This Week in Sustainability 6.18.12

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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, June 19
Campus Garden Workday
When: 5:00-7:00 pm
Where: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St
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 iugarden@indiana.edu with questions. Visit iugarden.wordpress.com for more information about the IU Campus Garden Initiative.

Wednesday, June 20
Dunn’s Woods Restoration Workday
When: 6:00-7:00 pm
Where: Dunn’s Woods – We meet at 6pm at the Herman B. Wells bench statue which overlooks the woods. This can be located by entering campus from the Sample Gates and continuing straight down the brick path for ~2 minutes.
Description: We are looking for volunteers this summer to assist in the restoration of Dunn’s Woods (the woodland area of IU’s campus near Kirkwood Avenue). The aim of the Dunn’s Woods restoration project is to preserve and protect the natural and historical heritage of this important area of IU’s campus. Throughout the summer we will be conducting weekly removal days aimed at ridding Dunn’s Woods of invasive species, primarily focusing on the euonymus. These restoration events will be approximately an hour long, with half the time spent removing euonymus and the other half planting native species in its place. This restoration work will help to promote the growth of native species and thus restore the natural ecosystem of Dunn’s Woods. There is no need to sign up in advance but if you would like more information please contact Hayley Prihoda at hprihoda@umail.iu.edu or check out our website at http://www.indiana.edu/~dunnswoo/index.html. Tools and gloves are provided! We would greatly appreciate your support and volunteer service!


Thursday, June 21

Food Working Group Meeting
When: 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Where: E-House, 704 E 10th St
Description: Contact Food Working Group co-chair Jeanne Sept (sept@indiana.edu) to attend.


Friday
, June 22
Campus Garden Workday
When: 9:00 – 11:00 am
Where: Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St
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 iugarden@indiana.edu with questions. Visit iugarden.wordpress.com for more information about the IU Campus Garden Initiative.

Saturday, June 23
Solar Home Bike Tour

When: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Departs from/returns to Woodlawn Shelter, Bryan Park
Description: Celebrate the summer solstice by bicycling through two neighborhoods in Bloomington to see solar power in action. The Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN) is organizing this ride to take riders on a 5-mile loop through the Bryan Park and Elm Heights neighborhoods. Visit seven homes that feature solar electric panels and/or solar hot water heaters, and talk with the homeowners about their experience with solar. Please RSVP to webmaster@sirensolar.org by June 20th. Attendees are welcome to stay for the CSL Annual Celebration (see below).

Rain Barrel Workshop
When: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Description: Join the Habitat Stewards and build your own rain barrel! Rain barrels allow you to cut down on your water bill, practice wise water management, and provide chlorine-free water to your plants, ponds, and wildlife. The $40 cost includes all needed materials, use of tools, and help putting it all together. You will leave the workshop with a completed barrel, training on its use, a written set of instructions, and a parts list for future reference. Registration forms available here.

Center for Sustainable Living Annual Celebration
When: 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Woodlawn Shelter, Bryan Park
Description: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of CSL with free food, drinks, games, and conviviality. Get to know your fellow CSL supporters while playing lawn games from around the world including bocce ball, corn hole, croquet, ladder toss, and Kubb.

Green Acres Neighborhood Garden Party
When: 6:00 pm
Where: 2601 E Dekist St
Description: All are invited to come and celebrate summer in the garden with the folks at the GANG. We’ll be holding a garden art hour at 2 pm followed by the party where we’ll be enjoying local live music and fresh salads from the garden.

Wednesday, June 27
Hoosier to Hoosier Pickup and Sorting Volunteer Day

When: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (volunteers work for a shift of their choice)
Description: Volunteers will be assigned to either transportation or storage. Transportation volunteers will work with a small group picking up donated items with the H2H trucks from off-campus student apartments and greek houses and then transporting to the sale storage location. The storage volunteers will be working at the storage trailers receiving the items from the transportation volunteers and sorting/organizing all items for storage. Volunteers ought to dress for active work and warm weather. We will supply gloves, drinking water, and lots of appreciation. An important note:  Some activities may require heavy lifting. Please let us know if you’re unable to lift heavy items so we can assign you appropriately.  Email h2h@indiana.edu to sign up, and H2H will contact you and tell you where to report for your volunteer sorting activity.

Green Drinks Bloomington presents Vince Caristo
When: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company, 350 West 11th Street
Description: At 6 p.m., Vince Caristo, City of  Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, will provide a presentation entitled “Bloomington, Bicycling, and the High Cost of Automobility”.  In November 2011, the Bloomington Common Council set a goal for Bloomington to become one of the most bicycle friendly communities in America by 2016.  What does it mean to be a “bicycle friendly community”?  Why is it desirable, if not essential?  How are we doing? The June Green Drinks is sponsored by Avery Thatcher, Principal Broker/Realtor with Jeanne Walters Real Estate LLC.
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 greendrinksbloomington@gmail.com.  To learn more about Green Drinks visit www.greendrinks.org.


News, ongoing events, and opportunities:

Bloomington Community Orchard Workdays and Events
The Bloomington Community Orchard is having a wonderful summer: a first harvest of strawberries, further developing the Orchard site, a new hive of bees just introduced. There are exciting times coming, and the Orchard would love to have you involved. Every experience level and skill set has a place at the Orchard, whether you’re attending a workday to help maintain the Orchard, helping us spread the mission of the Orchard through the community or coordinating special projects. Check our calendar (http://www.bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org/site/calendar) for details or email Amanda at getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.orgfor more information.
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 Amy at operations@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org.

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.

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 (h2h@indiana.edu) 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 www.indiana.edu/~h2h.
*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.

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 http://greenworknow.com/aboutus 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 iugarden@indiana.edu 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 http://bloomingtoncoop.org.  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 bloomingtoncoop@gmail.com, or stick your questions in along with your application: http://bloomingtoncoop.org/apply.

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: http://www.indiana.edu/~iubssc/sustainability_fund/index.php.

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 salemwillard@gmail.com.

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 sif@indiana.edu.

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 http://www.breadandrosesgardens.com/index.html to learn more about Bread & Roses. Click here to download PDF flier with more information about the internships.  

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 http://www.cirta.us/. 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 @ http://commoncircle.com/cross-country-bicycle-tour.

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 331-2660ormurray@monroecountyhabitat.org 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 atwww.ganecovillage.org/vision-and-values. To get involved, join our email list by sending a blank email to: green-acres-neighborhood-ecovillage+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

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 http://www.co.monroe.in.us/tsd/Justice/Prosecutor/CommunityInitiatives/SafeDrugDisposal.aspx 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: http://www.clearchoicescleanwater.org/

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