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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, Feb 25 - Green Drinks Bloomington
    • On Wednesday, February 25 at 6 pm at Upland Brewing Banquet Facility, Michael Hamburger, Professor of Geological Sciences, Geophysics, Seismology and Tectonics, will present a program entitled “Frack, Rattle and Roll!”. Hamburger will explore the peculiar phenomenon of “induced seismicity”, earthquakes are triggered by human activity.
  • Thurs, Feb 26 - Environmental Science Seminar
    • Lawrence Band, Ph.D., from the University of North Carolina is presenting Green infrastructure, groundwater and the Sustainable city The seminar is being held in SPEA RM 167 on Thursday Feb. 26 at 4pm.
  • Friday, Feb 27 - ReInvest IU Call-Out Meeting
    • On Friday, Feb. 27 at 12:15 in the Persimmon Room in the IMU, there will be a call-out meeting for the student organization ReinvestU. Students passionate about working towards getting the IU Foundation to reinvest in renewables are welcome to come and learn more about the global divestment initiative.
  • 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 the IUOS Summer Internship Program and Peer Educators Program
    • The Office of Sustainability is currently accepting internship applications for Summer 2015. These paid internships are open to both graduate and undergraduate students and will be roughly 20 hours per week. More information HERE. Applications are also being accepted for the Sustainability Peer Educator Program (SPEP). This opportunity is for undergraduate students and does not require a summer commitment, so applicants may be eligible for the Summer Internship Program AND the Peer Educator Program. Learn more about SPEP and how to apply HERE. Both opportunities have an application deadline of February 15th. An information session will be held at the E-House on Wednesday, January 28th at 5:00pm (with pizza).
  • 2015 Sustainability Course Development Fellowship
    • The IU Office of Sustainability (IUOS) is currently taking applications for the 2015 Sustainability Course Development Fellowship. This award, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty & Academic Affairs, in collaboration with IUOS and the Integrated Program in the Environment, supports faculty efforts to develop innovative approaches to teaching complex, interdisciplinary topics related to sustainability. Applications are due March 1st. Instructions and application materials are available on the IUOS website: HERE>
  • 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.
  • 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.