Issue 19


Sustainability in the News
More than 40 residence hall rooms certified as 'green' through new program

Green Room Cert Prgm
Students who achieve the certification receive a certificate, such as the one pictured above on Read resident Hannah Coot's door.

Indiana University Bloomington has its first "green rooms" this month. A new IU initiative called the Green Room Certification Program allows students to certify their residence hall rooms as green. 


The program, developed by the IU Office of Sustainability in partnership with Residential Programs and Services and the Residence Halls Association, aims to:
- Provide students living in the residence halls a model for living sustainably in their
rooms and beyond.
- Connect students to sustainability-related community and campus organizations, as well as faculty working on sustainability-related projects.
- Provide students a framework for educating their peers about sustainability and to connect with one another.   


After reviewing the 40 certification criteria found on the program website, students can assess which actions they already are taking and set a goal for the number of criteria they would like to meet for certification, with 20 being the minimum. Read more >>

DeVault Alumni Center, Ashton Residence Center and Phi Mu sorority win IU Energy Challenge

As the 2011 Fall Energy Challenge came to a close, the DeVault Alumni Center, Ashton Residence Center and Phi Mu sorority emerged as winners.

The four-week challenge to reduce electricity and water consumption is designed to foster behavioral changes in students, faculty and staff. The latest competition, which ended Nov. 2, marked the second fall running of the Energy Challenge. This semester, 12 residence halls, 19 academic buildings and nine Greek houses participated in the competition.

Some of the Energy Challenge winners recognized were Kelley School of Business' Allan Headley (Spring Challenge winner), left, and Fall 2011 winners Debbie Lemon of the IU Alumni Association, and Jennifer Swilik, Caitlin Crouch, Robert Waller, Julia Stanton and Jennifer Reynolds of Ashton Residence Center.

Thomas Morrison, IU vice president for capital projects and facilities, announced the winning buildings Friday morning during an IU Energy Challenge Awards Ceremony in Dunn Meadow. Representatives from the winning buildings were presented with traveling trophies constructed from salvaged meters. Winners of past Energy Challenge competitions were also celebrated and were presented with plaques to display in their buildings. 


Total savings for the academic buildings, residence halls and Greek houses amounted to 359,595 kWh of electricity and 494,739 gallons of water. Overall, the six Energy Challenges have resulted in a savings of 3,430,445 kWh of electricity and 6,556,104 gallons of water during the 24 weeks of competition. When combined with conservation due to the persistence of Energy Challenge behaviors, these savings jump to almost 25,000,000 gallons of water and nearly 10,000,000 kWh of electricity. The efforts of the thousands of Energy Challenge participants have resulted in an avoidance of over 9,300 metric tons of CO2 emissions and have saved the university over $1 million in utility costs. Read more >>

IU Athletics takes part in EPA Game Day Challenge

The IU-Northwestern game on Oct. 29 marked the second consecutive year Indiana University competed against nearly 90 other universities and colleges as part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Game Day Challenge to promote waste reduction and sustainability at collegiate football games.

Indiana competed in three of the five award categories: waste generation, diversion rate and recycling. This participation was part of the Greening Cream and Crimson initiative, an ongoing effort within the Department of Athletics to promote sustainable policies and decrease its environmental impact. More than 60 students signed up to volunteer, demonstrating their dedication to sustainability and IU's ongoing effort to become a leader among universities in the field of sustainability and care and respect for the natural environment.

IU professors host regional sustainable food systems conference 


More than 60 faculty members and graduate students representing 16 universities from four states gathered on the Indiana University Bloomington campus Saturday, November 5th in an effort to develop regional networks in the Midwest tied to sustainable food systems.


"Indiana University is already at the forefront of interdisciplinary food studies, with a growing community of scholars working in this domain," said IU Anthropology Professor Richard Wilk, a co-organizer of the event with Peter Todd, a professor of cognitive science, informatics and psychology at IU Bloomington. "We are fortunate to have the support of Indiana University and its forward-thinking administrators in bringing this group together."


The one-day workshop on ongoing and future research related to food and sustainability was funded with a Sustainability and Environmental Literacy Leadership Award from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs. Read More >> 

IU biologists identify light-regulated mechanism in cyanobacteria as aid to optimizing photosynthesis 

Light microscopy image of a normal 'Fremyella diplosiphon' colony (green, left side) adjacent to a 'F. diplosiphon' mutant capable of only producing the light-harvesting pigment phycoerythrin (red, right side), growing on an agar plate in red light. Photo: Richard Alvey and David Kehoe
Indiana University biologists have uncovered how a control system works in producing the important light-harvesting antennae that power photosynthesis in cyanobacteria, the microorganisms that are progenitors of all land plants and responsible for nearly half of the Earth's current oxygen production. Implications of fully comprehending the mechanism, called "light-regulated transcription attenuation," include the potential for increasing agricultural yields, making bio-solar energy production more feasible, and improving understanding of a globally important biological process that is vital for providing the energy needed to sustain virtually all life on Earth, according to David M. Kehoe, an associate professor within the Department of Biology in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Indiana Molecular Biology Institute.

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In this issue:
Fall Energy Challenge winners announced
IU Athletics takes part in EPA Game Day Challenge
IU professors host regional sustainable food systems conference
IU biologists identify light-regulated mechanism in cyanobacteria as aid to optimizing photosynthesis
From the Director- Adding to the Islands of Green
Interns offer opportunities for engagement
Green Teams Update
Events and Opportunities
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Adding to the Islands of Green
by Bill Brown

Over fifty students, faculty and staff gathered on a lovely day in Dunn Meadow on Friday, 11/11/11, to add to what former university president Herman B Wells called "our precious islands of green." Volunteers planted 25 substantial

Volunteers begin digging in Dunn Meadow at the Tree Campus USA tree planting on Nov. 11th.

trees in less than two hours guided by IU Campus Division employees and members of the IU Tree Campus USA advisory committee. Mia Williams, IU Landscape Architect and chair of the IU Tree Campus USA advisory committee, organized a training session by Campus Division experts before the planting teams dug in.


The IU Campus Master Plan calls for a doubling of the tree canopy on campus. This mission was dealt a significant setback by severe storms in May that claimed at least 300 significant trees. IU Campus Division has been busy cleaning up after the storms and replanting at a feverish pace. Alumni, staff, faculty, students and community members have responded to the storm's damage by donating generously to tree planting and maintenance funds.


One of the five standards The Arbor Day Foundation considers for designation of a campus as a Tree Campus USA is a service-learning project involving the student population, and Friday's event was one of several that have been staged on campus.  Burnell Fischer, Tree Campus USA advisory board member and clinical professor of SPEA urban forestry classes, is a champion for getting students involved in campus tree planting. His view, "The simple act of planting a tree on your college campus will forever

Severe weather in May 2011 caused IUB to lose over 300 trees, including these on the west side of the IMU.

connect students to a specific place when they return many years later as alumni."


Volunteers for the event came from all walks of campus life. Stephen Wolter, Executive Director of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, was there with institute staff. They walked to Dunn Meadow together and had their "staff meeting" with shovels in hand. Students expressed great pride and enthusiasm for the bald cypress, white oak and red oak trees that they had to work hard to plant in soil infused with roots and rocks.


If you missed this opportunity to green the campus while learning a new skill, meeting new friends and getting some good exercise, stay tuned. The success of this event may lead to other similar volunteer planting days, in addition to the traditional planting on Arbor Day in April. You may also get involved by funding a tree or a whole "island of green" at the IU Foundation Bloomington Campus Tree Restoration fund.


You can read more about the tree planting in this press release promoting the event.


Interns offer opportunities for engagement
by Elisabeth Gawthrop

A key goal of the IUOS internship program is to provide opportunities for engagement both on the IU campus and in the greater Bloomington community. Here's the latest on the ways in which you can get involved:


Waste Audit
Volunteers sort through trash for a waste audit at IU in 2009.

Campus Waste Audit Program: A waste audit is an effective way to study the composition of a building's trash and recycling, and analysis of this data can lead to improved design of waste and recycling programs. We need audit volunteers to help sort the trash and recycling and record data! The first audits are this Friday in Ballantine and Woodburn Halls!  Click here for the volunteering details in our weekly newsletter, or email intern Mark Milby at for more information.


Greening Cream and Crimson: Greening Cream and Crimson has started a student organization for those students interested in making IU Athletics more sustainable.  Their most recent effort included participating in the EPA Game Day Challenge, but the volunteer opportunities won't stop at the end of football season. Basketball anyone?? For more information, email intern John Hageman at or visit


Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale: This August, H2H raised over $17,000 for local charities and diverted approximately 27 tons of waste from going to landfills. Preparations for next year's sale are already underway, and the committee needs help from both campus and community members. Contact current intern Erica Bramlet at or visit the H2H website.


Campus Garden Initiative: Following a successful pilot garden at the Bryan House, the Campus Garden Initiative has expanded to an 8,500 sq. ft. space at Hilltop Garden Center. Current volunteer times are Wednesdays from 4:00-5:00 PM. To volunteer or learn more about the initiative, contact intern Stephanie Hopkins at

Campus Garden Volunteers
Volunteers at the Bryan House Garden.


Sustainability and the First Year Experience: Intern Bridget

Flynn ( organized the first IUBeginnings program in sustainability this summer, and this fall she built upon the work of past interns to establish the Green Room Certification Program (GRCP). More than 40 students have already gotten their rooms green-certified. Visit the GRCP website to learn how you can improve the sustainability of your room and get certified!


Green Teams Program: A Green Team is an informal group of faculty, staff, and students in a particular campus unit who work collectively to promote environmentally, socially, and economically friendly practices within that unit. Click here to see if a Green Team exists in your department or office. If you don't see your unit listed, you are encouraged to start your own! Contact Green Teams Coordinator Amy Allen at with questions.


IU Energy Challenge: The Fall 2011 Energy Challenge ended two weeks ago with the DeVault Alumni Center, Ashton Residence Center and Phi Mu sorority emerging as winners.  The efforts of the thousands of Energy Challenge participants have resulted in an avoidance of over 9,300 metric tons of CO2 emissions and have saved the university over $1 million in utility costs since the beginning of the program in 2008. This is how much we were capable of saving just by changing our behavior!  The Energy Challenge website offers many tips for how to reduce your energy impact. Questions about the Energy Challenge can be directed to intern Will McHenry (

Green Teams Update
by Amy Allen 


The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Earns Sprout Certification


Please join me in congratulating the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Green Team for earning their Sprout certification, the second of four certifications through the IU Office of Sustainability's Green Teams Program.

The CLACS team was formed earlier this year and consists of 8 members (Michael Lemon, Alison Pitt, Rachel Dotson, Richard Valdez, John Kroondyk, Matthew Van Hoose, Shane Greene, and Sonja Manriquez). The initial formation of the CLACS Green Team was part of their Sustainable Development Initiative, which is funded through the Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education.  

CLACS Green Team members. 


Given that this is the second certification the CLACS team has earned in two months, it is no surprise that team leader Michael Lemon has stated they will continue to make their office on Atwater Avenue a hub for sustainable practices on the IU Bloomington campus.


CLACS's commitment to sustainability is just one example of how we as a campus can make a significant impact on environmental, social, and economic issues by restructuring how we live, learn, and work at Indiana University. Once again, congratulations!


For more information about the Green Teams Program, visit the Green Teams website, or email Green Teams coordinator Amy Allen at

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 by the Saturday evening before your event occurs. 


Upcoming Events:


Wednesday, November 16
The Indiana Geological Survey 2011 Seminar Series presents: Aqueous Geochemical Response to CO2 Injection, Sugar Creek Field, Hopkins County, KY
When: 3:00 PM
Where: Geology Building, Room S-201
Presented by T. Marty Parris, Kentucky Geological Survey. Refreshments will be served prior to the seminar.
Abstract: Creek oil field was the site of a CO2 enhanced oil recovery-sequestration pilot project administered by the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium. From May 2009 to May 2010 approximately 7,200 tons of CO2 were continuously injected into the Mississippian Jackson Sandstone at ~ 0.5 km depth (1850 ft) under immiscible conditions. Injection occurred through a central injection well surrounded by six to eight production wells. Broad project objectives included documenting the: (1) oil recovery efficiency; (2) interactions among injected CO2, reservoir and seal minerals, and aqueous fluid; and (3) amount of sequestered CO2 and sequestration mechanisms.  This talk focuses on the latter two objectives which were addressed by measuring the chemical changes in the aqueous fluid (i.e. brine) and associated gas in the oil reservoir over a 31 month period covering the time before, during, and after CO2 injection.

Wednesday, November 16
Mountaintop Removal Mining Discussion with Larry Gibson
When: 7:00 PM
Where: IMU Frangipani Room
Description: Larry Gibson, founder of the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, is a West Virginian native who has seen the land surrounding his home slowly be destroyed by Mountaintop Removal Mining. This began his efforts to protect his family's land, setting up a land trust and eventually the foundation. Its aim is to educate and inspire people to work for healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and an end to mountaintop removal. Mr. Gibson will visit IU to talk about his experiences with mountaintop removal mining, and coal-based economies around detailing its effects on the ecology, health, and heritage of nearby communities; emphasizing the need for sustainable energy production and use. Mr. Gibson has been featured in many publications, including the documentary Coal Country, National Geographic, the New York Times, and CNN as a "CNN Hero," as well speaking engagements across the country including Harvard University. This event is sponsored by Coal Free IU. RSVP on facebook or email so we can get a seat count! All are welcome to attend and the event is free!

November 16-17
GreenTown 2011
Where: Indiana State University, Terre Haute
Description: Creating a Sustainable Wabash Valley at GreenTown: The Future of Community - How do we create healthy, sustainable communities? Communities with green jobs. Healthy food. A culture of biking and walking. A built and natural environment that fosters healthy, thriving communities. Whether you are part of the public or private sector, join us for GreenTown in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana on November 16 (half-day pre-conference) and November 17 (full day experience) on the campus of Indiana State University to work toward a brighter future. This event will feature keynote presentations from Dr. Richard Jackson, Author and Chair of the School of Public Health at UCLA, and Mayor Bob Dixson of Greensburg, Kansas.
This is the tenth GreenTown event co-produced by a5 and Seven Generations Ahead, and we welcome those from all over Indiana, Illinois and the Midwest to GreenTown Terre Haute.
For more information and to register visit

Friday, November 18
Waste Audit Volunteer Opportunity
When: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Ballantine) and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Woodburn)
Where: Ballantine's loading dock (outside of parking deck entrance nearest the big globe in the lobby), Woodburn's southern side
Description: Want more recycling at IU? Looking for a way to help IU be more sustainable? If so, then come help the Office of Sustainability conduct waste audits of Ballantine and Woodburn Halls! A waste audit is an effective way to study the composition of a building's trash and recycling. IU needs this information in order to design better recycling programs. Volunteers are needed to help sort through bags of trash and recycling. Scared of trash? We need volunteers to record data, too! Volunteers can stop by for a few minutes or stay all day. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes and long pants/sleeves. We'll provide the rest. If you would like to attend, or want more information, contact Office of Sustainability intern Mark Milby at

Saturday, November 19
Sycamore Land Trust Volunteer Rake-the-Trail Day
When: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Where: At Oakley Preserve in eastern Lawrence County (carpool from Bloomington starts at noon)
Description: Help maintain a lovely walking trail through an oak-maple-hickory forest overlooking a ravine and a stream. Carpooling to the Oakley Preserve from Bloomington begins at noon at Cedar Crest (SLT's headquarters), at 4898 East Heritage Woods Road. Bring water to drink, work gloves, and rakes if you have them. Dress for working and weather. SLT will provide more tools and a snack. To sign up, email or call 812-336-5382 x100.

Friday, November 25
Plaid Friday: a local alternative to Black Friday
Description: Americans are about to spend a large portion of their annual shopping budget between Nov. 1 and Dec. 31-the National Retail Federation predicts about $700 per shopper. Numerous studies show that if those dollars are shifted to locally owned, independent businesses, they'll generate 2-3 times as much economic activity in local communities than if that money had been spent at a national chain.
On November 25, Local First Indiana kicks off Plaid Friday, a sane and fun alternative to Black Friday, an idea that was popularized by chaotic early morning visits to big box businesses on the day after Thanksgiving.  In Bloomington, we have a strong and joyful tradition of heading down to the square on the evening of the day after Thanksgiving to turn on the Canopy of Lights.  We suggest a relaxing start to your Plaid Friday, with a visit to some of your favorite local, independent businesses to take advantage of their sales and to say hello to your neighbors as you find one-of-a-kind treasures that are meaningful to you, your family, and friends. Contact Una Winterman (Director, Local First Indiana) at 812-334-8903 or for more information.
The name "Plaid Friday" celebrates the diversity and creativity of independent businesses.  Plaid Friday was conceptualized in Oakland, CA, a city known for strong shop local campaigns, and is being celebrated across the country this year as a part of Shift Your Shopping

Ongoing Events and Opportunities:
Habitat for Humanity ReStore Seeks Volunteers
As a volunteer run organization, the ReStore has made great strides this past year, such as sponsoring an energy star rated Habitat home as well as diverting over 228 tons of goods from the landfill. With your help, we can go further. At the heart of the Habitat ReStore's operating philosophy is a sense for the green and the hope that we can create a more sustainable community in Bloomington. With daily volunteer opportunities available, this is a great way to make a direct impact in your community. Contact Bruce Murray at 331-2660 or for more information about how you can help!

Job Opportunity with Save the Dunes, deadline Nov 30
Save the Dunes, a non-profit conservation organization based in Michigan City, Indiana is seeking a Water Resource Specialist. Click here for complete job description. Mail resume and letter of interest to: Save the Dunes, Attention: Jennifer Birchfield, 444 Barker Road, Michigan City, IN 46360; or e-mail with subject line "Water Resource Specialist" to The position will remain open until November 30, 2011.

Students - Help Shape the Future of Sustainability Studies at IU
The Environmental Studies and Sustainability Committee is in the process of formulating a sustainability major at IU and is seeking student input. Please take this survey ( to help shape the future of sustainability studies at IU. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes.

New location for Campus Garden Initiative Workdays
During the 2011 Fall semester, students, faculty, and staff are invited to come work in the dirt every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. No experience or tools needed. Workdays are now taking place at the new central campus garden at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center (2367 East 10th Street). Contact garden coordinator Stephanie Hopkins at with questions.


Ball State University's Greening of the Campus Conference accepting abstract submissions

The Ball State University Greening of the Campus Conference returns to the BSU campus in Muncie, IN on March 18-21, 2012 with the staging of Greening of the Campus IX: Building Pedagogy. What must our institutions become if we are to equip our graduates with the necessary awareness, understanding and ability to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability in their lifetime? We invite you, the faculty, students, and administrators, staff, and facilities professionals- working in sustainability on your campuses - to share your perspectives on, your experiences with, and your visions for Higher Education. Visit for submission information and conference details. 

Winter Thermostat Settings - a message from the IU Physical Plant

Cold weather is here, so please set down the thermostats to the winter set point of 68 degrees for classrooms, offices, hallways, lounges and general rooms (excluding labs with critical temperature requirements). Set points can be slightly higher for rooms that have window, ventilation or other comfort problems. Vestibules should be set at 60 degrees. The thermostats that control cooling only units should be left at 78 degrees.

Please contact the Operations Dispatchers to have Work Request initiated for each building involved with this work. These Work Requests will be part of Project No. 2012. If these set points cause problems for particular rooms please contact Doug Trueblood ( Thank you for the many ways you continue to help us keep our energy cost down as much as possible.

Call for Papers on Higher Education and Sustainable Food Systems
The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is calling for papers that focus on university or collegesustainability efforts related to food and agriculture. Papers could be based on case studies, surveys, focus groups, impact analysis, or other research based on your campus's or students' experiences. Contact Duncan Hilchey at if you have any questions or are interested in learning more about the call. Full text of the current calls is available here. To learn more about the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, go to

Green Acres Neighborhood Ecovillage

Want to grow sustainable community right here in Bloomington? Our "retrofit cohousing" ecovillage offers sustainability-related events, community potlucks, music jams, and much more. Come learn with us (even if you don't live in the neighborhood) and make new friends. We welcome folks of all ages who are attracted to our vision. Learn more at To get involved, join our email list by sending a blank email to:


U8 network seeks IU student involvement

The U8 is a global network that connects students and institutions from around the world to discuss international development issues ( We are a non-profit organisation that has been running since 2005 and has previously brought together students from around the world to discuss development issues with the desire to engage policy makers and the media. Our summits in Warwick and Cambridge brought the student voice to the attention of governments and the world's media.
In 2011 we are undertaking our most ambitious projects to date and would love for students Indiana University to be part of this. We already have universities from all over the world who are going to participate, including the prestigious universities of Oxford, Cambidge and Harvard.This November we will be hosting a global online summit that will connect students from all around the world for a weekend of truly inclusive discussion. Student groups from more developed countries will be twinned with those from less developed countries, giving members the chance to gain a exciting and honest first-hand perspective on life in developing countries, donor countries and the public opinion in each towards the other. Of course, as we are a non-profit organisation, all our services are cost free. All we ask for are interested students.
This is a really exciting time for students to link with the U8 and join our network of universities.  Students or student societies/organizations that may be interested in joining the U8 global network or starting a U8 group, or those would simply like more information about what the U8 is, how a U8 group works or what the Summit will involve please contact Daniel Waldron ( 
Bloomington Community Orchard Workdays and Events
The Orchard has many September opportunities for all interest levels. Workdays, team meetings, limestone benchmaking workshop, tabling at community events, tours at the Orchard..the list goes on! Check out our calendar ( for details or email Stacey at for more information. 
Middleway House Seeks Urban Agriculture Intern 
Middle Way House, a national model domestic violence program located in Bloomington, is in the process of creating a demonstration production roof garden. There is still time to have an impact on its design and content, but the position requires maintenance of effort as well.
 The Intern will develop and implement late season planting and season extension mechanisms and the vermiculture and mushroom-growing components of the system.
 The Intern will coordinate distribution of the harvest among Middle Way House programs, packaging and marketing some of the produce
 The Intern will maintain records relative to planting, harvesting, and ordering and using supplies;
 The Intern will develop the framework for the roof garden to serve as a demonstration site and play a role in designing the education component.
 The Intern will recruit volunteers as necessary.
The intern will coordinate as much of the roof garden work as possible with the Youth Programs Coordinator. The Intern will report to the Director.
Although not a requirement of the position, grant-writing, if it interests the candidate, would be welcome (and assistance/instruction available).
Intern should attend the next available pre-service training program (a requirement of the State of Indiana) and be willing to sign a release for a background check. References appreciated.
Hours: variable according to season and weather conditions; a minimum of 10 hours/week
Site: 338 South Washington Street; shared office space; on street parking and on-site bike racks, close to bus - and very nice.
Compensation: There will be praise and satisfaction, chocolate and baked goods, and lots of autonomy. We're dead broke.
Contact Toby Strout ( for application information.
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.  
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: 


 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.


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