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 16 - Sea level during past warm intervals
    • Maureen Raymo of Columbia University will give a talk on sea level changes due to our current climate compared to the sea level of the mid-Pliocene era. This talk will be held on April 16 with tea at 3:30 and the talk beginning at 4pm in Swain West Room 113.
  • Thursday, April 17 - Food Deserts and Public Health Outcomes in Indiana
    • Cynthia Stone will present the results of a health impact assessment of the potential development of a full service grocery store within the Meadows community in Indianapolis, which is designated as a federal food desert by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Like residents of food deserts across the country, Meadows residents have more hospitalization rates for nutrition related illnesses and have very limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables within the community. The research, designed to inform public policy, included key informant interviews, neighborhood surveys, the nutrition environment survey, a literature review, and a baseline health assessment of the community. Cynthia will share the results and the policy recommendations, and open up for a discussion of the ethics of this growing publich health threat. The seminar will take place on April 17 at 4pm in at the Poynter Center, located at 618 E. Third Street. Please RSVP to
  • Thursday, April 17 - What drives Ice Ages? Puzzles to Ponder and the Anti-phase Hypothesis
    • Maureen Raymo of Columbia University will present a second talk on the driving force behind ice ages. The talk will begin at 4pm in SPEA Room 278 on April 17th. 
  • Friday, April 18 - 13-14 Academic Year Sustainability Internship Symposium
    • Come celebrate the hard work and success of our IUOS Interns at the Symposium on April 18th. The symposium will feature a poster session, research presentations, and a meal including local food. Register to atted at 11:15 in the IMU Solarium today! Register and decide you couldn't attend? Send us an email at at least 24 hours prior. We hope to see you there!
  • Tuesday, April 22 - Art for Earth Day
    • In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, the IU Art Museum will host a drop-in, art-making activity and informational display featuring eco-friendly and ethically-sourced products available at Angles and provide visitors with a free guide to native Indiana trees. Stop by on April 22 from 10-4 at the Thomas T. Solley Atrium 2nd Floor, sketch a tree at the art-making station, and be entered into a drawing to win merchandise and gift certificates from Angles, or a Green Dream Clothing Company t-shirt. All drawings will be displayed in a temporary exhibit in the Thomas T. Solley Atrium, second floor. Drawing supplies will be provided.
  • Tuesday, April 22 - Science Cafe
    • Join scientists on April 22nd for a discussion on Natural Disasters, Sustainability, and the Future of Civilization. Bring your questions at 6:30pm to Finch's Brasserie upstairs near the Sample Gates. For more information, check out the website.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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  
  • Crimson Cruisers Ambassador 
    • Indiana University is launching a bike share pilot program for the summer! With the help of the Office of Sustainability, Parking Operations and Outdoor Adventures we’re pleased to present Crimson Cruisers. The pilot offers a summer long (FREE) bike checkout. The assist with the program, Crimson Cruisers is searching for Ambassadors to help promote biking around campus. Students, staff, or faculty members may apply and all Ambassadors must take a safe-riding course as a pre-requisite. All Ambassadors will receive a free bike to use for the semester. Apply here by April 22nd! For more information about bicycling around IU and Crimson Cruisers, check out the webpage
  • 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 
  • 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