STORY Animal Welfare: IUPUI Sustainability Director Leads Alternative Spring Break Trip to North Carolina
Over spring break, IUPUI Sustainability Director Jessica Davis led an IUPUI Alternative Spring Break trip to Hubert, North Carolina where students focused on animal welfare at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary. IUPUI Alternative Break trips are centered around social issues and are service-learning experiences.
During this trip, students experienced hands-on animal care and were exposed to conservation practices in the context of rescue, rehabilitation, and captive/wild settings. Jessica said "it was wonderful getting to know these young ladies - they are passionate, intelligent, and driven to make the world a better place."
STORY ReCYCLE Ride: Making the Community Cleaner and Greener
IUPUI's SPEA Student Council held another successful ReCYCLE Ride on April 21st. Fifty IUPUI students biked out across downtown Indianapolis to pick up litter and clean our city. As a result of their efforts, 183 lbs of waste was collected, 103 lbs of which was recyclable. Special thanks to all who made this event possible, including SPEA Indianapolis, Indiana Pacers Bikeshare, Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Indy Bike Hub YMCA, and the local businesses that provided prizes.
Environmentalism: Urban Sustainability & Engagement Fellow Attends Alternative Spring Break Trip to Virginia Our Urban Sustainability and Engagement Fellow, Melissa Kidulas participated in the "Environmentalism" IUPUI Alternative Spring Break trip to Kiptopeke State Park in Cape Charles, Virginia. During this trip, students focused on the issue of environment, specifically the ocean and the coastal habitats around them.
Students were responsible for helping Kiptopeke State Park with a few development projects, with the goal of bringing more visitors into the park, as well as various other jobs, such as shoveling sand and collecting litter.
STORY Earth Day: Garden Spring Clean
On April 22nd, volunteers from Student United Way at IUPUI braved a chilly Saturday morning on Earth Day to help IUPUI Sustainability prep our campus gardens for the growing season and pick up litter on and around campus. With over 50 student volunteers, we accomplished an incredible amount of work and a total of 150 service hours. We always appreciate our student volunteers!
2017 Food, Waste, and Hunger Summit: Campus Kitchen Leadership Team
Three students from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis attended the 2017 Food, Waste, and Hunger Summit, or Summit Squared, on March 24-25.
Two leaders in IUPUI’s Office of Sustainability’s Campus Kitchen, Director Mark Daiuto and Staffing and Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Moors, as well as the Chair of Paw’s Pantry, IUPUI’s low-barrier food bank, Christina Geels, went to the Summit.
Summit Squared is an annual event put on by the national Campus Kitchens Project, an organization that empowers students to take the unused food from places like their dining halls and local grocery stores and creates meals for those in need, according to the Campus Kitchens website. This year’s Summit Squared was also co-hosted by Universities Fighting World Hunger.
This is the fourth year that the Office of Sustainability has sent leadership team members to go to the Summit, with some even presenting in the past said Deb Ferguson, assistant director of the Office of Sustainability. This was also the first year a leadership member of Paw’s pantry, supported by the Office of Student Advocacy and Support, attended Summit Squared.
“The keys to why the Summit is so important is it provides leadership experience to students as well as professional development," Ferguson said. "It inspires them and gives them more meaning and passion to what they're doing."
Geels, a Senior, attended the Summit because of Paw's Pantry's recent transition from a student organization to existing within the Office of Student Advocacy and Support, which comes with new resources.
Geels said her favorite part of the summit was listening to World Food Program's MJ Altman, whose "Hacking Hunger" podcast uses storytelling to show the hidden victims of hunger.
“A lot of what we’re combating at Paw’s in our urban area is hidden hunger, like basic nutrient deficiency,” Geels said.
More than just the opportunity to learn about fighting hunger and network with others in the business, Ferguson said students also come away with a greater understanding of the movement.
Geels agreed, saying that she was grateful to the University for the opportunity to go to Summit Squared.
“Before I went to the Summit I felt like we were really alone in this fight,” Geels said. “After the Summit, I realized we weren’t alone, just disconnected.”
Geels said she is hoping to mend that disconnect with the connections she made thanks to Summit Squared.
PETM class plants shrubs
Thanks to these awesome IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management students from Professor Lisa Angermeier's Personal Health course who helped our office and the Campus Facility Services grounds crew plant new shrubs in front of the Health Services building!