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Sustain Gang MVP: Miranda Frausto Named IUPUI Student Employee of the Month
Long-time IUPUI Sustainability intern, Miranda Frausto, was recognized by theIUPUI Office of Student Employmentas the JanuaryStudent Employee of the Month.
Miranda has worked for our office since July of 2018, when she entered the role of Sustainable Waste Management Intern as a freshman. This upcoming May, Miranda will be graduating with a BPSA in Sustainable Management and Policy.
The IUPUI Sustainability team is grateful for Miranda's dedication, hard work, and invaluable contribution to our team over the years. It is wonderful (and well-deserved) to see Miranda being recognized as one of the best student employees at IUPUI!
Learn more about what makes Miranda such an exemplary student employee!
The Green Staffer Winter Column: Hot Tips for Saving Energy (and Money) This Winter
The winter season tends to be a time of high energy use, as we heat our spaces to combat the cold. Not only do our electricity bills increase, but perhaps unsurprisingly, we create more carbon pollution. As of 2019, Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL)'s energy mix was 43% coal and 45% natural gas combustion - two highly polluting sources of energy.
IUPUI graduate and undergraduate students of all disciplines are eligible to apply for paid, full-time positions doing real, hands-on sustainability work through the Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP). ISDP Climate Fellows will be placed with Indiana corporations, non-profits, and municipal governments, including Cummins Inc., City of Indianapolis, Hillenbrand, Hoosier Environmental Council, Earth Charter Indiana, PepsiCo Recycling, and many more.
Join us this Wednesday, February 3 from 2-3 PM for an informational session where ISDP coordinator, Danni Schaust, will share everything there is to know about the climate fellowship program - from eligibility, compensation, timeline, placement opportunities, and everything in between! You will hear from two IUPUI students who have participated in the fellowship program, as they share how their experiences impacted their careers in sustainability. Register to attend.
Riverwalk Apartment residents who are passionate about reducing their waste and committed to composting with care may now signal their interest and receive more information by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
IUPUI Staff Council has partnered with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana for years by holding multiple blood drives to save lives. Please consider donating at your local Versiti donor center during the dedicated IUPUI Staff Council Blood Drive Days of Giving, Feb. 1 - 28. Be sure to enter "IUPUI" in the notes section of your appointment in order to track university donors. All donors will receive a branded mask and COVID-19 Antibody Test.
Register to donate.
Join us for an informational session where Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP) coordinator, Danni Schaust, will share everything there is to know about the climate fellowship program - from eligibility, compensation, timeline, placement opportunities, and everything in between! Then you will hear from two IUPUI students who have participated in the fellowship program, as they share how their experiences impacted their careers in sustainability.
Register to attend.
Community updates to comprehensive plans that dovetail climate change preparedness and response lay the groundwork for future ordinances and policies. Attend this webinar, hosted by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute, to learn more about this technique and hear from one local government that has taken this approach. Register to attend.
O’Neill Bloomington professor, Professor James Farmer, and IU Campus Farm manager and educator, Erin Carman-Sweeney, will demonstrate how to select soil & start seeds for your home garden. The demonstration will be followed by a conversation on engaging in your local food system from a consumer and advocate perspective. Register to attend.
Climate change has been exerting significant pressure on agricultural production across the globe. At the same time, agriculture is a major player intensifying climate change. This talk, presented by the Environmental Resilience Speaker Series, will discuss the two-way interactions between agriculture and climate change. It will particularly focus on the role of agricultural practices that may mitigate the climate change impacts on crop production and reduce agricultural footprint.
Register to attend.
Join renewable energy supporters from around the state at the Indiana Statehouse to demand a renewable energy future for Indiana. This year's main event will be virtual - live streamed on the Hoosier Environmental Council's Facebook page at 12 pm EST. You'll hear from legislators and local leaders. RSVP
to connect with neighbors in your legislative district, and receive assistance with setting up a meeting with your lawmakers so you can ask them to support renewable energy policies.
Join Solar United Neighbors of Indiana to learn about solar energy and its benefits for your home, or small business. They'll take you through the technology, economics, financing, and share information on their solar co-op. Find out more with no obligations and from the comfort of home. This will be a live presentation so bring your questions about solar! Register to attend.
Between 30%-40% of food is wasted along the supply chain, from processing through in-home and dining-out consumption. Strategies to address food waste can save money for families and businesses, increase food security, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and protect the environment. However, a major challenge is the lack of recycling facilities. To address a gap in organics processing infrastructure, six states — Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, California, and most recently, New York — as well as a number of cities, have adopted bans on landfill disposal of food waste, or recycling mandates.Join the
Environmental Law Institute, BioCycle, and leading experts as they seek solutions to reducing food waste and diverting it from landfills.
Decisions made at the Indiana General Assembly matter greatly for Indiana’s environment. Join the Carmel Green Initiative for a Sustainable Living Seminar where Jesse Kharbanda, the Executive Director of the Hoosier Environmental Council
, will provide a mid-session update of environmental-related developments in the 2021 Indiana legislative session. As bills cross over from one chamber to the other, Jesse will discuss major environmental, climate, and energy bills, and how you can take action to make positive impact! Register to attend.