IUPUI Sustainability April Newsletter
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April 2020 
IUPUI Sustainability Newsletter
2020 Earth Month
IUPUI Virtual Earth Month: April 1 - 30, 2020

To the Ends of the Earth: 
IUPUI Earth Month Celebrations Will be Hosted Virtually

Though our staff and interns are working from home and our physical office space is temporarily closed, our work to make our campus and community more sustainable and resilient endures! 

This April marks an important milestone, as it is the 50th anniversary of Earth Month. All month long, we will celebrate our magnificent planet through engaging webinars, videos, social media take overs, blogs and more! 

Mark your calendar now:

  • April 2: IUPUI Sustainability 101: Who We Are, What We Do & How You Can Help
  • April 6: Using Psychology to Drive Sustainable Behavior Change
  • April 8: How To Conserve Food Right in your Backyard
  • April 10: Becoming Carbon Neutral: Strategies from Succeeding Universities
  • April 13: Eco-Friendly Event Planning
  • April 15: Recycling on Campus Simplified
  • April 17: How to Win the Energy Challenge at Home: Energy Saving Tips
  • April 20: Food Insecurity & How to Grow Plants From Food Scraps
  • April 22: Five Ways to Celebrate the 50th Earth Day
  • April 24: Virtual Arbor Day Tree Planting
  • April 28: Prepping Your Garden Beds: How Good Preparation Augments Soil Health
  • April 30: How to Design a Promotional Event Flyer
Check out the IUPUI Sustainability Events Calendar to get the full details and register to attend! 

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One Stop Shop: Database Tracking Virtual Sustainability Opportunities 
True to character, the sustainability community has quickly adapted in the face of change! In response to recent events, many gatherings have migrated online, including many of our own. To help keep our community organized and maximize the impact and reach of these gatherings, IUPUI Sustainability has started compiling a database of virtual sustainability opportunities in Indiana . This may include meetings, webinars, forums, conferences and anything else that is public and takes place online. Submit your own online engagement activity today!

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Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference: Rescheduled to September 2, 2020
Due to the rapidly evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and with the health and safety of our guests in mind, the Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference has been rescheduled to September 2, 2020. If you have already purchased tickets, they will be honored on September 2. If you would like a refund, please reach out to Cristina at cpadilla@iupui.edu.

About the Conference
IUPUI is proud to host the Indiana Sustainability and Resilience Conference, made possible by the McKinney Family Foundation . The Conference is a productive, annual gathering of sustainability professionals and champions, where we will showcase local successes, share best practices, engage in place-based problem solving, and facilitate collaboration to advance sustainability in the Hoosier state. 

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Count Me In: The 2020 Census is Now Open 
All Indiana Census invites have been mailed! Be on the look out for two letters - instructions and your Census ID. This year, you will have the option of filling out your census questionnaire online, by mail or by phone.

Special guidance for college students: Students should still use their college address when responding to Census 2020, even if you are currently living off campus due to COVID-19. See more guidance.

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Going on a Limb for Healthy Trees: IUPUI Earns Tree Campus USA Certification for 2019 

For the eighth year in a row, IUPUI has earned Tree Campus USA Certification! To achieve certification, our campus must meet five standards developed to promote healthy trees and student involvement. Learn more about what IUPUI does to support native trees.

A program of the Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree Campus USA program helps colleges and universities around the country establish and sustain healthy community forests while actively engaging the campus community in learning about native trees.

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It's a Bird, It's a Plane: Jessica Davis Named Regional Sheroe by USGBC
IUPUI Sustainability director, Jessica Davis, has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) as the Regional Sheroe for the East North Central region . The USGBC recognizes women in the industry who emerge as respected sustainability leaders - women who encourage and inspire those around them through their actions, conversations and behaviors, moving the industry forward. Way to go, Jessica!

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Deadline Extended: Apply for the Global Sustainability Virtual Poster Competition
Students and faculty mentors across all IU campuses are invited to pair up to explore a connection between local and international sustainability efforts that incorporate Sustainable Development Goal 9. You'll have the opportunity to virtually share your research with a broader audience, receive feedback from the judges, and network with colleagues in this inaugural competition. Deadline to submit a proposal has been extended to May 1, 2020. Learn more and apply.
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Thursday, April 2
IUPUI Sustainability 101: Who We Are, What We Do & How You Can Help!
Come meet the IUPUI Sustainability team, the self-proclaimed #SustainGang, and learn more about what they do. This webinar will introduce you to how sustainability is integrated throughout campus operations, academics and engagement. You will learn about various programs and initiatives, leaving you feeling empowered to jump in and help! Register to attend
WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Monday, April 6
Using Psychology to Drive Sustainable Behavior Change
Sustainable solutions often times require us to modify our behavior, ranging from minor adjustments to radically changing our lifestyle. The age-old question is - how do you make people change their behavior? IUPUI Sustainability director, Jessica Davis, will share insights from the field of psychology for how to make others behave more sustainably. Register to attend.
WHEN: 2 - 3 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Friday, April 10
Becoming Carbon Neutral: Strategies from Succeeding Universities
There are roughly a dozen universities in the United States that lay claim to being carbon neutral institutions. But how do universities actually achieve carbon neutrality? Join Renewable Energy Policy Intern, David Dilts, as he shares the strategies employed by these universities in their chase for neutrality. He’ll cover everything from energy procurement to financial vehicles, as well as highlight some institutions that are going above and beyond their neutrality goals. Register to attend.
WHEN: 12 - 1 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Monday, April 13
Eco-Friendly Event Planning
The hundreds of events hosted at IUPUI each year are surprisingly wasteful and resource intensive. By employing simple sustainable practices, event planners can rest assured their gatherings will only leave a positive impact. Sustainable Events Intern, Lauren Harris, will outline the sustainable practices you'll need to host a green event and achieve IUPUI Green Events Certification. Register to attend.
WHEN: 12 - 1 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Wednesday, April 15
Recycling on Campus Simplified
Recycling is tough - we get it! Join us for a webinar that will clear the confusion surrounding what is and is not recyclable on the IUPUI campus. Sustainable Waste Management Intern, Miranda Frausto, will be going through the "do's and dont's" of recycling and answering all of your questions about waste reduction and diversion on the IUPUI campus! Register to attend.
WHEN: 12 - 1 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Friday, April 17
How to Win the Energy Challenge at Home: Energy Saving Tips
Unlike on campus, you have complete control of your energy consumption at home. Energy Intern, Jonathon Lewis, provides you with some tips and tricks to save energy at home. From unplugging unused electronics to changing light bulbs and shower heads. By making some simple changes you can win your very own energy challenge at home! Register to attend.
WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Monday, April 20
Food Insecurity and How to Grow Plants From Food Scraps
Are you interested in learning how Food Insecurity and Food Deserts affect community members living in Indiana? Or are you interested in learning how to grow plants from food scraps? This webinar, hosted by Sara Hafyane, Urban Garden Assistant, will dive deep into these topics. Register to attend.
WHEN: 2 - 3 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Wednesday, April 22
Five Ways You Can Celebrate the 50th Earth Day
Did you know April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day? Sustainability Support Intern, Amber Greaney, will share the history of Earth Day and five easy, yet impactful, ways you can celebrate this momentous occasion. Register to attend.
WHEN: 2 - 3 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Friday, April 24
Virtual Arbor Day Tree Planting
Rain or shine, we will celebrate this Arbor Day with a virtual tree planting! Follow along as Sustainable Landscape Intern, Dylan Patterson, plants a tree and shares best practices, with the help of our IUPUI Grounds Team and our friends at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
WHEN: All Day
WHERE: Via Social Media

Tuesday, April 28
Prepping Your Garden Beds: How Good Preparation Augments Soil Health
Soil health is essential to successful gardening or farming. Join Garden Manager, Nick Schwaberow, as he shares a few simple soil preparation techniques you can utilize in your home garden to ensure a bountiful harvest this year! 
WHEN: All Day
WHERE: Via Social Media

Thursday, April 30
How to Design a Promotional Event Flyer
Knowing your way around graphic design can be a great advantage in the job market today. Communications and Marketing Intern, Estrella Barrera, believes anyone can learn the basics of InDesign to create a promotional flyer. Stay tuned for a video walking you through how to do just that!
WHEN: All Day
WHERE: Via Social Media
Every Saturday
Community Yoga, Meditation and Dyads
Social Distancing doesn't have to mean Social Isolation. Join Indy Community Yoga in practice with other individuals over Zoom! Schedule includes yoga, zen meditation, paired mindful speaking and listening, and a discussion. Learn more.
WHEN: 8:30 AM - 12 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Wednesday, April 1
Virtual Great Indy Cleanup
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful invites everyone in the city, as you are safely able to do so, to go outside your home, work, or wherever you are at, for a 15 minute Great Indy Cleanup together (but at a safe social distance)! Learn how to participate.
WHEN: 12:15 - 12:30 PM
WHERE: Anywhere

Monday, April 6
FutureWater - A New Resource From ERI
This webinar will introduce FutureWater - a new, highly detailed watershed model of the Wabash River basin that projects Indiana’s future water availability under different climate change scenarios. A project of IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute, and released by IU researchers in January, the data portal allows researchers, practitioners and the public to explore local water scenarios in coming decades. Register to attend. 
WHEN: 11 AM - 12 PM
WHERE: Via Zoom

Tuesday, April 7
Indiana Solve Climate 2030
University and high school students across the nation, along with faith and community groups, will tune into 52 simultaneous, university-hosted state-wide webinars on an issue critical to their future: how ambitious state and local action can put us on the way to solving climate change by 2030. Join in Indiana's webinar, hosted by Indiana University's Integrated Program for the Environment, for a discussion about 3 initiatives in our state that will help move the needle on solving climate change by 2030. Register to attend.
WHEN: 5 PM - 7 PM
WHERE:  Via Zoom

Fri., April 24 - Mon., April 27 
Indianapolis City Nature Challenge
Join the City Nature Challenge, an effort for cities to find and document as much urban nature as possible by challenging residents to become citizen scientists. All you have to do is explore an area (backyard, playground, park, etc.) for plants and bugs/animals, document your findings (take a photo), and report them via the iNaturalist website or app! Register to participate
WHEN: All Day
WHERE: Anywhere in Indianapolis
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