Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Second Annual Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) Community Sale, August 20, 2011

Hoosier to Hoosier (H2H) Community Sale is a reuse program that aims 1) to divert reusable items from the landfill during student move-out, 2) to prevent additional resource consumption by selling collected items to students and community members in order 3) to raise funds for local charities and other organizations. The program allows students to donate reusable items, and help out their neighbors in need at the same time.

Sat, Aug 20, 2011
Gladstein Fieldhouse, IU Campus
7:30am – 3:00pm

The second annual H2H Community Sale will take place from 7:30am – 3pm on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Gladstein Fieldhouse on the IU Campus. Students and community members are invited to participate in the sale by donating reusable items, volunteering, or attending the sale. H2H accepts donations of furniture, housewares, clothes, office supplies, operational small appliances, and electronics. Collection begins with a May 5 drop-off day at Gladstein Fieldhouse, near Assembly Hall on IU campus. Collection is conducted at IU dormitories as well as participating apartments and rental housing. Pickups are available upon request.

In its inaugural year in 2010, Hoosier to Hoosier raised nearly $10,000 for United Way and Habitat for Humanity, and approximately 900 people attended, including students, Bloomington residents, and residents from surrounding communities. Over 100 volunteers contributed hours on sale day, and countless others volunteered throughout the summer in sale preparations. The H2H effort intercepted reusable items from IU’s 11 dorms, two Greek houses, and roughly four apartment complexes. In addition, individuals donated items from other off-campus locations, either by dropping items off at the stadium or arranging for a pick-up. In total, the volume intercepted was equivalent to roughly five full semi-trailers.

Beyond just the immediate impact on waste reduction, the H2H effort has other important implications. First, it conserves the energy required to manufacture, transport, and dispose of manufactured goods. Second, it enhances community aesthetics by reducing the amount of waste that appears curbside. Third, it helps project a message to incoming students and all residents about Bloomington’s values. Instead of being greeted by piles of discarded but still usable items upon their arrival, incoming students are sent a clear message that Bloomington is a city that values its resources and strives for sustainability.

H2H is a partnership between the City of Bloomington’s Departments of Economic & Sustainable Development and Community & Family Resources; Habitat for Humanity; IU Athletics; the IU Offices of Sustainability and Residential Programs & Services; and United Way. Numerous local businesses also play a role. Aside from a small percentage set aside for administrative costs associated with the sale the following year, all proceeds from the sale will benefit local organizations.

For more information or volunteer registration, visit www.indiana.edu/~h2h or email h2h@indiana.edu.