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IUPUI Office of Sustainability
May 2016 Newsletter

Sustainability + Indiana Recycling Coalition Create Recycling Internship

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC) to create a recycling internship position to serve both Indiana and the IUPUI campus.  Fatima Khan, a SPEA student, is the first intern to fill this campus-community position. Fatima  will be assisting IRC with managing their annual conference, as well as many other recycling events throughout the city.  On campus, Fatima will be managing the Bottle Caps for School Benches program, developing a portfolio of campus engagement events, and assessing our waste management on campus.  

CKIUPUI Serving At Ronald McDonald House

Campus Kitchen at IUPUI is now serving at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley Hospital for Children. CKIUPUI student volunteers rescue quality unused food and prepare healthy meals during a cooking shift. The food is then served at lunch at the Ronald McDonald House twice per week.

The Ronald McDonald house in Riley is an area designed for respite and relaxation for the parents and family members of patients who are admitted to Riley. A kitchen, stocked pantry, laundry room, quiet room, shower and nap facilities are all provided for families of the patients. 

If you would like to volunteer for the Campus Kitchen, sign up
 here 

Welcome New Student Garden Manager

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability has hired a New Student Garden Manager!
Nicki is a SPEA senior majoring in Sustainable Policy and Management
She will be managing the two gardens on campus.
Nicki Stewart
My name is Nicki and I am from Clayton, Indiana. I work at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful on the Youth Tree Team in addition to being IUPUI's Urban Garden Student Manager. I am excited that being the Urban Garden Student Manager will further expand my knowledge of sustainability in the area of food and gardening in an urban setting. A fun fact about me is that I was born in Germany. 

IUPUI Tops Summit League In EPA's Green Power College and University Challenge

For two years in a row,  IUPUI has been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for its reliance on green power, chosen as the Summit League's most successful campus in the EPA's 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge.

IUPUI procures utility green power product from Indianapolis Power & Light in a proactive choice to switch away from traditional sources of electricity generation and support cleaner, renewable energy alternatives. According to EPA figures, IUPUI used nearly 21 million kilowatt-hours of green power, representing 10 percent of the campus's annual electricity usage. The green power usage is the equivalent to the electricity use of more than 1,900 average American homes annually.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources such as wind, solar, geothermal, eligible bio-gas, biomass and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps accelerate the development of new renewable-energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints. 
For more on the story, click here.

Great Indy CleanUp

Over 20 IUPUI students assisted the near westside for the neighborhood beautification project that was part of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's Great Indy CleanUp. Volunteers walked the streets of the near westside, picking up litter along the way. Volunteers also sorted the waste so the recyclables could be properly disposed of.  Thanks to all for their time and effort!

Latest Campus Kitchen Numbers Released

Since its launch in October 2014, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI has rescued over 6,000 lbs of food and turned it into 2,575 nutritious meals for the food insecure.  All of this was done with the help of 392 volunteers dedicating 1112 hours to the cause. 

IU Natatorium Gears Up For Zero Waste Launch At Olympic Trials

In conjunction with the Olympic Trials which will be held at the IU Natatorium from June 18-26, 2016, the Office of Sustainability has set up 25 Zero Waste Stations in the Natatorium.

Zero Waste is defined as having a diversion rate of 90%+, which means 90% of your total waste is diverted to either recycle or compost, leaving only 10% of total waste as trash.

If you would like to volunteer for the Olympic Trials, you can register here.

Intern Greg Walker Accepted To Present
At 2016 AASHE Conference

Intern Greg Walker has been accepted to present at this year's AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo in Baltimore, Maryland. His presentation is entitled "Community as a Living Laboratory: A Model for Shared Community-Campus Sustainability Internships." During his presentation, Greg will be sharing his experience as a shared intern between IUPUI Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Greg also received a $200 conference scholarship from SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs) for his efforts!
Did you know all AASHE resources are available to everyone in the IUPUI community FOR FREE? Just create an account with your @iupui.edu email address to open up a world of sustainability information!

Upcoming Community Events

Event link here.
IUPUI Fresh Produce Market

June 16 from 10-2
Campus Center Food Court

Bring your reusable bag for $1 off a $5+ purchase!
Indiana Recyling Coalition Conference Registration here.
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