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research development grant recipients announced for the 2010-11 academic year
Four Indiana University research projects -- examining topics that
include agroforestry in southern Mexico, the impact on community sustainability
of Home Depot's product donation program with Gifts In Kind International,
remediation of exotic invasive species in Dunn's Woods and food waste at IU --
have been awarded Sustainability Research Development Grants for the 2010-11
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to Hoosier program promotes reuse of furniture and household items
initiative to promote the reuse of furniture and household items discarded by
Indiana University students at the end of the school year is expanding to
include not only residence halls but also fraternities, sororities and
off-campus housing. Called Hoosier to Hoosier, the program will sponsor a
drop-off collection day this Saturday, May 1, from noon to 4 p.m., to collect
items from off-campus students and residents of Greek houses.
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Course Development Fellowship recipients announced
Recipients of the Sustainability Course Development Fellowship are
Laurel Cornell, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, Henry
Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, and Department of East Asian Languages and
Cultures; and Christine Barbour, clinical assistant professor in the Department
of Political Science. The fellowship is awarded by the Office of the Vice
Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington,
with support from IU's College of Arts and Sciences.
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IUOS names new 2010 summer interns
IUOS names new 2010 summer interns
The Indiana University
Bloomington Office of Sustainability has named 18 summer 2010 interns to
continue efforts toward a greening of Indiana University. Interns will work on
a broad array of issues related to sustainability, from utility conservation in
academic buildings and sustainable computing to recycling, composting, and
From its inception in 2007,
the sustainability initiative at IU has striven to promote experiential
learning as an integral part of the 'greening' of the IUB campus.
Sustainability internships have been offered over the past three summers and
during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years. The new class of interns will
continue that tradition and represent an effort to expand awareness of
sustainability to all facets of campus, including academics, research,
operations and student activities.
Meet the interns >>
|Partnerships with the City of Bloomington |
A Message from Sustainability Coordinator Jacqui Bauer
|About one month ago, I was delighted to join the City of Bloomington as its first Sustainability Coordinator. In the intervening four weeks, I have spent a lot of time meeting people, listening, asking questions, and learning-perhaps learning primarily that the learning curve is huge! Sustainability, as all of you know, is an all-encompassing concept that can lead us in so many different directions, and deciding where to focus is a challenge. Nevertheless, out of these conversations, the early figments of a plan are starting to emerge. My early activities are likely to focus on:|
- helping to coordinate the city's efforts to comply with the Green Building Ordinance that was passed in 2009;
- planning and support of an effort to improve home energy efficiency;
- continuing work with IUOS to organize the collection and sale of reusable items generated during the student move-out (the Hoosier to Hoosier Sale-August 21); and
And of course there are a great many other topics waiting in the wings-urban agriculture, green infrastructure, water and energy conservation, social enterprise, and much more. I will be working closely with Bill and Emilie whenever I can, and will be contributing periodically to the catalyst newsletter to keep the campus community informed of sustainability efforts in the broader community. Small cities are in many ways ideally suited to sustainability. My hope is to work with the great many people who are already involved, and to reach out to those who are not yet involved, to make Bloomington a model of what small cities can do. I look forward to connecting (and reconnecting) with many of you!
- supporting local efforts to achieve a Platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists-as a bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist this is an issue that is particularly close to me.
|Featured Sustainability Catalyst|
Steve Mangan, General Manager of the Indiana Memorial Union
|IUOS would like to thank Steve Mangan, General Manager of the Indiana Memorial Union, for his incredible service to our students, faculty and staff. Steve has been a long time advocate for sustainable food, working diligently to provide local food options on campus. |
Steve will be leaving us shortly to lead similar efforts at Northwestern. Thank you for all of your hard work, Steve! We'll miss you!
|Green Team Update|
New Green Team Certification Program
|IUOS is excited to announce
the creation of three new green teams: The School of Informatics and Computing;
Kelley School of Business- Undergraduate Program; and University Information
Technology Services. The addition
of these teams brings the total number of IUB green teams to 22!
New Green Team Certification
Taking an important step
forward in its green teams program, IUOS has developed an online system of
certification. The certification
process is voluntary, but has the potential to increase the legitimacy of the
green teams and to highlight the worthwhile actions that they take.
The process consists of a
linear series of four certificates: Seed; Sprout; Sapling; Tree. In order to receive a level of certification, a team must fulfill the
sustainability-related actions included on a corresponding checklist. Those sustainable actions are spread
across eight categories: Education
and Outreach; Recycling; Energy and Built Environment; Food; Resource Use;
Sustainable Computing; Transportation; Environmental Quality. The categories are in line with the
IUOS working groups and will help further the groups' objectives.
The categories are also
inspired by those used by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability
in Higher Education (AASHE) for its "Sustainability Tracking Assessment and
Rating System," or STARS. IU is a
charter participant in STARS and the IUOS believes the system will soon be the
norm for all colleges and universities. By obtaining certification, green teams will help ensure
that IU continues to be regarded as a leader in sustainability.
|From Brown to Green|
Learning to Live Beyond Petroleum
Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability
As we enter the third month of the BP oil spill in the Gulf
of Mexico, I have been trying to determine how to respond personally. It is
difficult to watch a disaster of this magnitude unfold and not be drawn to
Last week, a government panel released a new estimate that
60,000 barrels, roughly 2.5 million gallons, are spewing into the ocean each
day. In the United States, we use an incredible 20,680,000 bbl/day. The BP
daily spill rate, while mind boggling, would supply the US demand for only four
minutes. Demand for oil in the US and Canada is about 3 gallons per person per
day, while in other industrialized nations it is less than half of that and the
world average is .5 gallons/day.
Should I join the pickets at the local BP gas station?
Should I take a few weeks off and go help save oil-soaked pelicans and sea
turtles? Should I help lay oil boom or suck oil off the beaches? Or, should I
end what George W. Bush called my "addiction to oil?"
I have decided that my response should be to attempt to
reduce my oil consumption to below the world average of .5 gallons per day.
This is relatively easy for me on the transportation side, because I can bike
to work in less than 20 minutes and I can take the #5 bus that stops about 100
feet from my house, and the university has a ZimRide ride sharing network that
can help me find a carpool just about anywhere. For this "sacrifice" I will be
healthier, lighter and make new friends at the bus stop and in the car pools.
The more difficult piece is determining what my other
activities contribute to oil consumption. For example, I am pretty sure that
the early corn on the cob I have been enjoying and those bananas on my cereal
did not come from Indiana. I will be expanding my garden and relying heavily on
local produce from the Farmer's Market for the rest of the summer. The science
of the petroleum content of food is not well developed and the amount of
petroleum that goes into food and manufactured products is often difficult to
get a handle on. The amount of
petroleum required to raise a steer, for example, ranges from 18 to 280
gallons, according to what it eats and where it came from and who is doing the
estimating. I think it is safe to say that buying local and regional products
and living in a walkable community, close to my work, on a bus line, is a
reasonable strategy to move in the right direction.
When I purchase plastics or similar materials that have high
petroleum content, I am contributing to the demand for oil, which leads oil
companies to drill for oil a mile below the surface to get down another 18,000
feet to reach dwindling supplies, which leads to high risks of the kind playing
out on the evening news each night.
When I throw anything away that could have been reused or recycled, I am
contributing to the tar balls rolling up on the beaches of Alabama. When I purchase
goods that have to be shipped great distances, I am complicit in oiling
pelicans to death in the Gulf of Mexico and fouling 120 miles of coastline to
When I add to our national addiction to oil, I am personally
responsible for the BP oil disaster and I am contributing to increased national
security risks due to dependence on foreign oil.
I vow to curb my addiction. No more than half a gallon per
day, to start. Perhaps I can learn to live "beyond petroleum" with research,
ingenuity, and practice.
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