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Catalyst 41 - October 2013

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IUB Fall 2013 Energy Challenge promotes green with sustainability mindset

energy challengeOct 3, 2013 --  Students, faculty, and staff across the IU Bloomington campus will participate this semester in the ninth IU Energy Challenge to conserve electricity and water.

The Fall 2013 Energy Challenge takes place Oct. 7 to Nov. 4 and will involve 16 academic and administrative buildings along with 17 residential buildings and 14 Greek houses.

For the first time, the four-week competition will use individual baselines coupled with weatherized data for each participating building to more accurately and fairly compare conservation efforts across campus.

Shahzeen Attari, a professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs whose research focuses on human behavior and energy consumption, encouraged participants to use the Energy Challenge to examine their own motivations and capabilities.

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Former Marine Col Mykleby discusses strategic imperative

Oct. 10, 2013 -- Retired Col. Mark "Puck" Mykleby of the U.S. Marine Corps will speak at Indiana University Bloomington about "Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative." The talk will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room, 211 S. Indiana Ave.


Mykleby served from July 2009 to April 2011 as a special strategic assistant to the Chariman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that capacity, he co-authored with Navy Capt. Wayne Porter A National Strategic Narrative, a concept and vision for a 21st-century grand strategy for the nation that called for a transition from containment to sustainability.

Mykleby retired from the Marine Corps in July 2011. He is now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where he continues his work on grand strategy and sustainability.

"The challenges we face as a nation are not going to be solved in Washington, through political parties or with ideologies that currently divide us," Mykleby said.

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Nominations being accepted for second Campus Catalysts Awards

Sept. 11, 2013 -- The Indiana University Bloomington Office of Sustainability is accepting nominations for the second annual Campus Catalyst Awards recognizing outstanding contributions to sustainability on campus.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall.

One Campus Catalyst Award will be presented in each of five categories: Excellence in Research, Excellence in Teaching, Leadership, Student Leadership and Team. Faculty, staff, students, administrators, alumni and community members who exemplify excellence in one of these categories are eligible to receive the awards, with the exception of the Student Leadership Award, which is available only to students. Self-nomination is acceptable.

The extended nomination deadline is Friday, October 18.

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Recycling center closes, undergoes changes

Sept. 25, 2013 -- Community members met at Upland Brewing Company on Wednesday to discuss the new City recycling center and its potential for positive change.

Chad Roeder, manager of the Downtown Bloomington Recycling Center, discussed future changes to the Center, which will be renamed the Bloomington Community Recycling Center.

Roeder said the recycling center was closed temporarily because of issues with sustainability, economics, and labor.

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IU Bloomington's Big Red Eats Green gets bigger, greener

Sept. 20, 2013 -- In its third year, Indiana University Bloomington's 2013 Big Red Eats Green local food festival set marks for attendance and participation. Three growers, 14 restaurants and several local food organizations took part, and some restaurants sold out of their products.

In addition to a smorgasbord of food choices, the festival featured lectures from three IU professors and music from three local bands.

"This year, in spite of record heat, we saw a record number of students purchasing food, browsing the information tables of local organizations and attendng the lectures," said Bill Brown, IU Bloomington director of sustainability.

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IUB Announces Vanpool Program for Central Indiana Commuters

Oct 3, 2013 -- IUB is very happy to announce that it is partnering with Commuter Connect of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) to make commuting to work much less expensive, more relaxing, better for the environment, and better for the health of our faculty and staff. Community Connect is a free, federally funded service that provides transportation solutions for those who commute to Bloomington from one of the counties in Commuter Connect's service area, including Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby Counties.

Commuter Connect helps reduce air pollution and traffic congestion by promising alternative transportation and ride sharing. If you already share the ride with at least one other person, or are interested in finding others to rideshare with, Commuter Connect has solutions and benefits for you.

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AASHE 2013 Conference: Resilience and Adaptation

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By Bill Brown, IU Office of Sustainability Director

The theme of this year's Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) national conference was Resilience and Adaptation.

Music City CenterThe event took place in the newly opened Music City Center convention complex, which is a LEED-certified, green-roofed building covering 8 city blocks in the heart of Nashville. 

Attendance for this year's conference was predicted to be less than 1500 people, but nearly 1800 were there, including a large contingent of faculty, staff and students from IU Bloomington, IUPUI, and IU South Bend. The Big Ten/CIC Environmental Stewardship group also held their semi-annual meeting at the conference. Attendees had hundreds of educational sessions to choose from, including several from the IU contingent.

Part of the draw for this conference was a Listening Project that has been surveying and interviewing members to determine what the future may be for sustainability in higher education and for AASHE, which has been going through some growing pains of late. A live version of the Listening Project gathered suggestions from over 200 participants. This process seemed to embody the conference theme.

The first major upgrade to AASHE's campus sustainability metric, Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) was launched at the conference. Over 200 schools have reported their performance under STARS and STARS 2.0 promises to be more streamlined, more flexible, more rigorous, and more international in scope.

AASHE also announced that the search committee for a new Executive Director would sift through 255 applications.

One of the highlights of the conference for me was reuniting with some of our past IU sustainability interns, including Bridget Flynn, Sustainability Coordinator at Oberlin College, Mckenzie Beverage, Sustainability Coordinator at Butler University, and Alex Lamm, Sustainability Coordinator at Utah State University.

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Developing and Supporting Curricular and Co-Curricular Sustainability Initatives - Sarah Baulac

By Jessica Plassman, Project Coordinator

Sarah is a SPEA graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in sustainable development and public finance. She attended IU as an undergraduate and received a B.A. in religious studies and political science. Sarah currently works as a graduate assistant for SPEA's Marketing and Communications Office and volunteers at the fair trade store Global Gifts. This summer, Sarah will be working on developing external funding sources for sustainability initiatives on camps. This will involve meeting with the IU Foundation and IU Alumni Association staff, writing case statements, researching potential grants and donors, preparing grant applications, communicating with potential donors, and utilizing social media to develop funding.

Sarah Baulac

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  • What do you hope to do next?
    • I hope to land an internship this summer on the west coast focused on sustainability.
  • What is your role at IUOS?
    • I am the Education and Research working group Intern.
  • What is the role of the Education and Research working group?
    • The Education and Research working group does a lot of great things to futher sustainability on campus. At this point in the semester, we have two main focuses: furthering the proposed BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and furthering campus as a Living Learning Lab. We're discussing core competencies for sustainability education and looking for sustainability-related projects that professors can include in their curriculum.
  • What is the Sustainability Speaker Series?
    • The goal of the Sustainability Speaker Series is to bring experts in the field of sustainability to campus to educate students and community members.
  • Have you planned any upcoming events for the speaker series?
    • Yes! Colonel Mark Mykleby will be here on October 22nd. He is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. Mykleby brings a unique perspective on sustainability as a national security imperative. He'll be speaking at the Maurer School of Law (Room 123) at 7pm on October 22.
  • What is your favorite green tip?
    • Turn off the water when you brush your teeth!
Welcome to IUOS!

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The New Interns Are Here!

We would like you to join us in welcoming the eight new interns to our 2013-2014 Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability. We thank all of those people who applied for a position this year; the applicant pool was very competitive and we are excited to see what this batch of excellent students can produce! While we only hired eight new interns, we have the pleasure of welcoming back ten returning veteran interns who will continue their projects from the summer. Below are biographies for each intern:
New Interns
  • Andrew Carty - Sustainability and the Greek Experience
    • Andrew is a SPEA graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs with a focus on Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management as well as Policy Analysis. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas in 2012 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Biology. Andrew is highly involved with the GPSO Sustainability Committee as well as with the IU Faculty Council. This year, Andrew will work with IU’s fraternity and sorority community, connecting chapter Sustainability Chairs with the mission and purpose of the IU Office of Sustainability, and advancing those roles to create a more defined community of support. Additionally, Andrew will work closely to establish relationships with unhoused fraternities and sororities (including the Multi-Cultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council) to explore sustainability options within those groups.
  • Liz Essman - No Waste Coordination
    • Liz is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in SPEA, with a concentration in environmental policy and natural resource management.  Previously, she served as a project leader for sustainability initiatives at the Missouri Botanical Gardens’ Earthways Institute.  She also coordinated activities at the Office of Sustainability of her alma mater.  Liz will now pursue waste minimization efforts and strive to develop stronger recycling and composting practices on campus.
  • Nadia Lovko - Sustainability Metrics and Reporting
    • Nadia is an undergraduate student in SPEA pursuing a degree in Environmental Science.  Over the summer, she studied Feeding Ecology for Animals at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Mountain Research Station.  This year, Nadia will be guiding the collection of data for the Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) in collaboration with the seven working groups to show progress towards our sustainability goals.  She will also complete other national and international metrics and update the campus sustainability dashboard.
  • Heather Oslund - Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale
    • Heather is currently a SPEA graduate student pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Master in Public Affairs. As an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Austin, where she received a B.S. in Biology with concentrations in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, Heather was a volunteer with the Campus Environmental Center on the recycling committee and for the Trash to Treasure community sale. This year she plans to work on organizational strategies to optimize waste diversion and continue to foster relationships throughout the community of Bloomington through the Hoosier to Hoosier community sale.
  • Justin Owen - Document Management, Paper Usage, and Reduction
    • Justin Owen is a SPEA graduate student pursuing and Masters of Public Affairs and a Masters of Environmental Science.  He holds a BA in Geography from Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah, where he was heavily involved in moving that institution towards its goal of carbon neutrality and planning the Intermountain Sustainability Summit.  During this academic year, Justin will work with the IT Working Group to research innovative solutions such as the paperless classroom and digitization, reduce paper consumption at IU, and increase awareness about electronic options.
  • Christopher Round - Financing Renewable Energy
    • Christopher Round is a dual MSES/MPA candidate at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  He is originally from north of Boston, having graduated from Merrimack College and attended Harvard University as a special student.  Prior to attending Indiana University he worked as a marine biologist and as a political activist on climate change.  His current project is determining a plan to finance renewable energy here at IU.
  • Kelsey Smith - Green Events and Local Food Sourcing at the IMU
    • Kelsey is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in nutrition with minors in chemistry and the anthropology of food.  Her passion for food, cooking, and community has nourished her interests in food politics, food networks, and health.  This year, Kelsey will be working with Sodexo Dining Services, food provider for the Indiana Memorial Union, in promoting their green event certification.  She will also be taking advantage of community resources by sourcing local food to be served in the IMU.
  • Henri Venable - Bicycle Friendly Campus Initiatives
    • Henri is a graduate student at SPEA with interests in non-profit management and sustainability. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Washington State University in 2010. Eventually finding his way to Bloomington, Henri started volunteering with the Bloomington Community Bike Project and rediscovered his passion for bicycling as a fun, affordable, healthy, and sustainable means of transportation. Henri will be focusing his efforts on successfully launching a campus bike share program, improving online resources, and promoting bicycle transportation on campus.
Continuing Interns
  • Angela Babb, Strategic Planning and Implementation for Sustainable Food 
    • Angela is pursuing a Master of Arts in Geography with a concentration on food security. She was previously an accountant for a local organic gardening store after graduating from IU with a BS in Mathematics in 2007. She has been researching local food networks and food deserts in Bloomington, and she serves as co-chair of the Assessment Working Group of the Bloomington Food Policy Council. This summer, she will be developing metrics for tracking the sustainability of food on the IUB campus, as well as setting goals for educational and operational programming, and implementing initiatives for achieving the goals outlined during the strategic planning process.
  • Angelo Bardales, Green Teams
    • Angelo is a SPEA graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs and Master of Environmental Science dual degree with a focus on Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management. He graduated from Cornell University in 2011 with a B.A. in Science of Earth Systems and a concentration in Atmospheric Sciences. This summer he will work with faculty and staff to coordinate green teams across the IUB campus to develop office resources and suggested policy documents, encourage communication, and promote their efforts through social media tools.
  • Sarah Baulac, Developing and Supporting Curricular and Co-Curricular Sustainability Initiatives
    • Sarah is an undergraduate student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, majoring in Environmental Management. She will begin the Accelerated Master’s Program at SPEA in Fall 2014, concentrating in sustainable development. Her interests include pollution prevention strategies and habitat protection. This summer, she will work to promote synergy between faculty, groups, and departments that teach, promote, and practice sustainability. She will also continue the advertisement of course offerings related to sustainability and create a sustainability summit for student leaders.
  • Sarah Brindle, Sustainability Funding Development
    • Sarah is a SPEA graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in sustainable development and public finance. She attended IU as an undergraduate and received a B.A. in religious studies and political science. Sarah currently works as a graduate assistant for SPEA’s Marketing and Communications Office and volunteers at the fair trade store Global Gifts. This summer, Sarah will be working on developing external funding sources for sustainability initiatives on campus. This will involve meeting with the IU Foundation and IU Alumni Association staff, writing case statements, researching potential grants and donors, preparing grant applications, communicating with potential donors, and utilizing social media to develop funding.
  • Audrey Brinkers, Campus Garden and Edible Campus Initiative Coordination
    • Audrey is an undergraduate student at the College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a Biology degree and Animal Behavior certificate. She has spent previous summers interning with Growing Places Indy, working in the Department of Horticulture at the Indianapolis Zoo, and heading several educational projects which focus on sustainable food security. Her love of plants and people have fed her interest in growing and educating, and she currently serves as president of SPROUTS on campus.
  • Kayleen Glaser, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Tools, Processes and University Standards
    • Kayleen is a law student pursuing a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from the Maurer School of Law with a concentration in environmental law. She graduated with honors from the Kelley School of Business. She is a member of the Environmental Law Society and has volunteered extensively with the Tenant’s Assistance Project and Outreach for Legal Literacy. This summer, she will collaborate with the University Architects Office to streamline the LEED certification process to improve certification efficiency, increase the accuracy of energy modeling, and standardize the processes and procedures necessary for successful LEED projects.
  • Rachel Joseph, Sustainability and the First Year Experience
    • Rachel is an undergraduate in IU’s College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Anthropology with a focus on Social and Cultural Anthropology. She is also minoring in Creative Writing and has interned and free-lanced for The Herald-Times newspaper in Bloomington. In the past, Rachel has volunteered for several local businesses and organizations, including the Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard community gardens, the Community Kitchen of Monroe County, and the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. This summer, Rachel will be focusing her efforts on advancing a culture of sustainability for first year students, creating and disseminating initiatives and resources so that new students can begin their IU careers with an informed and a sustainable mindset.
  • Lisa Martens, Greening of the Health Center
    • Lisa is a SPEA graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Affairs and a Master of Science in Environmental Science concentrating in Environmental Management with a particular interest in the energy field. She earned a B.S from the University of Michigan in 2009 in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies.
  • Amanda Redfern, Greening of the Athletic Department
    • Amanda is a SPEA undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Management with a minor in Human Resources. She is currently a member of the Indiana University Women's Water Polo team, and is also a member of the SPEA Undergraduate Student Association. This summer, she will be partnering with the Athletic Department to help promote and enhance their sustainable practices.
  • Jessica Stavole, Utilities Conservation Project Coordination
    • My internship experiences with various organizations including the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where I developed an underwater acoustic model to show the impact of the installation of offshore wind turbines on marine mammals, to the self-starter projects that I have undertaken have fostered my passion for renewable energies and sustainable communities. Playing a key role in the founding of two organizations, the NEXUS Community Garden and the Evanston Community Learning Center, sparked my interest in education, community beautification and environmental stewardship. This interest led me to an internship at the Civic Garden Center, a non-profit organization of Greater Cincinnati, where my responsibilities included the planning of educational programs as well as community garden development and maintenance. In addition, I independently performed Biophysics research and taught at the Great Lakes Science Center throughout my undergraduate degree at Xavier University.

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  • Campus Catalyst Awards
    • Each year, the Office of Sustainability recognizes individuals who have made remarkable strides to improve sustainability. If you have seen faculty, staff, students, alumni, or community members who has positively impacted campus sustainability, nominate him or her for a Campus Catalyst Award. Follow this link for a nomination form. Nominations must be made by October 18.
  • Colonel Mark "Puck" Mykleby
    • On October 22, join us at 7pm to listen to Col. Mark Mykleby discuss "Sustainability as a Strategic Imperative" in the Maurer School of Law Moot Court Room 123. Mykleby is a retired U.S. Marine who served as a former strategist for the Joint Chiefs and co-author of A National Strategic Narrative. Come and listen to Mykleby speak on his grand strategy and sustainability. For additional information, see the webpage.