This Week in Sustainability 9.24.12

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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: 

1st Annual Sustainability Awards applications are now open!  (posted 9/24)
Do you have a mentor who has helped make IU a more sustainable place? Do you know a community member that has made the Bloomington community greener?  Recognize them as one of our sustainable leaders at 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.

Participate in the Fall 2012 Energy Challenge (posted 9/24)  
Register your building today for the Fall 2012 Energy Challenge!
Only 25 spots are available and the event runs October 22 to November 12.  For more info click here or click here to register.

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.  For more information and future volunteer dates click here or email .

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.  To register click here.  For more information click here.  This event will take place Monday, October 15, 2012 from 5:30 pm – 7:30pm

Come to FUMC Classes (posted 9/24) 
Free University of Monroe County (FUMC) offers affordable non-credit classes for adults 18 years of age and older.  For a small fee, you can expand your knowledge of new ideas as you foster your joy of learning.  For more info, a registration, or a current Class List, email .

  • Seed Saving Workshop – On Thursday, 9/27, come to Hilltop Gardens for a hands-on demonstration on various techniques to save seeds.  Cost is $8. Register by 9/25.
  • Wire Wrapping – The Basics – On Saturday 10/13, explore the basics of wire wrapping and create stunning jewelry.  Cost is $20, plus a $30 material fee.  Students only need to bring wire cutters and flat- and round-nose jewelry pliers.  Registration deadline is 10/10.
  • Preserving Fresh Garden Produce – On Tuesday, 10/23, learn the a variety of ways to preserve fresh-picked produce.  Participants will make fresh salsa as they learn the canning method.  Cost is $15 and registration should be submitted by 10/22.
  • Wire-Wrapped Celtic Jewelry – On Saturday, 11/3, explore the art of wire wrapping as you create Celtic-inspired jewelry.  Cost is $20 plus a $30 material fee.  Register by 10/31.
  • All the Tea in China – On Saturday, 11/10, come experience a diversity of teas from China.  Participants will learn how to prepare and serve different teas, the history of tea, and where to obtain quality teas and equipage.  Cost is $18. Register by 11/7.

Attend the “Power Up Conference” (posted 9/24)
The “Power Up Conference” will be at 7967 South Wayne Street – Hamilton, IN 46742 on October 12, 2012, from 10 am to 3 pm.  This free event will inform everyone about green building and renewables, while promoting energy savings and solutions.  Please RSVP at

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 9/17)
Middle Way House Rooftop Garden Project is currently seeking business, journalism, and gardening interns for the Fall 2012 semester.  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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