News & Events

This Week in Sustainability

This Week in Sustainability is a weekly bulletin with campus sustainability events, volunteer opportunities, and job postings.

  • Wednesday, April 23 - Green Drinks Bloomington
    • Green Drinks Bloomington will feature Heather Reynolds, Associate Professor of Biology, who will present a program entitled "The Bloomington Urban Woodlands Project: Restoring Urban Woodlands, Reconnecting People with Nature." Come find out what the BUWP does support restoration and how you can help at 6pm on April 23 at the Upland Brewing Company Banquet Facility.
  • Wednesday, April 23 - Sustainable Food Workshop
    • Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association (EMSDA) is hosting a variety of events as part of Earth Week at SPEA. On April 23, there will be a Sustainable Food Workshop at Tallent Restaurant  at 12pm. Come learn about sustainable food practices from a chef right here in Bloomington! Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeurvres too! Please RSVP at the google document. For more events, check out the website
  • Thursday, April 24 - Indiana Bike Summit
    • The Indiana Bike Summit will take place from April 24th-26th at the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center in Bloomington, IN. Attend a variety of events including Keynote Speakers, a screening of Breaking Away, lectures on health, community engagement, and transportation, and much more! Register here to save your spot for three days of everything bicycle. For more information on events and lodging, visit the website
  • Thursday, April 24 - Sustainable Speaker Series
    • As part of Earth Week at SPEA, there will be a Sustainable Speaker Series on April 24 at 6pm in SPEA 169. Join sustainability professionals from the Local Growers Guild, the City of Indianapolis, and the City of Bloomington Department of Transportation to learn about their careers and organization initiatives. Chipotle will be provided! Please RSVP. To see what other Earth Week at SPEA events will be occurring, check out the website.
  • Friday, April 25 - 11th Annual O'Bannon Institute for Community Service Cultivating Leadership: Food for Thought
    • Want to learn more about food and become a leader in your community? Attend the O'Bannon Institute for Community Service Cultivating Leadership: Food for Thought program for panel discussions, workshops, and a discussion on the topic of this year's theme "Cultivating Leadership: Food for Thought." Former Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon will also be present for opening remarks. The event will begin at 8:30 and will be held at Ivy Tech Community Collge-Bloomington. To register and learn more about the event, visit the website.
  • Sunday, April 27 - Trashion Refashion Show
    • The Center for Sustainable Living and Discardia are hosting the fifth Annual 2014 Trashion Refashion Show on April 27th at 7pm at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Come see designers show off their refashion or trashion designs. Refashion designs are constrcuted from discarded articles of clothing while trashion designs use other waste materials other than clothing. Check out the show, listen to the bands including Jefferson Street Parade Band, Flight Club, and the Hudsucker Posse, or even compete yourself in the Trashion-Off! Tickets can be purchased at the BCT Box Office-- $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $10 for those under 18 and all students. For more information,  visit the website or check out Bloomington Trashion on Facebook.
  • Monday, April 28 - Duke Energy Meeting
    • Interested in moving IU away from relying on fossil fuels? Interested in speaking with Duke Energy officials to achieve this? Then come to Coal-Free IU's meeting with Duke Energy! The room holds 80 people, so bring your friends, comments, and enthusiasm for renewables! The meetingwill be held on April 28th at 10am in Ballantine Hall Rm 228 at 1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
  • Thursday, May 8 - City of Bloomington Women's Ride
    • As part of Bike Month, the City of Bloomington will be hosting a Women's Ride on  May 8th. Participants will leave from the Bloomington Banquet Sculpture behind City Hall after a short infro on safe biking around city streets. This is an informal event meant to help women become more comfortable biking around Bloomington. No need to register! Arrive at City Hall by 5:30pm and be back by 7pm. Check out the Facebook event for more info!
  • Volunteer for Clips
    • Open Streets Bloomington needs 65 volunteers for their film festival on May 30! Volunteers will help set up, serve beer, and manage booths. 17 of the volunteers must be over 21 and commit by May 2 to serve beer at the event. If interested in volunteering, visit the webpage!
  • Campus Garden Workdays
    • Come out and volunteer at the Campus Garden Friday from 4-6pm. All are welcome to come play in the dirt and learn more about gardening. All tools and gloves are provided. For more information, click here
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • Graduate Student Sustainability Research Development Grants
    • Applications for Grad. Student Sustainability Research Grants are now available! Grants may be used for fellowships as well as laboratory, computational, or library research. Both individual applicants and teams of graduate students are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000. Priority will be given to high-quality interdisciplinary projects that include participants from multiple disciplines. For more information on how to apply, visit the webpage. Applications are due May 5th. Questions? Email Emilie Rex at
  • Experience Building a Livestock Farm from the Ground Up
    • Blue Barn Farm of Unionvile, IN is searching for an apprentice with interest in sustainable livestock farming. Summer duties will include building fences, corrals, egg mobile and chicken tractors, caring for livestock, and handling aspects of marketing. Separate on farm housing is available for long term commitment and a food stipend provided. Contact Larry Burgett at 812-336-5340 or see the advertisement
  • Outdoor Education/Gardening Director for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington
    • The Girls and Boys Clubs of Bloomington is seeking an intern for their Outdoor Education/Gardening Director internship. The intern will work 20hrs/week for a $750 stipend starting on May 19th until August 2nd. The Outdoor Education intern will be responsible for all aspects of outdoor living skills and garden programming for the Camp Rock program including programs on conservation, biology, wild life identification, ecology, and outdoor science. The intern must be at least 18 years of age and possess a solid understanding of outdoor education and science as well as specific ideas regarding the delivery of these programs to children. This internship position requires an enthusiastic, self-starting personality with exciting ideas for implementing a fun and engaging hands-on program. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter by email, mail, or in person to Audrey Hall-Pine, Camp Director at or PO Box 1716 311 S Lincoln Street Bloomington, IN 47401. For more information, visit the webpage.
  • National Wildlife Federation's Emerging Leader Fellowship Program
    • The NWF is now accepting applications for their Emerging Leader Fellowship Program. This is a one-year intensive leadership development program focused on leadership and professional development to help participants gain skills necessary for career advancement and educational objectives. Only 10 young professionals and 10 college students will be selected. Visit the website to learn more and apply. Applications are due April 30th. 
  • Rooftop Garden Interns
    • Middle Way House is seeking Rooftop Garden Interns for the Spring/Summer season. Interns will work 3-7 hrs/week with a focus on urban agriculture, water collection, and educating community members.  If interested, contact Andrea Jobe at
  • Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy workshop
    • The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series for students and professionals interested in sustainability and energy. Participants will attend various presentations and panel discussions, tour leading energy facilities, and network with energy and entrepreneurial leaders. This workshop will take place from August 6-20 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Only 50 applicants will be accepted and they will receive lodging support and some meals. Applications are now available and will be accepted until July 1st. To learn more or to apply, visit the website.
Other Opportunities 
  • A+D Workshop I [The Rural Post-Industrial]
    • This Fall 2014 workshop will cover how urban post-industrial sites have been reclaimed and turned into vibranat communities, public parks, live/work spaces, galleries, and museums yet rural sites are rarely explored as post-industrial sites for creative intervention. The course will challenge participants to find and explore the connective tissue binding rural and urban conditions. Students of all majors can take this class for 1-credit for graduate AMID-C581 or undergraduate AMID-C481 credit. The class will include a lecture, discussion, short assignment, and full-day field trip on September 6th. Email Assistant Professor Kevin Lair at for more information.
  • A+D Workship II [Non-Human]
    • The course contributes to the "de-centering" of the human, which is part of what has come to be known as post-humanism. In this Fall 2014 class, students will seek participation in the context of the non-human (animal) on its own terms. The class also decenters the place of the art object from art practice in a specific and unique way. Students will attend a lecture, discussion, and a field trip on October 4th as well as complete a short assignment. This 1-credit class can be taken for graduate AMID-C581 or undergraduate AMID-C481 credit. Email Assistant Professor Kevin Lair at for more information.
  • A+D Workshop III [Ecology Without Nature]
    • This course uses the title of Timothy Morton's book, Ecology without Nature, to challenge basic assumptions about nature and ecology. Students will explore nature and art and inquire how to reshape their understanding of nature and to generate positive outcomes. The class will include a lecture, discussion, a short assignment, and a field trip on October 25th. The 1-credit hour class will count for graduate AMID-C581 or undergraduate AMID-C481 credit. Email Assistannt Professor Kevin Lair at for more information. 
  • Learning From Nature: Permaculture
    • There is still time to apply for the Learning From Nature: Permaculture course this summer from May 25-June 8. Students will learn the basic principles of permaculture and be introduced to good design methods. The class will take place on a 100-acre land trust in Warren County, Indiana. To apply, click here or to learn more check out the webpage. Applications are due May 15th. 
  • Green Rental Housing Tool Survey
    • Take the Green Rental Housing Survey! The City of Bloomington's Economic and Sustainable Development Office and IUSA are working together to develop a website that will both encourage tenants to consider sustainability factors when renting and landlords to invest in sustainability initiatives. Help them in creating this tool by taking the survey online. 
  • Monroe County Agriculture Policy Survey
    • Are you interested in agriculture and how it relates to Monroe County? Would you like to see new community events centered around agriculture? What about policy? Take the Monroe County Agriculture Survey to share your thoughts on the past/present/future of agriculture in the community. For more information,  visit the the Monroe County Planning Department webpage
  • Energy Matters Mobile App
    • The new Energy Matters Mobile App is coming soon! The app will be added to the IU Mobile App for you to check out the energy consumption of your residence hall! See this link for a sneak peak of the App!
  • Start Thinking Small
    • IU Surplus Stores are now accepting "any and all", no matter how "small" or what condition, university items! They want your used/spent highlighters, pens, cell phones, and even your paper clips and rubber bands. In an effort to make sure that even the smallest of surplus items are properly disposed of, recycled, or better yet reused, IU Surplus Stores have partnered with IU Mail Services to offer a simple yet effective and efficient way of giving those items to Surplus Stores. Using Campus Mail envelope or small box, send your items by simply marking the envelope's recipient  as Surplus Store. Now you know how thinking "small" can have a "BIG" impact on the sustainability efforts of Indiana University! Visit this link for more information.
  • Sustainability Presentations
    • Noma Maier, IUTS Sustainable Services Project Manager, is providing presentations on sustainable computing practices and how to responsibly recycle broken or outdated electronics. If you would like to have her present for a green team, student/faculty groups, or civic organizations, please contact Noma at