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First Year Students

Campus Involvement

Listed below are some opportunities that may be of particular interest to first year students. Visit our students page for more involvement opportunities.

Campus Garden

Volunteer for our garden, learn about sustainable, organic food production, and maybe some nab some produce! Visit the IU Garden blog to learn more.

Energy Challenge
Each fall and spring, residence halls, academic buildings, greek houses, and some apartment complexes compete to reduce energy and water use. Visit our ENERGY CHALLENGE SITE for more information.

Greening Cream and Crimson
Watch for opportunities to volunteer at football and basketball games. Volunteer activities include assisting with recycling, educating fans, and assisting with a bike valet service. Email to receive emails about volunteering, and visit the athletics site for information about what our athletic department is doing to be more sustainable.

Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale

Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order 3) to raise funds for local charities and other organizations. It is a partnership between United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, City of Bloomington, IU Athletics, IU Office of Sustainability, and IU Residential Programs and Services. Visit the H2H site to learn about the sale and become involved.

Dunn's Woods Restoration Project

Dunn's Woods is a 130-year old, 10-acre deciduous woodland situated at the heart of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. The woods are now host to a diverse spring ephemeral wildflower community and numerous species of birds, including a nesting pair of Cooper’s hawks, Yellow-throated Warblers, and vireos. This biodiversity is threatened by numerous exotic invasive plant species, especially the evergreen groundcover Purple Wintercreeper, that have invaded the woods. The Dunn’s Woods project aims to restore both the woods and people’s sense of place and understanding of ecological connections. Visit the project website to learn more and become involved.

Student Organizations

There are many student groups that offer a variety of involvement opportunities related to sustainability. We've compiled a list of them here, and you can also browse all student organizations through My Involvement.