This Week in Sustainability 4.9.12

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Upcoming Events:

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.” Events are listed below, as well as on the SSC website. 

Monday, April 9
Volunteers in Sustainability Water Bottle Sale
When: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: Sample Gates
Description: Volunteers in Sustainability (ViS) will be selling their water bottles with the “I’d Tap That” logo for $5 (small), $7 (large), and $10 (one of each). Proceeds go to ViS. Picture of the bottles and more information on the facebook event. 

Field to Table Panel Discussion
When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Historical Society Education Room
Description: Come join us to discuss how Bloomington can expand access to local food! Students Producing Organics Under the Sun (SPROUTS) and Slow Food IU are bringing together a number of important players in the local food movement to discuss how Bloomington can create and sustain a thriving local food distribution system. The panel will be comprised of growers, vendors, restaurateurs, educators and local food activists. This event is part of SustainIU. 

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. 

Green Fire Movie Screening
When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: SPEA 169
Description: Join us for a screening of Green Fire, a film about Aldo Leopold’s land ethic and its impact on conservation efforts today. This event is part of SustainIU. 

Help improve IU recycling
When: 8:00 pm – 9:00 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 Meredith Dowling to sign

Wednesday, April 11
A Steady State Economics Discussion
When: 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Myers Hall 130
Description: Biology professor, Heather Reynolds will be discussing steady state economics in this lecture hosted by Volunteers in Sustainability. This event is part of SustainIU. 

Thursday, April 12
Bicycle Steering Committee Meeting
When: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: E-House, 704 E. 10th St.
Description: Email if you’re interested in joining the committee.  

Poetry Night
When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Collins Coffeehouse
Description: Come showcase your talent or just observe as students perform their poetry relating to the theme “Act Naturally”. Prizes will be given to winning poets and refreshments will be served! Contact Rachel at with questions. This event is part of SustainIU.

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.

Sustainability Eduction Tour
When: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: Bloomington Project School
Description: Gather at Sample Gates at 12:45pm to join up with the Sustainability Education Tour. This event will feature a tour of the Bloomington Project School as well as a discussion about sustainability education and the work of Building Tomorrow. This event is part of SustainIU. 

Workshop: Indians 101 – Working Effectively with Tribal Governments, Understanding the Basics
When: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Where:  SPEA PV-169
Description: The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center (FNECC) are pleased to invite the Indiana University community to a workshop designed for students, faculty, and staff. This workshop will provide participants with an overview of federal Indian policy, describe the basics of tribal government jurisdiction, highlight research opportunities, and provide attendees the chance to ask questions related to their particular interests.
Speaker Bio: The workshop will be presented by SPEA alumnus Luke Jones (MPA 1996), a practitioner with more than 20 years of experience working with federal agencies to improve intergovernmental partnerships with tribes. Luke specializes in the evaluation and administration of environmental protection programs affecting tribal lands, is an Adjunct Lecturer at SPEA, and serves as a Sr. Policy Advisor to the U.S. EPA Office of International and Tribal Affairs, American Indian Environmental Office (Washington, DC). A whimsical, expanded bio is available here: 

FIRST Annual Ben Brabson Lecture on Sustainable Ideas
When: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Fine Arts 015
Description: Jae Rhim Lee (2011 TED Global Fellow) is a visual artist, designer, and researcher whose work focuses on relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. Ms. Lee has been selected as our keynote speaker because her work embodies the transformative and “out there” (to use her own words) thinking necessary to create new solutions for issues of environmental sustainability. If a “Mushroom Death Suit” sounds interesting to you, come to find out more! This event is part of SustainIU. 

Saturday, April 14
A Day in the Dirt at the Campus Garden
When: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Where: Hilltop Garden
Join us for a workday at the Campus Garden Initiative’s new plot at Hilltop: learn and practice skills for planning, planting and tending to edible plants and meet fellow volunteers passionate about growing food for our campus! Tools and gloves are provided. Volunteers may use Hilltop’s bike racks and parking spaces, too! For more information, visit or contact Stephanie Hopkins at This event is part of SustainIU.  

Photo Scavenger Hunt
When: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Dunn Meadow
Description: Participants should meet in Dunn Meadow (with their cameras) at 11:30 to receive the list of Hunt items and to hear rules and other details. Doughnuts will be served at 11am, and winners will be announced at 3:30, after a short review period. There will be prizes for the top winners! Hosted by Coal Free IU. Contact Novella at for more information. This event is part of SustainIU. 

Sunday, April 15
Bike-to-the-Farm: Dandelion Ecovillage
When: 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Description: Interested in getting some exercise and learning a thing or two about gardening? Bike to the Dandelion Ecovillage! Bikers and non-bikers (there will be one car available) should meet at Dunn Meadow at 12:45pm for an afternoon of exercise and fun. For more information, contact Jessica at This event is part of SustainIU.  

Sunday, April 22
Celebrate Earth Day with a Bird Hike at IU Research and Teaching Preserve’s Kent Farm
When: 7:00 am – 10:00 am
Where: Kent Farm (meet at K-Mark parking lot to carpool)
Description: Join Indiana University Biology Professors Susan and Jim Hengeveld and the Indiana University Research and Teaching Preserve staff for a free bird hike at Kent Farm. On the hike, participants will learn about birding techniques and how to identify different types of birds! Please bring binoculars and field guides if you own them, but the Preserve will provide a few pairs of binoculars and guides for those who do not own the equipment. Please wear sturdy, water resistant shoes due to the possibility of wet or muddy conditions, and layers or clothing if the weather is cool. Please also bring water.  Meet at the K-Mart Parking Lot (3175 East 3rd Street, Bloomington, IN) at 7:00am on April 22nd to carpool to Kent Farm.
Professor Susan and Jim Hengeveld teach courses at Indiana University, including Avian Conservation, Biology of Birds, and Biological Evolution and Diversity.
Please RSVP on Facebook, email or call 855-8742 to sign up for this event! 

Bike the B-line Parade and Celebration
When: parade @ 12:00 pm; celebration from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: 2nd Street Kroger
Description: New Hope Bike Club, part of the organization New Hope Family Shelter, is hosting this event is to celebrate earth day, promote biking and have FUN. We will start biking the B-line at 12 pm from Bloomington Hospital to the field next to 2nd street Kroger, where we will have a celebration party from 1-4. We will have free food, music, games and lots of fun.
If you or your organization is interested in setting up a table, booth or some games to educate other participants about sustainability and the meaning of earth day, email Wai Liu at

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.

Request for Volunteers for The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet on April 22
SPEA is a sponsor for The Nature Conservancy- Indiana Chapter’s Picnic for the Planet event on April 22 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis. Big Car is organizing an environmental art project for kids at the event.  TNC needs a few volunteers to help with the Big Car project and lend a hand with a few other activities from 11:30-3:30pm.  Please contact Jenna Civitello if you are interested in volunteering.

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.

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. 

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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