This Week in Sustainability 9.17.12

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Upcoming events are listed in a weekly email bulletin and on our calendar. If you do not receive our weekly email and would like to, please email to subscribe.

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: 

Get involved with Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project (9/10)
Are you interested in getting more involved on campus and learning about the history of IU, urban green space, native flowers, or biological diversity? If so, come out and volunteer with the Dunn’s Woods Restoration Project! Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to volunteer and learn more about the cultural and natural heritage of Dunn’s Woods (the wooded area of campus near Sample Gates) and Latimer Woods (a ~10 acre woodland near College Mall).  For more information about the project and future volunteer dates, times, and locations click here or email .

Nominations Now Open for Campus Sustainability Awards (posted 9/10) 
We are now accepting nominations for the First Annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented in four categories: Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching, Leadership Award, and Team Award. Any faculty, student, staff, or community member may be nominated for these awards.  For more information or to nominate click here.

Partipate in the roundtable forum “Who’s Responsible for the Future?” (posted 9/17)
Presented by ARC-IU, this discussion will delve into what we have inherited, what we are making of this world and what we are leaving for the future.  Participants are invited to propose topics, lead discussion at a table, and register to participate at a table discussion.  Discussion proposals will be accepted through September 21.
Roundtable discussion registration is open until October 5.  For more information click here.  This event will take place Monday, October 15, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm

Become a member of the Campus Garden Initiative’s Garden Corps team  (posted 9/4)
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.

Take part in Fall-Winter 2012 gardening classes (posted 9/10)
Get involved in gardening classes sponsored by the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department.  They currently have one class open for registration.

  • 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.        

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.  The deadline is December 14, but year long internships are also available.  If you are interested in this extremely rewarding internship, please contact Garden Co-Coordinator Andrea Jobe at


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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