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  • Bicycle Initiative
    • Founded in 2011, the Bicycle Steering Committee partners with the Transportation Working Group and the Office of Sustainability to bring together highly capable students, faculty, and staff to improve campus bicycle resources. 
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  • Big Red Eats Green
    • At an annual event every fall, BREG increases awareness of the benefits of eating local, emphasize the availability of local food, especially for students at IU, and support the local food community.
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  • Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project
    • This project is an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and professionals engaged in restoration, research, and education as they work to promote healthy forests and reconnect communities with the natural and cultural heritage of their woodlands. Their current focuses are Dunn's Woods on the Indiana University Bloomington campus, and Latimer Woods, part of the City of Bloomington's parks and trails system.
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  • E-Waste Collection Days
    • These free electronic waste recycling drives are hosted by Indiana University. None of the electronics recycled are processed for resale, just collected and properly disposed of to help the environemnt.  
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  • Food Summit
    • The Indiana University Food Summits convene student, faculty, staff and community stakeholders to discuss major issues relating to food planning, how the university should define and track local and sustainable food for the campus.
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  • Green Events
    • This program recognizes events that have made a dedicated effort to becoming more sustainable. With the categories of food, transportation, venue and purchasing, a survey has been created with tiered levels for you to see how "green" your event is. 
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  • Green Rentals Housing Project
    • The Green Rentals Housing Project is a non-profit endeavor to help renters consider sustainability factors, such as energy efficiency, when choosing a rental property. Your assistance is essential in helping us collect energy data, which can help users compare costs and energy use for specific rental properties.  
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  • Hoosier to Hoosier
    • This reuse event 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. 
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  • Living Sustainably Off-Campus
    • This is designed to help you make decisions that will lower your impact on the environment, communities, and probably save you some money too. 
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  • Recyclemania
    • RecycleMania is a friendly, nationwide competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. IU has participated in two competitions thus far. Stay tuned for our the next one! 
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Campus

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  • Campus Catalyst Awards
    • IUB has made significant strides in campus sustainability over the past four years because of the innovation and hard work of hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members. This event celebrates the  remarkable accomplishments of these sustainability catalysts.  
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  • Crimson Cruisers
    • Students and faculty will be able to rent bikes to ride around the campus.
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  • Energy Challenge
    • The Energy Challenge instills conservation habits in participants by rewarding participants for making small behavior changes.  These changes, when performed collectively, can substantially decrease Indiana University's environmental impact. 
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  • Green Building
    • Indiana University is devoted to sustainable building design utlilizing the LEED program. To carry out this promise, the University is committed to building and renovating healthier, less wasteful, energy efficient buildings in which to learn, work, and live. 
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  • Green Teams
    • Getting involved with a Green Team is a great way for members of the Indiana University community to reduce the environmental impacts of their office while also helping Indiana University become a more sustainable institution! 
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  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory
    • The Greenhouse Gas Inventory (GHG) provides reports of Indiana University's (Bloomington - IUB) greenhouse emissions, background on greenhouse gases and climate change, an overview of IUB's impact, and an explanation of the campus carbon calculator. 
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  • Greening Cream & Crimson
    • Join the Greening Cream and Crimson team as a Tailgate Ambassador or Green Greeter in IU Athletics to help make IU football games into more sustainable events. 
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  • Greening of the IMU
    • Facilitated by a $50,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, the Greening of the IMU (GIMU) project was completed in 2010. It made the practices of the IMU more sustainable and lowered their impact on the environment.  
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  • Million Gallon Challenge
    • IUB's sustainable challenge helped the campus save 7.77 million gallons of water during its first challenge in September of 2012.  Click below to learn how you can help conserve water.  
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  • Peak Load
    • With combined efforts from the faculty, staff, and students of IUB, we can reduce the peak demand of our campus, save money, and prevent more carbon emissions. Lean more about peak demand and saving energy at the link below.  
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  • Rain Initiative 
    • This group of graduate students strive to improve and install green infrastructures and encourage the shift from grey to green regarding stormwater. Learn more about the Rain Initiative by visiting the link.
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  • Recyclemania
    • RecycleMania is a friendly, nationwide competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. IU has participated in two competitions thus far. Stay tuned for our the next one! 
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Students

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  • Conservation in the Classroom
    • Our hope is that students, with a prompt from their instructors, will learn from their peers to be personally accountable for their behavior throughout their day and become stewards of this beautiful campus, indoors and out.  Learn more about environmental responsibility in the classroom at the link below.  
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  • First Year Programming
    • Explore our site for information on sustainability-related engagement opportunities, education, and living at IU Bloomington for the first time. If you'd like to stay up-to-date with the latest news and events in sustainability at IU, sign up for our listserv by entering your email at the website below.   
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  • Green Room Certification Program
    • If you are a campus-dwelling IU student who cares about being eco-friendly, except you aren't really sure how to adopt a more environmentally conscious lifestyle while still living on campus... you've come to the right place.  This progam enables students to make their room more sustainable.   
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  • Internship Program in Sustainability
    • The program utilizes campus as a living-learning lab, enlisting students as researchers in investigating important questions facing our community. Through internships co-mentored by staff in operations and faculty members, students conduct research and develop programming focused on general sustainability outreach and education or in specific topic areas such as food, transportation or resource use.
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  • Million Gallon Challenge
    • IUB's sustainable challenge helped the campus save 7.77 million gallons of water during its first challenge in September of 2012.  Click below to learn how you can help conserve water.  
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  • Rain Initiative 
    • This group of graduate students strive to improve and install green infrastructures and encourage the shift from grey to green regarding stormwater. Learn more about the Rain Initiative by visiting the link.
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  • Student Sustainability Council
    • Member organizations of the SSC include undergraduate and graduate student organizations as well as student government bodies. Some members focus principally on sustainability issues, while others have broader missions. All groups recognize the importance of sustainability and work together to make IU a cleaner, healthier, happier place to live, learn, and work. 
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  • Sustainability Peer Educator Program
    • This is a co-curricular initiative targeted to prepare peer educators who will lead sustainability workshops with campus members.  This program is intended to reach a general audience and to increase access and improve sustainability literacy among faculty, staff and students. 
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  • Sustainability Research Development Grants
    • This award program supports collaborative efforts of Indiana University graduate students and faculty to develop new, externally funded research programs related to research on sustainability.This represents an outgrowth of a broad-based initiative supported by the Indiana University Office of Sustainability.
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Faculty

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  • Conservation in the Classroom
    • Our hope is that students, with a prompt from their instructors, will learn from their peers to be personally accountable for their behavior throughout their day and become stewards of this beautiful campus, indoors and out. Learn more about environmental responsibility in the classroom at the link below.  
    • Website
  • Million Gallon Challenge
    • IUB's sustainable challenge helped the campus save 7.77 million gallons of water during its first challenge in September of 2012.  Click below to learn how you can help conserve water.  
    • Website
  • Peak Load
    • With combined efforts from the faculty, staff, and students of IUB, we can reduce the peak demand of our campus, save money, and prevent more carbon emissions. Lean more about peak demand and saving energy at the link below.  
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  • Sustainability Course Development Fellowship
    • This award program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs, in collaboration with the IU Office of Sustainability and the Integrated Program in the Environment, supports faculty members’ efforts to enhance teaching of topics related to sustainability and environmental literacy at the IU Bloomington campus.
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