Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.58
Liaison Margaret Lo
Submission Date July 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

Ball State University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Robert Koester
Director of CERES
Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES)
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

We actively maintain platforms and post materials via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

These are accessible through our main sustainability web page or directly.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

The recently completed (now occupied) College of Health facility has a dashboard display in the entry lobby that monitors/tracks the performance of its rooftop photovoltaic electrical generation and the electrical demand of its occupants. In addition, information is provided about the storm water management achieved by a green roof over the lower aprons of the building. We are working toward providing a web link for real-time, on-line access.

Also, the University has published a Green Campus Guide and a Sustainability Guide; which respectively provide advice on practices and principles of sustainability living and information graphics on campus wide sustainability achievements to date.


And we maintain an active index of news articles about sustainability at Ball State

There are multiple websites that provide additional information.




Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

The Ball State Arboretum urges visitors to explore our 780 acre campus, which contains hundreds of species of trees. Five tree trails have been designed and can be enjoyed by educators, students and community members. The Ball State Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet; a global network for tree-focused arboreta. An interactive map and printable walking tour brochures for examining the vegetative cover of the campus are available on line.


Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

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

The university provides a green guide for residence hall move in by students and as mentioned previously a more general green living guide for the campus as a whole.


A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The posting of news items, meeting agendas and minutes of the monthly gathering of the university-wide Council on the Environment (COTE) covers the items of celebration, facilitation, and anticipation endemic to the continuing evolution of sustainability practices at Ball State University.

Dining Services’ mini food truck brings together delicious culinary creativity, healthy variety, and sustainability in a convenient mobile venue. Find the truck Mondays-Fridays at 11:30 a.m. between Pruis Hall and University Theatre, weather permitting.
Emphasizing healthy variety and sustainability, the menu offers a rotating selection of daily entrees—creations like shrimp street tacos, BBQ jackfruit, a chicken club lettuce wrap, and quinoa avocado salad.

Searchable articles on sustainability are routinely reported in the quarterly Alumni Magazine; extending the reach of BSU to its alumni base.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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