News & Events

This Week in Sustainability

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

Events 
  • Tuesday, August 12  - Bloomington Community Farmers' Market
    • Did you miss the weekend market? That's OK! Stop by the Bloomington Communtiy Tuesday Farmers' Market, located at 316 W. Six Street from 4-7pm for all your food needs. More information is available online.
  • Saturday, August 16 - Hoosier to Hoosier Pickup Day
    • The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale will have one final pickup day for the summer, August 16. If you have items you no longer need, let us know! We can take clothing, furniture, office supplies, unopened food, personal hygiene and cleaning products (opened or unopened), appliances, housewares, and almost anything else you have. We cannot accept mattresses or box springs. You may request a pickup here or send an email to h2h@indiana.edu. Proceeds from the sale support the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity and sustainability programs both in the city and on campus. Volunteers needed too!
  • Wednesday, August 27 - Green Drinks Series with Susan Ferentinos
    • On Wednesday, August 27 at 6 pm Susan Ferentinos, Public History Researcher, Consultant, and Writer, will present a program entitled “Historic Preservation as a Green Alternative”. Preserving historic buildings can contribute to a sense of place by preserving community character and creating a link to previous generations. It also often is a far greener option than new building construction. In this talk, Ferentinos explores recent efforts between the historic preservation and green building movements to create a sustainable future together by combining energy conservation with the reuse of existing building stock. Green Drinks Bloomington is held the 4th Wednesday of every month through October from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company. There’s a $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided. To receive a monthly reminder, write greendrinksbloomington@gmail.com. To learn more about Green Drinks visit www.greendrinks.org.
  • Wednesday, September 24 - Green Drinks Series
    • On Wednesday, September 24 at 6 pm Jacqui Bauer, City of Bloomington Sustainability Coordinator, and Jerry Ulrey, former Vectren Corporation executive, will present a program entitled “The Monroe County Energy Challenge”. Bauer and Ulrey will present on local efforts to develop and implement a community energy plan as part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. Green Drinks Bloomington is held the 4th Wednesday of every month through October from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company. There’s a $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided. To receive a monthly reminder, write greendrinksbloomington@gmail.com. To learn more about Green Drinks visit www.greendrinks.org.
Volunteer
  • Be an Indiana State Fair Recycling Volunteer
    • The Indiana Recycling Coalition is excited to help facilitate a comprehensive recycling program at this year's fair.As a volunteer, you will be asked to: educate fairgoers, be assigned to either recycling HQ or bin checking, only speak to fairgoers at recycling bins or at IRC's educational booth (due to Indiana State Fair Solicitation Guidelines). No recycling experience necessary! Please visit our website for more information. There are 2 shifts for each day of the fair, running August 1-17: 11am-3pm, and 3pm-7pm. Thanks for helping green the Indiana State Fair!
  • Bloomington Community Orchard
    • Please join the Bloomington Community Orchard every Wednesday evening (until August 20) to weed, prune, glean, plant, and more! Workdays are open house style, so join us when you are able. Food and drinks to share are always greatly appreciated if you are interested in providing food for the workday’s hard workers. The Orchard is located at 2120 S. Highland Ave. Visit the website for more details!
  • Ellettsville Farmers Market
    • This is the first year for the Ellettsville Farmers' Market, held on Saturdays in the Endwright Center parking lot, and you can make this community event successful and fun! Volunteers are asked to staff the market one Saturday a month from 7:30-10:30 a.m. or from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Volunteers can help with set-up or tear down, composting, taking donated food to storage, staffing the information table (indoors or outdoors), providing entertainment, directing traffic, or recycling. This is a great family volunteer opportunity. The minimum age is 16, but there is no minimum if with an adult. Please contact Jaime Sweany, Area 10 Agency on Aging, at (812) 876-3383 ext 582 or jsweany@area10agency.org.
  • BUWP Woods Restoration Sessions
    • Please join BUWP to plant some native wildflowers in Dunn and Latimer Woods. This is a great opportunity to get outside and help BUWP pull some invasive species, and plant some native wildflowers. The next volunteer session will be at Dunn's Woods on July 22 from 2-3pm. Please RSVP to buwproject@gmail.com. Questions can be sent to the same email. For more information on BUWP & volunteer opportunities, visit the website.
  • Bloomington Bike Project
    • Do you have some extra time this summer? Want to learn about bike mechanics, have an interest in furthering the Bloomington bike community, or just enjoy working on / teaching others about bikes? Consider volunteering with the Bloomington Bike Project. Registration and experience are not required. Just stop by BP1 Downtown (7th & Madison) and/or BP2 Switchyard (Grimes & B-Line) and say you want to volunteer! Current work days: BP1 – Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 9pm, Saturdays from 12-3pm; BP2 – Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6pm. Email bloomingtonbikeproject@gmail.com for details.
  • Hoosier Hills Food Bank Community Garden Volunteers
    • The Hoosier Hills Food Bank garden program increases the quantity and quality of food provided to food pantries and soup kitchens. The Food Bank is recruiting gardening volunteers for the Will Detmer Park garden on Vernal Pike. Both novices and experienced organic gardeners are welcome. Volunteer hours are 9-11 a.m. on Mon. and Thurs. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed. Individuals or groups are encouraged to participate. Groups can set up special hours. Minimum age is 14; 12 if with an adult. Email Katie at volunteer@hhfoodbank.org to sign up or contact Emily at garden@hhfoodbank.org or 812-334-8374 for details. Website
  • Community Garden at Crawford Apts.
    • The Crawford Apartments, which provide safe and affordable housing to individuals who have faced challenges such as chronic homelessness, addiction, and disability, is starting a garden! The residents are excited to have the opportunity to work together to have fresh, healthy foods while learning about sustainable living. Volunteer activities include planting, weeding, fertilizing, and watering. Gardening experience is encouraged, but not necessary. Minimum age is 18. Interested? Contact Ayman Ashwaiheen at (317) 459-6410 or aashwaiheen@gmail.com.
  • Hoosier to Hoosier Initiative (now through Aug. 24)
    • All hands are needed to sort, move and organize donated items for the August H2H sale! Hoosier to Hoosier is looking for volunteers to sort donations as well as help with donation pick-ups all summer. Strong backs are welcome for the latter position! Upcoming volunteer days are: July 21, 25, 26; Aug. 23, 24. Minimum age is 16. Sign up for a shift at http://bit.ly/H2HVolunteer2014 or contact Jacqueline Bauer at (812) 349-3837 or h2h@indiana.edu with questions or if there is another way you would like to be involved!
  • Campus Garden Workdays
    • Come out and volunteer at the Hilltop Campus Garden Tuesdays from 9-11am and Thursdays from 5-7pm. All are welcome to come play in the dirt and learn more about gardening. All tools and gloves are provided. No registration required. Applications will be accepted until June 19. For more information, click here
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • Middle Way House Rooftop Garden Education Interns
    • Are you interested in teaching youth how to garden and about the natural world around us through hands-on activities? The Rooftop Garden at Middle Way House is seeking Garden Education leadership and dedicated interns to teach weekly lessons to the shelter youth this fall. Interns are required to put forth 3-5 hours per week and commit to a full semester. If interested, please submit a resume and letter of interest to garden@middlewayhouse.org.
  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Interns
    • MHC is looking for some awesome folks to join the intern crew for the 2014-15 academic year. Positions are available for Food Pantry, Nutrition Education, Garden Education, Tool Share, Advocacy, and Development. Visit the website for full position descriptions.
  • IUOS Project Coordinator
    • Indiana University Office of Sustainability is hiring a part-time project coordinator. The position includes tasks in public relations & marketing, event planning, and web management. For details on the position and application information, please see the IU jobs website and enter job number:11719. Email sustain@indiana.edu with questions.
  • Middle Way House Rooftop Garden Interns
    • The Rooftop, a garden atop Middle Way House is seeking Garden and Education interns for the summer growing season. Be a part of this highly rewarding start-up project, that focuses on methods of urban agriculture, water collection, and educating shelter youth to improve food security in Bloomington. The Rooftop has produced over 200 lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables that has gone to the shelter and other organizations. We are looking for passionate, forward-thinking interns who are interested in improving the relationship between urban gardening and building a better community. Garden experience is not required, however, the desire to learn will be expected. This position is 5-8 hours per week unpaid. For more information on internship opportunities or if you would like to be added to our volunteer list, please email garden@middlewayhouse.org.
Other Opportunities 
  • Report Streets in Need of Repair
    • If you ever come across streets in need of repair, use the City of Bloomington's handy reporting form to let officials know the location and problem. Cyclists and pedestrians, this is a great tool to utilize when issus arrise with bike lanes and sidewalks. Have you come across broken glass or gravel while biking? Report it! Use this form, attach a photo if you'd like.
  • GEOG-G 306 Community Gardens & Orchards
    • A fall IU course on community gardens and orchards still has space. This course, which is part of Themester 2014’s “Eat, Drink, Think: Food from Art to Science” will trace the history of and narratives surrounding community orchard and garden projects. The course relies on multimedia, speakers, and most importantly, your engagement with the readings to foster a deeper understanding of how community agriculture projects work in their communities and what their motivations are. The course takes place at 2:30P-05:00P on Mondays and Wednesdays. Additional Themester courses can be found here.
  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Tool Share
    • Are you ready to start growing some food at home, but need a few gardening tools? Do you want to preserve tomatoes or apples this year, but don’t have the necessary equipment? The Hub Tool Share is a lending library of gardening and cooking tools. To get started, fill out a membership application, and look through our binder to see what you’d like to borrow. Membership is free for MHC patrons and volunteers, with a suggested donation of $12 annually for those who don’t qualify to use our food pantry services. Members may borrow up to 3 items at a time. Tool Share Hours of operation for June and July: Monday-Friday 12:30pm-5:30pm. Visit the website for more details.
  • 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.