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June 18, 2013 -- Electronic waste collection programs at Indiana University Bloomington and IU South Bend were responsible for keeping more than 500,000 pounds of electronic waste out of landfills this spring.
Both campuses collected used computer and electronics equipment from businesses, schools and other institutions May 10 and from the public May 11 during Electronic Waste Collection Days.
Sustainability Course Development Fellowship recipients announced for 2013-14
June 13, 2013 -- Four Sustainability Course Development Fellowships have been awarded to Indiana University Bloomington faculty by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs and the Office of Sustainability.
This year's recipients are:
City announces incentives for sustainability
June 9, 2013 -- The City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic and Sustainable Development has announced that it will accept applications for its Sustainability Partnership Grant Program.
“The whole idea behind this competitive grant program is to support and increase efforts in the community to make Bloomington a more sustainable city,” Economic and Sustainable Development Director Danise Alano-Martin said.
By: Stone Irr, Local Food Sourcing and Green Events Planning at the IMU Intern
“A real place finds us mindful of nature.” This quote comes from Scott Russell Sander’s essay collection, A Conservationist Manifesto. Reflecting on the ideal characteristics of community, Sanders introduces his love of a thriving group of people coming together into one environment—the Bloomington Farmer’s Market being his example.
The food, the people, and the vibrancy in the Bloomington City Hall parking lot every Saturday morning continues to remind me of how a real place finds us mindful of nature. How real people find us mindful of relationships. How real food finds us mindful of healthy, sustainable lives.
I began making my summer living arrangements by signing up for two Community Supported Agriculture shares through Freedom Valley Farm and WE Farms. A few of my friends and I collectively purchased these two shares and over the course of the summer, we will pick up our weekly produce and monthly meat share. When I first found out about CSA shares, I was simply excited by the fact that I would be getting a pretty great deal on some fresh produce. It was soon after the share program commenced that noticed a larger narrative unfolding.
Whether at home or at a local restaurant, sitting down to a simple dinner may hold unforeseen impact. The average American citizen consumes about 400 gallons of oil a year through agricultural purposes. The majority of this consumption derives from the trip of a meal from farm to plate—a trip that averages of 1,500 miles. This invisible trail of oil rarely comes to mind while enjoying a nice meal with friends and family.
Catalysts for Change
By Jessica Plassman, Project Coordinator
The Campus Garden Initiative is a project that fosters environmental and social sustainability by creating interactive, edible gardening spaces on the IUB campus. Currently, the initiative supports two gardens on campus: Bryan House Garden, which is home to 900 square feet of gardening space and the Hilltop Garden which has 8,500 square feet of growing space.
With an intern as coordinator and a large network of volunteers, these two gardens are examplary demonstrations of how local food and sustainable agriculture are staples of a community. In this feature, we introduce the hard-working intern who works tirelessly to promote agricultural and personal growth. As you learn about Audrey, we leave you with this message: "Grow with us."
- Major: Biology
- Internship Title: Campus Garden and Edible Campus Initiative Coordination
- What does it take to keep a garden like Hilltop up and running? Hilltop is a large space—around 8500 square feet—and while I like to think that I’m a pretty mighty weeder and waterer, our garden would not be thriving without so many lovely volunteers, a dedicated network of students and faculty, and such efficient workdays. I’ve also discovered, much to my initial dismay, that organization (and lots and lots of lists!) plays a big role in keeping the garden moving forward.
- What is the role of the garden initiative in the campus community? The garden demonstrates the connections between communities and health and environment, which is something I think is easily forgotten as students transition to focus on their studies and immediate interests. In the smaller campus setting, it provides an outdoor classroom for faculty and an easy escape for students; additionally, because produce goes home with volunteers and is given to campus dining services, the garden also serves as a good source of local food for everyone involved.
- What specific things do you hope to accomplish during your tenure as the garden intern? During my time as the garden intern, I’m hoping to encourage more course participation in the garden, allowing students and faculty to see how the garden might be relevant to a number of course topics or areas of study. Additionally, I am hoping to improve the garden’s sense of permanency by planting more perennials, native plants, and (as many students have pushed for) berry bushes.
- What is your favorite gardening tip? My favorite gardening tip, hands down, is that slug problems can be remedied by taking advantage of their fondness for beer (and light beer, specifically). However, this might not be so relevant for everyone, so another fun tip is that the water in which vegetables are boiled or steamed can be used to water your plants, giving them such much-needed nutrients.
Learn more about the garden initiative and how you can participate - click here.
Come out and volunteer at the Campus Garden every Tuesday from 5-7pm and Friday from 9-11am. All are welcome to come play in the dirt and learn more about gardening. All tools and gloves are provided.
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