount of sequestered CO2 and sequestration mechanisms.  This talk focuses on the latter two objectives which were addressed by measuring the chemical changes in the aqueous fluid (i.e. brine) and associated gas in the oil reservoir over a 31 month period covering the time before, during, and after CO2 injection.

Wednesday, November 16
Mountaintop Removal Mining Discussion with Larry Gibson
When: 7:00 PM
Where: IMU Frangipani Room
Description: Larry Gibson, founder of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, is a West Virginian native who has seen the land surrounding his home slowly be destroyed by Mountaintop Removal Mining. This began his efforts to protect his family’s land, setting up a land trust and eventually the foundation. Its aim is to educate and inspire people to work for healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and an end to mountaintop removal. Mr. Gibson will visit IU to talk about his experiences with mountaintop removal mining, and coal-based economies around detailing its effects on the ecology, health, and heritage of nearby communities; emphasizing the need for sustainable energy production and use. Mr. Gibson has been featured in many publications, including the documentary Coal Country, National Geographic, the New York Times, and CNN as a “CNN Hero,” as well speaking engagements across the country including Harvard University. This event is sponsored by Coal Free IU. RSVP on facebook or email so we can get a seat count! All are welcome to attend and the event is free!

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 visit

Friday, November 18
Waste Audit Volunteer Opportunity
When: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Ballantine) and 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Woodburn)
Where: Ballantine’s loading dock (outside of parking deck entrance nearest the big globe in the lobby), Woodburn’s southern side
Description: Want more recycling at IU? Looking for a way to help IU be more sustainable? If so, then come help the Office of Sustainability conduct waste audits of Ballantine and Woodburn Halls! A waste audit is an effective way to study the composition of a building’s trash and recycling. IU needs this information in order to design better recycling programs. Volunteers are needed to help sort through bags of trash and recycling. Scared of trash? We need volunteers to record data, too! Volunteers can stop by for a few minutes or stay all day. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and long pants/sleeves. We’ll provide the rest. If you would like to attend, or want more information, contact Office of Sustainability intern Mark Milby at

Saturday, November 19
Sycamore Land Trust Volunteer Rake-the-Trail Day
When: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: At Oakley Preserve in eastern Lawrence County (carpool from Bloomington starts at noon)
Description: Help maintain a lovely walking trail through an oak-maple-hickory forest overlooking a ravine and a stream. Carpooling to the Oakley Preserve from Bloomington begins at noon at Cedar Crest (SLT’s headquarters), at 4898 East Heritage Woods Road. Bring water to drink, work gloves, and rakes if you have them. Dress for working and weather. SLT will provide more tools and a snack. To sign up, email or call 812-336-5382 x100.

Friday, November 25
Plaid Friday: a local alternative to Black Friday
Description: Americans are about to spend a large portion of their annual shopping budget between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31—the National Retail Federation predicts about $700 per shopper. Numerous studies show that if those dollars are shifted to locally owned, independent businesses, they’ll generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in local communities than if that money had been spent at a national chain.
On November 25, Local First Indiana kicks off Plaid Friday, a sane and fun alternative to Black Friday, an idea that was popularized by chaotic early morning visits to big box businesses on the day after Thanksgiving.  In Bloomington, we have a strong and joyful tradition of heading down to the square on the evening of the day after Thanksgiving to turn on the Canopy of Lights.  We suggest a relaxing start to your Plaid Friday, with a visit to some of your favorite local, independent businesses to take advantage of their sales and to say hello to your neighbors as you find one-of-a-kind treasures that are meaningful to you, your family, and friends. Contact Una Winterman (Director, Local First Indiana) at 812-334-8903 or for more information.
The name “Plaid Friday” celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses.  Plaid Friday was conceptualized in Oakland, CA, a city known for strong shop local campaigns, and is being celebrated across the country this year as a part of Shift Your Shopping.

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Seeks Volunteers

As a volunteer run organization, the ReStore has made great strides this past year, such as sponsoring an energy star rated Habitat home as well as diverting over 228 tons of goods from the landfill. With your help, we can go further. At the heart of the Habitat ReStore’s operating philosophy is a sense for the green and the hope that we can create a more sustainable community in Bloomington. With daily volunteer opportunities available, this is a great way to make a direct impact in your community. Contact Bruce Murray at 331-2660 or for more information about how you can help!

Job Opportunity with Save the Dunes, deadline Nov 30

Save the Dunes, a non-profit conservation organization based in Michigan City, Indiana is seeking a Water Resource Specialist. Click here for complete job description. Mail resume and letter of interest to: Save the Dunes, Attention: Jennifer Birchfield, 444 Barker Road, Michigan City, IN 46360; or e-mail with subject line “Water Resource Specialist” to The position will remain open until November 30, 2011. 

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 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

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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