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Thursday, November 10, 2011

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IU Office of Sustainability names interns for the 2011-12 academic year

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Nov. 10, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Office of Sustainability has named 18 interns to continue efforts toward a greener IU Bloomington during the 2011-12 academic year.

Building upon the tradition of the Indiana University Task Force on Sustainability, the Office of Sustainability addresses issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability in campus operations, academic programs and university-community relations. The student interns, selected from both undergraduate and graduate student applicants, will work on a broad array of issues related to sustainability, under the mentorship of IU faculty and staff.

Intern biographies and descriptions of the 2011-12 academic year internship projects can be viewed at

"Sustainability internship initiatives have resulted in major progress on campus sustainability goals with a high return on investment for the university while also providing interns with an intensive educational experience. Mentored by dedicated faculty and staff, sustainability interns are powerful catalysts for positive change," said Bill Brown, IU director of sustainability.

From its inception in 2007, the sustainability initiative at IU has strived to promote experiential learning as an integral part of the "greening" of the campus. Sustainability internships have been offered over the past five summers, and internship projects were conducted over the course of the school year for the first time during the 2008-09 academic year.

The academic year internship program allows students the possibility of finding connections between their projects and the academic programs in which they are enrolled. Interns also will participate in a seminar on sustainability, helping to develop a learning community among participants in the internship program.

"For many students, this internship represents an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they are acquiring through their coursework," said Emilie Rex, assistant director of sustainability. "Likewise, our program benefits immensely from the unique academic perspective each of these interns contributes in seminar discussions, peer feedback and programming decisions."

For additional information on the IU Office of Sustainability, visit

IU sustainability interns for the 2011-12 academic year:

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