Education & Research

Working Group


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The IU Task Force on Sustainability (IUSTF) created the Academic Initiatives Working Group in 2007 to address the need for academic and co-curricular programming on the IUB campus and in the surrounding community.  With the establishment of the IU Office of Sustainability in 2009, the IUSTF transitioned into the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board (CSAB). In 2013, the Academic Initiatives Working Group was renamed the Education and Research Working Group (ERWG).  The Education and Research Working Group continues its research and programming as one of seven CSAB working groups.


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To build an integrated program of academic research, undergraduate and graduate education, co-curricular and service-learning opportunities, and community outreach that will move Indiana University Bloomington into a position of national leadership in sustainability studies.


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The central goal of the ERWG is to move IU towards its goals of leadership in the new academic area of sustainability including the promotion of an integrated program of exceptional undergraduate and graduate education, research and creative activity, and community outreach that builds on the academic strengths of IU’s academic resources. Such academic sustainability initiatives should include the interrelated aspects of ecology, economic and social equity, public health and wellness, globalization and international relations, urbanization and poverty, and the politics and economics of food. They must also involve the integration of the academic, co-curricular, and operational elements of campus life.

Specifically, short-term goals include:

  • Promote grants and fellowships rewarding progressive research
  • Promote sustainability courses and research (through grants and fellowships)
  • Coordinate with student sustainability organizations on tasks and goals

Long-term goals include:

  • Organize and promote Service-Learning Courses related to sustainability
  • Establish a faculty learning community
  • Provide internationally-recognized degree programs in environmental and sustainability studies at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels
Recent Initiatives

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1.  Founding core group and timeline for the faculty learning community
2.  Integrating current grants and fellowships with the IUOS administration
3.  Initiating constructive discussions with sustainability-related student organizations


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Alexander Elias


Director of Sustainability

Sarah Baulac


Education and Research Intern

Heather Reynolds


Associate Professor

James Farmer


Ph.D. Dept. of Rec,Park,Tourism Studies

Jennifer Meta Robinson

Communication and Culture


Joan Middendorf


Co-director of Faculty Learning Community

Lisa Sideris

Religious Studies


Michael Hamburger   


Professor, Faculty Head

Nancy Gambrell


Assistant Registrar and Manager of Academic Scheduling

Noriko Hara

Library & Info Science (SLIS)

Associate Professor, Ph.D

Ross Gay



Tom Evans


Associate Professor

Andrew Libby*


Assistant Director of Human Biology

Michael Valliant

Service Learning Program

Senior IC/Community Engagement Coordinator

Phaedra Pezzullo*

Communication and Culture

Associate Professor

*Denotes Co-Chairs