IUPUI Office of Sustainability
December 2015 Newsletter
Greening IUPUI Grant application period is open!  
$50,000 in funds available to students, faculty, and staff to advance sustainability. Applications due March 1. Scroll to learn more!
Every newsletter, we highlight folks across the university who are doing great work in sustainability.  Want to nominate a faculty member, staff member, or student for The Sustainability Spotlight? 
Email us with your nomination:
Jeff Paine - Lecturer, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)
Jeff was hired at SPEA in 2009 to help develop new degree programs in Sustainability. The Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs major in Sustainable Management and Policy, as well as the Master of Public Affairs concentration in Urban Sustainability, opened for enrollment in the fall of 2012.
While there are about two dozen students enrolled in each program, Jeff has noticed that interest in sustainability courses is high and increasing across campus. For example, this spring’s section of V322/V323 Sustainable Management/Sustainable Policy has 28 enrolled, but only 25 percent are students in the degree program, and a third are not even SPEA students.
From Jeff's nominators: "Jeff's dedication to student development in the field of sustainability is unparalleled. He provides students with tangible, real-life ways to apply sustainability principles both in the classroom, as well as in the IUPUI and Indianapolis community. He has also worked diligently to create academic opportunities for students to learn more about sustainability and explore how the field applies to their future careers."
Campus-Wide Sustainability
Assessment Begins
The Office of Sustainability has started its second round of tracking and reporting of campus sustainability using the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

STARS is a voluntary, self-reporting tool utilized by university campuses nationally and internationally to benchmark programs and offer comparison opportunities for educational advancement in sustainability. The STARS report includes environmental, economic, and social indicators. IUPUI first reported in 2013 and 
received a Silver rating.
We have already begun contacting some departments for data collection and hope to have all input data collected, analyzed, and ready for submission by early Fall 2016.

We would like to recognize IUPUI Campus Facility Services who will take a lead role this year in data collection, implementation, and advocacy for sustainable practices in the day-to-day operations across campus. 

IUPUI Food Services is also deserving of recognition as they have started the process of utilizing STARS for their own, internal sustainability benchmarking.
Did you know all AASHE resources are available to everyone in the IUPUI community FOR FREE? Just create an account with your email address to open up a world of sustainability information!
Welcome To Our New
Office of Sustainability Interns
Ariane Thomas: Green Office Service Learning Assistant
Hello everyone!  My name is Ariane Thomas, and I'm a junior with a major in community health and a minor in Spanish. I'm excited to be an intern for the Office of Sustainability this school year. I am also a Service Learning Assistant (SLA) scholar for the first time. A fun fact about me is that I love cooking Latino food.

Special thanks to the
IUPUI Center for Service and Learning for funding Ariane's Service Learning Assistant position in the office!
Intern Greg Walker Featured In Inside IUPUI
Office of Sustainability and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. intern, Greg Walker, was the focus of an Inside IUPUI feature story highlighting his environmental work both on campus and in the Indianapolis community.  

"My internships are immensely helpful in terms of mentoring and career guidance," Walker said. "Being involved with such a wide array of projects and programs helps prepare me for my future. I become more directly involved with IUPUI through immediate, visible results and also gain long-term results for post-graduation."
Campus Kitchen: A Year In Review
This year, IUPUI's Campus Kitchen made a big impact in the Indianapolis community!

153 volunteers spent 400 hours rescuing and cooking 2142 pounds of quality, unused food that would otherwise be thrown away to create and serve 1050 meals to those experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.

A big THANK YOU goes to student director, Linsey Thompson, for her leadership and passion in running this organization on campus!
Campus Commute Can Now Be Billed
Directly To Your Department

The IU Motor Pool has created a direct billing tool that allows university business travelers to charge their trips directly to an IU account number through the IU Motor Pool website or the Campus Commute website. Direct billing is for official IU business only. 

Tickets purchased through the direct billing tool are reserved seat tickets at a cost of $8.50. Non-reserved tickets can still be purchased at a cost of $7 by purchasing out-of-pocket and submitting the receipt for reimbursement through IU Travel Management.

Campus Commute offers four round trips each weekday and is open to the public, with discounts available for IU employees and students. Read more.

Deb Ferguson Receives IUPUI Staff Council Professional Development Grant

Congrats to Assistant Director, Deb Ferguson, for receiving the IUPUI Staff Council Professional Development Grant! Deb will be using the grant funds to cover the costs of receiving her LEED Credentials through the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Way to go, Deb!

You can learn more about LEED and the credentialing process

Tree Campus USA Application Submitted
IUPUI's 2015 application for Tree Campus USA certification was completed and submitted in mid-December by office intern, Greg Walker. Applications typically take 4 months to review, and winners are notified around Arbor Day each year. Thanks to our partners in CFS Grounds, the University Architect's Office, and the IUPUI Tree Campus Advisory Committee Members for their support in this process!
Office of Sustainability Volunteers
With Campus Kitchen
The Office of Sustainability staff and interns worked a Campus Kitchen cooking shift on Friday, December 18 to prepare meals for those experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis.
Special thanks to Linsey Thompson (Campus Kitchen director) for running a smooth shift and providing us all with such a great opportunity to give back to the Indianapolis community!
Accepting Applications for Greening IUPUI Grant: $50,000 In Funds Available!
Do you have an idea you think might help IUPUI achieve its sustainability goals?  Apply for funds needed to help turn those ideas into reality! 

There are $50,000 in funds available for the 2015-2016 Greening IUPUI Grant cycle. Any IUPUI student, faculty, or staff member can apply. Learn more.
Application open: Dec 1, 2015
Applications due: March 1, 2016
Recipients notified:
May 1, 2016
Funding Categories: 
Academics * Operations * Engagement
Health & Wellness * Planning & Administration

Interested in applying?
Visit our website for more details!
Upcoming Events
Jan 9  |  Jan 16  |  Jan 23  |  Jan 30

Indy Winter Farmers Market, an initiative of Growing Places Indy, aims to make your market experience healthy for the mind, body and soul. Every Saturday, IWFM shoppers are invited to bring their mats for a series of yoga practices appropriate for all levels.

100% of donations from these classes fund the IWFM Eat Well Initiative. This program allows SNAP (commonly known as "food stamps") benefit users to double their purchasing power dollar-for-dollar when buying fresh, healthy, sustainable, and local produce at farmers markets. Fresh Bucks and IWFM Eat Well Initiative helps increase community access to fair food, one of Indy Winter Farmers Markets primary goals.
Join us for the first IUPUI Produce Market of the spring semester!

January 21, 2016
Campus Center Food Court

Bring your reusable Produce Market bag for $1 off a purchase of $5 or more!
Winter Black and White Outdoor Photography Workshop
with Pulitzer Prize Winner, Bill Foley

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Bill Foley will be sharing his knowledge and expertise with a black and white, outdoor photography workshop in the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University on Saturday, January 23rd, 12:30-3:30 pm. He will guide participants in looking a little more carefully at the world in shades of grey, and what better time to do that than winter? The silhouettes of trees, grasses, spent flowers, and historical structures make for a beautiful monochromatic interpretation. Event details.

No experience necessary. All devices with black and white capability (point and shoot camera, DSLR camera, iPhone, etc.) are welcome! Registration is $25 and required.
Beekeeping Basics Course

Save the Bees Indiana is offering a FREE beekeeping class, taught by Bee Public's Kate Franzman.

Saturday, January 30 from 2-4 pm
Boner Fitness & Learning Center
Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping, as well as why bees are an important part of our food system. We'll also learn the best flowers to plant for bees and ways we can help bees and pollinators every day. For more information, visit Bee Public's website or the Facebook event.

April 23, 2016
Military Park
100+ exhibitors
Live music
Local food and drink
Activities for all ages
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