News & Events

This Week in Sustainability

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

  • Wed, Sept 17 - Student Sustainability Council - General Meeting
    • The SSC's first GA meeting of the semester will be Wednesday, September 17th at 7:00pm in the Whittenberger Auditorium of the IMU. We will be having a potluck to welcome our new members!
    • If you might be interested in the SSC, feel more than welcome to come along to our first GA meeting! If you or someone you know are currently a member of another student organization, ask about becoming an SSC representative for a member organization! Representatives attend SSC meetings on behalf of their member organization and vote for any initiatives, resolutions, or capital projects that appear on the SSC agenda. You do NOT have to be associated with another student organization in order to be a member of the SSC. Contact David Cohen, the SSC's Membership and Publicity Executive, at for more information.
  • Wed, Sept 17 - Edible Education 101: The Politics of Food
    • 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. This week's session features Marion Nestle, speaking on the topic "The Politics of Food". 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.
  • Sat, Sept 20 - Real Meal Day
    • The Real Meal Day is a combination garden workday and cooking demonstration/lesson. We will meet at 1pm at the bus stop at 7th and Woodlawn outside the Indiana Memorial Union and take the #9 bus to the IU Campus Garden at Hilltop Garden & Nature Center. We will have a short workday and harvest, after which we will transport the produce back to the Department of Geography Lab (a working kitchen) to prepare and eat our harvest! Sign up here.
  • Sat, Sep 20 - Mon, Sep 22 - People's Climate March
    • Join the largest climate march in history. The Green Sanctuary Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Church is going to the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014 and invites you to get on the bus and change the course of history. We’ll take a stand for a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities.
    • Buses depart Saturday, Sep. 20 at 8 pm, arriving in NYC around 9 am. The march starts at 11:30 am and is about 2.5 miles long. By 6 pm we will board the buses for the return trip, arriving in Bloomington about 7 am on Monday, Sep 22. The bus is equipped with a restroom, outlets and wifi. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
  • Mon, Sept 22 - Outdoor Leadership Training 101
    • Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO) is a community outreach program with 50 chapters across the country that provides opportunities for urban youth and adults to explore, enjoy, and protect the natural world. Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors at Indiana University (ICOatIU) is an IU student organization running the Bloomington chapter of ICO.
    • We need IU students to be trained as Sierra Club Outings Leaders, which is a professional accreditation that allows you to lead ICO outings and Sierra Club local outings around the country. Sierra Club Outings Leaders lead the related outing and volunteers can join in on the outings for fun outdoors with local youth.
    • There will be an Outdoor Leadership 101 training on Monday 9/22 and a First Aid Certification training on Wednesday 9/24. If you're interested in becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader and taking the trainings, please see the following link for more information and to sign up:
    • If interested generally in ICOatIU and getting involved or volunteering on our outings, please e-mail
  • Wed, Sept 24 - Green Drinks Series
    • On Wednesday, September 24 at 6 pm Jacqui Bauer, City of Bloomington Sustainability Coordinator, and Jerry Ulrey, former Vectren Corporation executive, will present a program entitled “The Monroe County Energy Challenge”. Bauer and Ulrey will present on local efforts to develop and implement a community energy plan as part of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.
    • Green Drinks Bloomington is held the 4th Wednesday of every month through October from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Banquet Facility of the Upland Brewing Company. There’s a $5 suggested donation, some food will be provided. To receive a monthly reminder, write To learn more about Green Drinks visit
  • Thur, Sept 25 - Plug into the Sun: The Basics of Solar Power
    • Interested in home solar energy, but don’t know how to get started? Join this free presentation by UITS staff member Arvind Gopu, who along with volunteers from Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network (SIREN), will lead a crash course in the basics of solar power and answer any questions you may have.

      Date: Thursday, September 25
      Time: Noon-1pm
      Location: Cyberinfrastructure Building (CIB), Wrubel Commons
      Live stream:

      Plug into the Sun is free and open to the public. Pack your lunch and run, walk, bike, or take buses #6 or #9 to the CIB (2709 E. 10th Street). Free parking in any A, C, or E lot is available. For more information, contact CIB Living Green Team Co-Chair Noma Maier at
  • 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 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 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
  • 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
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • IUOS Internship Program (3 Positions)
    • Indiana University Office of Sustainability is hiring three new sutdent interns for Academic Year 2014-2015. For details on the positions and application information, please see the Internship Program page. Email with questions.
  • Vegetable Farm Apprenticeship at Sunny Branch Farm
    • The apprentice will provide assistance and receive mentorship in all areas of the farm, from production and construction to business planning and marketing. There is room for focusing on an area of the farm business that interests you as well. We are usually right here to answer questions or explain how and why a certain task is done. To learn more about the apprenticeship and how to apply, visit our website. Direct questions to
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.