Goal I- Enhance water quality
Goal II- Improve water use practices
Goal III- Include more water conservation infrastructure
Goal I- Make more landscaping choices that require less maintenance
Goal II- Ensure sustainable open space planning
Goal III- Improve the quality of current natural features
Goal I- Enhance air quality
Goal I- Decrease the size of our chemical footprint
Jordan River Study, Summer 2007: Nancy Arazan explored prospects for improving protection of the ecosystem, including possibly, erosion control measures, cultivation of native plants on river banks, wetlands, and reconfiguring built-up and landscaped areas adjacent to the river. Her final product included a draft pre-feasibility study for improving protection of the river ecosystem.
GIS Tree Canopy Study, Summer 2007; Brandon Schmitt identified what kinds of data were currently available in IU’s GIS data systems and what types of questions the data answered regarding tree canopy cover, stormwater systems, proximity of potential building sites to utilities and other infrastructure, and other planning and environmental functions. He also collected new data and performed an analysis of peer progress to determine the usability of their data for making planning decisions at IUB that are environmentally sustainable.
Griffy Lake Watershed, Summer 2008: Neil Sahu identified some of the major issues within the IU Griffy Lake Watershed (IUGLW) related to sustainability. Special attention was given to documenting the current state of the watershed, examining existing management practices, and identifying management priorities within the IUGLW.
Campus Tree Inventory/Geographic Information System (GIS), Summer 2008: Rich Thurau continued work on the campus tree inventory. He made significant progress inventorying and performing analysis, reaching the 4,000 tree mark on the IUB Campus.
Campus Tree inventory, Summer 2009: Trevor Hagedorn continued the work of three previous interns inventorying trees on the IUB campus.
Prairie Restoration and Labyrinth Development, Summer 2009: Zach Brown and Marie Buckingham focused primarily on the research and development of a methodological restoration plan. Based on this research and further assessments, the plan they created was specialized to the specific characteristics of the given site.
Native Landscaping, Summer 2009: Wes Kocher focused on enhancing the use of native and locally adapted landscaping to decrease costs and reduce the need for fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation. Specifically, he developed an implementation plan to restore, protect, and scientifically monitor the Dunn Woods, an at-risk area of campus threatened by euonymus.
Campus Wetlands Inventory, Summer 2009: Anya Hopple conducted an inventory of wetlands located on the IUB campus. She classified the wetlands based on their ecological health and integrity and provided recommendations for potential future uses.
Compost Management, Summer 2010: Lea Woodward worked with the Environmental Quality and Land Use Working Group to create a viable composting program for the IUB campus. The program includes compost site(s) selection, potential uses for processed debris, sale of waste materials and a composting management plan.
Fume Hood Efficiency and Labs 21 Pilot, Summer 2011: Sara Dille researched in the summer new energy saving fume hood technology and analyzed its applicability at various risk levels (high hazard labs vs. intermediate and low hazard labs). She also analyzed existing energy savings devices installed in the science buildings to hopefully develop a guidance document that can be used to select the appropriate technology while not sacrificing worker safety. During the academic year she used outreach materials and an incentive program to expand the “shut the sash” campaign which is aimed at reducing electricity when fume hood sashes are left open.
Campus Wetland and Stream Inventory, Summer 2011: Jason Hewitt monitored and documented the success of the Jordan River mitigation wetlands and riparian habitat, looking at vegetation success, proper hydrology, and the sustained success, associated with a Section 401 Water Quality Certification. This was the third year of the inventory that had previously been two other interns.
Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage in Dunn's Woods, Summer 2012: Hayley Prihoda worked with a multidisciplinary team of faculty, staff, students, and Bloomington community partners to increase awareness about the cultural and natural heritage of the campus's historic Dunn's Woods. Hayley is leading volunteer efforts to remove exotic invasive plants and restore native wildflowers to the woods, assist with historical and ecological research, and help to promote the woods as a learning center for the campus and community.
Academic Year 2008-2009
Campus Tree Inventory, Academic Year 2008-2009:Scott Byrne continued inventorying the 10,000+ trees contained in the University Architect’s database. Continuation of this project was vital to assessing the health and benefits provided by this important asset to the Bloomington Campus.
Academic Year 2009-2010
Wetland & Stream Inventory of IUB and the Five Regional Campuses, Academic Year 2009-2010: Kari Metcalf worked with the Department of Environmental Health and Safety to complete the campus wetland inventory started last summer by an IUOS intern. Her project includes the addition of campus stream inventories. The indentified wetland areas will provide IU with complete knowledge of its water resources for future planning, construction, and mitigation activities.
Academic Year 2010-2011
Strategic Land Management, Academic Year 2010-2011: Matt Kerby reviewed and analyzed IUB’s Campus Master Plan to help prioritize the implementation of future land management projects. The resulting paper specifically concentrated in best management practices for the Jordan River Restoration Planning and stormwater management.
Academic Year 2011-2012
Fume Hood Efficiency and Labs 21 Pilot, Sara Dille