Issue 16


Register by Wednesday for Friday's Summer Sustainability Internship Symposium 
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Interns and IUOS staff at the 2011 Academic Year symposium.

There are two days left to register for the fourth annual Indiana University Summer Sustainability Internship Symposium this Friday, August 12, 2011 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Grand Hall at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center.


The symposium will feature the summer research projects of IU Bloomington's sustainability interns, including presentations, a poster session, and complimentary lunch featuring local food. Visit the 2011 Academic Year Sustainability Internship Symposium  

webpage for details of the symposium's format.    


Register now and join us in celebrating our students' contribution to the campus sustainability initiative. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Hoosier to Hoosier Needs You!
Hoosier to Hoosier







The Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) Community Sale needs your help!  H2H aims to divert student move-out items from the landfill by collecting, sorting and storing them to sell back to students and community members in the fall.

There are three ways you can help: 

  1. Volunteer: We need volunteers Thursday, August 18th through Sale Day, Saturday, August 20th.  We especially need help during shifts 2 (9:30am -12:45pm) and 3 (12:20pm - 3:15pm). Can't do any heavy lifting? No problem.  We also need volunteers to answer customer questions and tally purchases.  Click here to sign-up.  
  2. Shop: From furniture to clothes to electronics, we've got something for you! And you're shopping for a good cause--you're keep these items out of the landfill and proceeds benefit the United Way and Habitat for Humanity. Join us at the Gladstein Fieldhouse (on North Fee Lane across from the IU Outdoor Pool and next to Assembly Hall) on Saturday, August 20th.  Early bird admission from 7:30-9am is $5.00.  Admission is free from 9am - 3pm.  Click here for more info.
  3. Spread the word: Tell your friends, family, co-workers and neighbors about the sale.  Click here for downloadable fliers and easy-to-forward email messages about the sale.  
Sustainability in the News
Soil samples reveal urban mercury footprints

FilippelliA new study from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is among the first to investigate mercury deposits in industrialized city soil near coal-fired power plants. The study, which appears in the July 2011 issue of the journal Water, Air & Soil Pollution, reports that measurable amounts of the mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants is deposited in local soil and subsequently enters regional watersheds, contaminating fish and making them unsafe for human consumption.     Read More >> 

The Indiana New Farm School requests your feedback      


The Indiana New Farm School plans to build local food security by growing future generations of sustainable farmers. Putting more successful food farmers on local land to help restore balance to our currently challenged food system is our goal. Preliminary discussions have taken place among the Local Growers Guild, Bloomington Cooperative Services (Bloomingfoods), the Sycamore Land Trust, and independent farmers and landowners, as they seek to develop the Indiana New Farm School as a forward-looking, collaborative model for regional food security.

We need your help in designing the Farm School to the best benefit of the students, farmers and community. Please take a moment to complete this survey and distribute it through your networks. As you know, the more responses the better we plan, and the more benefit the Farm School can provide from the beginning. 

Sustainability research grants focus on distributed energy, tree canopy conservation

trees_eigenmannThe Indiana University Office of Sustainability has announced the recipients of the Sustainability Research Development Grants for the 2011-12 academic year. Two teams of Indiana University faculty and graduate students will explore the conditions for successful implementation of low-carbon distributed energy programs in developing countries and the use of policy tools to promote protection, conservation and development of the urban tree canopy. The grant program, jointly sponsored by the University Graduate School, the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the Center for Research on Energy & the Environment, the Center for Research in Environmental Sciences and the IU Office of Sustainability, provides opportunities for faculty members and students to develop externally funded research related to environmental sustainability.     Read More >> 

Geology journal addresses global water sustainability 
IU Professor Chen Zhu
Water, water, everywhere, but not enough to drink -- at least not where it's needed. That's the dilemma that Indiana University geochemist Chen Zhu and colleagues explore in the current issue of Elements, a peer-reviewed publication sponsored by 16 geological societies. 

  Read More >>  

IU Researcher awarded NSF grant to study effect of forests on air pollution
Sara Pryor
IU Professor Sara Pryor


The National Science Foundation has awarded a $760,000 grant to Indiana University Bloomington atmospheric scientist Sara C. Pryor and a colleague for research to improve understanding of the relationship between forests and pollution.


In this issue:
Register for the summer symposium!
H2H needs you!
Soil samples reveal urban mercury footprints
Indiana New Farm School requests feedback
Sustainability research grants announced
Geology journal addresses global water sustainability
IU Researcher awarded NSF grant to study effect of forests on air pollution
From the Director: Hoosier to Hoosier
Green Teams Update
Events and Opportunities
Support the Office of Sustainability
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Hoosier to Hoosier, Part Deux  
by Bill Brown

If you drive by Gladstein Fieldhouse, at 17th and Fee Lane, on Saturday, August 20, you may see hundreds of people lined up outside clamoring to get in. No, we haven't gone back to the old manual class registration system. This mob will instead be looking to claim "cheap, nice stuff" at the second annual Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale (H2H).

H2H goods
Trash or treasure? We think treasure. 


When you stop in you will see the east end of the fieldhouse transformed into a treasure island of thousands of goods donated by students as they left campus in spring and summer. Everything from jeans to sombreros to refrigerators to formal dresses to wheelchairs to treadmills, to . . . well . . . you have to see it to believe it! Over 22 tons of merchandise awaits the bargain hunter. Furniture, electronics, appliances, housewares, and stuff we can't identify await the curious shopper. Much of that might have ended up in the dumpster or on the curbside bound for the landfill. Instead, it will be sold for the benefit of Monroe County United Way and Habitat for Humanity.


What you won't see is all the campus and community volunteers who helped plan, advertise, gather, transport, sort, clean, store, fold and organize the haul.


H2H was the brainchild of former sustainability intern and journalism graduate student John Patishnock, who had witnessed the success of Trash to Treasure at Penn State University, which has a resale to the community immediately after students move out. John's innovation was to hold the donations over summer to have the resale when students were moving back to campus. One of John's mentors was Steve Akers, Associate Director for Environmental Services for IU Residential Programs and Services, who had already started a program to capture move-out materials from the residence halls on a smaller scale. His other mentor was Jacqui Bauer, originally an IU Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis researcher who became Bloomington's first Sustainability Coordinator. The first H2H was a raging success with over 950 visitors and over $10,000 donated to United Way.

This year, the H2H sustainability intern is Alexi Lamm, who has proven to be an outstanding leader, organizer, truck driver, heavy lifter, volunteer motivator, coach, marketer, graphic artist, negotiator and mediator. She has Steve and Jacqui to guide her, and together they are unstoppable. H2H has morphed into a campus/community collaboration involving hundreds of volunteers from all walks of life. It is on its way to becoming a part of the unique culture and social capital of the Bloomington campus and community.


Doors open at 7:30 a.m., when earlybirds can get a jump on the crowds by paying $5 at the door. At 9:00 a.m., admission is free and the doors close at 3 p.m.


You can still be part of Alexi's volunteer army by going to the web site and registering for final sorting and tagging or day of sale activities at:  

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This is an event you won't want to miss! 
Green Teams Update
The Green Teams blog is in full swing this summer! Below are some excerpts with links to the full articles. Email Amy Allen, Green Teams Coordinator, at if you're interested in starting a Green Team in your office.

The Perfect Office Plants: Not only are plants a nice way to liven up your office, but they also act as a great natural filter for the ambient air. This is especially important in the indoor workplace, where stale air, formaldehyde, and VOC off-gassing can greatly affect your health. For those not born with a green thumb, Pothos Plants are a perfect place to start. These plants are incredibly low maintenance, requiring VERY little attention.

Keep reading to find out more about Pothos Plants and other easy-to-grow office plants.   


Green Computing: Computers are a part of our everyday life. At this point, who could imagine living without them? However, just like many modern technologies, computers' impact on our lives is not always positive. As many of you know, improper use and disposal of computers are a major source of pollution and energy consumption. Choosing a laptop over a desktop and shutting down your computer when not in use are just two ways you can reduce your impact.

Keep reading to learn more computing tips.   


Seed Certification Achieved: Please join me in congratulating the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Land as the latest Green Team to earn their Seed Certification. The Eppley Institute's team of six (Kaitlyn Salb, Julie Abrams, Aaron Wells, Matt Wolf, Nona Capps, Kelli Market) was established earlier this year, and in only a few short months they have achieved impressive results. The Eppley Institute is wasting no time - they are already well on their way to earning the next level of certification. Once again, congratulations!


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The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Land Green Team
achieved Seed Certification this month. 


Events, Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

 If you are interested in having an event sent out over the listserv, please send an email with the title, time, date, location and description to (or reply to this email) by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. Occasionally, we will send out additional notices, but we'll try to keep those to a minimum. 


Featured Event:


Friday, August 12 

4th Annual IU Office of Sustainability Summer Internship Symposium  

When: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

 Where: Neal Marshall Grand Hall, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

 Description: Spots are still available to join us in celebrating our students' contributions to the campus sustainability initiative!  The symposium will feature the summer research projects of IU Bloomington's sustainability interns and will include presentations, a poster session, and a complimentary lunch featuring local food. Register now, as attendance will be closed at 150 guests. 


Upcoming Events:   

Tuesday, August 9  


City of Bloomington Commission on Sustainability 

When: 6:00 pm

Where: City Hall, McCloskey Room

Description: Items on the agenda include a discussion of energy efficiency efforts at the Monroe County Community School Corporation.


Southern Indiana Renewable Energy Network meeting

When: 7:00 pm

Where: Monroe County Public Library, Rm 1B

Description: A brief information session on Net Metering and the new IURC rules governing Net Metering will be provided, followed by an opportunity to ask about or discuss any topic related to Renewal Energy in south-central Indiana.


Wednesday, August 10


Fall Planting Day at the Bryan House Garden

When: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: The Bryan House Garden (behind the Musical Arts Center)

Description: It might not feel like it, but fall is just around the corner and there is some work to do at the Bryan House Garden. This Wednesday, volunteers will gather to participate in the garden's Fall Planting Day. Volunteers will help plant seeds for several fall crops including spinach, beets, peas, and beans.

Those interested in attending should meet at the brown shed on the east lawn of the Bryan House, just behind the Musical Arts Center. For more information about the Bryan House Garden, visit Email questions to


Earth Care monthly meeting 

When: 7:00 pm

Where: First Presbyterian Church (6th and Lincoln), Room 5.  Enter through the administrative entrance on Lincoln.

Description: The group will be discussing ongoing efforts to promote energy efficiency and other activities.


Saturday, August 13 


Mother Hubbard's Cupboard presents Hub Ride for the Hungry

When: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Where: Karst Farm Park

Description: This event offers rides for bikers of all levels, from novice to nuts! The 50, 25, 15 and 4 mile rides start and finish at Karst Farm Park located 3 mileswest from downtown Bloomington, IN. Registration fee of $35 for adults and $25 for children 11 and older. Register before August 1st and receive $5 off each registration. All proceeds from the ride go to support Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, helping us improve the lives of our neighbors by providing: healthy groceries to over 1900 people in need every week, hands on learning opportunities in the garden for 40 children each week, and 35 free nutrition and garden education classes for our patrons. For more information and to register visit   


City provides free electronics recycling

When: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Sanitation Garage, 3406 S. Walnut St.

Description: The City of Bloomington Sanitation Dept. has announced a new partnership with Vinatage Tech Recylers. This partnership will allow the City to host its first e-waste recycling program. The City invites Bloomington residents and thosefrom surrounding communities to dispose of unwanted electronics for recycling on Saturday, August 13th. The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, monitors, LCDs, cell phones, printers, scanners, modems, cables, televisions, VCR's, DVD players, camcorders, cameras, gaming systems,telephones, pagers, answering machines, typewriters, calculators, fax machines, copiers and postage meters. For more information contact the Sanitation Department at 812-349-3443 or visit   


Sunday, August 14  

Slow Food Fest: A Taste of LOCAL Bloomington: Celebrating the farmers who raise our food and the chefs who prepare it 

When: 4:00 - 7:00 pm, rain or shine!

Where: Kirkwood Ave. between Indiana and Dunn

Description: A dozen local, independent restaurants will prepare delectable bites of summer's most luscious produce. The event will also feature local brews, local wines, and a silent auction of local culinary delights. The event is a fundraiser for Slow Foods Bloomington to continue supporting community events including the Summer Farmer's Market Tastings, Chef's Cooking Presentations, Big Red Eats Green Event in September at Dunn Meadow, Elementary School Garden, and the promotion of local restaurants who serve locally-raised foods. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door (a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible). Cash bar. Tickets available at Bloomingfoods. Vendors include Restaurant Tallent, Finch's Brasserie, FARM, BLU Boy Chocolate Cafe and Cakery, Nick's English Hut, Upland Brewery, One World Catering, Bloomingfoods, Happy Pig, the Indiana Memorial Union, Mad Tad's BBQ, Recess (Indianapolis), and Brown County Coffee Co.


Monday, August 15 

Bloomington Community Orchard Workday and Workday Coordinator Training 

Where: At the Orchard, 2120 S. Highland Ave.

Description: At 6 p.m., four or five people with pick-up trucks will meet out at Rocky River Equestrian Farm and load up horse manure and sawdust. The party will return to the Orchard to meet a crew of compost flippers and sheet mulchers. In addition, we will have a workday coordinator training that day from 7:30-8:15 p.m. If you have interest in helping create a sustainable soil network in the Orchard, please let us know how you can help! RSVPs to Stacey Decker at 

getinvolved@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.orgare greatly appreciated.   


Saturday, August 20  

Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale Day, part of the Bloomington Resale Trail  

When: 7:30-9:00 am ($5 early bird special admission); 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (free admission)

Where: Gladstein Fieldhouse (just east of Assembly Hall)

Description: Find treasures and back-to-school bargains and give back to your community at the same time! Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims to 1) divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) preventadditional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order to 3) raise funds for local charities and other organizations. H2H is a partnership between the United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, City of Bloomington, IU Athletics, IU Office of Sustainability, and IU Residential Programs and Services. Aside from a small percentage associated with administrative costs, all proceeds from the sale will benefit Habitat for Humanity and United Way of Monroe County. More information about the sale is available at  H2H is just one of the sales along the Bloomington Resale Trail, a city-wide event that combines multiple locations throughout Bloomington into one giant garage sale. 

Volunteers are still needed for pre-sale staging and the sale day! We especially need volunteers for shifts 2 and 3 the day of the sale. Visit to register.   


September 3-11 

Going Local Week 

Description: Hosted by Local First Indiana and the Local Grower's Guild, Going Local Week is a week-long celebration of all things local and a springboard for educating the community about the importance of shopping locally and eating local food as a means of supporting the local economy for greater self-reliance.  Events include art openings, concerts, business specials, local food specials in restaurants, various fundraisers for other local nonprofits, etc.  We encourage our community to get out and do something local every day.

 Keep an eye out on the Local First website for the full Calendar!   


Friday, September 16  

3rd Annual Lugar Collegiate Energy Summit 

Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art

Description: The Lugar Collegiate Energy Summit brings together students interested in energy issues with the goal of encouraging them in their current and futurework. Among other things, there will be workshops on club development, outreach to businesses, and public policy, as well as time for students to network with businesses and organizations.



Ongoing Events and Opportunities: 


Apply for the new City of Bloomington Sustainability Partnership (SuPar) program! 

Letter of intent due September 1, final application due October 1. Grants up to $5000 for both for-profit businesses and community organizations.  For more information on this and other new programs, visit    


Monroe County Pharmaceutical Disposal Program 

The Monroe County Prosecutor's Office this week announced a new effort to collect and properly dispose of unused, unwanted or expired pharmaceutical drugs and controlled substances in order to reduce the risk of illegal diversion, drug abuse, overdose, and environmental risks resulting from improper disposal.   For more information visit and follow the link to the Monroe County Pharmaceutical Safe Disposal Program, or call 349-DRUG.    


Job Opening with the Monroe County Planning Commission 

The Plan Commission of Monroe County, Indiana, is seeking a Planner /GIS Specialist to perform current and long range planning functions.  More information is available at      


Take the Pledge - Go Phosphorus Free! 

Clear Choices for Clean Water is a campaign to increase awareness about lawn care and its impact on our streams and lakes. Water quality friendly lawn care includes practices such as using phosphorus-free fertilizer, landscaping with native plants, managing yard and pet wastes, and overall lawn reform. Click here to take the pledge:    


Bluegrass Bioneers 2011 - Call for Presenters & Proposals  

The 2011 Bluegrass Bioneers Conference will take place October 21-23 in Louisville, KY at the UofL. This is our third annual event, and we need YOUR help to make it the best one yet! - Are you or someone you know doing something visionary and interesting that people need to know about? - Do you have an innovative solution to the challenges facing the Louisville community and humanity at large? - Have you hit on a unique or entertaining way to move or inspire people to action? - Do you have something to share that will grab the attention of 50 people...and hold it for an hour? If you answered YES to any of these, we want to hear from you. The Bioneers Conference is the country's "leading-edge forum & environmental conference... (where) social and scientific innovators focus on solutions inspired by nature and human ingenuity." Among this year's renowned national keynote speakers are feminist icon Gloria Steinem; renewable energy guru Amory Lovins; and master mycologist Paul Stamets. In addition to these national luminaries, the conference will feature local/regional visionaries, innovators, and workshops. 

The larger Bioneers mission is to uncover and promote "practical environmental solutions and innovative strategies for restoring the Earth and communities." It is with this as a guide that the organizing committee will choose a select number of local workshops and presenters for the Bluegrass Bioneers Conference.


Visit here for more information and registration form:  


SPROUTS Community Garden seeks volunteers to help grow organic food  The SPROUTS garden is a community-organized garden located at the intersection of 8th St and Fess Ave on the IU-Bloomington campus. SPROUTS was founded in 2005 by several IU Permaculture Design Course graduates, but you don't have to be a student to pitch in! SPROUTS uses permaculture principles and organic methods to grow fruits and vegetables. Most of our produce is donated to Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Food Pantry. The remaining produce is available for garden volunteers to take home. There are currently two participation days per week: Tuesdays and Saturdays from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. For more information about SPROUTS events please email sprouts@indiana.eduor check out their facebook page.


Weekly Workdays at the Bryan House Garden  

If you are looking for something to do this summer and want to show the IU community that we can sustain a garden over the summer, come out to the Bryan House Gardens for our weekly work days! Every WEDNESDAY from 6-8 PM, we'll be maintaining our vegetable and herb gardens. Plus, if you volunteer 10 hoursover the summer, you will receive fresh produce from the garden! If you would like to volunteer, or if you are enrolled in a course or work with an organization that you think might be interested in this garden initiative, please email garden intern Stephanie Hopkins at The Bryan House Garden is located on the eastern lawn of the Bryan House, just to the west of the Musical Arts Center. 


Help Indiana get more trees with just a few clicks 

It's quick, easy, and free to help get more trees for Indiana by voting online. Each vote results in a $1donation from Odwalla to the Indiana DNR for planting trees in Hoosier state parks. Last year around $3,400 was raised through this program. With the Emerald Ash Borer killing trees throughout the state, more trees will be needed this year to offset the damage and grow our forests. 

Visit to vote. More information at the DNR site here:    


GREEN Educational Adventure Programs in Costa Rica  

The Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN) inspires university students to explore the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. The GREEN Educational Adventure Programs in Costa Rica offer a unique way to satisfy your intellectual curiosity while experiencing unforgettable adventures, gaining a cultural experience, and giving back to the community through socially responsible projects. The Programs in Costa Rica are focused on Renewable Energy Education, Adventure, Culture, and Social Responsibility. The 12-daytrip gives students a chance to explore the topics of RENEWABLE ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY through interactive lectures and exclusive hands-on site visits to functioning power plants, like wind farms and geothermal plants, and residential facilities, such as organic sustainable farms and green-centric housing developments. 

Summer spots still available. Visit for additional details and scholarship information.    


Simply Living Fair seeking sponsors and exhibitors  

The Center for Sustainable Living is pleased to announce that the 2011 Simply Living Fair will be held on Saturday, September 10th in Third Street Park (also known as the Waldron, Hill, and Buskirk Park).  They are seeking sponsors and exhibitors, with a goal of raising $1,500 to cover expenses. This is a great chance to showcase your green business or organization to a crowd of eco-minded folks who are willing to spend their dollars where their values are.  Booths are available for $25 for businesses and $15 for non-profits, with sponsorship opportunities starting at $80.  Please visit for more information or contact the Center for Sustainable Living at (812) 332-8796.    


Show tornadoes that they aren't welcome here!!  Donate to the City of Bloomington Tree Fund 

During the storms last May, the campus and community lost an estimated 500-700 trees, some of which were 150 years old or more.  Help replace these monuments in our green city!  Contact (or 349.3498) to make a donation. Anything you contribute will help send a signal to tornadoes to dissipate into refreshing spring breezes.    


Student Conservation Association Internships  

The SCA is one of the biggest partners for national parks and forests. Each year, they send thousands of youth across the country to get conservation experience in awesome places. Living expenses, housing, and round trip travel provided. Internships run from 3-12 months and are available in all 50 states. See for more information and to apply.    


Pick Up America Internships 

Pick Up America seeks interns year-round. It's a great opportunity for young people to get nonprofit experience while getting the chance to travel slowly. Students work closelywith the core PUA team. Travel with us, pick up trash, and focus your skills on a specific project thisyear. Our goal is to make it to Denver by November. If you're interested in this great opportunity to see the USA one step at a time, email Johnna Jackson [] with a brief letter to the Pick Up Artists, a resume, and references. At this time, we must ask interns to pay for room/board. $60/week. Or $45/week if you have a car. We'll pay for fuel while you're on the road with us. Visit for more information.    


Office space available in Bloomington Eco Center  

Great downtown location. Shared meeting space.  Fantastic deal, includes all utils. and internet. $350/mo., Contact for details.

Contact Us

General comments and questions should be directed to

Our address:

IU Office of Sustainability
1001 E. 10th St.
Geology 429
Bloomington, IN 47405

IUOS staff:

Bill Brown
Director of Sustainability

Emilie Rex
Assistant Director of Sustainability