Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date Sept. 28, 2012
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Ball State University
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Dr. Terry King
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

The university strategic planning uses web-based, open access, collaborative stakeholder involvement.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Unit-Level Sustainability Plans
In accordance with the goals and objectives of the 2007-2012 Ball State University Strategic Plan, the Council on the Environment originated a Unit-Level Sustainability Plan Template for use by administrative units throughout campus. Fully 102 such units have used that model to frame their individual approaches to the challenge of addressing sustainability in Education and Research, Planning and Administration, and Operations.

These categories derive from the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment and Rating System (STARS). Ball State University participated in the development of this tool as a pilot study school and is now a charter member of this national public reporting system.

Each administrative unit has adapted the template document to its sustainability goals and objectives during this five-year strategic planning cycle. These plans will be updated and expanded as part of the newly adopted 2012-2017 Strategic Plan.

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

The Office of the Provost provides annual reports on Strategic Plan Progress; see strategic plan web site.

This progress includes updates on the 102 unit-level sustainability plans whose respective and collective content are structured on the STARS framework.

We also are using a ‘Mapping Sustainability’ tool for real-time submission of content by all campus stakeholders.

And, we have conducted counterpart Global Reporting Initiative Assessments of the campus; we are only the second American University to use this tool.

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:
The year the plan was developed or last updated:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.