This Week in Sustainability 2.27.12

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Upcoming Events:

Thursday, March 1
“Critical Approaches to Environmental Sustainability across Latin America” with Michael Cepek and Andrew Matthews

When: 7:00 pm
Where: Sassafras Rm, IMU
Description: You’re invited to join the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies for a dialogue with Michael Cepek (UT–San Antonio) and Andrew Matthew (UC–Santa Cruz) on “Critical Approaches to Environmental Sustainability Across Latin America.” This event is sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Sustainable Development Initiative, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI Project.

Friday, March 2
IU Campus Garden Initiative: Spring Workdays
When: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Hilltop Gardens
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. Workdays will take place every Friday from 2-4pm. For more information, contact Stephanie Hopkins, Garden Coordinator at or visit

Saturday, March 3
Voces Novae presents Migration and Pilgrimage.
When: 5:00 pm
Where: Saron United Church of Christ, 440 1st Street, Linton, IN (map)
Description: In cooperation with the Friends of Goose Pond, Voces Novae presents Migration and Pilgrimage. Voces Novae will perform a concert in celebration of the migratory flight of the sandhill cranes during the Marsh Madness Festival. Admission is free. There will be bus tours to Goose Pond immediately following the concert.Tickets for the bus tour are $5.00.
For reservations, send email to or call 812-875-3804. For more information click here. Voces Novae is a chamber choir that draws on diverse arts and disciplines in thematic, purposeful programs and projects. Voces Novae stimulates experiences of wide-awakeness while informing and enriching our daily lives. For more about Voces Novae visit www.vocesnovae.orgor find us on Facebook.

Tuesday, March 6
Annual Greenways Foundation luncheon featuring Dan Burden, national walkability expert
When: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street.
Description: National walkability expert Dan Burden will share best practices from throughout the country, as well as his observations about opportunities for better built environments in Indiana, during the upcoming annual meeting of the statewide Greenways Foundation. Burden, executive director of the non-profit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, will highlight places across the country-including in Indiana-that have improved health, well-being, economic vibrancy and retail success through walkable streets and quality urban and rural trails. He also will illustrate opportunities in Indiana to create connected communities that support active living. Burden will conduct an optional, short “walkability audit” with anyone interested immediately following the luncheon.
To register for the Greenways Foundation Luncheon, visit, email, or call (317) 848-7855.

Prospect Hill presents: Permaculture Presentation by Keith Johnson
When: 7:00 -9:00 pm
Where: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
Description: Come learn about Permaculture from Keith Johnson! Permaculture is about designing ecological human habitats and food production systems.  It is a land use and community building movement which strives for the harmonious integration of human dwellings, microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, and water into stable, productive communities. A central theme in permaculture is the design of ecological landscapes that produce food. However, permaculture entails much more than just food production. Energy-efficient buildings, waste water treatment, recycling, and land stewardship in general are other important components of permaculture. Permaculture has expanded its purview to include economic and social structures that support the evolution and development of more permanent communities, such as co-housing projects and eco-villages.
Keith is an experienced permaculture site designer and teacher.  He has been providing consulting advice and design since 1979.  He has developed an intimate knowledge of various regional landscapes, botany, soils, earthworks, natural building and other skills.  With a wealth of experience in temperate climate permaculture systems he offers a range of consulting services to regional and distant clients.

Wednesday, March 7
Presentation by Mark Fenton – Public Health and Community Design Expert
When: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Where: Bloomington City Hall, City Council Chambers
Description: Mark Fenton will give a presentation called “Sticky Community Design: A Path to Economic, Environmental and Public Health.” Mark is an extremely entertaining and motivating speaker.  He has two engineering degrees from MIT, and gives a data-driven look at the relationship between public health and community design and policy. Mark will also lead a walking infrastructure audit from 3:00-4:30 starting at the City Hall lobby. Come and Enjoy! View a PDF flier for the event here.

Thursday, March 22
Energy Challenge Information Breakfast
When: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Where: E-House, 704 E. 10th St.
Description: Come learn about the Spring 2012 Energy Challenge and enjoy free coffee and bagels. Register here. 

Friday, March 23
E-House Open House
When: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Where: E-House, 704 E. 10th St.
Description: Come tour the new home for the Office of Sustainability! A presentation about the historic, net-zero building will be given at 12:30 pm. If you know you can come, RSVP so that we can plan for refreshments.

Friday, April 13
2011-12 Academic Year Sustainability Internship Symposium
When: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Neal Marshall Grand Hall, 275 N Jordan Ave.
Description: Registration now open for this year’s symposium! The symposium will feature the academic year research projects of IU Bloomington’s sustainability interns. The agenda will include:
– Complimentary lunch featuring local food
– Project presentations by three interns
– A poster session illustrating project findings for each intern
Visit the webpage for the 2010-11 academic year symposium to get a better idea of the event’s structure. A full listing of this year’s interns and their projects can be found here. We encourage you to register now to help us plan appropriately for the event. We hope you will join us in celebrating our students’ contributions to the campus sustainability initiative.

News, ongoing events, and opportunities:

IU participates in national recycling recycling competition – help us win the Big 10!
2012 marks IUB’s 3rd year participating in RecycleMania, a North American college and university recycling competition.  RecycleMania offers IUB the opportunity to compare our recycling and waste reduction habits to our peer institutions so we can learn where we’re succeeding and where we can improve.  Over an 8-week period each spring, colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories based on who recycles the most on a per capita basis, as well as which schools have the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste and which schools generate the least amount of combined trash and recycling.
With each week’s updated ranking, the IUB community can track our performance against other universities and see where we need to improve.  The RHA EcoReps are promoting waste reduction activities in residential centers across the IUB campus–look for events in your center!
Check out IUB’s rankings onlineand rally your friends to help us beat Purdue!

Public input sought for ImagineBloomington city planning process
Last week marked the beginning of ImagineBloomington, a visioning process to decide what Bloomington will be like in 25 years. According to the ImagineBloomington website, “results of this process will create the foundation, Bloomington’s vision, for the City’s comprehensive plan. Having a new vision for the community is the first step in the process for updating the City’s Plan – known as the Growth Policies Plan.” The process offers several ways for citizens to be involved, including community workshopssurveys,and online forums.
A long-term plan such as this offers much opportunity for weaving sustainability ideals and practices into the fabric of Bloomington’s infrastructure and policies. By using tools such as renewable energy, effective public transportation, stormwater management, and support for local farmers and businesses, we can try to offer some solutions to these questions.  Public input is vital to the planning process, and we want to make sure those who value sustainable policies are included. Whether you take a few minutes to fill out the survey or spend a couple of hours at a workshop, make your voice heard!

Submissions due 3/1 for Trashion Refashion Show
The 2012 Trashion Refashion Show is looking for fashion designs from the two 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 (Earth Day!) at 7:00pm in the Buskirk Chumley Theater.  All levels of design are welcome!  We look forward to making the 3rd annual Trashion Refashion Show our biggest success and to raise funds for the Center for Sustainable Living. Submission guidelines and other information is available on the Trashion website
Applications due 4/10 for internships with Earth Charter Indiana
Sustainable Indiana 2016 is a collaborative project initiated by Earth Charter Indiana to leverage our upcoming bicentennial as a catalyst for Indiana becoming a much greener state through grassroots education and motivation. This year the theme is “Plant a Garden.” We have funding to field a summer intern in each of the nine regions of the state. The summer interns will locate gardeners in every county of the region, thank them for contributing tosustainable food security, discover how they are building community relationships through their garden, and offer to honor their garden with an attractive sign reading “Indiana Bicentennial Green-Legacy Garden.” To download the position description and instructions on how to apply, click here. Applications are due April 10th, 2012. 

Seeking Operation Team Leaders/Members for the Bloomington Community Orchard
Are you interested in the day-to-day maintenance, hands-on work, systems building, or volunteer involvement of Bloomington’s ever-evolving, publicly-owned, volunteer-run Orchard? We are looking for team members to fulfill many different roles needed for upkeep, including: organizing workdays, creating and preparing projects, deciding when things will happen and how, connecting volunteers with certain activities, and preparing the Orchard for all the activities we do. If you would like to get involved with the Operations Team, please contact Stacey Decker at

Byron Fellowship 2012: Request for Nominations
The Byron Fellowship is an interdisciplinary course in sustainable communities that uniquely engages participants through place-based learning. We are looking for 18 to 20 exceptional upper class undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates that have a passionate interest in creating sustainable communities.
This year’s Byron Fellowship will take place May 20 – 25 at Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana.
During the five and a half day program, participants will learn from a collection of academic teachers and active practitioners. Participants and mentors represent a wide spectrum of disciplines including the arts, natural science, social science, engineering, and theology. The teaching methods include tutorial mentoring, collaborative discussion, team building, and individual reflection.More information is available at:

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 andSustainability. 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

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.

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 learn more about Bread & Roses. Click hereto 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)
  • orrugated 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 websitefor 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) 349-3492 or 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 getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.orgfor 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 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
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 more information and to apply.


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