Students awarded grants for sustainability research

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The IU Bloomington Office of Sustainability has awarded 12 Student Research Development Grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000. This year’s awards totaled just over $50,000 and will aid student sustainability research focused on stewardship, mitigation of human activity’s environmental impacts and societal responses to environmental problems. The grants […]

Sustainability Scholar takes on tough transportation challenge

Eric Gu has faced one of Indiana University’s thorniest policy challenges in his role as an IU Bloomington Sustainability Scholar: how to move hordes of pedestrians, motorists and cyclists along and across the traffic bottleneck that is the East 10th Street corridor. “It is challenging,” said Gu, a freshman studying policy analysis in the School […]

Hoosier to Hoosier sale sets another record

This fall’s Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale raised more than $33,000 for Habitat for Humanity ReStore and other causes, setting a mark for sales for the fifth consecutive year. Some 2,584 shoppers took advantage of the sale, which took place Aug. 23-24 in Bloomington and provided new homes for used furniture, appliances, household goods and […]

Hoosier to Hoosier sale offers bargains while promoting reuse

The Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale got its start several years ago when an IU Office of Sustainability intern wanted to expand efforts by Residential Programs and Services to collect and reuse the furniture and household items that students were throwing away every spring. It has grown year by year, and the 2014 H2H sale, […]

IU professor’s research shows need to better understand how we make decisions

Recent studies by Indiana University professor Shahzeen Attari point to the need for more and better research on how consumers make decisions that affect the environment, an expert on environmental policy and behavior writes in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Thomas Dietz, a Michigan State sociologist, comments on Attari’s […]

Car-sharing still an option at IU Bloomington

Indianapolis was buzzing this week over news that a French company plans to open a “Paris-style” car-sharing service in the city, with up to 500 plug-in electric vehicles and 1,200 charging stations. Indiana University Bloomington, meanwhile, has had car-sharing for a little over three years now. Its Zipcar program has been quietly doing what it […]

New interns keep IU Bloomington sustainability program rolling

It’s hard to believe, but more than 200 IU Bloomington students have served as campus sustainability interns in the past six years, putting their mark on programs ranging from recycling and waste management to campus gardens and sustainable food to energy-conservation competitions. The latest crop got started last week. Sixteen participants in the 2013 Summer […]

Cutting energy use takes information and motivation

We can all do a lot to reduce energy consumption – and lessen our contribution to climate change. But changing behavior can be a challenge, even if we want to change. That’s the dilemma that IU faculty member Shahzeen Attari confronts in her research and teaching. Start with the fact that most of us don’t […]

IU study: Trayless dining hall option means less wasted food

Here’s a post written by IU Health & Vitality blogger Tracy James about one way that campus dining halls can reduce food waste. When a buffet-style dining hall at Indiana University Bloomington decided to go trayless, Victoria Getty and Krisha Thiagarajah, lecturers in the School of Public Health-Bloomington, saw an opportunity to study whether the […]

Sustainability director offers tips for saving energy over break

Bill Brown, director of sustainability for IU Bloomington, offers advice on saving energy and helping the environment over the holidays in this article from Catalyst, the Office of Sustainability newsletter. He notes that many students, faculty and staff will be away for several weeks, so it’s a good time to take several simple steps to […]