SustainIU Week

9th Annual SustainIU Week: February 20-24th

A Changing Climate, A Changing Conscience 

Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Tuesday Feb. 21, 7:00 PM in Whittenberger Auditorium, IMU 

SustainIU Week is hosted by the Indiana University Student Sustainability Council. Join us for a week of programming as we explore morality and ethics within the context of global climate change. 

Keynote Event

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Dr. Sandra Steingraber

Indiana University is pleased to welcome Dr. Sandra Steingraber to present the SustainIU Week 2017 Keynote Address.

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Biologist, author, and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. writes about climate change, ecology, and the links between human health and the environment.

Steingraber’s highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment was the first to bring together data on toxic releases with data from U.S. cancer registries and was adapted for the screen in 2010. As both book and documentary film, Living Downstream has won praise from international media.

Continuing the investigation begun in Living Downstream, Steingraber’s books, Having Faith: An Ecologist’s Journey to Motherhood and Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, explore the intimate ecology of pregnancy and reveal the ways which environmental hazards now threaten each stage of infant and child development. Throughout, she calls parents and cancer patients alike to political action.

Recognized for her ability to serve as a two-way translator between scientists and activists, Steingraber has keynoted conferences on human health and the environment throughout the United States and Canada and has been invited to lecture at many medical schools, hospitals, and universities–including Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, and the Woods Hole Research Center. She has testified in the European Parliament, at the European Commission, before the President’s Cancer Panel, and has participated in briefings to Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency, and before United Nations delegates in Geneva, Switzerland. 

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Calendar Of Events

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All week long, environmental groups across campus will be hosting events exploring the theme, A Changing Climate, a Changing Conscience. As events are finalized, they will be added to this list. Please join us!

DateTimeLocationEventHost Organization
Monday, Feb. 207:30-8:30PMHodge Hall 3022

"How Technology Affects Climate Change"

Professional speakers will be talking about their experiences with sustainable technology and how these innovations can help a changing climate. You can RSVP to the event here.

Net Impact
Tuesday, Feb. 214:00-5:00PMIMU Whittenberger Auditorium

"Politics, Ethics, and Agency in a Climate (of) Emergency"

Interdisciplinary expert panel discuss future climate disturbances, communicating climate change, and the new administration. All are welcome. 

Integrated Program in the Environment
5:00-6:15PMIMU Whittenberger Auditorium 

"Climate Change, IU, and What You Can Do"

During this highly interactive event, student leaders will explore why IU has not signed a climate commitment, what climate leadership on campus could look like, and how students can make IU more sustainable. Student governments will facilitate this discussion and provide venues for real climate action. You can RSVP to the event here.

7:00PMIMU Whittenberger Auditorium

"The Ethics of Energy in a Time of Extreme Fossil Fuel Extraction" Keynote address by Dr. Steingraber 

Please RSVP here.

SSC, Co-Sponsors
Wednesday, Feb. 2212:30-2:00PMFirst Nations Education and Cultural Center

"Cassava Politics: An Examination of the Shifting Consumption Patterns of Roots and Tubers by the Caribbean Community"

Bi-weekly speaker Mark Chatarpal, Ph.D, lunch provided, all welcome. Please RVSP to the event here

4:30-5:30PMWoodburn Hall 120

"Who Owns the Environment? Lessons from Legacy of Elinor Ostrom" Talk by Terry Anderson, Ph.D. 

We typically treat the environment as a commons to be managed by regulations from Washington. As Elinor Ostrom taught us, however, “managing the commons” may be more effective at the local level. This lecture will provide examples of how and why property rights and markets can improve environmental stewardship. 

Watch a livestream of the talk here.

Ostrom Workshop
7:00 PMUnion Street Center Auditorium

"Sustainable Living (and Eating) in a Changing World"

RHA Eco Reps will be showing Lenardo DiCaprio's Before the Flood and providing an Italian dinner. Jessica McKinney, a Peer Educator at the Office of Sustainability, will be leading a short discussion afterwards. Please RSVP here

Residence Hall Association
Friday, Feb. 2412:00-1:30 PMLa Casa 

"Soil, Struggle, and Justice" Benefit Screening 

*proceeds go to Undocuhoosier Alliance

Please join us for a film about the Brazilian Landless Movement and a cooperative that struggled for land access and then transitioned to agroecology. Food will be provided, and the suggested donation to help the UndocuHoosier Alliance raise funds for an undocumented student scholarship is $5. Please join us and support our undocumented community! You can RSVP on our Facebook page here

La Casa, Undocuhoosier Alliance

5:00-6:00 PM Hilltop Garden and Nature Center

Hoophouse Party and Seedling Giveaway

Please RSVP here.

Hilltop Garden and IU Office of Sustainability 

7:30-9:30 PMMcCalla School 

"The Meandering Landscape,"

An Exhibition of Drawings opening at the Fuller Projects McCalla School featuring work produced during the fall semester in “Perceiving Beauty through Attentiveness: Drawing at IU’s Research & Teaching Preserve” (Instructor: Associate Professor Martha MacLeish). The drawings made as a part of this course connect individual experiences with the broader issues of sustainability, ethics and aesthetics. Exhibited work will include on-site drawing, drawings done with experimental formats and media, off-site drawing from memory or inspired by various literary sources.

IU Department of Studio Art 

Saturday, Feb. 254:00 PM Student Building 150

"Poisoned Soil: Environmental Tyranny in East Chicago"

 This event will feature a presentation on the situation on the ground in East Chicago, where a State of Emergency has been declared due to the extremely high levels of lead discovered at the West Calumet Housing Complex. The report will be delivered by members of Black Lives Matter Northwest Indiana - Gary who have been involved in community organizing efforts to get the needs of the residents of the housing complex addressed. Please RSVP here

Black Lives Matter NWI-Gary, SASV, GlobeMed 

Keynote Sponsors

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We are thankful for the generous support of the following sponsors: 

Department of Biology

Department of Geography

Department of Human Biology

Integrated Program in the Environment

IU Office of Sustainability

IU Student Association

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

School of Public Health