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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.

  • Mon, Mar 30- Beekeeping at IU Call-out Meeting
    • Get involved with Beekeeping @ IU tonight at 7:30 in the Maple Room at the IMU! They will be decorating their hives for the upcoming summer and there will be free pizza.
  • Thu, April 2 - EC Power Hour
    • Celebrate the IU Energy Challenge IN THE DARK! Come eat pizza, get glow-painted up, and jam to music from the WIUX Mobile DJ. We'll have tons of tips to help your hall win the challenge and some sustainable swag to take home. Wear white, and bring your hall mates...we may just be individuals, but together we can make BIG energy savings on IU's campus! Check out the event on Facebook here.
  • Fri, April 10 - Spring 2015 Sustainability Symposium
    • On Friday, April 10th at 11:30 AM in the Frangipani Room of the IMU, we will celebrate the work of our 2014-2015 sustainability interns. The symposium will feature intern research projects and programs, including presentations, a poster session, and lunch featuring local food. The event is free but registration is required.
  • Fri, April 17 - 4th IU Food Summit
    • For the 4th IU Food Summit, the Food Working Group will be bringing back IUB food vendors and distributors to discuss progress and persistent challenges in accessing food data. This summit will take place Friday, April 17th, 10am-12pm in the Union Street Center Cedar Hall Auditorium (445 N Union St, Bloomington, IN 47406). Directly following the summit, we’ll be making pizzas in a wood-fired oven at the historic Hilltop Garden & Nature Center (2367 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47408, half a mile from the auditorium). Please register for the summit here.
Jobs/ Internships/ Grants/ Fellowships  
  • Student Sustainability Research Development Grant
    • Applications are due by Friday, April 10 for the Sustainability Research Development Grant program, which provides opportunities for Indiana University students (both graduate and undergraduate) to develop new research programs related to sustainability. The grant program awards grants up to $10,000 to any graduate student and up to $3000 for any undergraduate student from the IU Bloomington campus. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, please visit the website. Questions can be directed to Andrew Predmore.
  • Monroe County Energy Challenge Internship
    • The Monroe County Energy Challenge is seeking an intern to support this community-wide effort and work with the City of Bloomington Department of Economic & Sustainable Development. Well-organized, enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals sought for this outreach-focused position for a duration of two years (may be split depending on availability). Compensation is $12/hr, for an average of 10 hours a week. Deadline to apply: March 31, 2015.
  • IU Permaculture Course Accepting Applications
    • Permaculture is a holistic design technique for creating sustainable human communities that are in harmony with a particular natural environment. This hands-on course provides students with innovative conceptual tools. The course will take place from May 31st through June 14th at the Lazy Black Bear, located just south of Paoli, Indiana. Students who successfully complete the course will receive permaculture certification and 3 N&M IU credits. The application deadline is March 30th. More details 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.