IU Bloomington sustainability interns to showcase projects
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Students in Indiana University Bloomington's 2014 Summer Internship Program in Sustainability will showcase their completed projects from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall, 275 N. Jordan Ave.
The eighth annual Summer Sustainability Internship Symposium will include oral presentations by three interns, followed by a poster session. Interns presenting posters include Amishi Kumar, Bradley Lufkin, Cleo Hernandez, Hayley Smith, Katherine Gambill, Meghan Ploch, Mimi Zakem, Angela Babb, Andrew Carty, Dana Schroeder, Henri Venable and Emily Hughes.
Indiana Memorial Union Catering will provide lunch featuring local and in-season foods. Those interested in attending should register online. This event is free and open to the public.
Some interns will share the results of individual projects such as a new campus rain garden, the Crimson Cruisers bike library, or the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale. Others will present findings regarding long-range research and implementation projects conducted in conjunction with the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board's seven working groups: academic initiatives, energy and the built environment, environmental quality and land use, food, resource use and recycling, sustainable computing, and transportation.
Intern biographies and project descriptions can be found on the IU Office of Sustainability website.
"Since 2007, over 220 sustainability interns have provided a vital link between academic programs and campus operations to transform our campus and community into a sustainability living learning lab," Director of Sustainability Bill Brown said. "Through these diverse and challenging collaborations, they grow as scholars and leaders, passing on legacies upon which others may build."
In addition to showcasing the interns' work, the Office of Sustainability sees the Sustainability Internship Symposium as an opportunity to showcase the Green Events Program and Green Event Certification. Indiana Memorial Union Catering Services will build the symposium menu around food available locally in August. 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 and linens, composting, recycling and other services at the event. Attendees are encouraged to arrive to the event via walking, bicycle or bus.
The IU Office of Sustainability was established in March 2009. The Campus Sustainability Advisory Board is co-chaired by Peggy Maschino, associate director of business affairs at the IU Bloomington Physical Plant, and Michael Hamburger, professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Its mission is to catalyze a thriving culture of sustainability in academic, research, operations, administration, campus life and community outreach to enhance environmental health, economic prosperity and social equity.