This Week in Sustainability 5.21.12

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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 22
IU Campus Garden Workday
When: 5:00 pm – 7:00  pm
Where: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Description: No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up ready to play in the dirt and grow food for the campus community! Gloves and tools are provided. Email with questions. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, May 23

Green Drinks Bloomington presents Marti Crouch
When: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company, 350 West 11th Street
Description: At 6 p.m., Marti Crouch, a biologist specializing in interrelationships of agriculture and technology, will provide a presentation entitled “Going Backwards: What the New 2,4-D Resistant Crops Will Mean for Indiana’s Agriculture (And You)”.  Folks in Northern Indiana have proposed renaming their region the “Giant Ragweed National Forest” now that this prominent weed has developed resistance to Roundup after widespread planting of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops.  Dow AgroSciences, based in Indianapolis, has a “fix”: they have genetically engineered corn and soybeans to withstand higher doses of their old, iconic herbicide, 2,4-D.  We’ll explore what the next generation of herbicide-resistant crops will mean for Indiana in this presentation.
Green Drinks Bloomington is a lively, informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world.  Folks gather every month to share libations and ideas, discuss, debate, explore and make new friends and business connections. It is held the 4th Wednesday of every month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company. There’s a $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided. To receive a monthly reminder, write  To learn more about Green Drinks visit

The effects of deer on the forest community of Griffy Woods
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Monroe County Public Library auditorium
Description:  White-tailed deer are commonly seen in and around the Bloomington community.  In recent years, the deer population has become a hot topic.  Dr. Angie Shelton, a postdoc at the IU Department of Biology and the IU Research & Teaching Preserve, will present “The effects of deer on the forest community of Griffy Woods” at the Sassafras Audubon Society’s May program.  The program is free and open to the public.  Dr. Shelton has studied the effects deer have on the forest by examining the variety and growth rate of plants and trees in fenced and adjacent unfenced plots.  The plots were set up in Griffy Woods between 2005 and 2010.  Recently she has expanded her research to cover broader aspects of the forest community–including soil nutrients, soil mycorrhizal communities, salamanders, small mammals, ticks, and insects.

Friday, May 25
IU Campus Garden Workday
When: 9:00 am – 11:00  am
Where: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
Description: No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up ready to play in the dirt and grow food for the campus community! Gloves and tools are provided. Email with questions. Visit for more information.

Hoosier to Hoosier Outreach Meeting
When: 10:30 am
Where: Pourhouse Cafe (314 E Kirkwood)
Description: Calling motivated volunteers! Be a part of planning and getting the word out for this summer’s community sale. Visit or email for more information.

News, ongoing events, and opportunities:

Become a Garden Leader!
The Campus Garden Initiative is looking for volunteer Garden Leaders to help make the campus garden more vibrant and educational. In addition to helping with workdays, Garden Leaders can choose to specialize in a number of areas, including irrigation, soil management, and photography. No experience is necessary! The full program description can be found here.

Study renewable energy and sustainable development with GREEN Costa Rica 
The GREEN – Costa Rica program offers a comprehensive 12-day overview of five types of alternative energy and sustainability. Exclusive hands-on site visits, and memorable adventure excursions. The eclectic assortment of Latin American culture allows for a mixture of valuable social interactions & community involvement. Topics covered include: Engineering and Production, Economics and Financial Implications, Policy, Design, Implementation and much more.
The Costa Rican landscape offers the only place in the world where one can actively observe countless types of renewable energy and sustainability initiatives as they propel this innovative country toward carbon neutrality & global environmental stewardship. By joining us on this one-of-a-kind educational adventure you will claim your place as a socially responsible, innovative thinker, with unique and highly-marketable interest in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. Visit for more information.
The IU Campus Garden Initiative announces summer programming
There are several ways in which you can become involved with the Initiative this summer:
(1) Weekly workdays will take place on Tuesdays from 5-7PM and on Fridays from 9-11AM. No need to sign up ahead of time, just show up ready to play in the dirt and grow food for the campus community!
(2) You and at least three of your friends, peers, and/or co-workers can “Adopt-a-Day” at the Hilltop Garden! Monday from 9-11AM, Wednesday from 2-4PM, and Saturday from 10-12AM are ready for adoption each week! To adopt a workday, send an email to that includes your group name, primary contact (email and phone number), and expected number of participants (minimum of 4 required).
(3) Our Summer Planting Day will take place on June 16th from 10am-12pm! Check the calendarfor details about other exciting garden events as they are planned.
Live in the Bloomington Coop: Affordable housing for sustainability and social empowerment
Bloomington Cooperative Living in a member-owned and -operated non-profit in Bloomington.  We house three dozen people, equal parts undergraduate, graduate, and townie.  In exchange for paying dues, doing chores, and attending meetings, you get a diverse community, fantastic regular meals, more beautiful people in your life, and stake in an enterprise providing one of the most affordable, sustainable, and empowering lifestyles in town. Check out  We’re currently working to buy a 20 person building downtown: you own it, you run it.  Our other open properties are on Atwater, right next to campus.  Openings are available for summer and fall, first-come, first-served.  Dues, including all rent, utilities, and food, range between $500-$600 per month, depending on the size of the room. For comments or questions, write, or stick your questions in along with your application:

The Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville accepting applications for the Leigh Ann Conn Fellows program
Undergrad and grad students from ANY university are eligible to apply for these fellowships. This is an excellent opportunity to form collaborations, diversify educational experiences, work in a state of the art research facility, and take advantage of expertise in renewable energy research at the University of Louisville. The Conn Center conducts and facilitates R&D on potentially commercializable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The Center promotes partnerships among the state’s colleges and universities, private industries, and non-profit organizations to actively pursue federally and privately funded research and development resources that are dedicated to renewable energy solutions.
Full program description and application details can be found at For more information on the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research, see
Moving this summer?  Have too much stuff?  DONATE IT!
The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale will take anything*—clothes, furniture, housewares, non-perishable food—and all funds raised support local non-profits.  Here’s how:
– Live in a residence hall?  Look for the collection areas on each floor starting at the end of April.
– Live off-campus?  Check with your landlord or contact us for a pick-up ( starting in May.  We need a few days notice.
– Want to drop something off yourself?  Drop off from 9am – 2pm on May 7 at Gladstein Fieldhouse, or check the website for scheduled drop-off days.
– Want more info?  Visit
*Except mattresses.

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 aiwg@indiana.eduwith questions or suggestions for the listings.

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:

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

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 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

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.  

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)
– 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.

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 Also, 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 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 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 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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