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March 5, 2018
Events Spotlight
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Environmental Science Speaker Series with Erica Majumder

Dr. Erica Majumder will give a lectuer on her work as part of SPEA's Environmental Science Speaker Series. Dr. Majumder has her Ph.D. in chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. Her research focuses include crop yield improvement applications, and presently energy conservation and bioremediation of heavy metals.

When: March 8, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Bloomington Bike Share Program Announcement

Stay alert for the new bike share system beginning this spring, providing a new sustainable and clean transportation option and increasing mobility in Bloomington! Mayor John Hamilton announced that the City of Bloomington and Indiana University have chosen to partner with Pace to establish a dockless bike share program beginning with 150 bikes and scaling up to meet user demand. All you will need is the free Pace Bike Share app available on the App Store and Google Play! Read the full press release here.

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Bloomington Parks & Rec
Adopt-an-Acre Application

Spend some time at the Griffy Lake Nature Preserve with the Bloomington Parks and Recreation's Adopt-an-Acre program! Volunteers manage their own acre of land to monitor and remove local invasive species such as honeysuckle, garlic mustard and winter creeper. No prior training is necessary and the program is open to anyone 12 year old and over.

Your acre must be visited at least once a month and the commitment runs from this May to April of next year. Applications are due March 30. Fill out the application to sign up as an individual or a group.

Student Sustainability Council Grants

The Student Sustainability Council is accepting sustainability project proposals to be funded by Indiana University's Sustainability Fund. This year there is $20,000 to be allocated to projects that will bring measurable improvements to campus. Prior recipient projects include energy efficient lighting in Ballantine Hall, solar thermal heating installations at McNutt, and the SRSC rain garden. In order to apply your project team must create a project proposal and email it to by midnight, March 5th. Projects will be accepted March 20th. Documents with greater detail can be found on the SSC website.

Job Offering: Garden Coordinator

Hoosier Hills Food Bank is looking for qualified candidates for their Garden and Gleaning Coordinator. The position is responsible for planting, maintaining and harvesting a 1.5 acre garden plot along with volunteers. Applicants must have basic organic gardening knolwedge and a valid Indiana driver's license and driving record, and must be able to lift 40 pounds. It is a part time job at 20 to 35 hours a week and paid time off. Hoosier Hills Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Send a resume and cover letter to HHFB, PO Box 697, Bloomington, IN 47402 or email Brandon Bartley at

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard Special Work Date

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard is holding a special work date on March 9th to welcome the gardens to the spring season. Mother Hubbard's Cupbaord provides 3,000 lbs of fresh food each year for volunteers and underserved people in Bloomington, as well as gardening education. Volunteers will be preparing soil, weeding and planting. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

When: March 9, 2-4 p.m.
Where: 1100 W. Allen St. Bloomington, IN 47403

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