Get Involved

Volunteer

Sustainability-related volunteer programs provide you the opportunity to learn more about sustainability, meet new people, and connect to faculty and staff at the university. The Office of Sustainability and our campus partners provide both one-time and recurring opportunities to volunteer. 

Below you'll find a list of volunteer opportunities. For a calendar of upcoming volunteer dates, click here
Onsite Options

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The Office of Sustainability has multiple opportunities to volunteer on campus: 

  • Campus Garden and Edible Campus Initiative
    • The campus gardens thrive when there are volunteers to contribute to watering, weeding, seeding, and other necessities that ensure plant growth and the initiative's success. Click here to learn more.
  • 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. Click here to learn more.
  • Energy Challenge
    • The purpose of the Energy Challenge is to instill conservation habits in participants. It rewards participants for making small behavior changes that, when performed collectively, can substantially decrease Indiana University's environmental impact. Click here to learn more.
  • Dunn's Woods Project
    • The Dunn’s Woods Project is hosting weekly volunteer workdays that are aimed at mitigating invasive species, particularly the invasive Purple Wintercreeper, and also the planting of native woodland species. Our aim is to restore two ~10 acre woodlands in the Bloomington community, Dunn's Woods on the Indiana University Campus and Latimer Woods on the east side of town by College Mall. Click here to learn more.
Serve as a Working Group Member

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Volunteering as a member of a working group is an excellent way to connect with other students, faculty, staff and administrators interested in campus sustainability topics. Here are some options for getting involved: 

  • Academic Initiatives
    • The Academic Initiatives Working Group seeks to build an integrated program of academic research, undergraduate and graduate education, co-curricular and service-learning opportunities, and community outreach that will move Indiana University Bloomington into a position of national leadership in sustainability studies. Click here to learn more.
  • Energy and the Built Environment
    • The Energy and Built Environment Working Group strives to raise awareness of IUB’s energy use among faculty, staff, and students and implement strategies through behavior modification and innovative building design and engineering principles to maximize the efficiency of on-campus production and distribution systems as well as reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to learn more.
  • Environmental Quality and Land Use
    • The Environmental Quality and Land Use Working Group strives to preserve, protect, and enhance IU's natural environment and human health through educational, research, and operational initiatives. Click here to learn more.
  • Food
    • The Food Working Group strives to promote high-quality dining options for IUB’s students, staff, and faculty that support sustainable agricultural and food distribution practices while minimizing energy use and waste generation. Click here to learn more.
  • Resource Use and Recycling
    • The Resource Use and Recycling Working Group strives to work toward the IU Office of Sustainability 2020 Vision Goal of reducing the campus waste stream 40% by 2020. This will require “upstream” approaches that reduce the materials arriving on campus in the first place, as well as “downstream” approaches that capture reusable materials for reuse and divert recyclable materials for recycling. Click here to learn more.
  • Sustainable Computing
    • The Sustainable Computing Working Group strives to leverage resources, skills and knowledge with the goal of lowering the environmental impact of our technological practices and effectively employ technologies to lower the environmental impact of the campus and its constituents. Click here to learn more.
  • Transportation
    • The Transportation Working Group strives to promote a sustainable transportation system that will provide safe access and mobility for students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to ensure that individuals have a broad range of safe and convenient transportation options to walk, bicycle, carpool, or ride public transit to and around campus. Click here to learn more.
Start a Green Team

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Green Teams are ad hoc groups of students, faculty and staff working to green the places they work and learn. Click here to find out of a working group already exists in your building. If one doesn't learn more about how you can create a Green Team in your building here