This Week in Sustainability 6.25.12

** Notice: We are making a few changes to the format of This Week in Sustainability that we hope will make the bulletin more digestible. Events and news will now be updated as follows:

  • Upcoming events will be listed in the This Week email and on our calendar. We will not continue to include these events in our blog posts. If you do not receive our weekly email and would like to, please email to subscribe. 
  • The most recent items in the “News, Ongoing Events, and Opportunities” section will be highlighted in the This Week email, while the full list of items will still be available on this weekly blog post. Submitted items will be included in the blog post for 4 weeks. After this time they will be retired, but you may email to resubmit your item with an extension request if you feel your item should remain on the list for a longer period of time.
  • Regional and national programs that have continual opportunities will be listed on a new webpage that we are in the process of developing. This will be a more static site that includes basic information and typical application and program dates. If we are contacted about an upcoming deadline for these opportunities, we will include a reminder in our weekly blog post.

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Bloomington Community Orchard Workdays and Events (posted 6/25/12)
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 ( for details or email Amanda at for more information.

Seeking Operation Team Leaders/Members for the Bloomington Community Orchard (posted 6/25/12)
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

Become a Garden Leader! (posted 6/25/12)
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! (posted 6/25/12)
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 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 July 27 at Gladstein Fieldhouse or contact us for arrangements.
– Want more info? Visit
*Except mattresses.

Check out sustainability courses for summer and fall 2012! (posted 6/25/12)
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 (posted 6/25/12)
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 (posted 6/25/12)
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 calendar for details about other exciting garden events as they are planned.

Live in the Bloomington Coop: Affordable housing for sustainability and social empowerment (posted 6/25/12)
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:

Students: do you support social and environmental sustainability? (posted 6/25/12)
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 (posted 6/25/12)
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

Join the Student Committee for the IU Fall Involvement Fair (posted 6/25/12)
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

Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center open for business (posted 6/25/12)
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 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 (posted 6/25/12)
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.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Seeks Volunteers (posted 6/25/12)
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 (posted 6/25/12)
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:

Monroe County Pharmaceutical Disposal Program (posted 6/25/12)
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! (posted 6/25/12)
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:


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