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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.

  • Tuesday, July 22 - 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.
  • Wednesday, July 23 - Green Drinks Bloomington Series
    • Green Drinks Bloomington is a lively, informal social networking event for people from all walks of life who are interested in making a greener world. Folks gather every month to share libations and ideas, discuss, debate, explore and make new friends and business connections. On Wednesday, July 23 at 6 pm Robert Meitus, Citizens’ Climate Lobbyist, will discuss the work of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-profit advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. CCL trains and supports volunteers to engage elected officials and media to generate the political will for solutions that will stabilize the earth's climate. CCL's key legislative proposal is a graduated, "revenue-neutral", national carbon fee and dividend program with revenues paid back to households. Meitus will discuss this proposal, CCL's methodology, Bloomington's active CCL chapter, and his experience at the June CCL conference in Washington, D.C., where CCL representatives met with nearly every member of congress or their staff.
  • Thursday, July 24 - Domestic Resilience: Growing Food in the Neighborhood
    • A Mother Hubbard's Cupboard workshop! Through the lens of permaculture, we will take a look at food security at the home and neighborhood levels. This is where we have the greatest impact, so let\'s be creative and build the future of which we want to be a part of! We will cover perennial foods, food storage, utilizing open neighborhood spaces, creating edible neighborhoods, waste streams and fertility cycles, niche and staple crops, and the development of neighborhood identity. Instructor: Jonas Carpenter - Permaculture Designer and Educator. This workshop is free to MHC patrons and volunteers with a $5 suggested donation for those who do not meet MHC’s shopping guidelines.
  • Saturday, July 26 - Hoosier to Hoosier Pickup Day
    • The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale will have two final pickup days for the summer, on July 26 and 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 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!
  • Saturday, July 26 - Bloomington Community Orchard Harvest Festival
    • The second annual Bloomington Community Orchard Harvest Festival is coming up fast! Mark your calendars for July 26, 5-8pm, and get ready to join us at 2120 S. Highland Ave for the biggest, tastiest, berriest Harvest Fest yet. The event will start with a harvest tour, a haiku contest, and then have a potluck, complete with a delicious shortcake bar complemented by fruit grown right in the orchard. It’s BYOP. That’s bring your own plate, plus a dish to share. Enjoy the family friendly atmosphere as you listen to live music, learn about our honey bee hives, and treat the kids to face painting and other fun activities! Stay tuned on Facebook and Twitter as we announce door prizes leading up to the big day. Entry is free of charge, though we will be accepting donations to help cover costs of the event. The rain date is July 27.
  • Friday, August 1 - IUOS Internship Symposium
    • The IU Office of Sustainability is pleased to invite you to attend our semi-annual Indiana University Sustainability Internship Symposium on Friday, August 1, 2014 in the Neal Marshall Black Cultural Center Grand Hall. The symposium will feature the research projects of IU Bloomington's summer 2014 sustainability interns, including presentations, a poster session, and a locally sourced, in season lunch. There is no cost to attend. Please register here. For more information on current interns and their projects, please visit the symposium page. We hope you will join us in celebrating our students' contributions to the campus sustainability initiative. Questions or concerns can be directed to
  • 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
  • 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 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 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 to sign up or contact Emily 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
  • 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 or contact Jacqueline Bauer at (812) 349-3837 or 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
  • Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Gardens
    • Volunteer at one of MHC's gardens - tasks change with the season season, so expect to prep garden beds, plant, start seeds, weed, mulch, harvest and deliver produce to the Cupboard (1100 W. Allen St.). Volunteers welcome any of the following shifts: Mondays 5pm-7pm at Butler Park Garden, Tuesdays 5pm-7pm at Crestmont Garden, Wednesdays 9am-11am at Banneker Garden and 4pm-6pm at the Food Pantry Garden, and Thursdays 9am-11am at Crestmont Garden. Come once or join us the whole season! Kids under 12 are welcome with adult supervision. More information available here.
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • 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
Other Opportunities 
  • Artists Needed To Paint Traffic Signal Box Murals
    • The City of Bloomington's Civil Streets campaign is seeking local artists, artist teams, and community organizations to design and paint murals on traffic signal boxes. Proposed mural designs should reflect the Civil Street's campaign message that "courtesy is contagious" and should incorporate the Civil Streets Campaign logo in some fashion. Proposals should include a color rendering of the artwork proposed, information on the artist, artist team or organization who will be creating the artwork, and an itemized budget including materials and artist honoraria. The Civil Streets campaign will reimburse up to $250 per accepted proposal. The artist will be required to prime, paint, and seal with metal-appropriate paint products. Proposals are due to by midnight on August 10, 2014. Projects must be completed by October 15, 2014. More information available here
  • 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.