|IUB's sustainability newsletter
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
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 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
Finalists include: Erika Anderson, Sheila Blanchard, Marie
Buckingham and Laura Nading (team), Pete Compton-Craig, Rafael Cronin, Lauren
Possley, and Erika Powers.
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College Themester to offer free workshops on teaching sustainability across
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!
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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.
Read more >>
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
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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!)
Kent 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
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 a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Featured Campus Sustainability Advisory Board WG:
Resource Use and Recycling
Resource Use and Recycling Working Group is currently working on a
number of exciting initiatives that will take place on the IU campus later this
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 Patishnock 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 Theory 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,
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
The 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
Greeks Go Green
IU Student Association
Net Impact: The Sustainable Business Club,
Net Impact: The Sustainable Business Club,
Residence Halls Association
Revitalizing Animal Well-Being
Slow Food on Campus
Students in Free Enterprise
Students Producing Organics Under the Sun
Sustainable Development Association
Volunteers in Sustainability
In 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
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
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
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.
IUB Energy Challenge
March 25th - April 22ndThe 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,
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.
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.
April 8-10th, 9-2:00pm
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
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.
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.
Greening Cream and Crimson Game
Saturday, April 17th, 6:00pm
Visit the IU Athletics homepage for more information on the game.
Themester 2010 - sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet
Fall Semester 2010
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
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
Event 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
April 8-10th, 9-2pm
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 email@example.com.
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
Event 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
email@example.com. This event will
occur rain or shine.
Perks: Volunteers will learn how to plant trees and receive a
free catered lunch.
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.
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
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
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
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.
General comments and questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IU Office of Sustainability
1001 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
For IUOS staff:
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Program Coordinator