IUPUI Sustainability Newsletter, June 2020
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June 2020 
IUPUI Sustainability Newsletter
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Black Lives Matter:
A Heartfelt Message of Unity and Support from
IUPUI Chancellor Paydar

Dear Campus Community,

The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, as well as the deaths of a number of other African Americans in Indianapolis, Louisville, south Georgia, and elsewhere, prompt me to reach out to our campus community. At a time when so many Black Americans—our friends, our neighbors, our families—have lost loved ones to the novel coronavirus, this misery is compounded by the violence that continues against Black Americans across the country. 

These tragic events reinforce my already strong belief in the vital importance of building an inclusive and welcoming environment that recognizes and respects people of all backgrounds and experiences. I have said before and will say again that at IUPUI, we are unwavering in our commitment to ensuring a safe and civil environment for faculty, staff, and students.

I remain committed to that goal and hope you will join me in doing whatever we can to confront racism, sexism, and other barriers to our growth as a community and our progress as a nation.

Take care and stay well,

Nasser H. Paydar 
Chancellor

Video Message from Chancellor Paydar
Message from Chancellor Paydar to the Campus

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Pollinator Hospitality: IUPUI Receives Bee Campus USA Designation Once More 
 IUPUI has received Bee Campus USA certification once more, due to the dedication of the Urban Beekeepers at IUPUI! Habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change have led to declining pollinator populations around the world. Bee Campus USA, an initiative of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, brings campus communities together to sustain pollinators by creating and enhancing habitat, reducing pesticide use, and spreading awareness. IUPUI became the 31st educational institution in the US to be certified as a Bee Campus USA in 2017. IUPUI is the first state university in Indiana, and the first IU campus, to earn this designation.

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Play It Back: May Webinar Recordings Now Available
If you missed IUPUI Sustainability's May webinars - don't stress, you can play back the recordings at your convenience. In the month of May, our team focused on professional engagement for all recent and upcoming sustainability graduates. You may now view an archive of all videos and webinars hosted by IUPUI Sustainability at our YouTube Channel

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Sustainability Superstars: Recognizing our 2020 Graduates
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Estrella Barrera

Estrella graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and Computer Graphic Technology. Estrella became an integral part of our team when she joined us in September 2018 as our Communications and Marketing Intern.
 
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David Dilts

David graduated with a B.S.P.A. in Sustainable Management and Policy. He took great initiative and diligently researched in his role as Renewable Energy Policy Intern as of January 2020.
 
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Dylan Patterson

Dylan graduated with a B.S.P.A. in Sustainable Management and Policy. Since March 2018, he has supported our office through various roles including Energy Intern, Sustainable Landscapes Intern and Campus Kitchen Director.
 
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Nick Schwaberow

Nick graduated with an M.P.A. in Environmental Policy and Sustainability. Nick has been our faithful garden manager, overseeing the Central and New York St. Gardens, since April of 2019. 
RECOMMENDED READING
IU Research Impact
Gardening offers sustainable solution during uncertain times
Indy Star
Environmental groups struggle to maintain funding, momentum as COVID-19 pandemic continues
Indy Star
The White River: Cleanup follows decades of civil rights abuses. Now who will benefit?
The New York Times
In a First, Renewable Energy Is Poised to Eclipse Coal in U.S.
The New York Times
Tracking the Environmental Rules Reversed Under Trump
VIRTUAL CAMPUS EVENTS
Throughout June
Coping 101 Workshops
IUPUI's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be offering weekly Coping 101 workshops via Zoom. Every Wednesday at 12:30pm throughout the summer, CAPS will share techniques for getting through tough times with the use of several coping strategies and resources. 

TOPIC: Managing Emotions
WHEN: Wednesday, June 3 at 12:30pm
WHERE: Register via Zoom

TOPIC: Managing Thoughts
WHEN: Wednesday, June 10 at 12:30pm
WHERE: Register via Zoom

TOPIC: Dealing with Stress
WHEN: Wednesday, June 17 at 12:30pm
WHERE: Register via Zoom

TOPIC: Self-Compassion
WHEN: Wednesday, June 23 at 12:30pm
WHERE: Register via Zoom

TOPIC: Establishing Boundaries
WHEN: Wednesday, June 31 at 12:30pm
WHERE: Register via Zoom

Wednesday, June 10
The Economic Value of Preparedness and Resilience
Climate change response is costly, and preparedness measures are much less expensive. But it can be hard to justify expenditures now when the future is uncertain and there are other immediate needs for scarce resources. Attend this webinar, hosted by the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU, and featuring our very own Jessica Davis, to learn about resources that help local governments make informed decisions on where to allocate funding, and how to weigh outcomes versus expenditures.

WHEN: 12 - 1 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom
VIRTUAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
Monday, June 8
So You Want to be a Vegetarian?
Ever thought about becoming a vegetarian or vegan, but didn’t know where to start? Join Ruchi Shah of the Tiffin Kitchen who will answer questions, give tips, and show you how to cook a dish with items already in your pantry! This is an interactive, online program via Zoom, hosted by the Indianapolis Public Library.

WHEN: 2:30 - 3:30 PM
WHERE: Register Here

June 8 - 12, 2020
Indiana Recycling Coalition Virtual Conference 2020
The Indiana Recycling Coalition will be hosting their annual Conference, now virtual, across the span of 5 afternoons. The online event offers 25+ speakers, 16 sessions, an engaging keynote speaker, and much more, all in the theme of Integrated Waste Management: the Circular Economy and the Complexities of Waste. Student scholarships are still available - to apply email Dylan at ircintern@indianarecycling.org. Learn more about the Conference

WHEN: Various times
WHERE: Register Here

Tuesday, June 9
What Does Climate Change Mean For Indiana?
This webinar will put global climate change into local perspective. Based on the latest science from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment, Melissa Widhalm will share future projections for our climate and how these shifts will affect human health, agriculture, ecosystems and more. This is the first session of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's virtual training series, Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond.

WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Register Here

Thursday, June 11
Back to Basics – The Science Behind Climate Change
This webinar will cover the foundation science of climate change, explaining concepts such as the greenhouse effect and carbon cycle. Hans Schmitz and Austin Pearson of Purdue Extension will discuss the factors affecting the global climate and why scientists have concluded human activity is driving climate change. This is the second session of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's virtual training series, Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond.

WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Register Here

Tuesday, June 16
What Do Historical Observations Tell Us About Indiana’s Climate?
This webinar will take a deep dive into Indiana's historical temperature and rainfall records to see if there are any detectable trends or changes. Beth Hall, an Indiana State Climatologist, will discuss how weather data are collected and quality controlled, and share strategies for finding reliable data sources and products. This is the third session of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's virtual training series, Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond.

WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Register Here

Thursday, June 18
Climate Change MYTH-BUSTERS
This webinar will review the top misperceptions about climate change and set the record straight. Jeff Dukes, Director of Purdue Climate Change Research Center, will provide tips for identifying and counteracting misinformation. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit their questions in advance to be answered by the experts. This is the fourth session of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's virtual training series, Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond.

WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Register Here

Tuesday, June 23
Tips for Tough Conversations
This webinar, led by Julie Doll of Michigan State University, will look at people’s perceptions and beliefs about climate change, explain why climate change denial exists, and provide practical strategies for having productive conversations about climate change. This is the fifth session of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's virtual training series, Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond.

WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Register Here

Thursday, June 25
The Climate is Changing – Now What?
This interactive session will explain concepts of climate mitigation and adaptation, with a deeper look at climate solutions available to various sectors. Participants will then engage in a moderated breakout session on a topic of their choice to discuss feasible steps for local action in their area of interest. This is the sixth and final session of the Purdue Climate Change Research Center's virtual training series, Talking Confidently About Climate Change in Indiana, and Beyond.

WHEN: 3 - 4 PM
WHERE: Register Here
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