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IU Office of Sustainability

“The mission of the Indiana University Office of Sustainability (IUOS) is to advance sustainable human-environment interactions within the Bloomington campus and community by facilitating collaborative academic and operational initiatives. IUOS defines sustainability as thriving within our means to achieve balance among environmental health, economic prosperity, and social equity. “

IUOS has established many sustainability initiatives around the IUB campus and Hilltop is proud to be part of their food initiative. The mission of the IU Food Working Group is: “To promote high-quality dining options for IUB’s students, staff, and faculty that support sustainable agricultural and food distribution practices while minimizing energy use and waste generation.”

 Edible Campus Garden Initiative

The IUOS Edible Campus Initiative aims to foster environmental and social sustainability by creating interactive, edible gardening spaces on the IU-Bloomington campus. The Edible Campus Garden is currently one of two gardens managed through the IUOS, the other being at the Bryan House. The IUOS “food intern” is responsible for coordinating the efforts around the garden at Hilltop.

Food Waste Composting Program

Our food waste composting program was started in September 2011 out of the efforts of Steve Akers, Associate Director of Residental Program Services (RPS) environmental operations and Brad Hayden, General Manager for RPS Dining Services. In September of 2011 we started collecting about 50 gallons of food waste from the IU Union Street Market each week.  A process was developed so that RPS environmental operations staff picks up the food waste in five gallon buckets from the Union Street Center and delivers them to Hilltop.  Hilltop’s work- study students take the buckets to the compost site, dump them, add wood chips or leaves, turn the bin and return the cleaned, empty bins outside Hilltop’s gate to be picked up by the environmental operations staff.

Recently, in October 2012, we have been able to add to our food waste program by collecting additional food waste from Read Dining Hall. We are excited to work on closing the food cycle by using the finished compost in the Edible Campus Garden which provides food for the IU Dining Facilities that provides us with food waste for the compost.


Hilltop has many unpaid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate level students in many areas of study. Internships may qualify for credit towards a degree. Fill out an application here or contact the Hilltop Coordinator for more information or questions regarding the following educational opportunities: