This Week in Sustainability 3.18.13

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Featured news, ongoing events, and opportunities: 

Graduate Student Sustainability Research Development Grants Available (posted 3/25)
Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Description: This program provides opportunities for Indiana University graduate students to develop new research programs related to sustainability. The grant program, sponsored by the IU Office of Sustainability, University Graduate School, School of Public Health, and the Integrated Program in the Environment, awards grants up to $10,000 to any graduate student from the IU Bloomington campus.  Funds may be applied to graduate student fellowships (up to $5,000) as well as field, laboratory, computational, or library research.  Both individual applicants and teams of graduate student are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to high-quality interdisciplinary projects that include participants from multiple disciplines.
Questions: For more information about the grant program and information on how to apply, click here.  To learn more about sustainability initiatives at Indiana University, click here.  Any questions can be directed to Emily Rex, at

“Where Does Our Food Come From?” Farm Internship 2013 (posted 3/25)
Application Deadline : Monday, April 15, 2013
Description: Work and learn about small-scale local market intensive farming and food distribution on Schacht Farm in Bloomington.  Students will keep a field journal, and write presentation about their experiences, while participating in all aspects of farm work, including: pasture broiler chickens, pasture hens and hogs, CSA operation, and Farmer’s market sales.  This internship counts towards the new Minor in Food Studies Anthropology, with up to 6 credits available. Hours are variable depending on the number of credits. There will be 2 summer sessions: 1. 8 weeks from May 7 – June 28 and 2. 6 weeks from May 7 to June 14.
Questions: For more information or an application, click here, or contact Professor Richard Wilk at: or 855-3901.

2013 Geothermal Student Competition (posted 3/4)
Application Deadline : Friday, March 29, 2013
Description: The US Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Program and Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education are pleased to announce the 2013 Geothermal Student Competition.  The Competition is looking for engaged students to take part in a collaborative exercise to make a business plan for developing a geothermal enterprise.  Applicants are encouraged to consider a candidate resource in their home state/region, though convincing plans for any domestic target will also be considered.
Questions: For more information, click here or contact Dr. Desmond Stubbs, Program Manager, at: . 

Best Internship on Earth with the Sierra Club (posted 3/18)
Application Deadline : Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Description: Interns will be required to travel around the country to different Sierra Club outings and activities — you might go hiking and rafting in spectacular settings and learn about all the different ways the Sierra Club is protecting the planet.  The interns will film these adventures and produce a regular video blog about youth and the environment.  Depending on time and interests, other media will be utilized to enhance the storytelling and help us experience your journey.  The ideal candidate is passionate about the environment and being outside, open to new experiences, a skilled storyteller, and engaged with their online community.
Questions: For more information, click here and see the list of FAQ’s about the internship by clicking here.

AHA Bolivia Sustainability/Social Responsibility Internship (posted 3/18)
Application Deadline : TBA
Description: This combined internship, learning workshop, and cultural experience program is designed to introduce students to socially responsible business practices, international business, and environmental respectfulness in business. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of how business works in a developing nation, and how it relates to export markets such as the US and Canada. Participants will engage in hands on learning and will produce a measurable intern project by the end of the program.  Program includes: practical internship, learning modules and accompanying activities (6-8 hours per week), accomodation (shared housing), artisan site visits, spanish classes (6 hours per week), and airport pick-up.  The program does not include: airfare, meals, travel/emergency insurance (required0, and optional cultural activities.  The cost is $2700 for 4 weeks.
Questions: If you have questions, or wish to apply, please send your resume and a letter of interest to Cecilia at , or visit us at

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE)(posted 3/18)
Application Deadline : TBA
Description: This series is geared towards individuals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy. From August 5-16, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics. Issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Participants will engage these issues through interactive and interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions, collaborative research projects that stress scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, networking opportunities with academics and professionals, and tours of sustainability and energy related sites in the Chicago area.  Admission into the program is highly competitive. 60-80 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants. Those accepted into the program can expect to receive financial support including transportation getting to and from Chicago, lodging during the duration of the program, and most meals.
Questions: Visit their website by to learn more.

Sustainable Technology Research Fellow (posted 3/25)
Application Deadline : Saturday, June 1, 2013, or until the positions are filled.
Description: The candidate will assist in and the development and management of the “Environmental Dashboard”, a novel technological system that will provide residents of the Oberlin community with real time feedback of water and energy consumption.  The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate with substantial knowledge of computer systems, excellent organizational skills, and an excitement to motivate and empower citizens to take better care of our environment.
Questions: For more information, click here.  A full description of the job and instructions about the application can be found here.

Job Posting: Program Director – Boys and Girls Club of Ellettsville (posted 3/18)
Application Deadline : TBA
Time Commitment: Monday-Friday from 10:00am-6:00pm (Evening and weekend hours as required.)
Description: Supervise and coordinate year-round programming for large youth program, reaching 300 youth per year and averaging 100 youth daily. Performance areas include program development, staff & volunteer leadership, facility management, risk management, fiscal management, financial development, public relations, and data tracking regarding program attendance and results. Programs include varied, diverse, and age- progressive activity content during the summer and school-year including special events. Responsibilities include obtaining a Commercial Driver’s License and providing transportation for youth.
Questions: Contact Brenda Salvo, Ellettsville Unit Director, for more or 812-935-6970
To Apply: Mail letter of interest, resume, and three professional references to HR Director, PO Box 1716, Bloomington, IN 47402.

Bike to Barns (posted 3/18)
The local Growers’ Guild (LGG) is putting on its first annual spring benefit event, Bike to Barns on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Rogers/Binford Elementary Schools.  All ages and skill levels of cyclists are welcome to come and participate as bikers ride to a number of farms in Monroe, Owen, and Brown counties in this day long event.  Riders can choose from 3 different routes: a 5 mile “Urban Fruit Route”, a 35 mile “Seed Route”, and a 75 mile “Root Route”.  All routes begin and end at Rogers/Binford Elementary Schools. Registration is $50 for adults and $15 for children 13 and under; it includes: an event t-shirt, the option to buy a bike jersey, and discounts at Nick’s English Hut and Upland Brewing Company.  Top fundraisers of participants will receive additional prizes, and all funds support the LGG which strengthens the food economy in Southern Indiana through education and support.

Raise funds for your Non-Profit (posted 3/25)
Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is offering a great way to raise funds for your organization!  For every hour of volunteer labor your organization recruits and delivers during peak times*, H2H will offer approved organizations compensation in the amount of $10 per hour of volunteer labor.  Organizations must supply at least 30 hours of labor to qualify for this compensation, and may supply up to 60 hours (for a maximum of $600). 
Organizations must be approved in advance by the H2H Steering Committee to be eligible. If you’re not a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, that’s okay!  You may choose to raise funds on behalf of your favorite charity instead.  Click here to apply or email with any questions. *Peak times include: May 6-11 (Residence Hall Move-Out) and August 11-24 (For Sale Day Set Up).

Volunteer at the Campus Garden (posted 3/4)
Even though it’s getting cold out, there are still opportunities to volunteer at the Campus Garden!  Every Tuesday from 5-7pm all are welcome to come play in the dirt and learn more about gardening.  All tools and gloves are provided.   For more information, click here.
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.
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