Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.68
Liaison Jennifer Palilonis
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Kathy Wolf
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications
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Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held a sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at employees and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Name of the campaign:
Residence Hall Energy Conservation Competition

A brief description of the campaign:

Ball State University had a residence hall vs. residence hall energy conservation competition in which on-campus residents learned energy conservation tips and tools. To measure the impact of the campaign, the university compared residence hall electricity consumption during the month before the competition to consumption during the month of the competition. (There were no major differences in occupancy or other factors that would influence electricity consumption during either month.) Since electricity consumption decreased during the month of the competition, we were abler to demonstrate that the campaign led to a measurable, positive impact on its sustainability performance.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign:

The community garden supports positive physical and psychological well-being by providing residents of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to
relax, undertake physical activity, and socialize and mix with neighbors. The community garden pavilions and gardening areas will afford opportunities to learn
about horticulture and sustainable environmental practices, such as composting and recycling, as well as being an important source of low-cost fresh
produce for a healthy diet.


Name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
Muncie Food Hub Partnership

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

With a team of volunteers, students, and colleagues, Josh Gruver, Associate Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, has developed Muncie Food Hub Partnership (MFHP), a multi-faceted operation that combines a central facility for producers to store and sell crops with mobile food trucks to deliver fresh, local produce. MFHP began a food security assessment with the goal of measuring, analyzing, and displaying food access within our county. People are considered food secure when they have adequate access at all times to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. In Muncie and Delaware County, one of every four citizens struggles with food insecurity. In pursuant with their mission,

MFHP follow these objectives:
• expand markets for local growers and producers
• increase community-wide availability of fresh and affordable local foods
• provide the next generation of students with critical training in food systems skills
• catalyze economic development and prosperity through the exchange of goods and ideas in East Central Indiana

https://munciefoodhub.org/
https://magazine.bsu.edu/2018/10/10/professor-josh-gruver-battles-food-insecurity-in-east-central-indiana/


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

The approach ensures more stability for producers and more reliable access for consumers. A community food council brings together diverse stakeholders to examine how the local food system operates and provides policy recommendations toward a more equitable and resilient system.

https://munciefoodhub.org/


A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns:

Additional outreach to the community fosters student and employee engagement; to adopt or try sustainable practices and lifestyles.

Maring-Hunt Community Garden Market Pavilion and Outdoor Kitchen
The Maring-Hunt Community Garden Pavilion is a student-driven, design-build project for the Thomas Park/Avondale neighborhood in Muncie, on land behind Wilson Apartments. Vision planning for the Maring-Hunt Community Garden include a picnic and grilling area, a community kitchen and a market pavilion, a shade structure with comfortable seating, and a storytelling and story acting pavilion for Maring-Hunt’s children’s programming and incorporated into Southview Elementary School’s STEM curriculum.

The community garden supports positive physical and psychological well-being by providing residents of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to relax, undertake physical activity, and socialize and mix with neighbors. The community garden pavilions and gardening areas will afford opportunities to learn about horticulture and sustainable environmental practices, such as composting and recycling, as well as being an important source of low-cost fresh produce for a healthy diet.

The pavilion project was a BSU/community partnership; an educational enterprise in hands-on design and construction in support of the community program.

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