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Announcing the Biology Green Team!

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In 2009, in response to a brown bag luncheon initiative sponsored by IU's new Office of Sustainability, the Department of Biology formed a "Green Team".

Biology goes green, Fall 2012:

Jordan Hall Representative: Ryan Salerno
Myers Hall Representative: Melody Inabinette

  • The 2012 fall IU Energy Challenge runs October 22 - November 12. Check out our Energy Challenge page for ideas about how to save energy in the laboratory and office!
  • Recycling efforts: The department is now collecting plastic cookie wrappers and trays, candy bar and energy bar wrappers, chip bags, and any plastic packaging from cheese (including shredded cheese) in designated TerraCycle bins in Jordan, Myers, and Simon Halls.  In addition, we're been working with the IU recycling folks to increase the presence of recycling bins around the buildings, as well as to update the signage to indicate that plastic recycling encompasses anything marked with a symbol numbered 1-7.  Let the stock room know of your interest, if you want to be able to buy recyclable tip boxes.
  • Operation Compost: The department has purchased a composter, located outside on the east side of the Jordan Hall Greenhouse, with is now open for non-animal food waste contributions.  Learn more about the composting project »
  • The Biology Green Team is in the process of certification through IU's 4-step process through the Office of Sustainability.

IU goes green:

  • Share your commute with others in the IU community using ZimRide — post an offer, or ask for a ride, either in-town or further afield. You can also take advantage of the Zipcar services, providing hybrids and economical cars available in locations on campus to rent by the hour or day. Cost includes gas, insurance, and roadside assistance, if needed.It is also a good alternative even if you have a car parked on campus but have an appointment to go to and don't want to lose your parking space!
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