IU Office of Sustainability HEADER
IUB's sustainability newsletter
March 29, 2010Issue 1
In This Issue
IUOS in the News
Featured Sustainability Catalyst
Green Team Update
Featured CSAB Working Group
SSC Update
Upcoming Events
From Brown to Green
Arbor Day
Quick Links
What is a catalyst?

cat·a·lyst  n. 

1. Chemistry- A substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process.  2. One that precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or changed by the consequences: "A free press ... has remained ... a vital catalyst to an informed and responsible electorate" (Robert O'Neal).

From The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language

Among the core recommendations of the Task Force on Campus Sustainability's 2008 Campus Sustainability Report was the creation of an Office of Sustainability, which would provide administrative leadership and coordination for campus-wide programs on sustainability. The report states, "This office would serve as a central administration and advocacy unit with sufficient resources to help catalyze and coordinate the large-scale university changes in academic programs and operations that are proposed in this report."

The IU Office of Sustainability is a catalyst for change toward a more sustainable curriculum, campus and community. In less than a decade, when IU celebrates its 200th birthday in 2020, we also intend to celebrate the fact that IU has become a world leader in campus sustainability. As a catalyst, our resources are limited only by our imaginations and our ability to connect with others. We hope you will not only read this newsletter but also let us know what you are doing as a catalyst in your own organization so we can all learn from you and amplify your impact. Together, as a growing coalition of catalysts, we can accelerate positive change. Welcome to your newsletter. Please share widely.

IUOS in the News
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IUOS announces internship offerings for summer 2010

Continuing the tradition of the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability (IUOS) addresses issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability in campus operations, academic programs, and university-community relations.  This summer, we are seeking another group of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students dedicated to advancing sustainability at Indiana University Bloomington.

Click here for more information about the program. Click here to apply.  


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More Art, Less Trash committee picks seven finalists

The More Art, Less Trash committee has picked seven final drawings.  The artists, six individuals and one team of two, started painting their bins on Friday, March 27th.  Once the bins are completed, the committee will meet to award prizes of $50, $25, $25 to the top three designs. 

Finalists include: Erika Anderson, Sheila Blanchard, Marie Buckingham and Laura Nading (team), Pete Compton-Craig, Rafael Cronin, Lauren Possley, and Erika Powers.  


Jennifer Meta-Robinson

College Themester to offer free workshops on teaching sustainability across the curriculum

In preparation for Indiana University's Fall 2010 Themester, "sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet," the IU College of Arts and Sciences is offering a free Teaching & Learning Institute to help faculty members, librarians, and graduate students of all ranks and disciplines tailor existing courses to incorporate issues of sustainability.


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Eight academic buildings to join IU Energy Challenge

The third annual Energy Challenge is set to take place March 25 to April 22, 2010. This year, Collins has joined the Residence Hall Energy Challenge and 31 Greek Houses have signed on to compete in the Greek Energy Challenge. The latest addition to the 2010 Energy Challenge is...(drum roll, please)... eight academic buildings!



Indiana University brings Zipcar to campus

Zipcar, the first car-sharing program in the state, offers Hoosiers a convenient, cost-effective alternative to owning a car or bringing one to campus.  The service is helping the university manage the increasing demand for parking and associated congestion while offering students a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car.


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'RecycleMania' competition comes to IU Bloomington

RecycleMania is a friendly, nationwide competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. The contest ran for 10 weeks, ending Friday, March 27.  In the last week of the competition, IU led the Big Ten in waste minimization.


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Indiana University Bloomington serving as Charter Member of 'STARS'

In December 2009, Indiana University Bloomington became a Charter Member of 'STARS', the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 'STARS' provides a framework for communities to better understand the meaning of sustainability and allows for comparison of sustainability initiatives across time and among different colleges and universities.


IUB Campus

New IUOS website provides forum for sustainability-related resources, events, and job and volunteer opportunities

The new IUOS website represents a six-month effort to offer the IU and Bloomington communities with a new forum for opportunities and resources related to sustainability.  Information is organized primarily though the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board's Working Group pages: Academic Initiatives, Energy and Built Environment, Environmental Quality and Land Use, Food, Resource Use and Recycling, Sustainable Computing, and Transportation.  Separate links allow users to investigate new initiatives, news, resources, and opportunities to get involved. 

Click here to visit the site, and please give us some feedback if you have a moment!

Featured Sustainability Catalyst:
Kent McDaniel, Executive Director of Transportation Services

(Editor's note: In each issue of Catalyst we plan to feature one or more campus sustainability catalysts who are making heroic efforts to move IU in a more sustainable direction. Nominations welcome!)

Zipcar at IUKent McDaniel, Executive Director of Transportation Services, is known for his role in providing the best campus-community bus service in Indiana, which keeps hundreds of cars off Bloomington streets each day. On February 3rd, his office announced another important piece of the alternative transportation puzzle: a car-sharing service called Zipcar. This service provides inexpensive hourly and daily rentals of energy-efficient vehicles. It differs from a standard car rental in that it includes gas and insurance, is available to 18-year-old students, and the cars are located on campus and can be reserved online 24 hours per day. Students can also reserve their Zipcars with their iPhones.

Four cars are currently in service, two of which are hybrids. Two are located across from Foster and two across from Ernie Pyle Hall.  Organizers plan to bring four more to campus for the fall semester.  The hope is that students, especially incoming freshmen, may see this as a less-expensive alternative to bringing their cars to campus, effectively reducing the number of vehicles clogging streets, parking lots and lungs. Faculty, staff and students can join Zipcar for $35, which includes $35 of free driving credits. Zipsters over 21 have access to 6,500 Zipcars throughout North American and the United Kingdom.

Get your IU Zipcard and sell your car to some poor soul at another school where cars are still necessary. Kudos to Sustainability Catalyst Kent McDaniel for making this happen!

Green Team Update

IUB Green Teams are sprouting up in departments across campus, emerging to address sustainability-related issues where they live, work, and learn!  Staff, faculty and student members are tackling aOffice of the Registrar Green Team wide-range of environmental issues such as green computing, alternative transportation and energy conservation. The Green Teams provide a network for information sharing, hosting monthly "Green Bag" lunch meetings to discuss best practices within their departments and on campus as a whole.

Energy audits and conservation were the highlight of the March Green Bag meeting, including an informational session on the 2010 Academic Building Energy Challenge!  The Geological Survey will be hosting the next Green Bag meeting on Thursday, April 1st from 12-1:30pm (Geology S-201).  The session will focus on waste audits.  Please join us for the last Green Team Green Bag of the academic year!

If you are interested in connecting to an existing Green Team or forming one within your department, please contact Green Teams Coordinator Sarah Vessel at svessel@indiana.edu.

Featured Campus Sustainability Advisory Board WG:
Resource Use and Recycling

Go Green RPS BottleResource Use and Recycling Working Group is currently working on a number of exciting initiatives that will take place on the IU campus later this year.Decorated Recycling Bin

IUOS Campus Recycling Intern Brendon Baatz has been working on ways to increase recycling rates throughout campus. First, Brendon conducted an in-depth examination of what initiatives and efforts other institutions in the Big Ten have undertaken. This research will be useful when deciding what initiatives would work best to increase recycling rates here at IU. Brendon has also been working on the creation of a comprehensive recycling website for the Bloomington campus. This website will contain useful information for all matters relating to campus recycling.

Also within the scope of the Resource Use and Recycling Group, IUOS Hoosier-to-Hoosier Intern John Patishnoc
k has been working with Steve Akers, Associate Director of the Residence Halls Association's Environmental Operations, and Jacqui Bauer, Assistant Director of the Workshop in Political THoosier to Hoosierheory and Policy Analysis. Patishnock, Akers, and Bauer have been coordinating efforts in preparation for the Hoosier-to-Hoosier Community Sale (H2H) that will take place at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, August 21st. 

Students will donate items during the move-out period in May, with items coming from students living in residence halls, Greek houses, and also from off-campus apartment complexes. The items will then be stored and organized at Memorial Stadium over the course of the summer by student and community volunteers. Festivities are open to the public, and 100% of the money raised on the day of the sale will go to various nonprofits within Monroe County, including United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and St. Vincent DePaul. Free parking will be available at Memorial Stadium, and community members are encouraged to show up early for the event. There will be something for everyone at H2H, including live music, food, entertainment, and games.

Student Sustainability Council Update
Student Sustainability Council SessionThe Student Sustainability Council (SSC), officially formed in November 2009, is composed of representatives from both undergraduate and graduate student organizations as well as student government bodies. The council serves to promote communication and collaboration among member organizations and others, to advise the Indiana
University Office of Sustainability from the perspectives of the students, to reduce the negative effects of the University on the natural environment, to promote social and economic justice, and to engage the Indiana University student body in these issues.

Some member organizations focus principally on sustainability related issues, while others have broader missions. All of the groups recognize the importance of sustainability and have created internal offices to concentrate on these areas.

Since the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester, three new additional member organizations have been welcomed onto the SSC. The 17 current member organizations now include:

·         Alpha Phi Omega

·         Coal Free IU

·         Environmental Law Society

·         Environmental Management Association 

·         Graduate and Professional Student Organization

·         Greeks Go Green

·         IU Student Association

·         Net Impact: The Sustainable Business Club, Graduate Chapter

·         Net Impact: The Sustainable Business Club, Undergraduate Chapter

·         Residence Halls Association

·         Rethinking Incarceration

·         Revitalizing Animal Well-Being

·         Slow Food on Campus

·         Students in Free Enterprise

·         Students Producing Organics Under the Sun

·         Sustainable Development Association

·         Volunteers in Sustainability

Arbor DayIn February, representatives from the SSC participated in the IU Office of Sustainability's 2020 Visioning Retreat, to offer a student's perspective on where IU and IUOS should be in the next ten years.

Currently, the SSC is busy planning and organizing SustainIU (April 9-17), IU's involvement in Earth Hour 2010 (8:30-9:30 PM March 27), several Themester 2010 events, and a sustainability themed IUBeginnings trip for Fall 2010 focused on education, involvement, and service for 15-20 new students.

For additional information, please visit the SSC on the web.

Featured Sustainability Interns:
Mckenzie Beverage, Energy Challenge Coordinator
Rachel Weeks, Utilities Conservation Coordinator
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The third annual IU Energy Challenge is set to take place March 25 to April 22, 2010. The Energy Challenge is a competition focused on reducing individual energy and water consumption.  This year, 11 residence halls, 26 Greek houses, and eight academic buildings will be competing.

The purpose of the contest is to highlight the effectiveness of small behavioral changes in reducing consumption. Students participating in the 2009 competition saved enough water over the four-week period to fill more than two Olympic size swimming pools and enough electricity to power 740 average American homes. This was an 83 percent increase in water savings and a 59 percent increase in electricity savings over the previous year. Much of the success of the Energy Challenge can be accredited to public awareness campaigns and the contest's website. Throughout the competition, the website displays each building's weekly standings with interactive graphs. It also allows users to see their building's total consumption and breakdown individual consumption per building. 

Academic buildings will be competing for the first time in the 2010 Energy Challenge. The following eights buildings were chosen based on the availability of domestic water and electrical usage data: Chemistry, Geological Sciences and Survey, Jordan, Kelley, Myers, Simon, SPEA, and the Wells Library. The academic portion of the Energy Challenge is focused on small behavioral changes staff and faculty can make in their workplace to conserve.

Last year's residence hall winner, Teter Quad, received a celebratory cookout and two filtered water stations to fill up re-usable water bottles. The Greek house winner, Sigma Alpha Mu, received a cash prize. Savings associated with these efforts totaled an estimated $47,000. This impressive total has spawned discussions about enhanced metering technologies in the residence halls and energy retrofits in the Greek houses. Phi Mu sorority reinvested their savings and installed over 50 motion sensor light switches throughout their house.

The 2010 Energy Challenge is expected to see an even greater percentage decrease in consumption than the previous two years. As participation increases, awareness about the importance and effectiveness of conservation should also increase. The Energy Challenge is more than a competition. It is a long-term education tool.

Upcoming Events

IUB Energy Challenge

March 25th - April 22nd

The third annual IU Energy Challenge, set to take place March 25-April 22, 2010, is expanding dramatically. The competition to save energy and water began in 2008 with 10 residence halls competing.  In 2009, 18 Greek houses joined the mix. This year all 11 residence halls, 26 Greek houses and eight academic buildings will participate.  The intern spotlight section below has more details about the Challenge.

Sustainability Internship Symposium

Wednesday, April 7th, 6-8:30pm

At the end of each season of internships, we invite students, faculty, staff and community members to celebrate the accomplishments of our interns at the Sustainability Internship Symposium.  This year we have sufficient funding to honor the second class of academic year interns, nineteen in total, working on projects across campus.

The event will be held on April 7th at IU's Neal Marshall Black Culture Center from 6:00 to 8:30pm.  Guests will be seated for an IMU catered dinner featuring local food at 6:00pm.  The evening will begin with opening remarks by IU's Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities Tom Morrison and Director of Sustainability Bill Brown with three student presentations to follow.  A poster session and live music will begin at 7:30.

Admission is free.  We invite you to RSVP here.

E-waste Days

April 8-10th, 9-2:00pm

Electronic Waste Collection Days, a free electronic waste recycling drive sponsored by Indiana University Bloomington, will take place in Bloomington at the IU Stadium parking lot April 8-10, 2010.  None of the electronics will be processed for resale.  Everything that could potentially contain sensitive data, such as cell phones or computers, will be shredded.  One hundred percent of the equipment dropped off will be recycled and kept out of landfills.  Recycling services will be provided by Apple for the second year. 

See the E-waste Days website for a list of acceptable items.


Sunday, April 11th - Saturday, April 17th

In an effort to spread awareness about sustainability and how individuals can make a positive impact on their environment, the Student Sustainability Council is spearheading the third annual SustainIU initiative to be held April 9-17, 2010. SustainIU will feature diverse events, including lectures, panel discussions, films, music, service opportunities and much more, all aimed at engaging and educating the campus community on issues related to sustainability.

The Green Day Festival in Dunn Meadow will kick off SustainIU on April 9 from 2 to 5pm. The festival will offer live music and local food, and will highlight sustainability initiatives on and off campus.

Greening Cream and Crimson Game

Saturday, April 17th, 6:00pm

The first ever Green Cream and Crimson Game will serve as a pilot for many green initiatives, including carbon neutrality, supervised recycling in the tailgating area and inside the stadium, Eco-cell collection, bicycle valet parking, vendor waste reduction, education, and more.  This is one of the first big steps in IU Athletics' push to become the greenest athletic department in the Big Ten.

Visit the IU Athletics homepage for more information on the game.

Themester 2010 - sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet

Fall Semester 2010

Several exciting events are in the works for Themester 2010, sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet.  New sustainability-related courses are available for Fall 2010, and faculty are currently able to register for the Sustainability Teaching and Learning Institute taking place in March and April. Themester 2010 will open with a festival in Dunn Meadow on September 10, 2010, providing students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to learn and share ideas about sustainability, while being entertained with music and local organic food.  The rest of the semester will include intriguing speakers, film series, roundtable discussions, art exhibits, concerts, volunteer activities, service-learning projects, and more.  A few confirmed events include: a Cardinal Stage production of The Grapes of Wrath, a community art project facilitated by artist Joe LaMantia, Patten Lectures by Wendell Berry and Jean Palutikof, a town-gown discussion series titled Talking Sustainability, a climate change speaker series, the Grand Energy Challenge, and a keynote speaker soon to be announced.  For more information, please visit http://www.themester.indiana.edu or contact Themester Coordinator, Jeff Weber: themes@indiana.edu.


IU has a number of mission-critical initiatives that provide great opportunities for student, staff, faculty and community involvement in sustainability on campus: 

E-waste Days Volunteer team

April 8-10th, 9-2pm

E-waste Days LogoEvent Description: Toxic materials are extremely common in e-waste.  Lead, for example, can be found in cathode ray tubes in many televisions and computer monitors.  If improperly disposed of, e-waste can cause harm to the environment beyond the negative impact of adding clutter to landfills.  Electronic Waste Collection Days, a free electronic waste recycling drive hosted by Indiana University Bloomington, will take place in Bloomington on April 8-10, 2010. None of the electronics will be processed for resale.  Anything that could potentially contain sensitive data, such as cell phones or computers, will be shredded.  One hundred percent of the equipment dropped off will be recycled and kept out of landfills.  Apple Inc. is providing all recycling services.

What's Involved: In Bloomington, the collection event will take place in the Purple parking lot to the north of Memorial Stadium.  For more information or to volunteer please contact Laura Knudsen, Indiana University Office of Sustainability E-waste Intern, at lknudsen@indiana.edu

The Perks: Be a part of the monumental effort to collect e-waste on campus and in the community.  We could break our record of 832,000 pounds collected from last year!

Greening Cream and Crimson Volunteer Team

April 8-10th, 9-2pm

IU FootballEvent Description:  April 17th will mark the first ever carbon neutral football game at Indiana University.  Our Greening Cream and Crimson sustainability initiative needs a team of 75 volunteers to assist with recycling efforts, a bike valet and a number of other tasks.

What's Involved: If you're interested in volunteering, please RSVP.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Isaac Farley at ibfarley@indiana.edu or 812-369-4110.

The Perks: Volunteers will receive a free Greening Cream and Crimson t-shirt and will go down in history as inaugural members of the Athletics' sustainability initiative.

Arbor Day Tree Planting Team

April 30th, 10-2pm

Arbor DayEvent Description:  The Arbor Day Foundation awarded IUB with one of five national grants to purchasing of 50-60 trees for Arbor Day.  A campus-wide coalition including the Campus Tree Board, the City of Bloomington, the Office of Sustainability and the IU Alumni Association are planning a planting day focused on educating volunteers how to plant trees, while expanding our tree canopy on campus.

What's Involved: Volunteer check-in begins at 10am in the field just south of the DeVault Alumni Center.  Click here for a map.  If you are interested in participating in this event or you have further questions, please contact Wes Kocher at wkocher@indiana.edu.  This event will occur rain or shine.

The Perks: Volunteers will learn how to plant trees and receive a free catered lunch.

From Brown to Green
by Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability 

I enjoyed Spring Break in exotic, sunny Bloomington where I decided to catch up on my reading. So what does a professional change agent who teaches organizational change read for fun? Uh, books about change management? Yes! And I have three current bestsellers you must read if you want to be a happy catalyst.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard -
Chip Heath and Dan Heath

You have probably already read the Heath brothers' first bestseller, Made to Stick. If not, you may want to grab that to find out why some great ideas stick and others don't. Their new book surpasses that essential first hit. In Switch, they use an analogy for our brain function that says we all have an emotional component, the Elephant, and a rational component, the Rider. They argue convincingly, referring to research and anecdotes, that both have to be reached to affect real change.  They suggest techniques to direct the Rider, motivate the Elephant, and shape the Path using examples of successful change efforts around the world. This book is essential if you are trying to change your own behavior or perhaps that of a major university.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us - Daniel H. Pink

Pink returns! No don't worry . . . Dunn Meadow is safe. I'm talking about Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind and now another bestseller, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.  So, you think external rewards are the best way to motivate ourselves and others? Pink says that's a mistake and he has plenty of research to back up his assertion that the secret to high performance and satisfaction is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world. Intrinsic motivation trumps extrinsic motivation. In his words, "we know that the richest experiences in our lives aren't when we're clamoring for validation from others, but when we're listening to our own voice - doing something that matters, doing it well, and doing it in the service of a cause larger than ourselves." He examines three elements of true motivation - autonomy, mastery and purpose (AMP) and offers a practical toolbox of techniques to put these into action.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? - Seth Godin

Seth Godin's previous bestsellers, like Purple Cow, The Dip and Tribes are among the most dog-eared books on my shelf but this one is a level of magnitude more important than those previous jolts of inspiration. This book is about finding one's unique value in a rapidly changing world where none of the old rules seem to apply. If you are just showing up for work, you are replaceable. He argues that we all need to become artists that do "emotional labor" whether we are waiting tables or bagging groceries or working for a major university. We need to be creative, passionate and personal, and we need to "bring our gifts to work" no matter what our job description. Godin finds indispensability at the intersection of dignity, generosity and humanity and he believes we all have an artist within. He suggests that our resistance from expressing our artist within is coming from our "lizard brain" which is full of fear of risk (Heath's Elephant) and he provides strategies for overcoming that resistance.

These three have considerable overlap and, especially when read together, they make a great Swiss Army knife for personal and organizational change management and an elephantine motivational kick to the lizard brain. Read them and become driven to switch to indispensability.

Need to contact IUOS?
General comments and questions should be directed to sustain@indiana.edu.

Our address:

IU Office of Sustainability
1001 E. 10th St.
Geology 429
Bloomington, IN 47405

For IUOS staff:

Bill Brown
Director of Sustainability

Emilie Rex
Sustainability Program Coordinator