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Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

IU Bloomington sustainability interns to showcase projects

April 17, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Bloomington's Office of Sustainability will showcase the completed projects of student interns from the 2012-13 Academic Year Internship Program in Sustainability on Friday, April 26.

Hannah Hunt and Terry Clapacs

Intern Hannah Hunt talks with retired IU Vice President Terry Clapacs about her project at last year's symposium.

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The fourth annual Academic Year Sustainability Internship Symposium will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. It will include oral and poster presentations and a lunch reception hosted by Indiana Memorial Union Catering, featuring local and organic foods. Those interested in attending should register online. This event is free and open to the public.

Interns will share the products of their projects through a poster presentation forum. Interns and their internship titles are:

  • Alexandra Aznar, Sustainability Dashboard
  • Andrew Bushnell, Utility Conservation in Academic Buildings
  • Tim Clark, Bicycle Friendly Campus Initiative
  • Daniel Edelson, Sustainability and the Greek Community
  • Frances Einterz, Edible Campus Initiative
  • Tim Gates, Greening of the Health Center
  • Anthony Marletta, Sustainable Purchasing
  • Mark Milby, No Waste Program
  • Jon Moberly, Document Management
  • Patricia Peng, Living Sustainably Off-Campus
  • Hayley Prihoda, Conserving the Natural and Cultural Heritage of Dunn's Woods
  • Skyler Roeshot, Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale
  • Emilce Sanchez, Academic Initiatives
  • Erik Schneider, Greening Cream and Crimson

Intern biographies and project descriptions are posted on the IU Office of Sustainability website.

"The sustainability internship program has been a powerful force for innovation in campus sustainability initiatives," said Director of Sustainability Bill Brown. "Over 170 sustainability interns have provided a vital link between academic programs and campus operations to transform our campus into a sustainability learning lab. In the process, they grow as young leaders in significant ways and leave behind a legacy upon which others may build."

In addition to showcasing the interns' work, the Sustainability Internship Symposium is an opportunity to showcase green event planning on the IU Bloomington campus. The Indiana Memorial Union Catering Services will construct the symposium menu around food available locally in April. Some of the produce will be sourced from the intern-led Campus Garden at Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. Additionally, the Neal-Marshall Center and IMU staff are working closely with the office to reduce the carbon, water and waste impacts by providing reusable dishware as well as composting, recycling and other services at the event.

"We are very pleased to be working with Chris Gray of IMU Dining," said Assistant Director of Sustainability Emilie Rex. "He does an incredible job providing us with as much local food as possible, in addition to sourcing what is available from our IU Campus Garden at Hilltop. This is an excellent example of how these student-driven initiatives can build trust, support and ownership of sustainability among a diverse group of campus stakeholders."

The IU Office of Sustainability was established in March 2009. The Campus Sustainability Advisory Board is co-chaired by Michael Hamburger, professor of Geological Sciences, and Peggy Maschino, associate director of business affairs, Physical Plant. Its mission is to develop and implement initiatives to advance sustainability on IU's Bloomington campus.