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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.

  • Wed, April 22 - IUOS Energy Challenge Awards
    • The conclusion of the Spring 2015 Energy Challenge will be this Wednesday at 11am at the Sample Gates (Kirkwood and Indiana Ave). Results and amount of energy and water conserved will be announced. Awards will be presented to representatives of highest conserving buildings (residence halls, academic buildings, and Greek houses.)
  • Wed, April 22 - IU Chem Earth Day Seminar - Dr. Andy Jorgensen on Climate Change
    • SISACS presents Dr. Andy Jorgensen presenting "Climate Change Disruption: How do we know? What can we do?" on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:30 pm in Chemistry Building C122. Reception to follow.
  • Wed, April 22 - Green Drinks Bloomington
    • Celebrate Earth Day at Green Drinks Bloomington. On Wednesday, April 22 at 6 pm it’s the “Bike and Beer” Green Drinks Bloomington with three speakers sharing information on biking in Bloomington. Vince Caristo, Bike and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Bloomington, will discuss the City’s recent efforts to improve bicycling conditions in his talk entitled “Breaking Away: Journey to Platinum”. Ian Yarbrough, Seasoned Year Round Bike Commuter, will discuss biking gear in his talk, “There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather, Just Inappropriate Clothing”. Sheryl Woodhouse Keese, Development Director for the Sycamore Land Trust will discuss Climate Ride Midwest; a 4-day 300 mile bike ride that’s fundraiser for the SLT in her talk, “A Remarkable Adventure You Won’t Want to Miss”.
  • Fri, April 24 - Arbor Day Campus Tree Planting
    • The IU Campus Division and the IU Architect’s Office, in partnership with Bloomington Community Orchard-IU, the Integrated Program in Environment and the IU Office of Sustainability will host a tree planting event this Friday, April 24th at 9AM. The event will be held in Kinsey Hollow, with all volunteers meeting at the southwest corner of Rose Residence Hall. Volunteers will help plant 25-30 native trees and 5-6 additional fruit trees donated by the Bloomington Community Orchard. Campus Division will provide the shovels, rakes, gloves, some instructions, as well as some light snacks and refreshments to fuel the work! Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to come get their hands dirty making the IU campus more beautiful and sustainable! Check out the Facebook event here.
  • Sat, April 25 - Bloomington Community Orchard Spring Herb Planting Day
    • Join Bloomington Community Orchard this Saturday at 10am at their location for an Herbal Tea Party featuring delicious and nutritious blends from local growers. (BYOM: bring your own mug!) An Herb Swap and Give-Away starts at 11:00. Permaculture teacher, Connor Treacy, has some plants and plans for a group site-planting at noon. Our beekeeping mentor, George Hegeman, will be there to open the hives, check on our little "honeys," and answer any questions you may have. There will be a potluck at 1pm and a Connor-led discussion on the Common Health. Topics include: Growing Mushrooms (with Chad from BLOOmush who will lead a spore innoculation of the site), Herbal Preparations (with local member of the American Herbalists Guild, Grace MacNeil), and Plant Dyes from Seed to Yarn (with local grower and weaver, Sarah Dye).
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • Rooftop Garden Internship
    • The Rooftop Garden at Middle Way House is seeking dependable, self-motivated folks to join our Garden team this summer. Responsibilities include general garden maintenance, developing a water catchment and drip irrigation system, vermicomposting, and researching ways to improve these systems. Position is 5-8 hours/week and you will be compensated with fresh produce. For more information, email us at
  • 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 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
Other Opportunities 
  • 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
  • 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.