Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.08
Liaison Julie Hopwood
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Robert Koester
Director of CERES
Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES)
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

Ball State University Council on the Environment (COTE);
A University-Wide Clearinghouse for Sustainability Initiatives was created on March 26, 2001 by then Ball State University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Warren Vander Hill. The council is comprised of representation from each of the university's academic colleges and vice presidential areas as well as the student body and Muncie community.

The Council on the Environment (COTE) provides leadership for initiatives at Ball State University and in the surrounding community that promote the sustainable use of natural resources and the protection of ecological systems that sustain life.

To encourage the development of an environmentally responsible campus community, the Council on the Environment will:
1. Provide a forum for the open exchange of information pertaining to environmental issues.
2. Increase awareness of the environmental and social implications of university operations.
3. Promote a strong, positive environmental ethic that motivates sustainable practices in all university activities.
4. Promote communication and education about sustainability issues and achievements.
5. Promote outreach and educational activities that encourage sustainable practices in the broader community.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

Student Members

Ms. Mariah Bowman Student Government Association (SGA)
Mr. Charlie Daniel U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

University Area Representatives

Ms. Karen Adkins University Dining University Dining
Mr. Charles Allen Telephone and Postal Services Information Technology
Mr. Tom Collins Architecture College of Architecture and Planning
Dr. John Emert Honors College Academic Affairs
Dr. Jessica Mikeska Marketing Miller College of Business
Dr. Ashley Hutchison Counseling Psychology College of Health
Mr. Nate Gurich Athletics
Dr. Kenneth Hall History College of Sciences and Humanities
Mr. Thomas Heck Ball State University Foundation
Ms. Julie Hopwood Business Affairs
Dr. Ruth Jefferson Special Education Teachers College
Mr. Jim Lowe Facilities Planning and Management and Office of the President
Mr. Matthew Reeder Art College of Fine Arts
Mr. Michael Mayfield Indiana Academy for Sciences, Mathematics and Humanities and Contract Faculty
Dr. Melinda Messineo Sociology College of Sciences and Humanities
Dr. Klaus Neumann Geological Sciences College of Sciences and Humanities
Dr. Michelle O'Malley Journalism College of Communication, Information and Media
Ms. Ro Anne Royer Engle Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

Mr. James Shimkus University Libraries University Libraries
Mr. John Taylor Field Station and Environmental Education Center College of Sciences and Humanities

Community Members
Ms. Julie Borgmann Red-Tail Land Conservancy Muncie Community
Ms. Betty Brewer Minnetrista Cultural Center Muncie Community
Ms. Ann Clevenger I.U. Health Muncie Community

Administrative Support
Mr. Robert Koester Center for Energy Research/Education/Service Council Chair
Ms. Peggy Weis Center for Energy Research/Education/Service Office Coordinator
Ms. Augusta Isley Sponsored Projects Administration Green Development Specialist
Mr. Jeff Culp Center for Energy Research/Education/Service Web / Technical Resources Manager

Founder Emeritus
Dr. Warren Vander Hill Office of the Provost Academic Affairs

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The facilitative functions of a sustainability office have been subsumed under the mission of an existing administrative entity: the Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES), which serves as the Secretariat for the BSU Council on the Environment (COTE).

CERES is an interdisciplinary academic support unit focused on issues related to energy and resource use, alternatives and conservation. As described below, our mission is to serve the campus, local, state and regional communities. Ion more recent years the scope has broadened to include sustainability; as an integration of social, economic and environmental integration.

Mission Statement
• To maintain ongoing programs for the examination of state-of-the-art energy conservation and end-use practices
• To investigate alternative solutions to contemporary energy problems
• To develop projections and implications of the results of these solutions
• To devise means of implementing these ideas
• To disseminate findings to the appropriate publics—professionals, educators, policy planners, students and laypersons

CERES serves as Secretariat to COTE, which, as noted previously, serves as the clearinghouse for university-wide sustainability initiatives.

In addition, CERES serves as Secretariat to the Academy for Sustainability, responsible for managing the newly created on line Graduate Certificate in Sustainability.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
_____Robert J. Koester, AIA LEED AP

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

COTE, as noted previously, serves as the clearinghouse for university-wide sustainability initiatives.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Chair of the Council on the Environment (COTE)

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Chair of COTE through CERES oversees the following actions:

_____collects and coordinates dissemination of information resources for sustainable topics and technologies.

_____creates press releases and other publication outlets on the following:
- Green facts
- Campus information on sustainability projects
- Circuit riding

Liaison with other environmental groups
_____establishes and maintains campus, community, state, national & international links.

Internal Grants
_____coordinates grant searches and proposal development with faculty sponsors and campus agencies.

Corporate partnerships
_____seeks and develops relationships with corporate partners and sponsors.

Team building for campus projects
_____seeks faculty, staff, student and community members for teams to address COTE projects.

_____coordinates conferences, lectures, workshops, symposia, and webinars for on-campus and off-campus audiences in support of COTE initiatives.

_____coordinates and facilitates meetings for various constituencies of COTE.

_____oversees construction and maintenance of a comprehensive website addressing all aspects of campus sustainability efforts.

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Assistant to the Director of CERES and Secretary to COTE

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Assist the Director in public relations of CERES as Secretariat to university, community, regional and national organizations; field inquires; provide information, distribute materials; supervise preparation and filing of annual reports required for the Talloires Declaration, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) report, and the Climate Leadership Commitment; work with the Director to finalize these packages of material before they are submit ted and oversee the public display of same on university websites; supervise support for the Indiana Green Campus Network (IGCN); act as principal secretary to the Council on the Environment (COTE).

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Grant Writer

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Research, write and facilitate comprehensive external grant proposal development and submission to sustainability-related funding opportunities with federal, state, local, international, corporate, and non-profit funding agencies.

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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