The Indiana University Environmental Management Association (EMA) is an organization for anyone who is interested in environmental issues. EMA's goal is to encourage environmental stewardship, promote careers in environmental management, and assist in career development by sponsoring workshops, presentations, and activities which provide students with relevant information, skills and networking opportunities. Membership is open to any student, staff member, faculty member or alumnus of Indiana University who is interested in environmental management.
What We Do: Recent EMA Initiatives
- SPEA Sustainability – EMA hosts environmental awareness events at SPEA and work to implement policies and programs to make SPEA more sustainable.
- In 2007, we reviewed SPEA’s recycling program and surveyed the status
of bins around the building. Next we created a proposal for new bins
and in February 2008, our proposal was accepted by SPEA administrators. Now SPEA has 25 new recycle bins.
- EMA works with the Sustainable Development Association and MPA/MSES Program Office to assist with recycling and composting at SPEA events
- EMA won START’s 2008 Road Rally by collecting money for the Penny Wars, donating items to Goodwill, and volunteering for Sycamore Land Trust. All the Road Rally money raised was donated to SLT.
- Social networking and professional development
- Every year EMA hosts environmentally friendly pot luck dinners for students and faculty
- EMA works with Career Services to bring environmentally oriented employers to SPEA and assist in peer-to-peer internship networking at the SPEA Experiential Exchange.
- In 2008, EMA hosted an alumni soiree at Upland Brewery
- Earth Week Events!
- In 2009, EMA gave away 300 trees to IU faculty, staff, and students and Bloomington Community members
- EMA hosted John de Graff and the presentation and discussion of his film “What’s the Economy for Anyway?”
- Environmental Service
- Backyard Habitat – EMA maintains four landscaped beds outside of SPEA with native Indiana prairie and wildflower species. In 2007 our site was certified by the National Wildlife Federation. In 2008 we added signage to describe the sustainable management of the plots and identify several common species.
- In 2007-2009 EMA was part of the City of Bloomington Adopt-A-Tail program. Members conducted trail maintenance and litter clean up at Griffy Lake Nature Preserve several times a semester.
- EMA participates in the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Adopt-A-Road program, organizing litter cleanups along High Street.
- EMA-Bloomington Connection - EMA has partnered with Sycamore Land Trust, WonderLab, and the City of Bloomington to participate in environmental service projects.