Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 60.06
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date Aug. 2, 2011
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.0

Ball State University
ER-4: Sustainability Outreach and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Jeff Culp
Operations Manager
Center for Energy Research/Education/Service
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?:
Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts:

Ball State University maintains a website that provides information on its sustainability efforts.

This site includes information on the sustainability awards given by the Institution and those bestowed upon the institution.

And, this site provides a link to our "Get-on-the-Map' web page which enables everyone in the university community to report on their sustainability work using the STARS Framewor; that web site can be found in the 'Mapping Sustainability' button on the main sustainability web site or can be accessed directly here: http://cote.iweb.bsu.edu/stars/


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Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

A member of the Council on the Environment (COTE), provides a descriptive newsletter that is emailed to all COTE members to be shared within their respective campus constituents.

This newsletter reflects on the interdisciplinary sustainability topics to be celebrated, facilitated and anticipated by the campus community.


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Does the institution have a vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The university highlights sustainability-related student research on the main sustainability web site.


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Does the institution have building signage that highlights green building features?:
No

A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

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Does the institution have food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

See Dining Services section of the STARS Report.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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Does the institution have signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed?:
No

A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable grounds-keeping strategies employed:
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Does the institution have a sustainability walking map or tour?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Ball State University Field Station and Environmental Education Center (FSEEC) provides maps for walking through and understanding the ecosystem study areas at FSEEC.

This encompasses approximately 425 acres.


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Does the institution have a guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation?:
No

A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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Does the institution have a guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:
Yes

A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Students + Sustainability is a guide that was created specifically for Ball State students.

The guide includes a brief narrative illustrating the importance of sustainability in the campus community and highlights several key initiatives that Ball State has engaged to achieve its goal of becoming a more sustainable university.

The guide provides recommendations for ways that BSU students can implement sustainable practices in their everyday lifestyles in five areas: at home, in class, when traveling, when eating and when shopping.

The recommendations are simple and practical to show students that it can be easy to help Ball State to go green. The project includes a guide that has also been formatted to a webpage and a page on the social media site, Facebook, to provide students with updates and weekly "green challenges."


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Does the institution have regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper (either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat)?:
Yes

A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

In the university’s campus newspaper, the Ball State Daily News, the editor Jaclyn Goldborough covers all content pertaining to sustainability; it is her beat.

Her articles appear in the news and editorial sections, and often as front page features.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (1st material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Published Proceedings from:

Greening of the Campus 8: Embracing Change 2009
Greening of the Campus 7: Partnering for Action 2007
Greening of the Campus 6: Extending Connections 2005
Greening of the Campus 5: Connecting to Place 2003
Greening of the Campus 4: Moving to the Mainstream 2001
Greening of the Campus 3: Theory and Reality 1999
Greening of the Campus 2: The Next Step 1997
Greening of the Campus 1: Ball State University 1996


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
Yes

A brief description of this material:

Our students have contributed to the work of Circle of Blue, have participated in national design-for-sustainability competitions and development of a Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI) assessment for BSU. All this work is available on the web. See "Student Work" on the sustainability web site.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

A brief description of this material:

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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