This Week in Sustainability 4.2.12

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Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 2
REstyled Ethical Fashion Show
When: 8:00 pm
Where: Alumni Hall, IMU
Description: The show will feature looks from top eco designers as well as fair trade certified items, local vintage stores, and student designers. Cost is free, but a five dollar donation is encouraged. All proceeds will go to Teens Turning Green. RSVP at to reserve your seat and enter your name in the drawing for a gift card to Farm. For more information, visit our website at

Tuesday, April 3
Spring 2012 Energy Challenge Parade
When: 1:45 pm
Where: Meet at Sample Gates
Description: Please join us as we march with the Jefferson Street Parade Band through campus to celebrate and advertise this spring’s challenge!

Thursday, April 5
“Ecosystem Bloomington” Film Premiere
When: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Where: Room 251, IU Radio and TV Building
Description: In conjunction with ArtsWeek Everywhere 2012, Laura Caldie’s thesis documentary will be shown publicly for the first time. It details the relationship between campus and community regarding sustainability efforts in Bloomington, Indiana. The project shows current initiatives and challenges, and presents a simple outlook for productive future planning, with everyone’s interests in mind. The running time is 25 minutes. Brief Q&A with the filmmaker to follow. Confirm your attendance on Facebook at

Friday, April 6
Russian and East European Institute 2012 Roundtable on Post-Communism, “Energy and Conservation”
When: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: IMU Dogwood Room
Description: A public roundtable is featured in the morning followed by a seminar in the afternoon regarding the pedagogical challenges of teaching “energy and conservation”. The roundtable focuses on a question that is circulated in advance to the roundtable panelists. Each panelist prepares a 1000-word statement in response to a brief (150-200 word) “provocation”—a statement and series of questions. This question and brief initial responses by each panelist are posted in advance, so that all who attend the roundtable are familiar with the core question and the positions of the panelists. In the afternoon, the focus of discussion shifts to effective pedagogies for teaching courses on topics related to the morning session. Three selected presenters will discuss three different pedagogical challenges and join with all participants in an exploration of approaches to communicating these complex issues to students in different settings (two year colleges, four year colleges, and research universities). Faculty and graduate students are invited to attend and participate informally in the discussion. For more information and related documents, visit the REEI website.

Campus Tree Planting
When: 10:00 am
Where: Area just north of the SRSC
Description: Leave a legacy at IU by planting a tree on campus. Employees from Campus Division will be on hand to teach proper tree planting techniques and assist in the planting of about 80 trees. Meet on the terrace on the north side of the SRSC.

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, April 7
Bloomington Community Orchard Planting Day
When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: BCO, 2120 S. Highland Ave.
Description: Join fellow orchard volunteers in the planting of 25 fruit trees, perennial flowers, cover crops, and a rain garden. Community potluck with follow. Visit for more information.

April 9 – April 15
5th Annual SustainIU Week
Join the Student Sustainability Council (SSC) with a week of collaborative events centered around this year’s theme, “Act Naturally.” Find an event to attend here!

Tuesday, April 10
Presentation by Gene Baur, president of Farm Sanctuary
When: 7:00 pm
Where: City Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St.
Description: The City of Bloomington will host a presentation by Gene Baur, co-founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. The lecture, “Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food,” is free and open to the public. Copies of Baur’s national best seller, which has the same title as his lecture, will be available for sale and signing. Hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine, Baur is on a speaking tour across North America to raise awareness about the negative consequences of industrialized factory farming. His presentations empower people to act on behalf of animals and to make healthier and more sustainable food choices.
Farm Sanctuary works to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals and promote compassionate vegan living. Since 1986 the organization has campaigned to educate, prevent cruelty and encourage legal and policy reforms that promote respect and compassion for farm animals nationwide. Farm Sanctuary’s shelters in New York and California provide lifelong care for nearly 1,000 rescued farm animals.
Additional events featuring Baur will be announced soon. For more information about the presentation or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria K Heslin, Deputy Mayor, City of Bloomington at 812.349.3569 or For event flyer, click here.

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:

Check out sustainability courses for summer and fall 2012!
Plan for the fall semester or add a summer course with sustainability-focused and sustainability-related courses through the IUOS web site or Office of the Registrar. Contact with questions or suggestions for the listings.

IU Biology Dept. seeks three assistants for summer project
We need 3 full-time summer assistants from May 14th through August 10th, 2012. We are looking for candidates that are interested and qualified for a project funded by the Smithsonian Institute’s Global Earth Observatory. The positions will work as a team to map trees in an old growth forest near Nashville, Indiana. Qualified applicants should be familiar with basic forest mensuration techniques, tree identification of eastern hardwood species and be willing to work in various weather conditions and carry loads across rugged terrain. Other duties may include data entry and dendrometer band installation. The pay rate is $10/hr. Send cover letter describing your interest in the position and any conflicts with the time frame, resume or CV and two references contact information by April 13th to Daniel Johnson, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 or email to

Get information the way you want it
The Office of Sustainability requests your participation in a short survey to assess the best way to deliver information to the campus community. Your response will help the Office of Sustainability distribute news of courses, organizations, and activities more effectively. We would appreciate responses by Friday, April 13. Contact with questions. Please click on the link below to complete the survey.
Estimated completion time: 5-10 minutes.

Students: do you support social and environmental sustainability?
Check the box to donate $5 to the IU Student Sustainability Fund when you register for classes. Already registered? It’s not too late! Follow this link to check the box. Learn more and get involved:

Opportunities still available for ImagineBloomington input
ImagineBloomington is 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. For recent press release including remaining workshop timesclick here.
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!

Indiana State University seeks applications for two sustainability positions
ISU seeks an Assistant Director and an Administrative Assistant for its Institute for Community Sustainability. Full position descriptions are available in this PDF. The postings should soon be on the ISU Applicant Tracking System where candidates can apply.

City of Bloomington seeks Energy Management Intern, application due 4/4
The intern will work directly with the Sustainability Coordinator and facilities staff to perform energy assessments of and develop energy reduction strategies for 10-15 city-owned facilities. The intern will also help gather and maintain energy and water data. Please click here for full PDF position description.

Earth Charter Indiana revises position description for summer internship, applications due 4/10
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. Tasks of this summer’s interns will include 
  • Identify, certify and honor, through signage and press conferences, innovative gardens in a 10 county region.
  • Conduct garden site visits and interview gardeners.
  • Encourage community connections (garden pot-lucks, plant a row for the homeless, cooperative work days).
  • Showcase innovative gardeners on websites, YouTube, and print media.

To download the full position description and instructions on how to apply, click here. Applications are due April 10th, 2012. 

Sierra Club extends deadline to apply for “Best Internship on Earth 2012”
The Sierra Club is excited to share that we’ve just extended the deadline to apply to our 3rd annual “Best Internship on Earth” search for an Outdoor Youth Ambassador (!  The new deadline is Monday, April 2nd.  Details about the program are available on our website, including a generous stipend and $2,000 to spend at The North Face!

Submissions for “What makes your campus green?” student video contest due 4/6. Cash prizes to winners!
What makes your campus green? Answer that question in Herman Miller’s third annual student video contest. From bike commuting to school-wide recycling, show us how your campus is looking out for the earth. Be heard. Be creative. Have fun. And win up to $2,500 cash. Click here to view complete contest rules, and visit the contest website to submit your video here. If you’d like, forward your submission on to the IU Office of Sustainability (, and we may feature it on our webpage!

University of Notre Dame seeks Director of Sustainability
The University of Notre Dame seeks to hire a Director of Sustainability to collaborate with University leaders, students, faculty and staff to achieve the goals outlined in the University Sustainability Strategy, approved in the fall of 2011.  This position will lead and foster a campus culture that embraces sustainable policies, actions and attitudes related to energy conservation and reduction of emissions as well as conservation of resources and waste reduction. She/he will partner with colleges and departments, administrative units and students and student groups to identify and complete projects that contribute to the University’s sustainability goals and foster behavior change. Master’s degree or commensurate experience required; preference for Engineering, Science or Environmental-related degree. Must have 7 or more years of experience in a similar role. Compensation will be in the range of $71,044 – $110,000. Apply directly online at the ND jobs site – Job #12095 – or visit

Bread & Roses announces new nursery extension
Bread & Roses: Edible & Beautiful Landscapes has expanded to include a nursery with the aim of providing local, high quality, sustainably grown, edible, useful, and medicinal plants. Pre-orders are now being accepted for Spring 2012.  Plants will be available beginning in early April, and we will be co-hosting a series of spring plant sales with Keith Johnson at Renaissance Farm this April-May.  Please send any inquiries to Salem at
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

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.

Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center 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 or for more information about how you can help! 

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 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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