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Tree Campus USA Tree Planting at IUB

There are few remaining reminders of the devastation produced by the storms last spring that brought down hundreds of trees on the IU campus. However, if you walk through Dunn Meadow, a location hit hard by the storms, there is still a visible absence of the grand trees that make Dunn Meadow a treasure to the IU campus.
If you would like to contribute to the growth of a new generation of trees on the IU campus, please join us on Friday, November 11th,for the Tree Campus USA Planting at IU.

Event Details:

When: 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Dunn Meadow

Description: The event will begin at 9:30 with time to gather over coffee and donuts and organize working groups for the planting. Following that will be the presentation of awards to IU Energy Challenge winners. At 10:15 we will begin the tree planting. Shovels and other necessary equipment will be provided. Please click here to register for the event. Contact IUOS at if you have any questions.


“Green” Events

Campus Sustainability Day: Wednesday the 26th. How are you going to get involved?

Green Drinks: Wednesday the 26th, 5:30-7:30, at the Upland Brewing Company. Our very own Bill Brown, Director of Sustainability, will be giving his talk “Applied Sustainability: Student Leadership in Campus and Community Sustainability at IU.”

Campus Gardens: Wednesday the 26th, 4:00-5:00, at the Bryan House Garden. Come help prepare the garden for winter! The Bryan House Garden is located on the East lawn of the Bryan House, just behind the Musical Arts Center in the center of the IUB campus.

Nuclear Energy Discussion: Tuesday the 25th, Meyers Hall room 130 at 7:00pm. The discussion will be led by three panelists and will address radiation safety, nuclear waste disposal options, and the sustainability of nuclear energy.

ViS Energy Awareness Campaign

NUCLEAR Solution-or NO CLEAR Answer? 

When: October 25, 2011  7:00 pm

Where: Meyers Hall 130

Following Japan’s nuclear disaster this March, the debate over the use of nuclear energy received significant attention worldwide. While some countries rely almost entirely on nuclear power and view it as a clean energy source, others adamantly refuse to implement it. This contrast generates much confusion over what nuclear energy actually is, if it is in fact dangerous, and how it may or may not fit into the future of energy in the United States.

Join us in a conversation about the current and future state of nuclear energy in the U.S. The discussion will be led by three panelists and will address radiation safety, nuclear waste disposal options, and whether or not nuclear can be considered sustainable. Time will be provided for audience questions.

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Campus Sustainability Day

CSD (Campus Sustainability Day) is coming up on the 26th of October. For those of you who are not familiar with CSD, it is a day to focus on current sustainable actions and future goals. Campuses all over the country are finding creative ways to make their campuses more sustainable, and CSD is a day to spotlight these efforts.

How are you going to get involved? There are a number of ways in which your Green Team can participate in CSD.  Some of the current examples underway are Bloomington Professional Council’s “No Print Day,” as well as the IUOS interns’ efforts towards the promotion of energy conservation, alternative transportation, tap water instead of bottled water, and sustainable food options. Some other suggestions are: leave your car at home, volunteer with campus organizations that promote sustainability, collect items for local charities, or hold a lunch and learn to educate coworkers about sustainability.  As you can see, there are many ways we can all get involved.

If you would like to share what your team is doing to participate in CSD, please post it on the Green Teams blog, or send it to me at

For more information on CSD visit the AASHE site at

ViS Energy Awareness Campaign

ViS (Volunteers in Sustainability) campaign for the semester, “E=WHat?” is focused on understanding energy and thus involves a number of events aiming to generate discussion around energy issues and proposed energy options.
Don’t Be Fuelish
Film screening of the 2008 documentary “Fuel”
Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for Documentaries
Thursday, Oct 13, 6:00 pm
Hutton Honors College Great Room, 811 E. Seventh St.
Free and open to the public; no need to sign up.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Greening Cream and Crimson initiative will green IU athletic events, utilizing our dedicated volunteers (you!), during IU men’s regular-season football games.

Volunteers will receive:
A Free Greening Cream and Crimson t-shirt
Free food and drink at at the event itself 
Game Day Initiatives:
  • Recycling during tailgating – Volunteers will circulate the tailgating area, instructing fans on the proper techniques – will distribute bags (clear for recycling, black for trash) and educate and encourage fans to recycle
  • Recycling inside Memorial Stadium – Volunteers will educate and encourage fans to recycle and supervise recycling of aluminum, plastic, cardboard, etc. in the stadium
  • Vendor waste reduction – Supervised recycling should assist in reducing contamination of cardboard, paperboard – greenware pilot – 100% compostable corn-based “plastics”
  • Eco Cell phone collection – Volunteers will supervise collection of cell phones for recycling
  • Bike Valet  –Volunteers will valet bicycles on the west concourse of the stadium

Fall 2011 Energy Challenge

Second Annual Fall Energy Challenge to Take Place October 5 – November 2, 2011

Indiana University will celebrate the second running of the Fall Energy Challenge from Wednesday, October 5 through Wednesday, November 2.  The program, a campus competition to reduce energy and water consumption, was implemented in the spring of 2008.  Since that inaugural competition, the program has expanded each semester to include a growing number of residence halls, academic buildings and Greek houses.  This semester, the IU Office of Sustainability will focus its efforts on increasing participation and engagement within veteran buildings.

“Much of the effort and energy put into the program in its first few years was focused on expanding the scope of the challenge and increasing the breadth of buildings participating,” said Will McHenry, Energy Challenge Coordinator with the IU Office of Sustainability.  “Thanks to the hard work of former interns, we’re now able to put more emphasis on increasing the intensity of participation and enthusiasm within the buildings that have been in the challenge for some years.”

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