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November 22, 2010Issue 8
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November's Sustainability Catalyst
Green Team Update
From Brown to Green
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Sustainability in the News

Making the Grade - IU Bloomington is on an accelerated track to improve its environmental report card


 IU logoD-plus. That's a grade that might compel most students to reconsider their field of study. When Indiana University Bloomington received such a mark from the College Sustainability Report Card in 2007, however, campus activist organizations only continued their hard work. As of 2010, IU has pulled the grade up to a B-minus, and appears determined to transform the school with a 40,000 population into an A-plus Big Ten of Green.





Friedman: Sustainability is both an obligation and an opportunity

  Thomas Friedman

Thomas Friedman's latest book is titled Hot, Flat and Crowded -- with the "hot" referring to climate change. But he says that even people who don't believe the climate is changing should accept his thesis: that a green revolution is needed to avert global disaster, and the U.S. should lead it.  


"I tell people, 'You don't believe in climate change? OK, that's between you and your beach house,'" he told an Indiana University audience last week. "'But you'd better believe in flat and crowded.'"



Winners announced in IU Fall Energy Challenge

Energy Challenge Fall 2010Willkie Quad, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Alpha Omicron Pi were winners in the first-ever Fall Energy Challenge at Indiana University Bloomington, which ended Wednesday, Nov. 3.


The 28-day competition among residence halls, academic buildings, and Greek houses was designed to foster changes in behavior that will result in the reduction of electricity and water usage. It marked the fourth Energy Challenge at IU Bloomington and involved approximately 18,000 people. Nearly 40 percent of buildings on campus competed.


Award-winning nature and science writer speaks at IU's Collins Living-Learning Center

Christopher Cokinos

Indiana University Alumnus Christopher Cokinos, an author-environmentalist and former resident of Collins Living-Learning Center, returned to the residence hall to read his work and host and essay-writing workshop with IU students on Thursday, Nov. 11.


Cokinos' reading, titled "Vanished Birds and Shooting Stars: Death and Life from the Skies," took place as part of The College of Arts and Sciences' Themester 2010, sustain.ability: Thriving on a Small Planet.


In his two nonfiction books, "The Fallen Sky" and "Hope is the Timing with Feathers," Cokinos has grappled with the tragedy and inevitability of extinction. From the cautionary tale of the last known wild passenger pigeon (and how the extinction of that species was human-caused) to the effects of meteorite impacts in the past and the future, Cokinos frames a discussion of extinction within the contexts of personal responsibility and deep time. 


Surprisingly, out of literal devastation -- such as an impact even 500 million years ago -- life can emerge, Cokinos writes, so our time on Earth is, in part, a gift of past extinctions.


Cokinos graduated from IU in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a journalism minor. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, the country's most respected prize for emerging writers. His books have garnered praise from multiple publications including Nature, Science, and the Boston Globe. He teaches creative writing and history of science fiction courses at Utah State University, where he is an associate professor in English, is the current president of the Utah Audubon Council and sits on the boards of the Briderland Audubon Society and Hawkwatch International.  

November's Sustainability Catalyst: 
Dennis Cromwell, Associate Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure
by Susan Coleman Morse

When we established an eighth working group to support sustainable computing, we immediately thought of Dennis Cromwell, associate vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure at University Information Technology Services. Having served as a mentor to several sustainable computing interns since 2007, Dennis brought a great deal of enthusiasm and energy to our efforts.


In the fall of 2010, Dennis and Co-Chair Barry Rubin (from the School of Environmental and Public Affairs) established the Sustainable IT Working Group.  Dennis has since led the group in identifying key operational opportunities in document management, electronic waste recycling, and desktop energy savings.


Informatics Ph.D. candidate Kristin Hanks served as our first sustainable computing intern.  "Dennis knew the ins and outs of sustainable computing long before it became a real topic on campus," Hanks shared.  "He was very open to exploring my ideas and suggestions, which was a huge benefit to my research."

Dennis's keen knowledge of the Indiana University community and longstanding role as an IT leader in higher education have provided valuable insights into the environmental impact of our technological practices.


Thank you, Dennis, for your innovative spirit and continued leadership. Our interns and volunteers have benefited greatly from your generous contributions.

Green Team Update 

Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management

The Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management (EHS) Green Team was officially formed in September 2010. Currently with seven active members, the EHS Green Team was the first team to earn "Seed" certification, the first level of certification under the IUB Green Team Office Certification Program. Patty Moser, who has worked at IUB for 16 years, is the team leader for the EHS Green Team. She will be discussing her team's experience completing the first checklist of sustainable actions with attendees at the December Green Bag. The event will take place from 12 PM to 1 PM on Wednesday, December 1st in the IMU Oak Room.


Q&A with Patty Moser, EHS Green Team Leader:

Q: Were you discussing sustainable initiatives to implement within the Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management prior to the establishment of the green teams program?

A: As Environmental Health and Safety Professionals we already think in terms of "green" principles for the University, however, it was not until the formation of IUOS and other initiatives (like formation of Working Groups, Green Teams, etc.) that we really began to implement specific sustainable activities within our own office.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the green teams program?

A: Thinking about new ways to initiate sustainable practices and collaborating with co-workers and others to make them happen.


Q: Your team recently obtained "Seed" certification.  Would you please discuss that experience?  How long did it take your team to fulfill all of the included sustainable actions?  Which actions were the most rewarding? 

A: As a member of the IU Sustainability Advisory Board and member of two working groups, I have learned a lot in a short amount of time about things that can be done to utilize sustainable principles.  While the Office of Environmental Health and Safety works diligently to ensure environmental compliance and to keep the University safe and healthy, I felt that we may not have been doing enough in our own office towards sustainability efforts, so I formed our group to address that issue.  We had our kick-off meeting in September 2010 and I learned of the certification process shortly after that.  It turned out a lot of the issues we discussed, and some we had already initiated, were in the checklist so we were well on our way to getting "Seed" certification.  Once the remaining items were achieved, we applied on-line for certification.  We received our "Seed" certification less than two weeks after forming our team. It was a very informative and easy process.  We are currently in the process of addressing a few remaining issues in our "Sprout" certification and will get that one soon too.  Our team enjoyed researching issues for our certification and exploring ways to comply and improve our sustainability efforts.

Featured Sustainability Intern

Stephanie Hopkins, Campus Garden Pilot

Sunflower at Oaklyn LibraryMy work as the IUOS Campus Garden Pilot Intern consists of facilitating the creation of a pilot garden plot near the Bryan House on campus. Additionally, I am designing a campus-wide program to strengthen the connection between students and the sources of the food they consume. The garden pilot plot will serve as an educational opportunity for students to learn more about Indiana agriculture, local food on campus, and small-scale gardening initiatives, while the garden program will serve as a mechanism for connecting already existing initiatives on campus that relate to food, gardening, and land use.


To begin conversations about the campus garden and its impact on the community, several garden enthusiasts from the student body and the Bloomington community gathered for a lunch and conversation with Wendell Berry on November 12th. The dialogue that occurred allowed the stakeholders in attendance to express what a campus garden plot and program would mean to them. Mr. Berry asked critical questions that helped the group identify the initial goals of the garden pilot. Mr. Berry also helped the group view the garden and its possible future expansions in the context of the University as an institute of learning.


Participants grappled with the importance of displaying a successful garden to the campus community, while creating a space where students learn about small-scale food production through trial and error. The key, Mr. Berry said, was to identify those in the community who had cultivation experience and ask them to serve as mentors to those with less experience. All agreed that the garden pilot should serve as a stepping-stone to a larger, campus-wide commitment to a local food economy where, perhaps, education is the most imortant commodity.


After the formal discussion concluded, Mr. Berry explained to me that the most exciting part of a project like this was, in fact, the unanswered questions. With a project like this, the process is just as important as the end result. 


From Brown to Green:
A Union of Strengths

by Bill Brown

When most people think of the Big Ten, they think of competition and rivalry, but there is another very important aspect of the conference that is less well known.  In 1957, Herman B. Wells suggested Big Ten universities collaborate to look at common issues other than athletics. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) was born in 1958 involving the ten schools of the conference plus University of Chicago, a former conference member.

This past week, one of many of the committees under the CIC umbrella, the Environmental Stewardship Group, met in Chicago for the third time since its inception a little more than a year ago.  Included for the November meeting were the twelve schools of the Big Ten plus the University of Chicago, University of California, and University of Texas.  The focus of this two-day meeting was campus energy use and several institutions were asked to present their progress on energy initiatives.

Indiana University was represented by Paul Sullivan, Deputy Vice President of Capital Projects and Facilities and Co-Chair of the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB); Jeff Kaden, University Engineer and Co-Chair of the CSAB Energy and Built Environment Working Group; and me, Director of Sustainability.

Many of the presenting institutions outlined their commitments to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gases. Most of the presenters have central plants that generate electricity and steam through coal combustion and presented goals for reductions of overall energy use and greenhouse gas reductions.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that 85% of their greenhouse gas emissions relate to their buildings. They plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and provide 25% of their energy from renewable sources by 2025. They expect to find over half of the savings through recommissioning and retrofitting existing buildings with energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems. They have started a "space marketplace" to consolidate unused spaces and they have received over $7 million in grants for energy efficiency upgrades, including $2 million for wind turbines. Students at University of Illinois pay a $16-per-semester fee to fund various sustainability projects.

Penn State achieved a 24% reduction in building energy use per square foot from 2003 to 2010 through continuous commissioning and retrofit projects. They fund $350,000 per year in seed grants for sustainability research applied to campus facilities with a bias for those proposals that involve broad collaborations and participation by graduate and undergraduate students.

University of Michigan reported on the success of their "Planet Blue" building-focused

energy and water conservation and retrofitting campaign that recommissions 30 buildings per year. So far, they have decreased energy use by 12%, steam by 17% and electricity use by 4%, saving $3.5 million per year in energy costs. Each building gets a "building report card" to show users areas of opportunity and success.

Michigan State, which has a goal of reducing greenhouse gases to 15% below 2005 levels by 2015, has hired an outside consultant to create a comprehensive integrated energy model for the entire campus that can be used to test "what if" scenarios for various energy

supply and demand management strategies. They plan to use this model to strategize how to avoid an expansion of their coal-fired power plant.

University of Iowa is aiming for a 10% reduction in energy use and 15% renewable energy by 2013. They already use oat hulls to co-fire their coal boilers. They joined the Chicago Climate Exchange in 2004 and became an EPA Energy Star Partner in 2005. Life cycle cost analysis is required on all major building projects.

University of Texas at Austin spent $15.1 million replacing 200,000 light fixtures and installing 2,300 occupancy sensors on their campus. The lighting upgrades save $2.8 million annually and the occupancy sensors save $1.9 million annually.

University of California at Davis presented their Smart Exterior Lighting project, which involves replacing high-pressure sodium light fixtures in parking lots and parking structures with induction or LED lighting equipped with dual-level adaptive controls. If the sensors detect no people present, the lighting is switched to 50%. When people are detected, the levels go up to 100%.  In their extensive tests, this cut energy costs by 68% while improving safety and light quality. They plan to replace all campus exterior lighting on all of their campuses with adaptive controls by 2020.

Purdue University is installing ten electric-vehicle charging stations to encourage Indiana's burgeoning electric car industry. Other campuses are testing various charging stations and strategizing how they will be deployed.

Here at IUB, we have published a unique Campus Master Plan that incorporates recommendations for achieving a 30% reduction in greenhouse gases and a 48% reduction in water use by 2020. An Integrated Energy Master Plan is in development as is a $15-million Qualified Energy Savings Program involving as many as 23 buildings.  Solar photovoltaic systems are going up on Briscoe and Tulip Tree rooftops and Physical Plant's new building recommissioning team is moving through its second building. An effort is underway to fully meter campus buildings with digital, radio-read technology by as early as next summer.

We all came away from the meeting with many new ideas, including many that have already been tested in real campus settings with encouraging results. By sharing ideas that work, we all can move faster toward campuses that point the way to a sustainable future. Or, as Herman B. Wells so eloquently put it in his description of the CIC in the Fall 1967 issue of the EDUCATIONAL RECORD:

At a time when yesterday's bright new fact becomes today's doubt and tomorrow's myth, no single institution has the resources in faculty or facilities to go it alone. A university must do more than just stand guard over the nation's heritage, it must illuminate the present and help shape the future. This demands cooperation - not a diversity of weaknesses, but a union of strengths.

Upcoming Events & Volunteer Opportunities 
For a complete listing of sustainability events, visit:


Monday, November 22nd - Monday, November 30th
 Themester Closing Exposition

Register to display your student work at the Themester Closing Expo!

Students, the Themester Steering Committee invites you to display your sustainability-related work at the Closing Exposition, Friday, December 3rd, 11-2 PM. 


Example projects might include:

  • Posters explaining research, service-learning or student group projects
  • Displays of artwork, including photographs, paintings or sculpture
  • Film or performances

Individual students and student organizations are welcome to apply. 

Click here for more info:

Click here to register:

More about the Closing Exposition: Culminating four months of events, lectures and coursework, the Closing Expo is a celebration of what students have accomplished this Themester, but more importantly, a look forward at the role our campus and community must play in creating a sustainable future.  Here's the schedule:

11:00 AM:  Doors open

11:15 AM - 12: 30 PM:  We will be joined by guest speakers Provost Karen Hanson, author and IU Distinguished Professor Emeritus Scott Russell Sanders, and IU Director of Sustainability Bill Brown. One student and another student organization (TBA) will present on their Themester experiences.  Students from the IU Contemporary Dance Department will also perform.

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM:  Student work expo begins.  Refreshments will be served.  


Tuesday, November 30th
 Buy a Pair, Give a Pair

The One-for-One model that helps the world see!

7:00-8:00 PM, CG 1040 (Kelley, Graduate side)


Participants are encouraged to bring in old eyeglasses to donate to World Vision/the IU School of Optometry!

One for one: An idea that has changed the average business model into something extraordinary. You have probably heard of TOMS giving a pair of shoes for every pair purchased, but have you ever heard of "one for one" with eyeglasses?

Meet Neil Blumenthal: A graduate from the Wharton School of Business who brings a new meaning to social entrepreneurship. As a co-founder of Warby Parker, he envisioned an alternative to today's overpriced and bland eyewear. Today, Warby Parker designs and sells high-quality, fashion-forward eyewear at a fraction of the price. Partnering with renowned non-profits, Warby Parker gives away a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair they sell. Check out for more information!

The one-for-one model has changed the culture of business to prove that giving back isn't just for non-profits. CLD is teaming up with the Kelley Institute for Social Impact to invite co-founder Neil Blumenthal to share his story and insights with IU students. 

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to meet one of the leading proponents for social entrepreneurship and the one-for-one business model. RSVP today by contacting Joe Wang at joewang@indiana.eduSpace is limited, and slots are going fast!


Friday, November 19th - F riday, December 17th
ViS Art Exhibit - Plastic: it's what's for dinner

 IMU Gallery (next to Starbucks)

For the next month Volunteers in Sustainability (ViS) will display their educational art exhibit, "Plastic: it's what's for dinner" at the Indiana MemoriaViS Art Exhibitl Union Gallery. The exhibit serves to spark discussion about the accumulation of plastic debris in our oceans and its various effects on marine life (and human life, too!). The exhibit also encourages viewers to recognize their role in both the problem and the solution. The exhibit features art made by students at the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club and members of ViS, and is made largely of reusable materials.


Help IU Basketball Go Green!

GCC LogoAs part of the 2010 IU Basketball season, Indiana University would like your help engaging and educating fans as part of the Greening Cream & Crimson initiative! Volunteers receive a free Greening Cream and Crimson t-shirt! Volunteer spaces are limited, so sign up today!

Two-hour volunteer opportunities are available for the following fall semester home games. Click on the links to sign up!

Tuesday, November 23 - North Carolina Central - 7 PM

Saturday, December 4, Savannah State - 6 PM

We'd love to have you as part of the Cream & Crimson Green Team! If you have questions contact Isaac Farley, Greening IU Athletics volunteer coordinator at


Boys and Girls Club hiring
Outdoor Education/

Gardening Director Intern


Hours Per Week: 15-20

Schedule: 11am-3pm Mondays, 8am-1pm Thursdays, 9:30am-3pm Fridays

Compensation: $500.00 stipend   Start Date: May 23rd, 2011  End Date: August 12th, 2011



CaCamp Rockmp Rock is a traditional outdoor summer day camp serving campers ages 6-12 and  counselo rs in training ages 13-17.


The outdoor education intern will be responsible for all aspects of outdoor living skills  programming for Camp Rock. Expected to plan and lead fun an d engaging programming and interactive activities for campers. Intern is responsible for programs that teach topics that might include outdoor survival, conservation, team building, biology, wild life identification, etc.


For more info and full description, visit:



Lights, Camera, CHILL OUT!

Campus Ecology's annual Chill Out Competition is underway, so grab a camera and start filming your campus climate initiatives! 

National Wildlife Federation is looking to reward the best and brightest campus environmental leaders. Tell us about your programs that reduce global warming pollution and make an impact on your campus community, and it could be you! All you have to do is create a two minute video showcasing the projects and initiatives that make your campus stand out! You will have the chance to win grant money and the opportunity for your video to be featured in our annual national webcast, which airs in April. Creative and fun videos are encouraged, but mostly we want to know what you're doing on campus! How are you leading your campus and the world to a more sustainable, greener future?

 Enter your video in one of six categories:
  • Campus Actions
  • Students in Action
  • Green Jobs and Education
  • Innovative Research, Design and Technology
  • Green Sporting Events and Programs
  • High School Actions
Entries are due by December 19. Think this competition is only for students?  THINK AGAIN! Faculty, staff and students are eligible and encouraged to enter.
 For contest rules and entry form, go to



 Thursday, December 2nd
Community Shopping Night at Global Gifts

 Global Gifts, 122 N. Walnut St.

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

It's time to go Holiday Shopping - what better way to shop than LOCALLY while buying GLOBAL gifts fairly traded! Please help the Center for Sustainable Living when you shop this holiday season. Thursday, December 2, Global Gifts will hold a Community Shopping Night to benefit the projects of the Center for Sustainable Living.  From 5:00 to 8:00pm that evening 10% of Bloomington's Global Gifts sales will be donated to the Center for Sustainable Living! Shop at Global Gifts to support your local Fair Trade store, global artisans, and the efforts of the Center for Sustainable Living!

Global Gifts is a nonprofit Fair Trade store which provides hope and opportunity to developing world producers through paying a fair wage, supports business development for producer cooperatives, and highlights unique gifts made of recycled and reused materials such as newspaper, chip bags, and soda cans. More information is available at
Themester Calendar
November and December
For a complete listing of Themester events, visit:

Monday, November 29
The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
513 N. Park Ave.
Noon-1:30 p.m.

PUBLIC LECTURE: The Duramaz Project: Building and Interpreting an Indicator System for Assessing the Impacts of Sustainabile Development Experiements in the Brazilian Amazon (François-Michel Le Tourneau, National Center for Scientific Research, Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle)

The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology
Tuesday, November 30
Student Building 159
4:00-5:30 p.m.
PUBLIC LECTURE: The Yanomami of Brazil: A Geography of an Indigenous Territory (François-Michel Le Tourneau, National Center for Scientific Research, Université Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Department of Anthropology
International Studies Program
Department of Geography
The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis
College of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, November 30
Woodburn Hall 100
4:00-5:15 p.m.

COLL-T 200 LECTURE: The Greening of the IMU (Bruce Jacobs, Executive Director, Indiana Memorial Union)
[Part of the Themester COLL-T 200 "Living a Sustainable Life" Lecture Series]
College of Arts and Sciences
Tuesday, November 30
Ernie Pyle 220
8:00 p.m.
FILM SCREENING and DISCUSSION:Blue Vinyl (2002, 97 min).
Department of Communication and Culture
College of Arts and Sciences


Through December 19 Indiana University Art Museum

EXHIBITION: Exhibition: African Reinventions: Reused Materials in Popular Culture

IU Art Museum
Thursday, December 2
Woodburn Hall 100
4:00-5:15 p.m.

COLL-T 200 LECTURE: The Sustainable Student (Emilie Rex, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability)
[Part of the Themester COLL-T 200 "Living a Sustainable Life" Lecture Series]
College of Arts and Sciences
Friday, December 3
Student Building 150
9:30am-10:45 a.m.

PUBLIC LECTURE: Poverty, Wealth and International Trade (Paul Segerstrom, University of Stockholm)
[Part of the Themester Series Poverty, Inequality, and Development]

Department of Sociology
Department of Economics
College of Arts and Sciences

Friday, December 3, 2010
sustain.ability CLOSING EXPOSITION

College of Arts and Sciences

Monday, December 6
Ruth Halls Theatre
7:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCE: Water, an ensemble-created theatrical performance

College of Arts and Sciences

Tuesday, December 7
Woodburn Hall 100
4:00-5:15 p.m.

COLL-T 200 LECTURE: Learning to Thrive on Campus Within Natural Limits (Bill Brown, Director, Office of Sustainability)
[Part of the Themester COLL-T 200 "Living a Sustainable Life" Lecture Series]

College of Arts and Sciences

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