Shut the Sash Campaign Update

03/27/2012 § Leave a comment

The shut the sash campaign has been  moving swiftly along and the program is entering its final stage before the campaign is fully launched.  The informational stickers have all been printed, the website is officially launched and the email account is up and running.  The final stage for the campaign is labeling the fume hoods themselves.  There are approximately 800 fume hoods on campus with the bulk of them in the Chemistry building.  At the moment all fume hoods in Education, Psychology, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Innovation Center, and the Auxiliary Library have all been labeled.

Reminder sticker on a hood in the Education Building

Arrow sticker that will promote energy savings and safety on a hood in the Education Building

Labeling of the fume hoods in the bigger science buildings, mainly Chemistry will begin this week.   Once all fume hoods have been labeled the program will be completely up and running!


Written by: Sara Dille Fume Efficiency and Labs 21 Pilot Intern


This Week in Sustainability 3.26.12

03/26/2012 § Leave a comment

This Week imgIf you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. 

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, March 26
Volunteer and help improve IU recycling
When: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: TBD
Description: Help make IU’s recycling program be the best it can be! Your task, should you choose to accept it, will be to investigate recycling practices in an IU building and identify opportunities for changes. We’ll provide all the information you need to figure out what IU’s recycling system needs to comply with best practices. Time commitment of one hour minimum, with the opportunity to continue this project on your own at times other than those listed. If you have one, a smart phone would be helpful. Contact No Waste Coordinator Meredith Dowling to sign up: « Read the rest of this entry »

Where do you want it?

03/26/2012 § Leave a comment

As students at IU we have incredible opportunities: internships, classes, lectures, service projects, intramural sports, athletic events, operas, ballets, plays, concerts, and gallery openings. Many of these events are even free, taking our collectively broke status out of the equation. However, being a student often means some of the best opportunities come when we have the least time to take advantage of them. Furthermore, the shear number of possibilities can short-circuit the decision-making process. Numerous studies show that people presented with many choices choices have difficulty making a decision in situations as varied as picking a health care plan to speed dating to buying candy. As an intern for the Academic Initiatives Working Group (AIWG), I can’t, nor do I propose to narrow the field, but AIWG would like to make it easier for the campus community to make decisions about sustainability activities by learning where people want to find information. The method: a survey.

Students, staff, and faculty help with the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale. How did they hear about it?

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Green Your Move-Out

03/25/2012 § Leave a comment

Like a typical college student, much of my life here at IU is rushed, dependent on a deadline, and last-minute, often resulting in a feeling of no control, even over little things. This is why sometimes on a Saturday afternoon, even making time to clean my room is weirdly comforting. Taking homework breaks to exert any amount of control over small things like this leaves me feeling reinvigorated. While assuming that everyone reading this blog is similar to me in this aspect is a dubious deduction, I hope that the following guidelines help a few of you to take control over an approaching event in all of our lives—cleaning up and moving out.

Every year, thousands of students flee Bloomington May through July, often in our stereotypical student hurry, without thinking about the consequences of what we leave behind. But in fact, the often-reusable waste that we leave behind affects many people—from property managers who have to remove it, city visitors who form impressions based on curbs filled with couches, and even you, who has to breathe air dirtied by the trucks carrying your reusable goods to the landfill 60 miles away in trucks that get 6 mpg.

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E-House Open House – This Friday

03/20/2012 § Leave a comment

By Bill Brown, Director of the IU Office of Sustainability

On Friday, March 23rd, E-House, the new headquarters for the IU Office of Sustainability (IUOS), will have its open house from noon to 2 p.m. I invite you to stop by 704 E. 10th for a visit to see why this is a valuable new asset in the quest to make IU Bloomington an international leader in campus sustainability by 2020. The E in E-House refers to the E-words we use every day in the Office of Sustainability: Energy, Environment, Equity, Economics, and Education, but it could also stand for Example.  When IUOS was first offered a residence in the University Courts historic district as our first permanent office, we immediately began to think about how it could be used as more than just an office. How could it provide an example of a new approach to energy and the built environment? How could it embody some of the principles we talk about under the umbrella of sustainability?

Toward that end, E-House was designed to be powered by sunlight, yet also preserve its historic character. A 4-kilowatt photovoltaic system, discretely located on the back slope of the roof, is designed to produce as much or more electricity in a year as will be used in the building.  This all-electric building uses little energy thanks to a geothermal heating and cooling system that transfers heat to and from the limestone bedrock, utilizing two 250-foot-deep vertical bore holes hidden below the back of the house. « Read the rest of this entry »

This Week in Sustainability 3.19.12

03/19/2012 § Leave a comment

This Week imgIf you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. 

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Upcoming Events:

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. 

Monroe County Soil & Water Conservation District 2012 Annual Meeting
When: Dinner at 6:00 pm, movie at 7:30 pm
Where: Liberty Crossing Ball Room (former MCL cafeteria, off of Bloomfield Rd across from Walmart)
Description: Doors open at 6:00 pm for dinner which begins at 6:15 pm. Meal is provided by Ivy Tech Culinary Team (Chef Jeff Tabor, instructor) and cost is $8 per person. The movie Green Fire will be shown at 7:30 and is free to attend thanks to a partnership with the USDA Forest Service. Tickets are required and space is limited, so please call 812-334-4325 x115 to obtain tickets.

Friday, March 23

Ballantine waste audit – volunteers needed
When: 9:00 – 11:00 am
Where: Ballantine Hall loading dock (west side of Ballantine)
Description: Want more recycling opportunities on campus? Want to help IU towards sustainability? Then come help us conduct our final waste audit!
We’ll be sorting recycling and trash at the Ballantine Hall loading dock from 9 – 11 a.m. – come for any amount of time you can. By volunteering, you’ll be helping us figure out how our campus trash and recycling systems are doing. If you don’t think you’re cut out for sorting trash and recycling, we have several jobs not involving touching anything icky. The information we’ll learn will help us design the future of recycling at IU. Learn more about volunteering and register! Free coffee and bagels from Bloomington Bagel Company will be provided. See you there!

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. « Read the rest of this entry »

How much would you pay to live in a green building?

03/08/2012 § 1 Comment

Green roof on the Solaire.

The Solaire, a LEED certified Gold building located in lower Manhattan of NYC, rents out studios and one to three bedroom apartments starting at $2750 for a studio apartment and $5800 for two-bedroom apartments. Amenities include energy-efficient Energy Star appliances, recycled materials for floors and cabinets, and floor to ceiling windows that provide ample sunlight for heating while also highly thermally insulated. A non-certified apartment complex located in the same area, will rent out a two-bedroom apartment for up to $3000. Is an extra 2800 dollars per month, which nearly equals 34,000 dollars a year, worth the part of living in a LEED-certified building?

Is it worth it to construct a new building as LEED certified if the public simply can’t afford to live in one? The Visionaire, also located in Battery Park City, is NYC’s first and only LEED Platinum building with apartment sales starting at 1.23 million dollars. You may be thinking, “who in their right mind would buy a condo for close to a one and a quarter million dollars?” But it’s in NYC. And you own the property. And it’s LEED certified. Platinum certified. Isn’t it already enough to pay that much just to live in a platinum certified building? Or is it? « Read the rest of this entry »

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