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Catalyst 39 - August 2013

Sustainability News

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Record collection effort promises biggest Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale yet

Tree Planting IUBAug 19, 2013 -- With less than a week until sale day, Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale organizers are gearing up for the biggest event yet.

The sale, which offers items collected during on- and off-campus student move-out, will take place this year at The Warehouse at 1525 S. Rogers St. in Bloomington from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Admission is $5 before 9:30 a.m.

Since the project's inception in 2010, each H2H sale has seen record revenues and attendance. Last year's effort involved selling five semitrailers worth of student move-out merchandise, welcoming more than 2,500 shoppers and grossing $29,000. The 2013 collection effort yielded far more than expected, and volunteers from the university and community are busy sorting and organizing eight semitrailers worth of items at The Warehouse.

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IU Office of Sustainability seeks 2013-14 interns

Aug 15, 2013 -- Continuing a tradition of student engagement in campus sustainability research and implementation, the Indiana University Office of Sustainability in Bloomington is recruiting its 12th group of sustainability interns for the 2013-14 academic year.

Summer interns IUOS

The IU Office of Sustainability addresses issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability in campus operations, academic programs and university-community collaboration. The student interns, selected from both undergraduate and graduate student applicants, work on a broad array of issues related to sustainability, under the mentorship of IU faculty and staff.

Since its inception in 2007, the Internship Program in Sustainability has strived to promote experiential learning as an integral part of the campus sustainability initiative. 

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Cyberinfrastructure Building joins other campus units in composting effort

Aug 15, 2013 -- Composting initiatives are catching on at IU Bloomington, and not just in the dining halls.

One of the most recent areas to turn food scraps into fertilizer: the Cyberinfrastructure Building and University Information Technology Services at 10th Street and the bypass on the east side of town.

The building’s facilities staff and Green Team recently purchased a two-chamber, Mantis ComposT-Twin composter where staff members can place their food scraps.

Composting involves the breaking down of organic waste, such as leftover food, into a product that can be used in agriculture. This compost is rich in nutrients and serves as an excellent fertilizer. Forty percent of campus garbage is compostable food waste, but in a landfill it does not have a chance to break down. Composting reduces trash and its associated costs, as well as the need for chemical fertilizers.

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ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: This Saturday, Hoosier to Hoosier and the Resale Trail will turn Bloomington into one GIANT GARAGE SALE!

By Emilie Rex, Assistant Director of Sustainability

Each spring and summer, the Bloomington community copes with large amounts of waste discarded by students during on and off-campus move-out. Much of this stuff is in good condition, and it's the same stuff our new students need when they come to campus in the fall.  The Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) Community Sale was designed to help diverte these items from the landfill and sell them back to students and community members at affordable prices in the fall. Last year’s sale was a huge success, offering over 35 tons of used items, serving more than 2,500 shoppers and earning $29,000 for local charities. This year promises to be even bigger—we have an estimated eight semi-truck trailers full of items collected during on and off-campus student move-out. 

This is the third year we have joined efforts with other agencies, businesses and organizations to support a community wide resale effort we call the Resale Trail. The 2013 Resale Trail will have seven locations, featuring a diverse array of reusable or repurposed items, from furniture to clothes and beyond. Here’s a list of this year's locations:

  • The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale (H2H) 
    • When: 8:00am - 3:00pm ($5 admission before 9:30am)
    • Where: The Warehouse, 1525 S Rogers Street
    • CASH ONLY
    • H2H is completely volunteer powered, and we need your help!
  • The Habitat ReStore Patio Sale
    • When: 9:30am-4:30pm
    • Where: 2450 S. Henderson Street  
  • Vintage Vogue by Goodwill Sale
    • When: 10:00am-5:00pm
    • Where: 422 E. Kirkwood Avenue  
  • Near Westside Neighborhood Association
    • When: 8am-4pm
    • Where: The Near West Side (bounded by Adams and Rogers St. on the west and east, and 9th St. and Kirkwood on the north and south) will have yard sales throughout their neighborhood. Stop by 702 W. 7th Street and pick up a flyer showing the locations.
  • IU Surplus Stores
    • When: 9:00am-3:00pm
    • Where: 2931 E. 10th Street 
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
    • When: 8:00am-1:00pm
    • Where: 2120 North Fee Lane (Fee & the Bypass)  
  • Makevention
    • When: 10:00am-5:00pm
    • Where: Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center 302 S College Avenue 

Check out the Resale Trail map and figure out your route for the day. All locations are easily accessible by bike or bus, with several connected almost directly to the B-Line trail. Of course, none of this is possible without the help of dedicated volunteers, and we still need help on H2H Sale Day. If you'd like to volunteer, click here.

We hope to see you Saturday!

Catalysts for Change

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Big Red Eats Green Coordinators

By Jessica Plassman, Project Coordinator

Big Red Eats Green (BREG) fall food festival aims to increase student awareness of the benefits of eating local, emphasize the availability of local food, and support the local food community. The event, which is set for Tuesday, September 10th from 11am to 3pm at the Art Museum front lawn, could not take place without the coordination of the local food vendors and all the other planning that makes BREG a success. This year's coordinators of BREG are Kit Gambill and Andreanna Kalasountas.

Kit Gambill

Kit Gambill

  • Degree: I'm pursuing Political Science and International Studies with a focus on Development
  • What do you hope to do next?  I plan to study abroad in Hyderabad, India in the spring. I hope to work with farmers in the area.
  • What is your role in planning BREG?  I am in charge of reaching out to the food vendors, contacting student groups to increase involvement, and orchestrating media coverage.
  • What sustainability issues are important to you and how does BREG address those issues?  I am interested in sustainable agricultural development. Many of the food vendors at BREG use produce and meat from local farmers practicing sustainable methods of agriculture that can be utilized in developing regions.
  • What is your favorite green tip?  Backyard gardenig, it's so easy and fun, why wouldn't you?!

Andreanna Kalasountas

andreanna

  • Degree: I am a double major; Geography with a concentration in Human Environment Interactions and an Individualized Major in Food and Ethics.
  • What do you hope to do next?  I graduate in the spring of 2014 and after that, who knows!
  • What is your role in planning BREG?  I work on the logistics (layout, electricity, vendor needs, budget, etc.), securing the musical talent and getting whatever they may need, education (inviting professors, getting the theme of BREG known), and anything else that needs to be done to ensure BREG is an all around success!
  • What sustainability issues are important to you and how does BREG address those issues?  I am primarily interested in food availability and food education. BREG provides both of those things through the local vendors and through the professors that have kindly volunteered their time to speak.
  • What is your favorite green tip?  Grow whatever you can, whereever you can!

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Shop at the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale

Date:  Saturday, August 24
Time:  8am-3pm (early bird entry fee $5 before 9:30am)
Description:  Shop this gigantic warehouse sale for everything you need for your home or apartment!

Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a volunteer-powered 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.

We could not pull this event off without the help of our wonderful volunteers! Click here for dates and sign up!

Apply for the 13-14 Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability

Position descriptions for eight openings are now listed on our website! Take a look at the offerings and begin the application process today! Find out more.

Become a Garden Corps Member

The GardenCorps program is a way to actively involve interested students in the IU Campus Garden Initiative.  GardenCorps members will be asked to dedicate 5-10 hours weekly. Find out more.

Volunteer for Greening Cream & Crimson

Date: All 8 home Football Games
Location: Memorial Stadium
Description: With the school year upon us that means one thing, its football season and Greening Cream and Crimson needs your help!  We are looking to have 120 volunteers for each of the 8 home games, to serve as Tailgate Ambassadors or Green Greeters. Attached below is a Google form that you can fill out if you wish to volunteer: http://bit.ly/Prqwhs. Volunteers will receive a Greening Cream and Crimson T-shirt, snacks, and a ticket to the game. If you have any questions or comments please email me, Amanda Redfern, at gcc@indiana.edu. We hope to see you out there, and go Hoosiers!

For more opportunites, visit This Week in Sustainability