This Week in Sustainability 11.21.11

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Upcoming Events:

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 unawinterman@gmail.com 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.

Saturday, January 21
Livable Cities Series presents Dr. Gilber Liu
When: 10:00 AM
Where: Monroe County Public Library
Description: Dr. Gilber Liu, MD, MS will give a talk entitled, “Urban Greenness, Physical Activity, and Child Obesity.” More details to come. 

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

Share a ride this Thanksgiving, win an iPad!

Hitting the road for Thanksgiving and need a lift home? Want to make a few extra bucks driving others along the way? IUB Zimride makes it easy to catch a lift or fill the empty seats in your car. Visitwww.zimride.com/iub to post your ride. After posting, IUB Zimride will match you up with others heading the same way.

Add your ride between now and Thanksgiving Day and be automatically entered to win an iPad!

Park Break program offers expenses-paid program in park management and sustainable living, applications due Jan. 20

The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands has been asked to recruit Indiana University graduate students for the Park Break program, an all-expenses-paid, park-based field seminar that has a focus this year on sustainable living. Even if your institution’s “spring break” isn’t during the program’s time, graduate students that have completed courses and are focused on writing may be interested in this opportunity to network and gain a unique experience.  The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands can assist IU graduate students with application assistance and advice. 

The next Park Break session will be held March 19–23, 2012, at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania. The 2012 Park Break project will be the creation of a curriculum on sustainable living, aimed at 8th-grade students, to be used at the Pocono Environmental Education Center.  The Park Break team will draw on the context of several energy projects that are affecting or could affect the park, such as natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation north of the park, or the proposal for a powerline that would cross the park. Park Break is designed for graduate students contemplating a career in park and land-use management or related research and education fields.

Applications for the 2012 Park Break program are being accepted through January 20.  For more information, go to http://www.georgewright.org/parkbreak. Park Break is a collaborative program of the US Geological Survey, US National Park Service, Pocono Environmental Education Center, and George Wright Society.

“Just Label It” campaign offers student fellowships

The “Just Label It: We Have a Right to Know” campaign advocates for the FDA to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The organization has Campus Fellowship opportunities available for students who are interested in interning for the campaign as campus representatives. If you are interested, please visit http://tinyurl.com/justlabelitinternship.

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 murray@monroecountyhabitat.org 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 water@savedunes.org. 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 (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCGSMT8) 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 iugarden@indiana.edu 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 http://cms.bsu.edu/Academics/CentersandInstitutes/GOC/2012.aspx 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 (rtrueblo@indiana.edu). 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 duncan@newleafnet.com 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 www.AgDevJournal.com.

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 www.ganecovillage.org/vision-and-values. To get involved, join our email list by sending a blank email to: green-acres-neighborhood-ecovillage+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

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 (www.u8development.org). 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 (dan@u8development.org).

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 (http://www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site/calendar) for details or email Stacey at getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org 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 http://www.co.monroe.in.us/prosecutor 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: http://www.clearchoicescleanwater.org/

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 dunbarb@bloomington.in.gov (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 http://thesca.org/serve/internships 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 [johnjackson113@gmail.com] 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 http://pickupamerica.wordpress.com/help/ for more information.


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