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Sustainability Programming Timeline

Interested in sustainability programming in the residence halls? See below for helpful tips on this year's events. 

Major Events

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  • August 2014
    • Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale: 
      • Saturday, August 23 from 8:00am-1:00pm
      • Sunday, August 24 from 11:00am-2:00pm
      • The Warehouse (1525 S. Rogers) 
        • Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) is a reuse program that aims 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order 3) to raise funds for local charities and other organizations. 
  • September 2014 
    • Big Red Eats Green Fall Food Festival and Farmers' Market: 
      • Wednesday, September 10 from 11:00am-3:00pm
        IU Art Museum 
        • Big Red Eats Green (BREG) is a celebration of local and sustainable food, providing students access to fresh samples from the farmers' market and locally owned restaurants. 
    • Power Hour
      • Thursday, September 25 from 8:00-9:00 PM
      • Keep a look out for some fun and energy-free activities that will be going on during this hour!
  • October 2014
    • Greenest Floor Challenge:
      • Monday, October 13 to Monday, November 10
        • The Greenest Floor Challenge is a floor-by-floor competition rewarding the floor in each residence center on campus that Green Certifies the highest percentage of rooms through the Green Room Certification Program over a three-week period. Each student who Green Certifies their room during the competition will receive a reusable, BPA-free water bottle courtesy of the Student Sustainability Council (SSC), and a GRCP certificate to put on their door. The winning floor in each neighborhood will receive a floor-wide pizza party!  
    • IU Energy Challenge:
      • Monday, October 13 to Monday, November 10
        • The Energy Challenge is a campus wide competition to reduce energy and water consumption through small individual behavioral changes.  
  • November 2014 
    • Campus Catalyst Awards: 
      • Wednesday, November 12  
        • The Campus Catalyst Awards will celebrate remarkable accomplishments of these sustainability innovators and thank them for their leadership, innovation, and positive impact as the campus community works together to achieve the university's sustainability goals and vision.  
Ongoing Programming Initiatives

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Campus Garden

Volunteer for our garden, learn about sustainable, organic food production, and maybe some nab some produce! Visit the IU Garden blog to learn more.

Greening Cream and Crimson

Watch for opportunities to volunteer at football and basketball games. Volunteer activities include assisting with recycling, educating fans, and assisting with a bike valet service. Email to receive emails about volunteering, and visit the athletics site for information about what our athletic department is doing to be more sustainable.

Dunn's Woods Restoration Project

Dunn's Woods is a 130-year old, 10-acre deciduous woodland situated at the heart of Indiana University’s Bloomington campus. The woods are now host to a diverse spring ephemeral wildflower community and numerous species of birds, including a nesting pair of Cooper’s hawks, Yellow-throated Warblers, and vireos. This biodiversity is threatened by numerous exotic invasive plant species, especially the evergreen groundcover Purple Wintercreeper, that have invaded the woods. The Dunn’s Woods project aims to restore both the woods and people’s sense of place and understanding of ecological connections. Visit the project website to learn more and become involved.

Student Organizations

There are many student groups that offer a variety of involvement opportunities related to sustainability. We've compiled a list of them here, and you can also browse all student organizations through My Involvement.