This Week in Sustainability 12.6.11

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Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, December 7
“Public Perceptions of Carbon Capture and Storage: Survey Evidence from Indiana”.  Colloquium by David Warren, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs

When: 3:00 PM
Where: Geology Building Room S-201
Description:  David Warren will be speaking on the initial results from their new study on the public’s perception of CCS being conducted throughout the State of Indiana.

Saturday, December 10
Indiana Global Water Summit

When: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 West 42nd Street., Indianapolis 46208
Description: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’ School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Christian Theological Seminary, and Provocate online would like to cordially invite you to the first Indiana Global Water Summit!
More than a billion people lack clean water, and more than 7,000 children die every day as a result. Access to clean water and sanitation represents one of the world’s most pressing global health issues. Good news: Hundreds of Hoosiers are partnering around the world to find solutions to this global crisis. Learn about their innovative projects at the Indiana Global Water Summit. Discover new possibilities in workshops and discussions. Find out how you can be part of the solution. From educators to local water-related business owners, from social entrepreneurs to people who are just interested in learning more about what’s going on in the world and how you can get more involved, this is the summit for you!
Visit the facebook event page here for more information and registration link.

Sunday, December 11
Bloomington Community Orchard Volunteer Day

When: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Bloomington Community Orchard @ 2120 S. Highland Ave., Bloomington, IN, 47401
Description: At the Community Orchard, we’re getting the orchard’s plants ready for winter and continuing general maintenance, and we’d love your help! Workdays are open house style, so join us when you are able.

Monday, December 12
Call for participation in Trashion Refashion Show Steering Committee

When: 5:30 PM
Where: Rachael’s Café (Third & Lincoln)
Description: The Trashion Refashion Show is an annual fundraising event held each spring for Bloomington’s Center for Sustainable Living. The event showcases submitted fashion in two categories: pieces made from recycled items (bottles, tires, you name it) or those refashioned from an existing garment.  Students who would like to contribute to the planning process and assist in promoting the show to students (both potential designers and attendees) are encouraged to come to the meeting. If you cannot attend but are interested in helping, please contact Jeanne Leimkuhler at jeanneleim@gmail.com.

Monday, January 16
Volunteers for Change MLK Day Food Drive

When: 1:00 – 5:00 PM
Where: Rachel’s Café (Third & Lincoln)
Description: Volunteers will work in groups of 2-4 to canvass a neighborhood for donations of food or money for Hoosier Hills Food Bank.  Volunteers will be given a map of a neighborhood, bags for collecting, and simple instructions on how to approach people that include a folder with a Hoosier Hills Food Bank logo on it to help identify them. When each group is finished, they will return to Rachael’s to drop off their collections in HHFB barrels and boxes. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Mary Runnells (mrun4@comcast.net) as soon as possible so that organizers can plan for the event.

Saturday, January 21
Livable Cities Series presents Dr. Gilbert Liu

When: 10:00 AM
Where: Monroe County Public Library
Description: Dr. Gilbert Liu, MD, MS will give a talk entitled, “Urban Greenness, Physical Activity, and Child Obesity.” More details to come.

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:

Donate new and used school supplies to Teachers Warehouse

CWA Local 4730 is once again this holiday season sponsoring a drive on campus to collect items for the nonprofit organization, Teachers Warehouse. For those not familiar with Teachers Warehouse – area elementary and middle school teachers from Monroe and surrounding counties can visit Teachers Warehouse, located here in Bloomington, and pick up items free of charge for students who can’t afford to buy their own school supplies and that they can use in their classrooms. Items needed include notebooks, crayons, markers, glue sticks, craft paper, and craft items. Last year we collected hundreds of items. This is the third year CWA Local 4730 has sponsored this drive and each year the number of items collected continues to grow, as does, unfortunately, the need.  This year’s collection drive is from November 28 through December 16, and a collection box is located in HPER 116.

The GOOD 100 Challenge: Sharing is the New Owning
Submissions open until Thursday, December 8th at noon PST!

Sharing is making a big comeback, and in our second-ever GOOD 100, we highlight this refreshing trend. We invite you tell us how you’re improving your community by sharing, lending, or freely giving something of value to others. Whether you’re planning a clothing swap, starting a neighborhood time bank, or getting your used textbooks into the hands of some cash-strapped students, we want to help your idea succeed and accelerate its progress.
Submit your ideas here (http://sharing.maker.good.is) to apply for $1000 to fund your project. All ideas will be voted on by the community—so be ready to rally friends, family and colleagues behind your effort.
Individuals, groups and organizations can participate. Once projects are submitted, get out the vote by asking your community to support your project. Submissions end and voting opens on December 8th.

Sign a petition for local transit funding referenda

Bloomington Transportation Options for People (B-TOP) has passed a resolution supporting a petition from the Central Indiana Regional Transit Authority calling for dedicated funding for transportation. To read and sign the petition, visit http://www.cirta.us/. Also, if you are involved in an organization that may want to pass a resolution, the coalition is looking for more supporting organizations to sign on.

One more workday this semester at Hilltop Garden

There will be one more workday this year and we’d love to have your help! On December 7th we will be working at the Hilltop Garden from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Hilltop is located at 2367 E. 10th Street just behind Tulip Tree Apartments off Bloomington Transit’s Route 9. Bike racks and a few parking spots are also available. We’ll assemble in the main building at 4pm. Come lend a hand as we winterize our new central campus garden! Contact Campus Garden Coordinator Stephanie Hopkins at iugarden@indiana.edu with questions.

IU Global Environmental Brigades seeks students for 2012 Spring Break trip to Panama

Global Environmental Brigades is looking for passionate and motivated students who are interested in getting involved with sustainability and public health projects in Panama during the 2012 Spring Break. Students will be traveling to Central America to volunteer in various projects that directly impact a rural community. Past projects include building latrines, installing brand new water filtration systems, constructing eco-stoves, and educating indigenous communities on a variety of sustainability topics, like proper waste removal, through educational workshops. IUGEB allows students to have a unique opportunity to incorporate their own knowledge, interests, and skills in a productive and meaningful way while empowering community members to become self-sufficient. Join the fastest growing international student-led, non-profit organization in the world and make a visible impact at Indiana University and Panama. For more information, contact chapter President, Jesse Vanhooser, at jessevanhooser@gmail.com.

Common Circle Education announces cross-country bike trip & permaculture design course

This three-month intensive course combines our Urban Permaculture and Regenerative Leadership Certificate training, followed by a Wilderness First Aid training before we head on the road cycling from Eugene, Oregon all the way across America to Washington DC (we’ll be roughly following the
TransAM bike route – about 4200 miles), promoting and learning about sustainable living and intentional communities. Program takes place between June 1 – August 31, 2012 and is designed for beginner to intermediate cyclists. More details @ http://commoncircle.com/cross-country-bicycle-tour.

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 ormurray@monroecountyhabitat.org for more information about how you can help!

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.

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 closely with the core PUA team. Travel with us, pick up trash, and focus your skills on a specific project this year. 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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