Skip page navigation

30 Days of Earth Month

APRIL 2012

April 1

No foolin'. Check out the Energy Star website for hundreds of energy-saving tips from the U.S. EPA and Department of Energy.

April 2

What's your carbon footprint? You might be surprised. Use this calculator to figure it out:

April 3

Mark your calendar: Join DIGS (Developing IUPUI Gardens Sustainably) for weekly workshops on indoor garden preparations. We'll make newspaper pots and seed tapes, plus give away seedlings.

Dates: April 3, 9, 17, 24
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room locations vary; click here for correct location information,

Dr. Mitchell Thomashow
Dr. Mitchell Thomashow

April 4

Dr. Mitchell Thomashow, an author and environmentalist who is one of the nation's leading authorities on ecological awareness and sustainable living, will speak at IUPUI on "The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Culture."

Free afternoon event for IUPUI students, staff and faculty: 1:30-2:45 p.m., University Library Room 130.
Free public event, 3-5 p.m., University Library Room 130.
For more information,

The ACLU of Indiana presents a discussion on "Environmental Justice: Whose Air/Food/Water is it anyway?" Panelists are Jim Poyser, Managing Editor of NUVO; Gabriel Filippelli, Ph.D., Professor of Earth Sciences and Director of the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI; and Nathaniel Jackson, IUPUI Executive Chef. Bring your own lunch.
Time: Noon to 12:50 p.m.
Location: WFYI Community Room, 1630 North Meridian Street.

April 5

Reduce your plastic footprint by using your own water bottle all day today—and every day:

April 6

Clean up your e-waste. The EPA estimates that only about 25 percent of electronics that have reached the end of their usefulness are recycled. RecycleForce, an Indianapolis nonprofit, is changing that by recycling electronics and, at the same time, providing workforce training to formerly incarcerated people.

Urban Garden
Urban Garden

April 7

Volunteer Event: DIGS GARDEN RELOCATION (On-campus)
To make way for the new Science and Technology building, we're moving the IUPUI Urban Garden to a new home on the west side of the LD building. Join us for a fun filled day of moving soil and raised beds! E-mail for more information.
Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Location: LD- Science Building
Sign up here:

April 8

Plan your year around Indiana's local food festivals, including Wakarusa's Maple Syrup Festival on April 20 and 21 ( and Jennings County's Sassafras Tea Festival April 28 and 29 (

April 9

Thank an IUPUI campus facilities worker. IUPUI recently joined with Indianapolis Power and Light to purchase energy from environmentally friendly renewable sources. Ten percent of the electricity generated for IUPUI will come from renewable energy resources via IPL's Green Power Option program.

Scott Russell Sanders
Scott Russell Sanders

April 10

Scott Russell Sanders, author of A Conservationist Manifesto: From Consumption to Caretaker and IU professor emeritus, will speak from noon to 2 p.m. on the human place in nature, the pursuit of social justice, the relation between culture and geography, and the search for a spiritual path. He will also be signing his book. University Library Room 130.
For more information, see

April 11

Volunteer Event: Perennial Plantings with IUPUI CFS Grounds Department
Calling all volunteers! IUPUI CFS Grounds Department and the Office of Sustainability need 12-15 volunteers to assist in planting perennial beds. Come out and help beautify IUPUI! Volunteers meet outside of the IT building (south entrance) at 12:00pm. Volunteers should wear old clothes and provide their own work gloves
Time: 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
To volunteer sign up at:

April 12

Fix that leaky faucet. Use this handy calculator to see how quickly drips turn into gallons of water wasted:

April 13

Subscribe to the Indiana Living Green e-newsletter:

April 14

Volunteer Event: Garden Fun Days (On-campus)
Come help cultivate soil and sow seeds and seedlings at the new IUPUI Urban Farm. No experience necessary as this is a great opportunity to learn how to start your own garden. The Urban Farm is located just west of the softball fields. We are just inside the fence where New York Street intersects with the White River Park Trail. E-mail for more information.
For more information:
Sign up at:

April 15

The Internal Revenue Service urges taxpayers to file returns online, and offers several other paper-saving options. The agency claims that nearly 100 million people filed online last year.

April 16

Tired of unused phone books piling up? Opt out here:

April 17

Head to the historic Irvington neighborhood for the monthly Irvington Green Hour, hosted by the Irvington Green Initiative at The Legend, 5614 E. Washington St., 6 to 8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Note: This is not listed on Irvington Development Organization's website calendar.

Free food! Join herbalist Greg Monzel for a walking Edible Weeds Workshop that's an in-depth presentation on medicinal and edible weeds, presented by Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. On an easy walk through Fountain Square, you'll look at wild plants, learn their names and identifying features, and discuss how you can use them for food and/or medicine. You will sample the flavors of some and learn which ones to avoid. $10. 6-8 p.m.

April 18

Guest Speaker: IUPUI Law Professor Eric Dannenmaier
IUPUI McKinney Law professor Eric Dannenmaier will speak on "A View from the Center of the Universe: Reconciling Individual Rights with Universal Values in Environmental Conservation" from noon to 1 p.m. He directs IU's new program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and teaches and writes about environmental rights, deliberative democracy and natural resource conservation.
Location: University Library Room 130
Free and open to the public

April 19

Don't miss the IUPUI Health and Wellness Fair!
Time: 10 a.m-2 p.m.
Location: Taylor Hall Courtyard and Room 104

Learn how to care for your lawn without toxic products that can endanger children, pets, water, air and soil. Maine-based Paul Tukey—founder of, author of The Organic Lawn Care Manual, and co-host of HGTV's People, Places and Plants—will offer ideas for safe, beautiful lawncare. Presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Horticultural Society with support from the Hoosier Environmental Council.
Cost: Free for IMA Horticultural Society Members; $3 for IMA members; $5 for the public. 7-9 p.m., Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Toby theater

April 20

Volunteer Event: Beautify IUPUI (On-campus)
Volunteer project with the IUPUI Grounds Department and the Office of Sustainability.
Volunteers will assist with mulching various plant beds on campus. Volunteers should wear old clothes and provide their own work gloves. No previous experience necessary. Volunteers meet at the main entrance of the University Library.
Time: 09:00 AM – 11:30 AM
40 volunteers needed! To sign up, see:

IUPUI ToxAway Day (On-campus)
Dispose of personal and household toxic waste safely and responsibly. Bring your unwanted electronics, paint, fire extinguishers, propane tanks and more to IUPUI's Toxaway Day. We'll be collecting items from 7:00am – 1:00pm in the parking lot at the corner of Indiana Ave. and Blackford St.
Visit for a list of acceptable items.

April 21

Collecting rainwater to reuse around your house saves money and the environment. Learn how to build your own at the Rain Barrel Workshop at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 North Meridian. Each family will create a 55-gallon rain barrel to take home, and learn more ways to conserve. Sessions are 10-11:30 a.m. or noon-1:30 p.m. Fee: $45 members family; $60 nonmembers family (cost includes the price of one 55-gallon rain barrel). Ages: 6 and up with registered adult.

Volunteer Event: Garden Fun Days (On-campus)
Help plant IUPUI's new Urban Farm and learn how to start your own garden. 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, west of the softball fields, inside the fence where New York Street intersects with the White River Wapahani Trail.
For more information:
To register as a volunteer:

April 22

Buy veggies, fruits and other agricultural products straight from Indiana farmers by participating in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

April 23

Don't know what to do with all your old stuff? Check out Keep Indianapolis Beautiful's Recycle and Reuse Guide:

April 24

IUPUI Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium (On Campus)
Location: CE- Campus Center Room 450
We invite you to join us for the 8th Annual IUPUI Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium. This celebratory event gathers IUPUI faculty, staff, students and community partners for the recognition of the diverse civic engagement activities that take place throughout Central Indiana and beyond. Posters showcased will feature civic engagement-focused teaching, research and service activities, which are presented by IUPUI faculty, students, staff and community partners. Attendees will also be provided with the opportunity to explore new partnerships through several workshops. The event concludes with a formal recognition of the Chancellor's Civic Engagement Award winners and those graduating seniors who have been awarded the prestigious Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for service during their college career. Please consider attending so that we may both recognize your efforts and provide you with an opportunity to make new connections. Please feel free to share this with other colleagues who may be interested in attending.

Click on the link below to RSVP. Register Now!

April 25

Subscribe to GreenPiece Indy for a quick-read email tip of the day about the local sustainability community:

April 26

Sustainability Panel Discussion
Location: University Library – Lilly Auditorium (room 0130)
Join us as our panel of in-house experts discuss current and future sustainability initiatives as IUPUI. Panelists include:
Panelists include:
Colleen McCormick, Director, IUPUI Office of Sustainability
Dean E. Jane Luzar, Founding Dean and Professor IUPUI Honors College
Nate Jackson, Chef for Chartwells at Campus Center
John Kamman, Energy Engineer, CFS at IUPUI

April 27

Visit the 23rd annual Orchard in Bloom at Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, which raises money for outdoor education programs for children. Events include speakers on edible gardening, creating a green home, composting, raising chickens and beekeeping.

April 28

Volunteer Event: Tree Plantings with KIB
Come out and celebrate Earth Month by helping plant trees with Keep Indiana Beautiful (KIB). 20 volunteers needed. Bring work gloves and a great attitude! Help make IUPUI a more beautiful place to be!
Time: 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Location: SPEA Breezeway

Earth Day Indiana
White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis hosts the annual Earth Day Indiana Festival, this year with more than 140 environmental and conservation exhibits, great music, food and special activities for kids.
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteer Event: Garden Fun Days (On-campus)
Help plant IUPUI's new Urban Farm and learn how to start your own garden. 11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium, west of the softball fields, inside the fence where New York Street intersects with the White River Wapahani Trail.
For more information:
To volunteer:

April 29

Got an old bike you don't know what to do with? Donate it to Freewheelin' Community Bikes, which uses donated bikes to provide youth programming and hosts neighborhood rides and programs.

April 30

Visit Indiana's sandy beaches (that's right—beaches in Indiana!) Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests. plus 15 gorgeous miles of Lake Michigan shoreline.