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2012 Greening IUPUI grant winners announced


May 24, 2012

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The IUPUI Office of Sustainability has announced the winners of the 2012 Greening IUPUI grant. The nine fund recipients proposed projects such as planting native and urban gardens, increasing sustainability-related educational opportunities and developing sustainable best practices. Projects will begin this spring.

Now in its fourth year, the Greening IUPUI grant funds student, faculty and staff-led initiatives to "green" IUPUI by advancing sustainability principles. Each year, IUPUI provides up to $50,000 in funding for projects or activities that will reduce the campus’s environmental impact through learning, teaching or instituting "green" behavior. Winners of the grant, administered through the Office of Sustainability, are selected by a multi-disciplinary committee, representing a range of campus interests.

“We are very excited about this year’s recipients,” says Colleen McCormick, director of the Office of Sustainability. “The projects are thoughtful and diverse, and will be a tremendous contribution to sustainability initiatives campuswide.”

A total of $46,000 has been awarded to 2012 Greening IUPUI projects:

The IUPUI Urban Garden Initiative: Proposed by DIGS -- Developing IUPUI Gardens Sustainably -- this project will engage local urban farmers to provide hands-on instruction to students about sustainable agricultural practices and increase the productivity of IUPUI’s urban gardens.

IUPUI Events Going Green: Proposed by lecturer Susan Benko and assistant professor Amanda Cecil from the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management, this project will develop a comprehensive program for environmentally responsible events, including the creation of best practices for “green” event management, educational workshops, “green event” certifications and online resources for campus event managers.

Promoting Green Purchasing at IUPUI: This project, submitted by associate professor Eric Dannenmaier and a team of students from the Environmental and Natural Resource Law Program, will promote environmentally responsible purchasing decisions through the development of a “green purchasing guide,” and educational initiatives including workshops/roundtable sessions for purchasing officers.

White River “Bat Boxes”: Bats play a vital role in controlling insect populations, which helps curb the spread of insect-related disease in both humans and animals. This project, proposed by research assistant professor Dean A. Wiseman, Ph.D., at the IU School of Medicine Herman B Wells Center for Pediatrics Research, will provide bat shelters along White River and Fall Creek, and raise campus and community awareness about this important species.

Water Bottle Hydration Stations: School of Liberal Arts Technology staff Joy Kramer, user support coordinator, and Michael Scott, technical services director, will oversee installation of four water bottle filling stations in Cavanaugh Hall. Installing stations in this high-use area will reduce the need for bottled water, reducing plastic consumption on campus.

“We Love Our Earth”: David Sandrick, director of the Center for Young Children, will facilitate a 15-week sustainability program at the Center for Young Children, IUPUI’s child care and early education center. The program, consisting of 10 weeks of classroom instruction and five weeks of hands-on projects, is designed to inspire children to become engaged and environmentally responsible citizens.

IUPUI Sustainability House: This project, proposed by Timothy J. O’Malley, Honors College assistant director for academic affairs, will develop events and initiatives to showcase the newest Residential Based Learning Community: Sustainability House. Scheduled to launch in fall 2012, Sustainability House is a collaboration between Housing & Residence Life, the Office of Sustainability, Campus Facility Services and the Honors College, designed to engage residents in sustainability as a way of life and expand student action on campus.

Recycling Receptacles: This project, proposed by Phillip T. Warren, technical support coordinator for Campus Facility Services, will enhance the current outdoor recycling system and transform it into a consistent, visible and accessible outdoor campaign, increasing awareness and participation in campus recycling.

University Library Native Planting: The University Library Green Team, in cooperation with DIGS, the University Architect’s Office and the Indiana Wildlife Federation, will plant a variety of locally grown native species in the unused beds adjacent to the University Library. In addition to their aesthetic quality, these plants will improve air quality, support native pollinators, enrich soil health and reduce overall maintenance costs.