IUPUI Office of Sustainability  
November 2016
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Greening IUPUI Grant Application: Taking Your Good Idea to the Next Level
Our students, faculty, and staff are sustainability experts too! Have you come up with a way to reduce IUPUI's environmental impact or promote campus sustainability? Submit your idea, and you could win a Greening IUPUI grant to make it happen. These grants are awarded one time per year to projects that advance our campus sustainability principles. IUPUI dedicates a total of $50,000 annually to fund these projects.

Proposals should focus on one of the following areas:
  • Planning & Administration (Strategic initiatives, diversity, affordability, innovation)
  • Academics (Courses, research, other educational pursuits)
  • Campus Engagement (student engagement programs, events)
  • Public Engagement (volunteer opportunities, campus-community partnerships)
  • Operations (Grounds, energy, waste, water, purchasing, transportation, buildings)
  • Health & Wellness (Food, health, compensation, and human sustainability)
Application period opens: December 1, 2016
Application period closes: February 1, 2017 (11:59pm)
Applicants notified: April 1, 2017

Find out more about the application process here
Principles of Sustainability: Field Trip to The Nature Conservancy
IUPUI Sustainability Director, Jessica Davis, took her SPEA Indianapolis 222: Principles of Sustainability class to tour The Nature Conservancy in Indiana's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum headquarters in downtown Indy so they could see sustainable building design in person. Platinum is the highest awarded designation by the U.S. Green Building Council, and it recognizes the exceptional sustainability features incorporated into the project.

The building has many sustainable features including: a permeable parking lot, native plant gardens to capture water runoff, reclaimed products for infrastructure, south facing offices to take advantage of natural light, a green roof that saves them 80% on their water bill, living wall in their conference room, geothermal heating and cooling, flooring that can be replaced in small sections if there is damage, no ceiling tiles, special parking for low emission vehicles, and many others!
The Latest Buzz: Beekeeping Basics Course 
Dr. Steven Blanchard and Kathleen Prough came out to the New York Street Garden and taught us about urban beekeeping and the importance of honeybees in our ecosystem. Dr. Blanchard is a professor at Indiana University School of Dentistry and the beekeeper at the New York Street Garden beehive on campus, and Kathleen is the apiary inspector for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Students were able to suit up and get an up close look at IUPUI's urban beehive. Dr. Blanchard was even able to find the queen bee inside of the hive! To close out the session, IUPUI student Madison Mohr gave her speech over the importance of honeybees, urging students taking action and work together to provide a pollinator-friendly campus. Madison made it to the final round of IUPUI's Speech Night competition which was held on December 5th at the Old National Centre.
IUPUI Sustainability Alumni: Starting a "Green Team" at the Workplace
Former Student Sustainability Council member and IUPUI Sustainability Alumni, Jordan Sewell, started a "Green Team" park and river clean-up program at his workplace, Sunrun - a residential solar panel company in Denver. In the four hours the Green Team spent picking up alcohol bottles, beer cans, blankets, needles, and pieces of rusted rebar (just to name a few of the items they found), they ended ​up collecting 93.4 pounds of trash and 30.7 pounds of recyclables for a grand total of 124.1 pounds of diverted material!  For this being their first event, I'd say they set the bar pretty high for all future events. Jordan says that the success of events like this "just goes to re-affirm my opinion that being involved with the SSC and IUPUI Sustainability was the most worthwhile experience that came from my time at school."
Campus Kitchen at IUPUI: Preparing Meals That Heal
This past month Chartwells monthly report featured the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI). The Campus Kitchens Project is a national leader in community service for students and is the future of hunger relief. CKIUPUI operates out of the Chartwells kitchen in the IUPUI Campus Center recovering food that would have otherwise gone to waste. Students are able to create nutritious meals for their partners in the Indianapolis Community: Wheeler Mission Ministries and Ronald McDonald House. Meal recipients at the ministries appreciate the interaction with the students and the warm, nutritious dishes they serve.

Not only does CKP help fight against hunger, it also helps Chartwells reduce food waste. Chartwells at IUPUI partners with CKIUPUI and helps with its continued growth. With the IUPUI Office of Sustainability, Chartwells has been able to assist CKIUPUI in the recovery of 10,689 pounds of food that was turned into 4,500 nutritious meals and providing $19,047 in economic value from the meals and extra food provided. 
Student Sustainability Council: Before the Flood and Campus Dumpster Dive
If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? This past month, IUPUI's Student Sustainability Council (SSC) hosted a free screening of the documentary Before the Flood to bring awareness to students and staff about one of the greatest threats to a sustainable future: climate change. The documentary features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, where he travels to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. The SSC provided a free lunch for attendees and hosted a post-movie discussion. You can find out where to watch the documentary here.

Did you know that approximately 60% of what people throw into the trash on campus could have been recycled? The SSC hosted a dumpster dive in IUPUI's Campus Center Atrium at the beginning of December. This event offered students the opportunity to take a break from finals and see a demonstration of what's in our trash. The SCC sorted and measured what is and isn't recyclable. Students were able to throw on a hazmat suit and join in!
In the Running for $6000 Donation: Vote for The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI!
Indiana Member's Credit Union (IMCU) is celebrating 60 years of service by donating $6,000 each quarter to charities and organizations who serve those in need. With IMCU's mission of "People Helping People", what better way to culminate 60 years than giving back to the organizations that support our community? Voting has begun for this quarter with focus on the Homeless/Basic Needs Category. The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, a part of the IUPUI Office of Sustainability,  is one of the organizations in the running for this quarter.

PLEASE VOTE for The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI by clicking
here. You can vote once per day with a valid email through December 31, 2016. 
Please note: The next business day, you will receive a confirmation email validating your email address and votes will be updated. 

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Sustainability Tip of the Month: Winterizing Solutions 
As the seasons change and your family migrates indoors for the winter, a lot of energy can be wasted to keep your home comfortable. Between 40-70% of all home energy is wasted, but we could save about half of that by taking energy-saving measures.

And here are some inexpensive solutions to consider:
  • Cover your air conditioner: If you can’t remove your window unit, consider covering it both inside and out. Besides protecting your air-conditioning unit, these covers also help keep cold air from entering your home through the space around the air-conditioner and can be a great way to lower utility bills.
  • Caulk it: Small spaces and gaps around windows and pipes and wires entering the home create create energy wasting drafts that can cut the efficiency of your heating system. Most caulking products cost under $10; rope caulk, one of the easiest types to apply, sells for about $4 for 40 or 50 feet.
  • Block drafts: Draft blockers are foam plates that fit behind light switches and electrical outlets to reduce drafts that enter through those spaces. You can get a packet of 10 for about $3 and they're easy to install with just a screwdriver.
Job and Volunteer Opportunites
HIRING: Campus Kitchen at IUPUI Leadership Team Positions 
The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) is a student-powered food rescue organization that fights hunger in Indianapolis. CKIUPUI empowers students to implement innovative models aimed at combating hunger, developing sustainable food systems, and meeting the needs of the local communities we serve. Each position will receive a stipend for the academic year of $1,200, to be paid in semester installments ($500 paid Fall/$500 paid Spring/$200 Summer). We currently have three Leadership Team positions available:
  • Finance & Compliance Manager 
  • Publicity & Outreach Coordinator
  • Staffing & Volunteer Coordinator
For more information about these positions and the qualifications, search for "Campus Kitchen at IUPUI Leadership Team Positions" on JagJobs.

Applications are accepted through December 16th. 
Find Out More
Upcoming Events
Tuesday, December 13
Green Drinks Indy
If you work in the environmental field or are generally interested in environmental issues, join us to discuss common interests and meet awesome, like-minded people. Green Drinks Indy is a chapter of the international Green Drinks organizationLook for the table top Green Drinks Indy sign.

When: 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Tomlinson Tap Room (upstairs at City Market)
Monday, December 19
Transit Support at City Council
TDI supporters are encouraged to attend the December 19 City-County Council meeting. We’re calling upon supporters to wear their TDI t-shirts and be present to voice their support directly to councillors before the meeting begins. If you don't have a t-shirt, they will bring one for you! Please RSVP your attendance to or by clicking 'GOING' on this event page. Your presence WILL make an impact. We hope to see you there!

When: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Where: City County Building - Public Assembly Room
Thursday, January 19
IUPUI Fresh Produce Market
Bring a friend and grab some fresh produce at-cost (no price markups!) at the IUPUI Fresh Produce Market. The market offers a variety of local fruits and veggies that change with the season! Chef Roger always has something cooking for lunch at the market, too, made with ingredients available for purchase that day.

When: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Campus Center, 1st Floor Food Court
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