This Week in Sustainability 2.13.12

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, February 13

Department of Geography Colloquium: “Changing Sea Ice of the Canadian Arctic” by Dr. Stephen Howell, Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Climate Research Division, Environment Canada
When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Ballantine Hall 005
Abstract: The Arctic climate system is now in the midst of rapid change.  A consequence of the changing Arctic has been warming and surface air temperatures have increased by 1.36°C per century since 1875, accelerating in the last decade to 1.35°C per decade.  One of the impacts of increased Arctic warming has been the gradual reduction in end-of-summer sea ice extent that is now decreasing at a rate of 12% per decade. While it is certain that a warmer Arctic will continue to bring about lighter sea ice conditions, considerable regional variability is apparent. This presentation i) outlines the remotely sensed techniques used to monitor the changing sea ice of the Canadian Arctic and ii) discusses the role of atmospheric forcing on the changing Canadian Arctic sea ice.

Screening of “The Oil Crash: A Crude Awakening”
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Myers Hall 130
Synoposis: Supported by a powerful mix of archival footage, NASA shots of burning oil fields, and, often unintentionally hilarious, historical film excerpts, OilCrash guides us on an exotic, visual journey from Houston to Caracas, the Lake of Maracaibo, the Orinoco delta, Central Asia’s secretive republic of Azerbaijan with its ancient capital Baku and the Caspian Sea, via London & Zürich. Oil Crash visits cities around the world to learn of our future from such leading authorities as oil investment banker Matthew Simmons, former OPEC chairman Fadhil Chalabhi, Caltech’s head of physics, Professor David Goodstein, Stanford University political scientist, Terry Lynn Karl, peak oil expert, Matthew Savinar and many more. Free pizza will be provided. Event sponsored by Volunteers in Sustainability. 

Tuesday, February 14

Volunteer for campus litter study
When: 2:00pm
Where: Campus Division Office, 2222 E 10th St.
Description: Show our campus some love and help us keep IU beautiful!  Volunteers are needed to help us sort and categorize campus litter in support of an effort to reduce littering on campus.  Did you know that IU staff currently pick up 1,500 lbs of litter a day off of the ground on the IUB campus?  Help us locate the sources and find solutions to this problem. Wear long sleeves, pants, and closed-toed shoes.  We’ll provide the rest. Questions can be directed to IUOS intern Mark Milby at

“Community Adaptations to Peak Oil and Climate Change” – a lecture by Bloomington City Council Member Dave Rollo
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Jordan Hall A100
Description: Councilman Rollo is the chair of Bloomington’s Peak Oil Task Force and largely responsible for the city’s involvement in the Transition Town initiative. In this lecture he will discuss the accomplishments and goals of the Peak Oil Task Force and Transition Towns, both in Bloomington and in general. Event is sponsored by Volunteers in Sustainability.

Friday, February 17

Volunteer at Moores Creek with the IU Research and Teaching Preserve
When: 1 – 4 p.m.
Where: Moores Creek (meet at Bloomingfoods East)
Description: Join Preserve staff to pick up litter at Moores Creek, a parcel of the IU Research and Teaching Preserve. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Meet the Preserve staff at 1:00 p.m., in the Bloomingfoods East / K-Mart parking lot at 3175 East 3rd St, Bloomington, IN. The parking at Moores Creek is minimal, so we will meet in the parking lot to carpool over to the property. The Preserve staff will bring any tools and equipment. Volunteers should wear sturdy, water resistant shoes, and layers of clothing if the weather is cool. Volunteers should also bring water. We will provide the work gloves.
Please RSVP on Facebook, email or call 855-8742 to let the Preserve Staff know you are coming. We look forward to working with you!!

First Spring Workday for the Campus Garden Initiative @ Hilltop Garden
When: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Hilltop Garden (map)
Description: Volunteer with us at the Campus Garden Initiative’s new plot at Hilltop Gardens: learn and practice skills for planning, planting and tending to edible plants; help shape the plan for using produce grown this summer; and meet fellow volunteers passionate about growing food for our campus.
For more information, contact Stephanie Hopkins, Garden Coordinator or visit

Saturday, February 18
The Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Bike Ride
When: 10:00 AM
Where: Meet in front of City Hall
Description: Neither rain nor sleet nor snow nor roving bands of zombies will keep us from the streets during Bloomington’s first annual Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Bike Ride.  The 5-mile ride will traverse urban cycling routes around Bloomington to prove that it’s possible to bike in all kinds of weather.  Intended for both the fearful and the fearless.  If you can ride on this day, you can ride any day. Contact or call 349.3837 for more information, and join the event on Facebook!

Wednesday, February 22
Student Sustainability Council General Assembly Meeting
When: 6:00 PM
Where: E-House, 704 E 10th St
Description: SSC General Assembly meetings are open to all students, but those wishing to have voting rights must petition for membership as a representative of a student organization. Those interested in petitioning may contact Stephanie @ meeting dates this semester are 3/21, 4/4, & 4/25, all at 6:00 PM.

News, ongoing events, and opportunities:

Apply to the IU Summer Internship Program in Sustainability – due 2/17
Looking for an intellectually engaging, creatively stimulating, fun, challenging internship that will build your professional skill set? Interested in social, economic, and environmental issues and their intersection on our campus? Apply to the Summer 2012 Internship Program in Sustainability! This summer’s program will run from May 14, 2012 to August 3, 2012, and interns are expected to work approximately 20 hours/week in addition to attending a weekly seminar. Students interested in applying may visit for more information about the program, this year’s position descriptions, and link to application. Applications are due on Friday, February 17th. Additional questions and comments can be directed to

2012-13 On-Campus Americorps Positions – applications due 2/24
Are you a student who cares about service and is willing to put your passion into action? Student Life and Learning and the LEAD IU program are hosting AmeriCorps positions during the 2012–2013 academic year. After completing 300 hours of community service and leadership training with the support of SLL staff, members will receive a $1,175 Education Award. Please complete an application and email it to by 5pm on February 24th . This program is graciously supported through Indiana Campus Compact.

Join the Student Committee for the IU Fall Involvement Fair
Interact with other students, build relationships and gain leadership experience through this volunteer opportunity. The committee will be broken up into smaller committees that include: Publicity, Entertainment and Sustainability. Students involved will attend committee meetings and work with other students starting this semester. Plan sustainability initiatives and be a part of the “Green Team” at the fair!
We need creative students to help make the next Student Involvement Fair a success! Students with ideas for the fair or just an eagerness to be involved with the process should contact Allie Medellin at

Applications for IU at Oxford Environmental Policy Summer Program Due Tuesday, February 14
The 2012 IU at Oxford Environmental Policy Summer Program is still accepting applications through Tuesday, February 14.  Students will visit Brussels, London, Cambridge, and Oxford to learn from the European perspective on environmental protection under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Richards of SPEA and world-renowned environmental policy experts. Please or email Stephanie Hayes Richards for more information.

Bloomington Winter Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9am to noon, Harmony School (909 East 2nd Street)
The Bloomington Winter Farmers Market is a great opportunity to buy directly from local growers during the winter months. Our cozy indoor market features local products, live music, and a wonderful community. Join us for breakfast and buy local produce, meats, baked goods, dairy, and more! The market is open throughout the winter until March 31, 2012.

Call for Entries – Trashion Refashion Show
The 2012 Trashion Refashion Show is looking for fashion designs from the following categories:
Trashion is the result of creatively turning discarded items into fashion.
Refashion is the result of modifying existing clothing into something more fashionable.
Up to 3 entries, in any combination of categories, may be submitted per designer or team. Submissions are due on March 1, 2012. The show itself will take place on April 22nd at the Buskirk Chumley Theater at 7pm. Instructions for submission are available at

Permaculture interns sought for Bread & Roses Gardens
Bread & Roses Gardens is a woodland homestead in Will Holler, on the south side of Lake Monroe, 10 miles south of Bloomington in the heart of Hoosier National Forest. Certified Permaculture Designer Salem Willard founded Bread & Roses in January of 2011 to create a thriving example of sustainable living. Interns will be asked to commit to a minimum of 4~6 hours/week. Ideally interns will be able to join us throughout the growing season (March~October), however seasonal positions will be considered. In addition to cerebral and kinesthetic learning at B&R Gardens, we will naturally send helpers home with handfuls of hearty goods to feed their hearts and hungry stomachs. We are more than willing to negotiate hosting independent learning projects for credit through the University. Visit to learn more about Bread & Roses. Click here to download PDF flier with more information about the internships.

Opportunities with Pick Up America
Pick Up America is looking for people to travel with us this year! In 2012, we will be completing our three year coast-to-coast roadside litter pick-up by walking from Colorado to the California coast. We are seeking young, energetic leaders who are ready to hit the road, pick up litter, and organize for a more sustainable America. We are a one-of-a-kind traveling nonprofit crew aiming to connect with one-of-a-kind individuals. An ideal candidate would be self-motivated, know how to be a team player, and be eager to educate, strategize, network, and inspire resource stewardship and zero-waste in America. Visit to find all the details about the available positions.

Green Corps Now Accepting Applications 
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day. In Green Corps’ year-long paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you’ll need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution and many others — with groups such as Sierra Club and Food and Water Watch. And, when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups. In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2012-2013. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul. If you think you’re one of those people, visit to submit your application to join the 2012-2013 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing. Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2012 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate. For more information, visit or contact Aaron Myran, Green Corps Recruitment Director, at or 617.747.4302.

FoodCorps Opens Applications for its Next Class of School Food Changemakers
FoodCorps, a national organization that addresses childhood obesity and food insecurity in underserved communities, is now accepting applications for its second annual class of service members. The selected emerging leaders will dedicate one year of full-time public service in school food systems – expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias. FoodCorps seeks up to 100 men and women with a passion for serving their country as AmeriCorps service members by building healthy communities in 12 states around the country. Emerging leaders interested in getting more information should visit

 Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center Now Open for Business
A new recycling center has opened downtown in the parking lot behind the Showers Building on 10th Street. The center is part of a collaboration of the City of Bloomington, Monroe County Solid Waste Management District and Pedal Power owner Chad Roeder to make recycling more sustainable and accessible to downtown residents.
The recycling center is open Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Materials accepted at the center include:

  • · Steel and aluminum cans (no scrap metal)
  • · Plastics #1-7
  • · Clear and colored glass bottles and jars (no window glass, mirrors, light bulbs, etc)
  • · Mixed paper/fibrous products (junk mail, newspaper, office paper, paperboard, etc)
  • · Corrugated cardboard

All materials must be free from food contamination, and paper and cardboard products must be dry. The center does not currently accept hazardous materials such as paint, aerosols, poisons or batteries, but these items may be taken to the Monroe County Recycling Center at 3400 S. Walnut Street. Visit their facebook page or website for more information. For further questions about the recycling center downtown call Chad Roeder at 325-2777.

Got aquarium?
Moving out and can’t take your aquarium pets with you? Don’t dump them in the lake or into local waterways! Many aquarium plants and animals are non-native species that can wreak havoc on our local environment. Contact the Bloomington Animal Shelter at (812) 349-3492or the Monroe County Humane Association at (812) 335-9453.

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, 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.

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 @

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 for more information about how you can help! 

 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.

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: 

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:

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.


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