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This Week in Sustainability

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

  • Mon, Dec. 8 - Bloomington Community Orchard at IU Call-out and Potluck
    • Are you interested in incorporating sustainable growing practices into the IU community and campus? Looking for a way to make a meaningful and sustainable impact, while joining a community of students, faculty and staff with similar goals? Then come take a break from studying and join Bloomington Community Orchard at IU, or BCO-IU, a new student and campus organization, as they share in some good food and discussion! They're looking for bright ideas from students and faculty about how they can make a sustainable impact on IU's campus! Please bring a dish if you can as well as your own dish, utensils, and cups. The meeting will be at 6:30pm on Monday, 12/8 in Ballantine Rm 244.
  • Wed, Dec 8 - Edible Education 101
    • Join a free fall IU series on Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement. Each Lecture is followed by a discussion. This week's session features activist and academic Raj Patel author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System.

      Some students are enrolled in the series, but all are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you would like. The course takes place on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm in the Edmondson Basement Classroom of Collins Living-Learning Center (541 N. Woodlawn). For additional information contact or just show up.
  • Sat, Dec 13 - Mending Day
    • Mending Day is this Saturday, Dec. 13th, from 12-4pm in room 1B at the Monroe Co. Public Library. Bring your clothing in need of small repairs or sewing projects. Sewing machines and menders will be available to assist or do the mending for you. Additionally this month Lotus organizers will be working with volunteers to sew tent toppers for the Lotus Blossoms event in the spring. Mending Day is hosted the 2nd Saturday of each month by Discardia, a project of the Center for Sustainable Living
  • 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 sessions will be at Dunn's Woods on September 9 from 6-7pm and September 13 from 3-4pm. Please RSVP to 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 semester? 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 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. Volunteers are welcome at 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., April-Oct. Special volunteer days are posted on our calendar. Individuals or groups are encouraged to participate. Groups can set up special hours. Minimum age is 14; 12 if with an adult. Email Ryan at to sign up or contact Bobbi at 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
  • Campus Garden Workdays
    • Come out and volunteer at the Hilltop Campus Garden Mondays from 6-8pm 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  
  • Apply for Funding through the Sustainability Fund
    • Is your student organization interested in a project furthering sustainability on campus? The Sustainability Fund is designed to fund capital projects that further sustainability at IU. Proposals for use of the fund are due before Thanksgiving Break! Applications can be found on the Student Sustainability Council's website.
  • C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Training
    • C2C workshops are for current students and recent graduates who want high-impact careers that can change the future through NGOs and government, and in sustainable business. Join C2C to learn the leadership skills necessary to succeed: how to develop a vision; know what you’re good at; tell your story; raise money; and build your network. The cost of the weekend trainings, including food and lodging, is $30. Read more about the benefits of joining the growing national network of over 500 C2C Fellows here.

      Students aspiring to sustainability leadership in policy, politics and business should apply now to join student leaders from across the country. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and only 60 participants will be accepted into each workshop. You know change is needed. Lead the Change.
  • 12th Annual P3 Awards: Student Sustainablity Design Competition
    • The P3 Awards are provided by the U.S. EPA and mark "A National Student Design Competition for Sustinability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet. Awards are provided in the areas of bulit environment, energy, materials and chemicals, water, clean cookstoves, and urban green water infrastructure. The individual award ceiling is $15,000 with an estimated total program funding of $975,000. Applications are due December 16th. For more see the website.
  • 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
  • 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.
Other Opportunities 
  • Calling Catalyst Award Nominations
    • Know a mover & shaker catalyzing sustainability on campus? Help us recognize their important work! Awards for students, faculty, staff, and groups/units. Find out more and send in nominations by Oct. 27.

      The Catalyst Awards Ceremony, open to all, will take place Wednesday, November 12th at 7:00pm in the University Club of the IMU.
  • Bloomington Parks Community Gardening Program
    • The Community Gardening Program offers a variety of gardening and orchard management classes. A variety of topics include fall and winter gardening, growing and using herbs, and raising chickens. To find a class that interests you, and to register, visit their website, call 812-349-3700, or email
  • Edible Education 101
    • Join a free fall IU series on Edible Education: The Rise and Future of the Food Movement. We will be viewing a series of lectures followed by discussion. Some students are enrolled, but all are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as you would like. The course takes place on Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm in the Edmondson Basement Classroom of Collins Living-Learning Center(541 N. Woodlawn). For additional information contact or just show up.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.