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Libraries Green Team Earns their Sprout Certification

Please join me in congratulating the Libraries as the latest Green Team to earn their Sprout Certification, the second of four certifications through the IU Office of Sustainability Green Teams Program.  The Libraries has 11 members (From left to right: Teresa Reynolds, Mike Noth, Melissa Harding, Daniel Bruhn, Vern Wilkins, Jim Champion, Jennifer Chaffin. Missing members include: John Cash, Gary Charbonneau, Chanitra Bishop, and Virginia Dearborn).

The Libraries commitment to sustainability is just one example of how we, as a campus, can make a significant impact on environmental, social, and economic issues by restructuring how we live, learn, and work at Indiana University.

Once again, congratulations!

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CLACS Earns Sprout Certification

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Please join me in congratulating the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Green Team for earning their Sprout certification, the second of four certifications through the IU Office of Sustainability’s Green Teams Program.

The CLACS team was formed earlier this year, and consists of 8 members (Michael Lemon, Alison Pitt, Rachel Dotson, Richard Valdez, John Kroondyk, Matthew Van Hoose, Shane Greene, and Sonja Manriquez). The initial formation of the CLACS Green Team was part of their Sustainable Development Initiative, which is funded through the Title VI National Resource Center grant from the US Department of Education.

With this being the second certification the CLACS team has earned in two months, it is no surprise that Michael Lemon, the team’s leader, has stated they will continue to make their office on Atwater Ave. a hub for sustainable practices on the IU Bloomington campus.

CLACS’s commitment to sustainability is just one example of how we, as a campus, can make a significant impact on environmental, social, and economic issues by restructuring how we live, learn, and work at Indiana University.

Once again, congratulations!

Tree Certification Achieved!

Environmental Health, and Safety, Management

Please join me in congratulating EHS (Environmental Health, and Safety, Management) Green Team for earning their Tree-level certification. The EHS team is comprised of 8 members: Patricia Moser (the teams leader), Carole Baynes, Shonna McCracken, Alex Bohorquez, Graham McKeen, April Karr, Megan Utleyand, and Michael Dorsett. As the forth and final level of certification, this is an impressive accomplishment, especially considering their team was formed just a year ago in September of 2010.

As a Green Team that has advanced through all four levels, EHS’s main piece of advice for other teams was “to not be intimidated to ask for approval for what your department needs to do to attain certification. Stay committed to your objective.”

So what is next for EHS? According to the team members, “EHS plans to continue implementing measures to be a sustainable department and to work with the Office of Sustainability and the various working groups to make IU a sustainable university.” In their words, they plan to “keep on truckin.”

Once again, Congratulations!

CLACS Earns Their Seed Certification

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Please join me in congratulating CLACS (the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies) as the latest Green Team to earn their Seed Certification. The CLACS team consists of 8 members (Michael Lemon, Alison Pitt, Rachel Dotson, Richard Valdez, John Kroondyk, Matthew Van Hoose, Shane Greene, and Sonja Manriquez). CLACS is a relatively small department, especially for IU, but don’t let their size fool you: Michael Lemon, the team’s leader, has big ambitions and is already looking forward to the next certification. Once again, congratulations!

Office of the Registrar’s Latest Green Project

The Green Teams Program is designed to assist  faculty, staff, and students at IU in developing and maintaining sustainable practices within their offices and buildings.  The Registrar’s Office is one example of a Green Team which has sought innovative and creative ways to “green” their workplace. Earlier this summer, the Registrar’s Office Green Team was faced with the dilemma of how to dispose of their old office supplies. Instead of sending perfectly good materials to the landfill, they decided to gather the supplies and redistribute them. Below is their story, written by Donna Goddard – one of the Registrar’s Office Green Team members.

OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR

RECYCLING OFFICE SUPPLIES

JULY 2011

By Donna Goddard

While swimming through the old office supplies in our storage room one afternoon, I thought, “Why not give these products away to the folks in our building?”   That began our latest green project, which we called the Franklin Hall Giveaway.  Simple, right?  Well, mostly.

Here are the basic steps of what we went through to put this idea into practice. 

We started with identifying what we had too many of.  Then came the small hurdles. 

I got permission from the registrar to proceed.

I emailed the folks at Purchasing to see if I could do this.

I emailed Facilities to get permission to use our old registration center for display.  For any giveaway, you must have some space you can use.

Everyone said okay.  Purchasing had a few caveats, which I’ll address later.

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Seed Certification Achieved!

 Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Land

Please join me in congratulating the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Land as the latest Green Team to earn their Seed Certification. The Eppley Institute’s team of six (Kaitlyn Salb, Julie Abrams, Aaron Wells, Matt Wolf, Nona Capps, Kelli Market) was established earlier this year, and in only a few short months they have achieved impressive results. The Eppley Institute is wasting no time – they are already well on their way to earning the next level of certification. Once again, congratulations!