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July 28, 2010Issue 4
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IUOS in the News
July's Sustainability Catalyst
Featured Sustainability Intern
Volunteer with IUOS
Brown to Green

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Summer 2010 InternsIUOS interns gear up for Sustainability Internship Symposium

Friday, August 13th from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, the Office of Sustainability will host its fourth annual Sustainability Internship Symposium, featuring the summer research projects of IU Bloomington's sustainability interns.  The event will include presentations, a poster session and lunch featuring local food courtesy of IMU Catering and the Office of Sustainability. 

All are welcome to join us in the Frangipani Room of the IMU to celebrate our students' contribution to the campus sustainability initiative. 

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Scott Russell SandersIU English Professor Scott Russell Sander wins Indiana Authors Award

Scott Russell Sanders, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University, has been selected as the national recipient of the 2010 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. This lifetime achievement award recognizes the contributions of Indiana authors to the literary landscape in Indiana and across the nation.

Microsteam Power SystemIU receives Environmental Stewardship Award for energy-saving Microsteam Power System

Carrier Corp. has presented Indiana University with an Environmental Stewardship Award, in recognition of the university's commitment to sustainable systems and in celebration of the milestone reached by the energy-saving Microsteam™ Power System used for green power generation in Indiana University's Central Heating Plant. The microsteam has produced one gigawatt hour of electricity since it was installed in January.

John MaxwellBP a classic example of how "greenwash" can engulf a company in perilous waters, says Kelley prof

At a 2002 Earth Summit, a group of NGOs offered a tongue-in-cheek critique of BP's "Beyond Petroleum" campaign, naming it winner of the "Greenwash Academy Awards." Today the company's reputation as an environmental steward and good citizen is in tatters.

Summer FlowersIU Bloomington offering new Ph.D. minor in sustainable energy science 

Indiana University Bloomington will launch a new doctoral minor in sustainable energy science as part of its second-annual thematic semester sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet ( this fall. 

The minor is open to all Ph.D. students and encourages interdisciplinary study of the physical sciences that focus on whether current supply patterns of energy use are sustainable.
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IU wetlands expert: It's too early to assess effects of Gulf oil spill

An Indiana University professor says the doom-and-gloom predictions for the Gulf oil spill's effects on coastal wetlands are premature. "In fact, we cannot know the true effects until after the oil has stopped flowing," said Christopher Craft, the Duey-Murphy Professor of Rural Land Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

July's Sustainability Catalyst:
Bob Gilmore, Custodial Supervisor for IU Athletics
Arbor DayIsaac Farley, our intern working to "Green IU Athletics," sat down one warm evening in July with Bob Gilmore, the Custodial Supervisor for IU Athletics, and his team of five dedicated employees - Ted Tuleck, Justin Wright, Jeff Paynter, Gary Dyer, and Brandon Deckard - to discuss their new recycling system in Memorial Stadium, Cook Hall, Mellencamp Pavilion, and Weathers Golf. According to Isaac, "I was excited to meet Bob and his team. I hear great things about their commitment to sustainability every time I step foot into the North End Zone. Bob's got out 150 recycling cans in offices throughout Athletics. He even recycles batteries. He takes them to the recycle center himself."

Isaac Farley: What barriers have you faced in implementing recycling in each individual office within Athletics?

Bob Gilmore: No barriers. Zero. We've had zero resistance. From staff, from above - we've had no resistance. Kevin Clark, Chuck Crabb, Chris Reynolds, Fred Glass, they've all been great. And, my guys are committed to recycling. They said, "well, we'll have to carry another collection bin, but they've been great about it! As a matter of fact, we're going to try it with the football players. People have said, "Oh, Bob, that won't work. But, how do we know unless we try? We'll put together some signs and see."

Isaac Farley: Why is an effort like this important to Athletics, the campus? To you?

Ted Tuleck: One of these bottles takes, what, 600 years to decompose? This is about community awareness. This is about keeping our community clean for us, and for generations to come.

Justin Wright: We want to really show that Athletics is committed to this. It's important. We want to be the best!

Bob Gilmore: There are things we're doing here that other people are not. We're trying to be a leader.

Gary Dyer: Yeah, we want to set a standard.

Isaac Farley: What can other departments on campus learn from what you and your team are doing, Bob?

Bob Gilmore: Well, I'd tell them to just talk to me, or the guys to see what it takes. We don't think centralized collections work as well. I think we can be a model for this on campus. We have 145 cans out right now. And, my guys are in those offices every night. I encourage others to strive to be better than us. But, I must say, I think I have the best staff on campus.

Isaac Farley: Gentleman, how does it feel, or what do you think when you hear Bob say that about you? I've been hearing it in these halls from more than just Bob.

Ted Tuleck: Bob's a great motivator. He's positive. He's supportive. He gives clear objectives and engages his staff.

Jeff Paynter: That positive feedback is the biggest thing. Bob and Chuck are always supportive of what we do. It's a great atmosphere to work in, and it encourages me to make suggestions about what I think we can do better, because I know they'll be open to it.

Isaac Farley: Do any of you have anything you'd like to share about sustainability and what you're doing here?

Gary Dyer: This is something that has to live on. We're in it for the long run. We have to be.

Bob Gilmore: It's not only about the environment. A lot of what we do is about costs [savings]. We're saving money for the department. It's about our kids, too. Four of us have children. We want what's best for our kids.

Ted Tuleck: People wouldn't throw this [plastic water bottle] in their yard. We want people to think of this as their home.

Bob Gilmore: I must say, I have a hell of a team! We're fortunate. We have a lot of backing [in Athletics] here.

Bob later told Isaac that he and his staff learned a lot from the interview. They are currently working on a slogan or motto for their efforts within IU Athletics.  The Office of Sustainability would like to thank Bob, Ted, Justin, Jeff, Gary, and Brandon for their role in advancing a greener IU campus. 

Photo: From left to right: Brandon Deckard, Bob Gilmore, Jeff Paynter, Ted Tuleck, Justin Wright, Gary Dyer.
Featured Sustainability Intern:
Laura Nading, Sustainable Communities (IMP)
Integrating Sustainability into the First Year Experience

Sustainability and the FYE Intern Laura NadingOver the past several months, I have worked with the IU Office of First Year Experience (FYE) and the IU Office of Sustainability (IUOS) on efforts to integrate sustainability into the first year experience at IUB. The concept for my internship came out of the recognition that effectively engaging new students is crucial to growing sustainability awareness and participation on campus. Through collaboration with FYE and with other IU staff members that work with first year students, many exciting sustainability features have debuted during New Student Orientation this summer with more to come at the beginning of the fall semester. 

A large portion the initial work for my internship was devoted to communications with FYE, which has blossomed to the establishment a comprehensive, in-office sustainability initiative. Since then, FYE has implemented progressive sustainability initiatives during this summer's New Student Orientation (NSO), including: the campus sustainability-orientated annual new student common reader, reduced orientation sack lunch waste, and the transition of the NSO Resource Fair to being "paper-free". For the first time, FYE included information about their sustainability efforts in their pre-orientation communication with new students and parents.

Working closely with Bob Rathbun, the IUBeginnings and Sustainability project manager, Emilie Rex (IUOS Assistant Director), Alex Luboff, and I have assisted in the development of "Thrive-ability", a five-day long freshmen-only adventure that will be focused on the many different elements of sustainability-social, economic, and environmental-and how they affect and enhance the college experience. Taking place on campus and throughout Bloomington, the trip offers freshmen the opportunity to meet other students, campus staff, and community members with interest in sustainability. The trip itinerary is packed with engaging activities like eating at local restaurants around town, meeting with campus and community sustainability experts, touring the Bloomington Bike Project, and foraging for local seasonal food on an afternoon hike.

Lastly, I'm in the process of developing and implementing a Green Dorm Room Certification Program (GDRCP) that will provide residence hall students with a tiered set of personal actions they can pursue in favor of lowering their carbon and environmental impact footprint. The creation of a green dorm room certification program at IUB has the potential to improve the educational and living experience of residence hall students, while also enhancing campus sustainability on a larger scale. In collaboration with Residential Programming and Services (RPS) and the Residence Hall Association (RHA), I'm currently aiming to have the program ready for use for the quickly-approaching fall semester.

Volunteer with us!
Arbor Day

Saturday, August 21 

Time: Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:
  • 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
  • 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM
  • 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (clean up)
Location: Memorial Stadium - West Concourse
Description: We need volunteers or a variety of tasks.  From answering questions to moving furniture, there's something for everyone, and everyone is welcome!

What is Hoosier to Hoosier?

Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims to 1) to divert reusable items generated during the student move-out from the landfill, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order to 3) raise funds for local charities and other organizations. The program allows students to donate reusable items, and also help out their neighbors in need at the same time.

Aside from a small percentage that will be set aside for administrative costs associated with the second H2H next year, all proceeds from the sale will benefit United Way and Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County.

Hoosier to Hoosier is a partnership between the United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, the City of Bloomington, IU Athletics, the IU Office of Sustainability, and IU Residential Programs and Services.

Volunteer with Tend!
Help plant IUB's first edible sculpture garden

Dates: Vol
Arbor Dayunteers are needed for the following dates:
  • Thursday, July 29th
  • Tuesday, August 3rd
Time: 4:00 to 6:00 PM Location: Bryan House
Description: Volunteers will be planting, weeding and helping build the sculpture. 

About Tend
This volunteer project is a part of a bigger piece called Tending a Difficult Hope by artist Leah Gauthier.  Tend is an installation and relational work exploring agricultural plant matter as sculptural material, sustainable solutions towards a healthy food supply, community building through growing and cooking food, and ways of re-incorporating agrarian sensibilities and simplicity into modern life. The piece has two components, an outdoor generative sculpture food garden located behind Bryan House and an installation located in the SoFA Gallery.

Volunteer with IU Athletics!

Dates: Saturday, September
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Time: Volunteers are needed for the following shifts: 
  • Tailgating SHIFT 1: 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Tailgating SHIFT 2: 4:15 PM to 7:15 PM
  • Stadium SHIFT 1: 4:15 PM to 7:15 PM
  • Stadium SHIFT 2: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Relief Team: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: Memorial Stadium
Description: Game day initiatives include:
  • Recycling during tailgating pilot- Volunteers will circulate the tailgating area, instructing fans on the proper techniques - will distribute bags (clear for recycling, black for trash) and educate and encourage fans to recycle 
  • Recycling inside Memorial Stadium - Volunteers will co-locate garbage and recycling bins in the stadium, educate and encourage fans to recycle, and supervise recycling of aluminum, plastic, cardboard, etc. in the stadium
  • Vendor waste reduction - Supervised recycling should assist in reducing contamination of cardboard, paperboard - greenware pilot - 100% compostable corn-based "plastics"
  • Eco Cell phone collection - Volunteers will supervise collection of cell phones for recycling - recycled phones reduce the destruction to gorilla habitat and proceeds from our effort benefit campus sustainability
  • Bike Valet  -Volunteers will valet bicycles on the west concourse of the stadium and at the initiative tent - encouraging alternate methods of transportation to athletic events
Brown to Green:
Lessons from the Greenest Building in Indianapolis
by Bill Brown
Field tours, on and off campus, to look at examples of sustainability in all its forms, are a tradition of the IUB summer sustainability internship seminar. This summer's off-campus trip with 12 interns featured a tour of the Indianapolis area with stops at The Nature Conservancy's new Indiana headquarters, the Efroymson Conservation Center - a green building slated for LEED Platinum certification; Hoosier Disposal/Republic Recycling Center where some of IUB's recycling is processed; a picnic lunch meeting with the City of Indianapolis Sustainability Director and IU SPEA grad, Kären Haley (after a visit to Goose the Market to pick up sustainable local lunches); Butler University's Campus Garden, which supplies food grown by students to its dining halls; and Bright Automotive in Anderson, a start-up planning to manufacture electric delivery vans.

This moGreen Roofnth's column will focus on the Efroymson Conservation Center, which was designed and constructed as "the bricks-and-mortar embodiment" of The Nature Conservancy's conservation mission. Recently completed, the 40,000 square-foot office and meeting center is slated to achieve the highest level of LEED green building certification while keeping the budget below the market rate. We were guided on our tour by project architect, Eric Anderson, and principal architect, Drew White, both of Axis Architecture and Interiors, and Adam McLane, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana's building projects manager. Getting the owner and designer perspective on the decision-making process proved fascinating.

The tour began outside, where this former one-acre industrial warehouse site at 620 East Ohio Street has been transformed into a showcase for stormwater management using bioswales, native plants, rain gardens, stormwater capture and storage, porous pavement, two types of green roofs and other measures to capture and control 100% of the storm water on site. The City of Indianapolis awarded The Nature Conservancy one of its first Indianapolis Sustainability Awards as a result of these strategies noting, "this project will reduce stormwater runoff by almost 650,000 gallons per year. This should result in a savings for the City of Indianapolis of over $642,000 in water treatment costs over a 30-year period." Various native plant areas on site illustrate the types of vegetation found in the 70,000 acres The Nature Conservancy preserves throughout Indiana. A 2500-gallon cistern provides water for flushing toilets and irrigation and the facility uses 40% less water than typical construction. The site also hides 38 vertical geothermal wells for efficient ground-source heat pumps that heat and cool the building.

Arbor DayThe former smaller warehouse on site was deemed to be structurally unsound, but the exterior of the new structure includes many of the bricks salvaged from the demolition, along with Indiana limestone. The interior features native Indiana hardwood species sustainably harvested as part of normal conservation practices on preserve properties. Due to its narrow footprint with northern and southern exposure, the interior is flooded with natural daylight and views. High-efficiency lighting is controlled via daylight and occupancy sensors and each employee has a high level of control of the lighting levels for their own workspace. Conditioned air is delivered from raised floor plenums that allow for efficient displacement ventilation that saves energy, improves worker health due to the fact the freshest air is always near the people and the stale air rises to the ceiling. This system allows each employee to dial their own comfort level. Raised floor plenums also allow for easy relocation of vents, as well as power and data cabling. Due to elimination of duct friction and free assistance from gravity and buoyancy, raised floor plenum delivery can also save as much as 30% of the energy of typical overhead ducted systems. Ease of reconfiguring is a key characteristic of sustainable office environments to reduce construction and demolition waste.

Arbor DayMaterial selection was based on aesthetics, durability, low life-cycle cost, low indoor air quality impact, high recycled content, and local or regional origin. Recycled content carpet tiles and native hardwoods cover most of the floors. The lower level public meeting room that holds 75 people features a beautiful stained concrete floor and a view of a fascinating "living wall" that is planted with native cliff-dwelling plants. Over 90% of the construction and demolition waste was recycled.

We were all impressed that this building was planned with one printer room on the second floor, which makes people think twice about printing and reduces the plug loads and cost of operation of individual workstation printers. Employees also said it resulted in more interaction with people on other floors and in other departments and provided access to premium printing equipment that may not have been possible if everyone had a printer in close proximity.

Arbor DayA small, intensive green roof is visible from the upper floors, which is much more appealing that looking at a black tar roof. The upper 7500-square-foot extensive green roof is planted in native plants that can tolerate drought and extremes of heat and cold. It not only helps retain rainwater but extends the life of the underlying membrane by shielding it from temperature extremes, ultraviolet light and other elements that typically shorten the life of roof membranes. The living roof also moderates temperature extremes and is particularly effective at keeping the building cooler in summer. This is important in urban environments where the collective heat from dark surfaces causes the "urban heat island effect," which makes cities as much as 10 degrees warmer than surrounding vegetated areas.

This building breaks down several myths about green buildings. It proves that they are not necessarily more expensive than brown buildings, even when you shoot for the highest level of achievement. Mr. White noted that the building construction cost came in under $180 per-square-foot, the typical cost for class A office construction in Indianapolis. An analysis prior to construction showed that The Nature Conservancy could save money by owning their building rather than continue to lease office space. Axis Architecture and Interiors and the rest of the design and construction team also blew through the myth that green buildings are odd or unattractive. As an architect who has judged state design competitions, I predict this one will win a lot of design awards for purely aesthetic reasons.

Arbor DayAnother important aspect of ultra-high performance green buildings that this one illustrates magnificently it is often easier to raise the money to build the project if it heroically exceeds the norm and aligns with the mission of the owner. McLane confirmed that the ambitious goals were key to their successful fundraising efforts. Had they elected to build a brown building or a timid green building instead, they may still be looking for that major donor. This one came with a loud buzz long before groundbreaking and they are reaping the benefits of a continuing afterglow as hundreds of people tour the facility and use the public meeting room. This is a rare example of effective systems thinking where decisions made in one area contribute to success in other areas. This integrated approach to design and construction is just now beginning to bloom and bear fruit in Indiana. As a result of that approach, this is also a rare economic success story during the great recession.

Perhaps there are some lessons for IU Bloomington here as we pursue our ambitious new construction goals in concert with the Campus Master Plan, which also challenges us to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 (see pages 12, 116 and 183). The Efroymson Conservation Center is definitely worth a visit if you plan to be near Downtown Indianapolis.  Don't be surprised if you leave with a question on your mind, "why aren't all buildings built this way?"
Need to contact IUOS?
General comments and questions should be directed to

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
Assistant Director of Sustainability