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May 2020 
IUPUI Sustainability Newsletter
2020 Earth Month Recap:
Virtual Content Now Available Online 

Throughout the month of April, the Sustainability team delivered a host of virtual engagement activities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Each one of our virtual events were developed and produced by our student interns and staff. Without a doubt, the success of our Earth Month celebrations could not have been possible without them! You can now view the webinar recordings and videos at our IUPUI Sustainability YouTube channel:

The festivities carried on into Arbor Day, which we celebrated with the release of a week-long video series, produced in partnership with IUPUI Grounds and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. The Arbor Day Celebration Series explored the beauty of our campus trees, demonstrated how to care for your trees at home, and culminated with a virtual tree planting in Ball Gardens! Check out those videos:

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The Real MVP: Sustainability Intern Named IUPUI's Student Employee of the Year 
We are immensely proud of our long-time intern, Dylan Patterson, for being named one of IUPUI's Student Employees of the Year ! Dylan has been an important part of our team since 2018. We have had the joy of watching him grow and develop from an incoming freshman to a soon to be graduating senior. Dylan has supported our mission through various roles, from Energy Intern to Sustainable Landscapes Intern and Campus Kitchen Director. In each role, he has demonstrated an ability to learn quickly, lead effortlessly, and work diligently. The fruits of his labor are evidence of his talent!

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Farewell Invasives: Rule Bans 44 Non-Native Species to Indiana
The Terrestrial Plant Rule, formally signed into law last spring, is now in effect as of April 18, designating 44 species of plants as invasive pests in the state of Indiana. This rule outlaws the sale and purchase of non-native plants, like honeysuckle, Japanese barberry and Wintercreeper. The removal and management of invasive species is said to cost the state of Indiana millions of dollars annually, and the environmental devastation they cause is priceless. See the full list of invasive species.

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Vote & Chill at Home: Important Voting Deadlines in May 
In 2018, IUPUI was nationally recognized as the 13th college with most student voting. No shock there; civic engagement is in the Jags' DNA! Well, the month of May brings two important deadlines for those eligible to vote in the 2020 elections: 

May 4 is the deadline to register for the Indiana primary
- May 21 is the deadline to request a mail-in ballot

Indiana is one of a handful of states that will allow ALL voters to cast their ballot by mail in the primary election - but you must first request an absentee ballot. Don't wait till the deadline of May 21, request your ballot now.

We wish all Jags good luck on finals and
congratulations to the 2020 graduates!
Environmental Resilience Institute at IU
The Hoosier Life Survey Summary Report
State of the Profession 2020 Report
The Conversation
Climate change threatens drinking water quality across the Great Lakes
Purdue Climate Change Research Center
Hoosiers’ Health in a Changing Climate: A Report from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment
Wednesday, May 13
Communicable Diseases and Climate Change - Is There a Connection?
We're in the middle of a pandemic like most of us have never experienced, and we can't help but wonder if there is a connection between how humans are changing natural environments and the appearance of new viruses and diseases. Researchers are noticing increasing species interactions from habitat loss, which can exacerbate the spread of these types of illnesses. Attend this webinar, hosted by the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU, to hear directly from scientists on this topic. 

WHEN: 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom

Thursday, May 14
Advice on Starting a Sustainability Career in the Middle of a Pandemic
Graduation is here, or just around the corner, and you’ve found yourself entering the sustainability workforce in the middle of a pandemic. But don’t despair – we are here to tell you: you have options, you can continue to make progress, and you have the potential to turn this pandemic into an opportunity. You may just have to think outside the box. 

Join IUPUI Sustainability for a webinar and discussion where we’ll explore a myriad of options for what you can do next. This includes laying out the state of the sustainability profession, sharing strategies for getting your foot in the door at an organization, considerations for continuing your education, suggestion of ways you can start doing sustainability work right now, and much more.

WHEN: 2 PM - 3 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom

Wednesday, May 27
How to Build and Maintain a Strong Sustainability Resume
A resume can say a lot about an applicant beyond just their experience. This crucial document also conveys a person’s skills in organization, grammar, language, and attention to detail, among other things. If you are applying for jobs or internships in the sustainability field – it’s time to dust off that old draft and upgrade your resume. Join IUPUI Sustainability to learn how to build and maintain a strong resume. We’ll discuss clear formatting, concise content, customizing for the job, maintaining a record of your accomplishments, and more!

WHEN: 2 PM - 3 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom
Tuesday, May 5
Covid-19 and Recycling: Industry Impacts & How to Recycle Right
Join the Indiana Recycling Coalition for this educational webinar, where they'll share the important information you need to recycle right during the COVID-19 pandemic. You'll learn details on how the pandemic has impacted recyclers + the recycling economy in Indiana and across the US, and why recycling is more important than ever in these challenging times. This webinar is free, but donations are welcome and appreciated.

WHEN: 3 PM - 4 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom

Saturday, May 9
Organic Gardening Pest Control Workshop
This online workshop, hosted by Growing Places Indy, will teach you organic methods for improving the health of your garden and to attract beneficial insects, while also identifying some of the "bad" insect pests. You'll learn how to determine if plants are diseased or plagued by pests invading your garden.

WHEN: 1 PM - 2 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom

Tuesday, May 19
Circularity 20 Digital
Circularity 20 Digital will inform and empower you to adopt circular economy principles that increase resilience, address supply-chain risk, respond to shifting consumer demand and unlock new business opportunities. Taking place in advance of the Circularity 20 Conference, this half-day virtual event will offer a visionary keynote interview, informative panels and valuable networking opportunities — all at no cost to participants.

WHEN: 1 PM - 5 PM (EST)
WHERE: Register Online

Wednesday, May 20
Virtual Environmental Advocate Training
Join this Hoosier Environmental Council virtual volunteer training, focusing on three items: feedback to lawmakers on 2020 legislation, writing Letters to the Editor, and Zoom calls - all from the comfort of your own home! All you need to do is register to receive the meeting info. The webinar sign-in information will be sent to registered attendees prior to the training.

WHEN: 12 PM - 1 PM
WHERE: Register Online

Thursday, May 21
Solar 101: Info Session for Boone, Hamilton & Marion Counties
This solar info session, hosted by Solar United Neighbors of Indiana, will share the basics of solar energy and how their nonprofit co-op model simplifies the process of going solar on your home or small business. This will be a live presentation so you'll be able to ask questions. Solar United Neighbors currently has active co-ops open in Boone, Hamilton and Marion Counties.

WHEN: 7 PM - 8 PM
WHERE: Register via Zoom
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