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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. 

Calendar
One-time Events

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  • August 2013: 
    • Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale: 
      • Event details: Saturday, August 24 from 8:00am-3:00pm, The Warehouse (1525 S. Rogers) 
      • Description: 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. 
      • Event website: www.indiana.edu/~h2h
  • September 2013: 
    • Big Red Eats Green Fall Food Festival and Farmers' Market: 
      • Event details: Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00am-3:00pm, IU Art Museum 
      • Description: 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. 
      • Event website: breg.indiana.edu
  • October 2013: 
    • Greenest Floor Challenge:
      • Event details: Monday, October 7 to Monday, November 4
      • Description: 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 residence center will receive a floor-wide pizza party!  
      • Event website: greenroom.indiana.edu/
    • IU Energy Challenge:
      • Event details: Monday, October 7 to Monday, November 4
      • Description: The Energy Challenge is a campus wide competition to reduce energy and water consumption through behavior change. This year, residence halls will be split into neighborhoods, with each winner earning a new hydration station. 
      • Event website: energychallenge.indiana.edu 
  • November 2013: 
    • Campus Sustainability Awards: 
      • Event details: Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 PM, Neal Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall 
      • Description: The Campus Sustainability Awards will celebrate remarkable accomplishments of these sustainability catalysts 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.  
      • Event website: http://www.indiana.edu/~sustain/programs/campus-sustainability-awards/index.php
Ongoing Programming

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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.

Energy Challenge
Each fall and spring, residence halls, academic buildings, greek houses, and some apartment complexes compete to reduce energy and water use. Visit our ENERGY CHALLENGE SITE for more information.

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 gcc@indiana.edu to receive emails about volunteering, and visit the athletics site for information about what our athletic department is doing to be more sustainable.

Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale

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. It is a partnership between United Way of Monroe County, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, City of Bloomington, IU Athletics, IU Office of Sustainability, and IU Residential Programs and Services. Visit the H2H site to learn about the sale and become involved.

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.