By Jacob Mills, 2020 Transitions Lab Intern One of my primary objectives as the 2020 Transitions Lab intern is to explore methods of connecting the academic programs of the Transitions Lab to the operational practices of the university. My plan for this spring is to focus largely on the 2020 Sustainability Scholars' projects that have … Continue reading Envisioning Operationalized Sustainability in Universities
Household waste increases by 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, sending an additional 1 million tons per week to our landfills. It doesn’t have to be that way.
One week ago, the IU Office of Sustainability celebrated its 16th Energy Challenge Awards and 5th Campus Catalyst Awards. This year, a total of 16 academic and administrative buildings, 39 Green houses, and 19 residence halls were included in the Energy Challenge. IU’s Energy and Water Challenge is one of the largest in the country … Continue reading Campus Catalysts For Sustainability
Heather Oslund Hoosier to Hoosier Sale Coordinator We all buy things and we usually have some sort of choice in the things that we buy. The Hoosier to Hoosier Sale (August 23rd & 24th this year) is a great way to choose to buy used. And there are many local places to get used clothes … Continue reading Think before you buy
By: Kayleen Glaser Several years ago, I took a backpacking trip to Big Bend National Park in Far West Texas. The first day I arrived, I was enchanted by the desert... it was seemingly endless, the red and oranges hues of the dirt fascinated me, it was flat for miles, and then huge mountains jutted … Continue reading Saving the Night — A Brief Look at Light Pollution (Reduction)
By: Stone Irr As one of the largest campuses in the nation, Indiana University has quite the daunting task providing accessible food options for its 42,000 undergraduate students. In order to assess how great of a demand this is, let us look at the breadth of the three main food providers on campus. With over … Continue reading Assessing the Big Picture
By: Kayleen Glaser, LEED Tools, Processes, and University Standards Intern Here at the Office of Sustainability, we define sustainability as "thriving within our means to achieve balance between environmental health, economic prosperity, and social equity." In context of the built environment, sustainability most often translates into green building practices. As an intern working on streamlining … Continue reading The missing link between sustainability and green buildings