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Media Contact - Lauren Martin - 7/14/2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Students in Indiana University Bloomington's 2015 Summer Internship Program in Sustainability will showcase their completed projects from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 24, at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

The ninth annual Summer Sustainability Internship Symposium will include oral presentations by three interns, followed by a poster session. Interns presenting posters are Yi Cui, Celia Daniels, Aaron Day, Amanda Dickinson, Willem Drews, Morgane Flahault, Annabella Habegger, Alyce Kanabrocki, Cory Lamping, Lauren Martin, Chris Meulbroek, Immanuela Onocha, Sheldon Salo and Leah Thill.

Indiana Memorial Union Catering will provide a vegetarian lunch featuring local and in-season foods. Those interested in attending should register online. This event is free and open to the public.

Some interns will share the results of individual projects such as the IU Bloomington tree inventory, the progress of the new Transitions Lab and the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale. Others will present findings regarding long-range research and implementation projects conducted in conjunction with the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board's seven working groups: academic initiatives, energy and the built environment, environmental quality and land use, food, resource use and recycling, sustainable computing, and transportation.

Intern biographies and project descriptions can be found on the IU Office of Sustainability website.

"Since 2007, over 220 sustainability interns have provided a vital link between academic programs and campus operations to transform our campus and community into a sustainability living learning lab," Director of Sustainability Bill Brown said. "Through these diverse and challenging collaborations, they grow as scholars and leaders, passing on legacies upon which others may build."

In addition to showcasing the interns' work, the Office of Sustainability sees the Sustainability Internship Symposium as an opportunity to showcase the Green Events Program and Green Event Certification. Indiana Memorial Union Catering Services will build the symposium menu around food available locally in late July. Additionally, the Neal-Marshall Center and IMU staff are working closely with the office to reduce the carbon, water and waste impacts by providing reusable dishware and linens, composting, recycling and other services at the event. Attendees are encouraged to arrive to the event via walking, cycling or riding the bus.

The IU Office of Sustainability was established in March 2009. The Campus Sustainability Advisory Board is co-chaired by Tom Evans, professor in the Department of Geography, and Hank Hewetson, associate vice president for facilities. Its mission is to catalyze a thriving culture of sustainability in academic, research, operations, administration, campus life and community outreach to enhance environmental health, economic prosperity and social equity.