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

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?:
Yes

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.

Mission
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. Josh March U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Emerging Green Builders

University Area Representatives

Ms. Karen Adkins University Dining University Dining
Mr. Kevin Brown 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
Ms. Danielle Ryan Athletics
Dr. Kenneth Hall History College of Sciences and Humanities
Mr. Steve Fulton 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
Ms. Diane Kallmeyer 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. Donna Browne Center for Energy Research/Education/Service Grant Writer
Ms. Augusta Isley Sponsored Projects Administration Green Development Specialist

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?:
Yes

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):
2

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

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?:
Yes

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:
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Job description for the sustainability officer position:

The Chair of COTE through CERES oversees the following actions:

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

Publicity/Education
_____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.

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

Meetings
_____coordinates and facilitates meetings for various constituencies of COTE.

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


Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Grant Writer

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


Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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