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|Collins LLC, Geological Sciences and Survey and Zeta Tau Alpha win the Energy Challenge
Collins Living Learning Center won among the residence halls,
Geological Sciences and Survey took first place for academic buildings
and Zeta Tau Alpha was the No. 1 Greek house in the third annual IU
Bloomington Energy Challenge.
Tom Morrison, Indiana University vice president
for capital projects and facilities, announced the winners to a crowd
gathered in Dunn Meadow on April 22, the 40th anniversary of the first
Earth Day. Morrison said the growth of the Energy Challenge to include
one new residence hall, eight Greek houses and eight academic buildings
is indicative of the competition becoming a part of the tradition of
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City of Bloomington names first sustainability coordinator
"Jacqui is the ideal person to begin to
take the community on a more sustainable path," Kruzan said. "She
brings with her a great deal of practical experience related to the
complex relationships between the environment, the economy and social
equity, and a demonstrated ability to implement projects to improve the
quality of life in local communities."
Kruzan credited City Council Member Dave
Rollo for having educated him on the concepts of sustainability six
years ago and said their work on the issue culminated in the
Coordinator post being created. "I can't imagine a better way to
celebrate Earth Day," Kruzan said.
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IU Bloomington event nets 350,000 pounds of e-waste for recycling
Electronic Waste Collection Days this month at Indiana University
Bloomington collected an estimated 350,000 pounds of electronic waste
for recycling and environmentally safe disposal.
According to preliminary results, some 2,147 cars
and trucks dropped off old computers, monitors, TVs and other devices
at the purple lot north of Assembly Hall during the second annual
event, conducted April 8-10.
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Three days remain in online contest to win free fruit trees for the Bloomington Community Orchard
Currently the BCO is in second place with a total of 89,309 votes. Supporters have three days remaining to log votes.
Here's how you can help:
Additional questions can be directed to Amy Countryman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Set your browser homepage to: www.communitiestakeroot.com
- Follow the directions to vote for the "City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department"
- REPEAT every day until Saturday, May 1
- Encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same!
Sustainability research development grants available for the 2010-11 academic year
Applications were due April 28, for the Sustainability Research Development grant program,
which provides opportunities for Indiana University faculty members and
students to develop externally funded research related to environmental
sustainability. The grant program is jointly sponsored by the IU Office of
Sustainability, University Graduate School, College of Arts & Sciences,
School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Center for Research on
Energy & the Environment.
year's program resulted in the funding of five interdisciplinary
faculty-graduate student research projects focusing on topics that include
forest management in the U.S., land use patterns in Brazil and Honduras and
student transportation choices in Bloomington.
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IUSA launches custom Zimride rideshare service
The Indiana University Student
Association (IUSA) has launched a new rideshare and carpool matching service
known as Zimride. The Zimride platform connects IU community members through an
easy to use private network that will reduce campus traffic, parking
difficulties, and provide substantial cost-savings for our community. Zimride is
the largest dedicated carpool technology company in North America with over
300,000 users and has created rideshare communities for over 40 of the nation's
leading colleges and universities. This service is now being offered free but
you must be a student, faculty, or staff member of the IU Bloomington Campus.
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'World is Flat' author Thomas Friedman to headline IU's Themester 2010
The College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington
will explore the concept of sustainability through the university's
second-annual themed semester, Themester 2010, "sustain·ability:
Thriving on a Small Planet."
Headlining Themester 2010 is Thomas Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and best-selling author of The World is Flat and Flat, Hot and Crowded, who will speak at IU Auditorium Nov. 4. The event is free and open to the public, as are all on-campus Themester events.
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Spring football game marks start of IU Athletic Department initiative, Greening Cream & Crimson
annual Cream & Crimson Spring Game, held Saturday, April 17 at Memorial
Stadium, was more than an intrasquad scrimmage for the IU football team this
year. The event also served as a pilot project for the IU Athletic Department's
new initiative, Greening Cream & Crimson. The game marked the first event
held as part of the IU Athletic Department's effort to become the 'greenest'
athletic department in the Big Ten Conference. The success of the event was in
large part due to the participation of nearly 70 volunteers, the Cream &
Crimson Green Team, who assisted with a number of new projects on game day.
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SustainIU events unite IU Bloomington community in learning to live sustainably
Student Sustainability Council at Indiana University Bloomington organized the
third annual SustainIU initiative to spread awareness about sustainability and
how individuals can make a positive impact on their environment. SustainIU
featured a week of diverse events, all aimed at engaging and educating the
campus community on issues related to sustainability.
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'RecycleMania' competition concludes - IU Bloomington tops schools in waste minimization
The national RecycleMania competition,
a benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote
waste reduction activities on campus, has concluded and the IU Bloomington campus ranked
first in waste minimization among participating Indiana schools. The
contest ran for ten weeks, ending Friday, March 27.
Over the ten week competition, IU
Bloomington recycled 457,440 pounds of metal cans, plastics, mixed paper, and
cardboard. IU ranked first among schools competing to produce the least amount
of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person,
with 37.53 pounds of cumulative waste pounds per person. Purdue (main campus)
ranked second with 42.39 pounds of municipal solid waste per person. Other
Indiana schools who participated in the competitive division were the University
of Notre Dame and Butler University.
According to Steve Akers, IUB
RecycleMania coordinator and associate director of environmental operations for
Residential Programs and Services, "The contest has provided benchmark weight
data that will be valuable to analyze as we seek to waste less and recycle
Institute on Service-Learning to unite IU and community around sustainability
seventh annual summer Institute on Service-Learning, set to take place May
12-14 at Indiana University Bloomington, will focus on the theme of
sustainability this year. As a joint initiative between the IU Office of
Service-Learning and the IU Office of Sustainability, the institute seeks to
encourage community partnerships and service participation that advance
sustainability in the Bloomington and IU communities.
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Eco-cell cell phone recycling now available in the IMU
Eco-Cell is a new cell
phone recycling program now available at the Indiana Memorial Union (the big green
collection bin is one floor down from the Starbucks across from the information
boards). Eco-Cell collects all
cell phones-functional or not-and all
of their accessories, including batteries, chargers, headsets, etc. They have a strict no landfill policy;
absolutely everything in the bins is recycled safely.
Cell phones contain
many toxic metals called persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals
(PBTs), including lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic, and also brominated
flame retardants. When placed in
landfills, these toxic wastes leach into the soil, where they damage both the
environment and human health.
Toxic landfills are
not the only problems posed by cell phone disposal. Many cell phone components are lined by an
element called tantalum, obtained through a naturally occurring ore called
coltan, which is mined in the Congo in the middle of crucial gorilla and
elephant habitat. Cell phones that are improperly recycled increases the need
for coltan causing destruction of forests in the gorillas' habitat. Thus,
Eco-Cell prevents the obliteration of the habitat that gorillas and elephants
so desperately need for their survival.
For more information on Eco-cell, visit them on the web.
|Featured Sustainability Catalyst:|
Lee Walters, Manager of the Utilities Information Group
(Editor's note: In each issue of Catalyst we feature
one or more campus sustainability catalysts who are making heroic efforts to
move IU in a more sustainable direction. Nominations welcome!)
You may have read elsewhere in this issue that third annual IU
Energy Challenge, completed on Earth Day, saved over 2.5 million gallons of
water and over 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity (approximately equal to
the energy used by 1000 homes in the same time period). What you may not know
is that the success of this challenge has a lot to do with a sustainability
catalyst whose heroic conservation efforts make this competition possible: Lee
Walters, Manager of the Indiana University Bloomington Utilities Information
Lee and her associates have been working with IU
Sustainability Interns for three years
in an effort to raise awareness of campus energy and water usage. Lee's group
works with the interns to analyze historic usage data to provide 3-year baselines
for each building in the Energy Challenge, which this year included 11
residence halls, 26 Greek houses and 8 large academic buildings. During the
challenge, another Utility Department employee, Glenn Moulton, tirelessly
monitors the meters of all these buildings each week to determine which
buildings are saving the most energy and water compared to their historic usage
for that same time period.
IU Utilities has been on a water conservation mission since
2004. They have implemented measures that have contributed to a 24% savings in
water use since 2004, although over 400,000 square feet of new building area
have been added in that time. Someday, IUB hopes to have meters in every building
on campus relaying real time usage information. When that day arrives, we can
all look back to the work of Lee Walters and her colleagues in the Utilities
Information Group for their catalytic efforts to provide us with a measure of
|Featured Green Team: |
The Geological Survey green team has
implemented several green initiatives within their department, including
desk-side recycling bins in every office, reducing the amount of trash
produced, and have strategically removed unneeded lighting ballasts to reduce
wasted electricity to excessive lighting.
They have also created and distributed a "sustainability pledge"
encouraging faculty and staff to commit to green practices like turning off computer monitors and lights when not in use. IUOS plans to
adopt the pledge as a model for a campus-wide sustainability pledge!
Q&A with Marni Karaffa, Geological Survey Green Team
anything surprised you about sustainability issues on campus? What green
actions do you think are most achievable?
A: I have to admit that I was
surprised by the lack of cohesion in the recycling effort on the Bloomington
campus. I really believe that this is one of the most achievable actions.
Cohesion and visibility of a recycling program would improve the efforts of the
benefits have you seen with your Green Team activities?
A: I would have to say that there
is just a greater consciousness of sustainability in our workplace. The
consciousness was there, but many were hesitant to act due to a lack of
information. We have tried to dispel some 'myths' and misinformation, and
change the attitude of 'why should I
do this if they don't do that!?'
People are now asking more questions, engaging in conversations, and becoming
more open to the implementation of green activities.
Q: Do you
have any advice for those looking to start a Green Team?
A: Start with small and simple goals:
recycling, turning off lights, computers, and unplugging appliances. Keep in
mind that you cannot change everything all at once or right away. Keep your
team and your building occupants informed through IU resources: Office of
Sustainability, other Green Teams, and the internet. We used a 'campaign' of
emails and signage throughout the building. Be persistent, encouraging, and
inclusive! We developed a pledge to have people commit to the cause, no matter
how small the commitment - every effort makes a difference. We also developed a
'reward' system for those who signed - drawings for gift cards to local
businesses. Don't get discouraged - sometimes change can be difficult for
your favorite thing about IU?
A: I am happy
that IU supports research institutes, such as the Indiana Geological Survey,
and promotes valuable scientific inquiry. Research across campus can provide
insight, possibly solutions, to environmental sustainability issues.
|Featured Campus Sustainability Advisory Board WG: |
Group Spotlight: Sustainable Computing
The Sustainable Computing Working Group, in
collaboration with Apple, recently organized the successful collection of
approximately 350,000 pounds of electronic waste during the 2010 Electronic
Waste Recycling Days. The event
took place April 8, 9 & 10 in the Purple Lot of Memorial Stadium, thanks to
the support of the IU Athletics Department. Over the three day period, 2,147 cars frequented the lot to
drop off electronic waste. A
sister event at IU South Bend, organized by the Center for a Sustainable Future
and also in collaboration with Apple, was also highly successful. Approximately
250,000 pounds of electronic waste were collected and 1,535 cars contributed
items to the event.
Recent discussions within the Working Group have
also focused on developing a best practices document for sustainable computing
on campus that would include a variety of resources, including instructions on
how IU departments are to handle electronic waste. Additionally, the Working
Group is investigating the possibility of creating a sustainable computing capstone
course in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs for the spring 2011
semester. The course would allow
graduate students the opportunity to develop solutions to some of the energy
related computing issues on campus.
The issue of developing consistent monitoring of
energy usage on the IUB campus has also emerged as a focal point of the Sustainable
Computing Working Group's discussions.
Currently, conversations are underway with IU's engineers and
Information Technology experts to brainstorm solutions for consistently
metering buildings on campus.
|Featured Sustainability Intern: |
Tatyana Ruseva, Doctoral Student, SPEA
Integrating Service-Learning into Sustainability Coursework
Over the past several months, I have worked
with the IU Office of Service-Learning (OSL) and the IU Office of
Sustainability (IUOS) on efforts to integrate service-learning into
sustainability coursework at IUB.
This project was part of the Academic Initiatives working group of the
Campus Sustainability Advisory Board and its strategic plan to move Indiana University towards a leadership position in the
academic arena of sustainability. My work was
structured around three project areas: (i) organization of a Summer Institute on Service Learning &
Sustainability (May 12-14, 2010); (ii) mapping sustainability-related
courses that provide service-learning opportunities; and, (iii) exploring
opportunities for service learning with the IUB operation units.
Work is well under way for the Summer Institute - a
joint initiative between the IU Office of Service-Learning and the IU Office of
Sustainability - that seeks to encourage community partnerships and service
participation that advance sustainability in the Bloomington and IU
communities. The three-day institute will
provide IU faculty and community organizations with a structured opportunity to
exchange ideas and experiences, network and discuss potentials for future
participants will have the unique opportunity to take part in community
service, on May 13, 2010, at one of the following sites: Sycamore Land Trust,
City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation, Habitat Restore and Bloomington
Housing Authority, Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, and Middle Way House.
To infuse service-learning components into
sustainability coursework, consultations with the OSL were central. This work
is helping identify community partners and service projects for selected Fall
2010 courses, by theme (Food and Sustainability, Consumerism, Culture and
Sustainability, Ecological Sustainability, Political and Social Aspects of
Sustainability). In addition, a review of past IUOS internship recommendations
(2007-2009) helped recognize niches for experiential education within the
borders of our campus.
Results from this
internship project contribute to performance indicators that can ultimately
help IU earn credits under the Sustainability
Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) program of AASHE,
specifically: ER Credit 12:
Sustainability Immersive Experience; PAE
Credit 19: Community Sustainability Partnerships; PAE Credit 22: Community Service Participation; and, PAE Credit 23: Community Service Hours.
|Upcoming Events and Volunteer Opportunities|
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 have further questions, please contact Wes Kocher at
email@example.com. Interested volunteers can register here. This event will
occur rain or shine.
Perks: Volunteers will learn how to plant trees and receive a
free catered lunch.
Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) Drop-off Day
May 1st, 12-4pm
Description: On Saturday, May 1st, volunteers will be collecting reusable items to resell during the first Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale. The event aims to divert reusable items from the landfill while providing the IU and Bloomington community with affordable goods. All sale proceeds will be donated to United Way member organizations and Habitat for Humanity.
Drop-off location: Memorial Stadium, Gate 5
Event date and time: Saturday, May 1; 12-4 PM
Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability
Top Three Free Ways to Improve
One of the great joys of my job is that I get to talk to
diverse campus and community groups about sustainability and learn what is
important to them and how the IU Office of Sustainability can help. I had the
pleasure of having a stimulating conversation with the Bloomington Professional
Council on April 21st, and they asked some excellent questions.
For example: What are
the top three free ways to improve sustainability?
I have never been asked this question before, so it required
some thought. Here's the top three free ways to improve sustainability I came
up with on short notice:
things off when you are not using them
less time in your car
I expanded on each of those, and, in case you missed the
meeting in the lovely daylit penthouse conference room of the Kelley School,
here is a repeat.
1) Turn things off when you are not using them
This applies to lighting, computers, monitors and other
electronics, water fixtures, idling vehicles, fume hoods (each of which uses
three times the energy of an average home) and the little darlings of the
phantom load underworld - chargers. Turning corded devices off is facilitated
by plugging them into smart strips, which can be switched off with one pinky.
Computers can be set to automatically power down when idle for a period of time
and University Information Technology Services (UITS) is working with
departments to roll out a software routine that does this automatically after
two hours of inactivity (the Go-Green Gadget), yet still allows them to be
awakened for service or remote login.
A pilot study of this program, conducted by the School of Education,
revealed average savings of 48%, without having to think about it. A true no
brainer, which would save the university upwards of $500K/year if fully
Lighting can also be switched off manually (free) or
automatically (not free, but more reliable) when spaces are unoccupied or when
ample daylight is sensed. The faster we can install occupancy and daylight
sensors in every building on campus, the faster we can reap a high rate of
return on investment and spend the windfall on more important things, like
educating students. Everything else requires forming new habits, which is why
things like prompts, social norms, Green Teams and month-long Energy Challenges
come in handy. Energy Challenge 2010, completed on Earth Day, saved over 2.5
million gallons of water and over 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity, just
by making people more aware of their energy and water consumption. We hope
these new habits persist.
2) Spend less time in your car
Alternatives to Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs) abound on
our campus. You can walk across campus and smell the spring blossoms, have
chance meetings with your friends, listen to students having conversations with
their roommates on their cell phones, feel the sun on your face and get
vigorous exercise on the hills - all for FREE! This elevates your quality of
life, melts away that extra fat, and saves time you would have spent waiting in
the queue on 7th Street to find that elusive parking spot next to
the front door of your building. If you live further away from campus, you have
another fitness option, riding your bike, which is quite the in-thing in
Bloomington, home of Breaking Away,
the Little 500, and geeks like me
with our right pants leg stuffed in our socks to avoid sprocket cuff.
If you live outside the easy walking or biking range of
campus, there are still other options to help you avoid your rolling isolation.
One is our fantastic bus system that (if you mention my name and wink three
times) is free to all faculty, staff and students. If you commute from beyond
the bus lines, there are still other options. For example, the best-kept secret
on campus is the outstanding Carpool or Ride Share program through Parking Services. Here's the deal. If
three or more employees conspire to ride together, they get their own premo
marked spot in the lot or garage of their choice, discounted A pass, free F
passes, and guaranteed rides home for emergencies (such as your child is
excused early from school). Another option is that you can rent a Zipcar,
parked right on campus, for $8 bucks an hour, including gas, if you just want
to run out to the mall or the doctor's office, then rejoin your carpool for the
ride home. Please don't tell anyone about this stuff. It is a secret.
Just last week, IU Student Association (IUSA) announced yet
another program, Zimride, a computerized, social-networking-based ride-sharing
system for faculty, staff and students. In the first two days, over 850 people
signed on to this free service subsidized by IUSA for $7500 per year. This is
yet another free service to you that somebody else is paying for! Combine this
with the Carpool program and I know you will feel like a band of pirates when
your gang rolls into your personalized marked spot.
Bottom line, Hoosiers don't let friends commute alone.
Getting out of your car will save you money and improve the quality of your
social life and health, not to mention the quality of our air.
3) Go paperless
IU uses 84 million sheets of copy/printer paper each year.
To give you a better picture of this, that would be a stack 5.3 miles high! Over 70% of that paper is virgin paper
with zero recycled content. This involves an unimaginable amount of trees,
water, bleach, energy and transportation to get it to your office - then it
involves an unimaginable amount of printer ink, printer energy, supply storage,
staff filing time, and paper waste going to the landfill.
Fortunately, the paper tide is turning rapidly. The
Registrar's office has eliminated several hundred thousand pages of paper forms
in the past year, replacing them with digital forms that don't have to be
printed, filed or transported. No longer must students trudge around campus and
wait in line for these forms to be processed. No longer must workers finger
through physical files to find the documents, they can just search online.
Reclaim your office space! Throw out your five-drawer filing cabinets! What
paper forms are you using now that can be digitized? What would work better in
dynamic electronic form than it does in paper form (think phone directory,
encyclopedia, dictionary, class catalogue, your class, etc.). Go paperless! Tell
us how you did it. Over 9 million pages of paper on campus became obsolete in
2010 so far! Join the stampede. We
have 5.3 miles to go before we sleep.
I would love to hear YOUR top three free ways to improve
General comments and questions should be directed to email@example.com.
IU Office of Sustainability
1001 E. 10th St.
Bloomington, IN 47405
For IUOS staff:
Director of Sustainability
Sustainability Program Coordinator