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5th Annual SustainIU: Act Naturally

This year's SustainIU will focus on the theme "Act Naturally." Events will be focused on the place of humanity within our environment and sustainability in relation to this topic. Ask yourself: does society refuse the basic truth that human beings are a part of the natural world? How can we reintegrate ourselves into the fully-functioning "circle of life"? Come to discuss and learn about these and other questions at any of our diverse and interesting events.

As events are scheduled, they will be listed here and posted on the SSC calendar.

Ongoing Events

EcoReps to host Environmentally-themed events during SustainIU

The Residence Halls Association and their EcoReps will be hosting environmentally-themed events in the residence halls all week. Keep an eye out for sustainability events in your center, or contact your student government representatives for more details!

Monday 9 April 2012

Field to Table Panel Discussion: 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Historical Society Education Room

This panel discussion will feature local growers, local chefs, and local vendors as they discuss how to create and sustain a local food system. The discussion will be followed by questions from the audience. 

Tuesday 10 April 2012

Green Fire Movie Screening: 7:00PM - 9:00PM, SPEA 169

Join us for a screening of Green Fire, a film about Aldo Leopold's land ethic and its impact on conservation efforts today.

Wednesday 11 April 2012

A Steady State Economics Discussion: 7:00PM - 8:00PM, Myers Hall 130

Biology professor, Heather Reynolds will be discussing steady state economics in this lecture hosted by Volunteers in Sustainability.

Thursday 12 April 2012

Poetry Night: 7:00PM - 9:00PM, Collins Coffeehouse

Come showcase your talent or just observe as students perform their poetry relating to the theme "Act Naturally". Prizes will be given to winning poets and refreshments will be served! Contact Rachel at with questions.

Friday 13 April 2012

Academic Year Sustainability Internship Symposium: 11:30AM - 2:00PM, Neal Marshall Grand Hall

This year's symposium will feature the academic year research projects of IU Bloomington's sustainability interns. The agenda will include:(1) Complimentary lunch featuring local food (2) Project presentations by three interns (3) A poster session illustrating project findings for each intern. We encourage you to register now to help us plan appropriately for the event. 

Sustainability Eduction Tour: 1:00PM - 3:00PM, Bloomington Project School

Gather at Sample Gates at 12:45pm to join up with the Sustainability Education Tour. This event will feature a tour of the Bloomington Project School as well as a discussion about sustainability education and the work of Building Tomorrow.

FIRST Annual Ben Brabson Lecture on Sustainable Ideas: 4:00PM - 6:00PM, Fine Arts 015

Jae Rhim Lee (2011 TED Global Fellow) is a visual artist, designer, and researcher whose work focuses on relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. Ms. Lee as been selected as our keynote speaker because her work embodies the transformative and "out there" (to use her own words) thinking necessary to create new solutions for issues of environmental sustainability. If a "Mushroom Death Suit" sounds interesting to you, come to find out more!

Saturday 14 April 2012

A Day in the Dirt at the Campus Garden: 10:00AM - 1:00PM, Hilltop Garden

Join us for a workday at the Campus Garden Initiative's new plot at Hilltop: learn and practice skills for planning, planting and tending to edible plants and meet fellow volunteers passionate about growing food for our campus!Tools and gloves are provided. Volunteers may use Hilltop’s bike racks and parking spaces, too! For more information, visit or contact Stephanie Hopkins at

Photo Scavenger Hunt: 11:30AM - 3:00PM, Dunn Meadow

Participants should meet in Dunn Meadow (with their cameras) at 11:30 to receive the list of Hunt items and to hear rules and other details. Doughnuts will be served at 11am, and winners will be announced at 3:30, after a short review period. There will be prizes for the top winners! Hosted by Coal Free IU. Contact Novella at for more information.

Sunday 15 April 2012

Bike-to-the-Farm: 1:00PM - 4:00PM, Dandelion Ecovillage

Interested in getting some exercise and learning a thing or two about gardening? Bike to the Dandelion Ecovillage! Bikers and non-bikers (there will be one car available) should meet at Dunn Meadow at 12:45pm for an afternoon of exercise and fun. For more information, contact Jessica at