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Mini-Recycling Center Dedicated on ‘America Recycles Day’

Posted by isulib on November 21, 2016

The new mini-recycling center in the library’s lobby was officially dedicated on November 15th. It’s one of three units purchased by TREES, Inc. and Baesler’s Market and donated for placement in several locations with high pedestrian traffic and strong support for environmental efforts. (The other two mini-recycling centers were placed in Vigo County Public Library and the main entrance to Baesler’s Market in Terre Haute.)

Joy Sacopulos, TREES, INC., spoke at the ceremony and presented certificates of appreciation to Library Dean Robin Crumrin, to Kristine O’Hare (Baesler’s Market) and to Paul Reed (ISU Recycling).

Photo Credit

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Posted by isulib on October 14, 2016

A variety of programming, with a movie in the Library Events Area finishing off the day.


Movie Info This Changes Everything

Movie Trailer This Changes Everything[2:22]

from trailer:

Inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller. Filmed over 211 days in nine countries and five continents over four years, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

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April 13: Poetry with Environmental Themes

Posted by isulib on April 12, 2016

Special event for the ICS seminar this week- A poetry reading


April 13, 2016 –  12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 316

Info: Eric Anderson – 812-237-8052 –

A poetry reading and slide show of work that includes environmental and conservation themes will be put on by students and faculty from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 13 in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 316.

This event is a departure from the usual more academic seminars that have been held weekly for the Institute for Community Sustainability seminar series this term. The public and students in particular are invited.

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Feb. 3: Librarian Presents at Weekly Institute for Community Sustainability seminar

Posted by isulib on February 3, 2016

Starts at: 12:00 pm Ends at: 1:00 pm Where: HMSU 307

The third seminar for the ICS seminar season will be given by Steve Hardin, associate librarian.

The title is “Don’t stop with Google: Finding sustainability information.” Steve is the library’s liaison for the Communication, Earth and Environmental Systems, Math and Computer Science and the Political Science departments and is therefore well equipped to assist with library research on almost any topic that has to do with sustainable development.

More info? Contact:
Eric Anderson

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April 21: 8th Annual Earth Day: “The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous knowledge and conservation”

Posted by isulib on April 16, 2015


Creating a partnership between traditional cultures and scientific innovation is possible and beneficial to the planet, says an environmental biologist who will speak at Indiana State University in observance of Earth Day.

Robin Kimmerer, professor of environmental biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, which aims to create programs drawing on the wisdom of both indigenous populations and scientific knowledge for shared goals of sustainability.

 “I believe that environmental science and traditional knowledge can be symbiotic in nature, where the strengths and limitations of each knowledge system are balanced by the other,” Kimmerer said. “For example, the scientific method necessarily separates the observer and the observed, attempts to be strictly objective, rational and reductionist. Science engages the human powers of intellect, but explicitly excludes the other ways that humans have of understanding the world.

“Many of the questions of sustainability that we face involve the intersection between human culture and values and the natural world,” she added. “So relying on a single knowledge system, which excludes human values, is inadequate to address the challenges we face. Traditional knowledge is more holistic and includes values, ethics and responsibilities … so makes a good partner to balance scientific ways of knowing.”

Source: Tribune-Star – read entire article

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Feb. 2 [today!] – RecycleMania in the Library Lobby – let’s recycle like crazy!

Posted by isulib on February 2, 2015

2/2/2015 – RecycleMania table in the Lobby (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Recycling Center staff will be in the lobby promoting RecycleMania.  Usually, they give away freebies…

RecycleManiaRecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Runs Feb. 1 – March 28.

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Come to the Library & Sit on Some Bottle Caps!

Posted by isulib on June 25, 2014


Library Lobby Entrance - Bench

Library Lobby Entrance – Bench


Recycled Bottle Caps

Recycled Bottle Caps


Recycled Bottle Caps Bench - Closeup

Recycled Bottle Caps Bench – Closeup


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November 1: Keynote Speaker Betsy Damon, Sustainability Conference

Posted by isulib on October 30, 2013

Living Larimer with Betsy Damon

Living Larimer with Betsy Damon

Our Green Valley Alliance for Sustainability (OGVA) is having their annual Sustainability Conference on Oct 31-Nov 1 (Thursday and Friday).  This is the continuation of the Green Town conference that we held in 2011 and the other OGVA conferences since then.  It brings together government officials, private industry, and higher education to talk about sustainability solutions for our community.  Please logon to to register for the conference.

This is always a great conference to learn about sustainability initiatives in our community and to get energized about how we can move forward and make the Wabash Valley a more sustainable place and to improve quality of life.  This year, we have Eco-Artist Betsy Damon ( as a keynote speaker and we will be bringing in Year of the River themes into the conference.  We have made great strides since our Green Town Conference in 2011 but we still have much that we can do.  Come and join us to share in this conversation!

Our Green Valley

Our Green Valley

James H. Speer, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for Community Sustainability

Professor of Geography and Geology, Department of Earth and Environmental Systems

Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809


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Make bookmarks today 11-1

Posted by isulib on April 16, 2013

Sorry for the late notice: from 11 am – 1 pm, the Recycling Center will have a table in the lobby for people to create bookmarks made from recycled paper.

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