|Submission Date||March 2, 2017|
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Assistant Director of Sustainability
IU Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability's website features current events and information related to sustainability initiatives, programs, and opportunities both on and off campus. The website has links to resources, various sustainability topics, upcoming events, and intern work and research.
The Catalyst newsletter was first published in 2010 by the Office of Sustainability. The monthly digital newsletter highlights current projects and accomplishments relating to sustainability, and includes news articles, past and upcoming events, features on individual student interns/projects, and a note from the sustainability director.
The weekly "This Week in Sustainability" newsletter features a variety of sustainability related events, both on campus and in the community.
IU Office of Sustainability has a Facebook page (www.facebook.com/iusustain) and Twitter account (@IUSustain). IU's primary student blog, We Are IU, has a section devoted to sustainability (www.weareiu.com/blog/sustainability) and The Iu Office of Sustainability maintains a blog as well: (https://iusustain.wordpress.com/)
The IU Student Sustainability Council
(https://www.facebook.com/iubssc/) and the IU Energy Challenge (https://www.facebook.com/IU-Energy-Challenge-299964567292/?fref=ts) also have their own social media presence.
The Indiana Daily Student has an environmental and agricultural news beat reporter and the paper publishes articles with a sustainability theme quite regularly.
The Sustainability Internship Symposia feature the research and program development projects of IU Bloomington's sustainability interns. The event typically features three sustainability internship presentations, a poster session featuring work from each of the 16 to 18 interns, and lunch featuring local food. There is no cost to attend.
Symposia are held twice annually - once in April, and once in August, and have expanded to include research posters created by recipients of the Sustainability Research Development Grants, as well as the work of the 2020 Sustainability Scholars, in addition to those of sustainability interns.
The Union Street Center (Cedar Hall) has a large sign detailing the green building features of the building designed (which was designed to LEED Silver standards). The Indiana Memorial Union also features signage about ongoing efforts to improve sustainability in operations and maintenance of the existing building.
Residential Program dining, as well as vending machine dining, visually distinguish vegan, local, and REAL food items, as identified by the REAL food challenge. Campus vending utilizes a red light, yellow light, green light visual label that communicates healthier "on the go" choices. Finally, Residential Program Dining regularly offers "Meatless Monday" meals and provides literature to students on the health and environmental benefits of choosing meat-free entrees. Similarly, the Indiana Memorial Union holds a "Eat Vegan For Lunch" campaign yearly that highlights the benefits of eating vegan for the environment and for public health.
IU Bloomington is a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly campus, enticing many visitors, students, and employees to enjoy the scenery on foot. What's more, commuting to and around campus by foot is a healthy, reliable, and free form of transportation. The self-guided campus walking tour features six major areas of the town. This highlights the natural beauty of the Bloomington campus while describing important ecosystem functions occurring in various areas.
Indiana University also provides walking distance times to/from certain locations, local walking events, a Gmaps pedometer, and Bloomington walking trails.
The alternative transportation section of Parking Operations at Indiana University lists bicycling, walking, public transportation, Hoosier Commuter Club, carpool, vanpool, telecommuting, Zipcar, Zimride as alternatives.
The bicycling at IU page has a number of resources for those wishing to travel by bicycle, such as information on where to park bikes, places to buy and repair bikes, how to register your bike with IU, Indiana bicycle laws, and much more.
The walking at IU page lists walking resources including a Bloomington Parks and Recreation trail guide, other walking trails guides, a self-guided campus walking tour map, local walking events, and estimates of the amount of time it will take to walk between various campus locations. Resources available at http://parking.indiana.edu/parking_operations/alt_walking.aspx.
The Office of Sustainability has a sustainable students guide through their website. Features include information about energy usage, environmental quality, alternative transportation, recycling, water conservation, sustainable food, green cleaning, educational opportunities, and getting involved.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE
staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.
The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.