IUPUI Office of Sustainability
June 2016 Newsletter

Buzzworthy News: Honeybees Arrive At IUPUI

Dr. Steven Blanchard's winning Greening IUPUI Grant was to start a beehive in the New York Street Garden, and the bees arrived on campus the last week of June. As the bees get settled in their new home, we ask that everyone keep disturbances to a minimum to allow them to acclimate to their new surroundings. Stay tuned for updates on how you can become involved in beekeeping on campus!
Worried about bee stings? Less than 1% of the population is allergic to stings, and honeybees are very docile compared to their wasp relatives. Small hives, like ours, also reduce chances of hive aggression.

Read about IU Bloomington's successful beekeeping program.

Director Attends CommonGround Chicago

From June 8-10, Director Jessica Davis attended the CommonGround Chicago Conference. CommonGround brings together high-level, experienced directors of sustainability and chief sustainability officers across multiple sectors to address management styles necessary for sustainability to thrive in an organization. Jessica is looking forward to implementing these lessons learned on campus.

Financial support for Jessica's attendance at this conference was covered in-part by the IUPUI Staff Council Professional Development Grant

SPEA Graduate Students
Conducting Food Waste Research

Chris Purvis and Yecenia Tostado, SPEA Graduate students, are spending their summer semester conducting research on food waste policy for the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative (IFSI).  IFSI is a new, multi-stakeholder initiative to explore the issues that cause food waste and to divert it from disposal.  

In addition to their policy research, Chris and Yecenia will also be researching best food waste practices from other universities across the country and making recommendations on how IUPUI should manage its food waste. 

Lilly ARBOR Restoration Work

In celebration of the Olympic Diving Trials held at the IU Natatorium, a group of 25 volunteers joined us for a day of riverbank restoration at the Lilly ARBOR, a property along the White River on campus. The group was able to remove a large amount of Amur Honeysuckle, an invasive plant that thrives in disturbed ecosystems like riverbanks. By removing this shrub, it will allow for native plants to repopulate the riverbank, improving water quality and habitat biodiversity.

Special thanks to our friends at the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, Indiana Sports Corp, and USA Diving for organizing and participating! 

Campus Commute On Summer Hiatus

Campus Commute, the shuttle that runs between IUPUI and IU Bloomington, will be on a summer hiatus until school is back in session in August. Normal service will resume on Monday, August 22.  Visit the Campus Commute website for details.

Bottle Caps Update: Nearing 800 Pounds!

Thanks to the help of the campus and Indianapolis community, we've collected nearly 775 lbs of bottle caps for our Bottle Caps for School Benches Program! These bottle caps will be delivered to Green Tree Plastics in Evansville, melted down, and turned into a picnic table to benefit the Center for Young Children at IUPUI

Have you been collecting bottle caps in your office? Email us and request a bottle caps bag. We'll send you a bag in campus mail, and when it's full, just send it back. Email:

IUPUI Recycling Program Presented At 
Indiana Recycling Coalition Conference

Director Jessica Davis presented the success of the University Hall desk-side recycling program at the Indiana Recycling Coalition Conference June 21-22 in Indianapolis. The conference was attended by those in the non-profit, business, and government sector. Highlights included a stakeholder meeting of the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative, as well as Industry Expert Forum on recycling best practices, hosted by the City of Indianapolis' Office of Sustainability.

Upcoming Community Events

Indie Arts and Vintage Marketplace
Saturday, July 9  |  10am-5pm
Broad Ripple Park
Sunset Yoga at the Central Library
Monday, July 11  |  7 pm

Adults are invited for a motivational and relaxing yoga session led by CITYOGA to be held in Central Library's East Garden. In case of rain, the session will be held in the nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room.
How to Succeed as an Urban Farmer and an Intro to Urban Beekeeping
Wednesday, July 13  |  5:30-7:30 PM
Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center - 727 N. Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

FREE EVENT but registration is required
The Dinner Series: New Downtown Transit Center to Highland Park
Wednesday, July 13  |  5:00 pm
$10 advance registration required - includes dinner, drink, and bus fare.

Public transportation in Indianapolis needs a new narrative. Our city needs a robust transportation system to move people around - to their places of employment and to the grocery store, to educational opportunities and to the doctor. 2016 could be a transformative year, so join us for a dinner conversation on the current and planned future of public transportation in Indianapolis.
IUPUI Fresh Produce Market

July 21 from 10am - 2pm 
Campus Center Food Court

Bring your reusable bag for $1 off a $5+ purchase!
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