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Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Muncie Climate Rally Held In Solidarity With Nyc People’s Climate March

Approximately 75 Muncie residents, Ball State University students and faculty and students from The Indiana Academy (gifted high school students from around the state) attended a Climate Rally on September 21st, 2014 in solidarity with the People’s Climate March in New York City (which approximately 20 BSU students attended). The NYC march was organized to demand world leaders attending a U.N. Climate Summit the next day set realistic goals on carbon emissions and seriously address world climate issues. The Muncie Climate Rally (organized by Carolyn Vann with substantial aid from John Vann and numerous other individuals who made signs, distributed…
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“The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI”: A Student Led Initiative Launches To Reduce Waste and Give Back

“The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI”: A Student Led Initiative Launches To Reduce Waste and Give Back

On September 5, 2014 the Campus Kitchen at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) officially launched becoming the first Campus Kitchen in Indiana and the 37th in the nation to join the Campus Kitchen Movement. The Campus Kitchens Project helps students to eradicate hunger and eliminate waste while creating a more sustainable campus through repurposing university and community food waste into free, healthy and nutritious meals which can then be served to the local people in need. Last year nationally, Campus Kitchens recovered 9, 000 lbs of food that would otherwise have gone to waste and were able to convert that…
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Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Program

Ivy Tech Culinary Arts Program

Ivy Tech’s Culinary Arts program in Indianapolis produces many of the area’s finest chefs. They learn the art and science of preparing superb food from Chef Thom England who has worked at the school since 2008. Chef England will teach them all about filling a plate with gourmet offerings. But just as importantly, all his students will come away with an awareness of the need to embrace environmentally sustainable practices in the operation of a restaurant. Historically, restaurants have produced massive quantities of waste. Check a restaurant dumpster  at the end of the day and you will typically  find huge…
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BSU Students Launch Permaculture in Muncie

BSU Students Launch Permaculture in Muncie

Faye Lichtsinn is a remarkable young woman who decided to make her local community more sustainable before she graduates.  Only 20 years old and a student in the department of Natural Resources at Ball State University she was inspired by attending a Power Shift conference in Pittsburgh, PA October 18-21, 2013.  This youth movement was designed to involve youth to shift priorities at every level of society, from local communities to the national government, in order to build “a stronger and more vibrant climate movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, demand climate justice, and build a clean energy…
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The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis

At Indiana University – Bloomington, there is a little-known research institute that has brought together hundreds of scholars from across the planet to “learn about the ways in which governance institutions can be crafted to enhance human well-being, while promoting democratic principles and sustainable resource management.” Its name may be daunting, but its mission is simple. The founders wanted to combine experience with theories.  They believed that this is the critical connection between “ideas and what gets done.” In 2009 Elinor Ostrom (now deceased) was awarded a Nobel prize for her work on “the commons.”  This is a term used…
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