This Week in Sustainability 8.27.12

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Select ongoing events and opportunities are highlighted in our weekly email, while the full list of items are available on this weekly blog post. Instructions for submitting an item to either our calendar or blog are at the end of this post.

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Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Apply to the 2012/2013 Academic Year Internship Program 
We are now accepting applications for the 2012/2013 academic year internship program. See the details below or click here to be taken directly to the website.

Program Details:

  • 11 internship positions available
  • Internships run from October through April
  • 10-15 hrs/week
  • $9/hr undergraduate and $11/hr graduate

Hiring Timeline:

  • Friday August 31: We strongly suggest that you submit your recommendation request BEFORE Friday, Aug. 31 to give your evaluator enough time to submit their recommendation letter.
  • Friday, September 7: Online applications AND recommendations due. *Note: Applicants will NOT be allowed to submit applications until their online recommendations have been received*
  • Saturday, Sept 8 – Monday, Sept 17: First round reviews
  • Wednesday, Sept 19: Second round candidates notified for interview
  • Friday, Sept 28: Interns selected and notified

For more information about the internship program, go to our website. Email with specific questions regarding the internship.

Become a member of the Campus Garden Initiative’s Garden Corps team  (posted 8/20)
Step into the world of Bloomington’s local food scene while helping maintain the campus garden. Corps members will have the opportunity to meet with local chefs, farmers, and food advocates while helping to strengthen our own campus food system.

Position Details:
  • 6-10 hrs/wk from September to early December
  • Compensation: In addition to free, fresh vegetables, you will gain knowledge and experience about gardening, time management, organization, and leadership.

To find out more information or to apply to the program click here.

Volunteer for the Big Red Eats Green(& Bikes)  (posted 8/20)

Consider volunteering for the September 6th festival. Big Red Eats Green (& Bikes) is a local/seasonal food festival featuring Bloomington restaurants and local farmers as well as a bicycle transportation fair. There will be several volunteer shifts available throughout the day. Go to the website  for more information or email with questions.

Middle Way House Rooftop Garden Internship Opportunity (posted 8/27)

Middle Way House Rooftop Garden Project is currently seeking business, journalism, and gardening interns for the Fall 2012 semester. Interns will have a unique opportunity to help develop Bloomington’s first garden of this kind. We are looking for interns who are forward thinkers, dedicated to the success of the project, resourceful, and passionate about sustainability.

The internship is currently unpaid; however, stipends may be available at the end of the internship. Interns can expect to gain experience in a unique urban agriculture setting, learn about non-profit organizations, connect with some of Bloomington’s top leaders, and contribute to a great cause. If you are interested in this extremely rewarding internship, please contact Garden Co-Coordinator Andrea Jobe at

Get involved in Fall-Winter 2012 gardening classes (posted 8/20)

There are multiple opportunities to get involved in gardening classes sponsored by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Community Gardening Program:   Offers a variety of gardening opportunities and classes. Visit their website for more information. Email with questions.
  • Fall Gardening: Join Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard’s Garden Program at Butler Park Community Gardens to learn how to extend your gardening year into the fall and winter. Class is Thursday August 30th. Register by 8/27. Cost is $8/in-city; $9/non-city. Find out more more information here.
  • Grow Organic Educator Series: Learn organic gardening from the experts and share your knowledge with the community in this organic outreach horticultural certification program. Runs Wednesdays from 9/5-12/5 6-9pm (optional Saturday workshops to accommodate schedules). Cost for the series is $125/in-city and $145/non-city. Register by 8/31. Click here for more information and registration.
  • Bloomington Community Orchard Classes: Classes in the following: Tree Guilds, Beekeeping, Fall Planting of Fruit Trees, Preparing Fruit-Producing Plants for Winter, and Selecting Fruit Cultivars for Spring Planting. Runs Saturdays from 2-4 pm. $7/in-city and $8/non-city per class. Click here to register and for more information.
  • Compost: How to Make It Well and Use It Correctly: Learn the secrets of making and using nutrient-rich compost. Class is Saturday 10/6 from 2-4 pm. Register by 10/3. Cost is $13/in-city and $15/non-city. Click here for registration and for more information.

Recycling Service Information (posted 8/27)

The City of Bloomington is compiling names of apartment complexes that provide recycling services for their residents. The current list can be found here. If you are aware of an apartment complex providing these services which is not already listed, please send an email to

Support the Mass Transit Initiative (posted 8/14)

Get involved in bringing a 21st century transit system to Central Indiana by contacting state legislators, signing a petition, or volunteering your time. In order for the city of Bloomington and other Indiana communities to be able to fund transit systems on the local level, our help is needed to move this initiative forward.  To learn more visit the icat (Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit) website.            

Submitting an event or opportunity:

  •  If you are interested in having an event included on our calendar, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to by the Saturday evening before the Monday you wish for the event to begin to be advertised.
  • Items for the blog post (ongoing events and other opportunities) may also be sent to Items will be listed 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 this weekly post.
  • Please email us at if you have any questions.

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