|Submission Date||June 12, 2023|
Ball State University
PRE-2: Points of Distinction
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Marketing and Communications
Name of the institution’s featured sustainability program, initiative, or accomplishment:
A brief description of the institution’s featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
A 165,000 square-foot Health Professions Building opened in 2019. This is a state-of-the-art building that includes classrooms, labs, clinical spaces, and community clinics with innovative technologies that reduce impact on the environment. Features include green roofs, photovoltaic solar panels, an underground storm water retention system, low-flow water fixtures, energy-efficient LED lighting, a design that enhances daylight to reduce energy consumption, and geothermal heating and cooling. This is the seventh structure on campus to earn a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Health Professions Building is also the recipient of the USGBC Indiana 2021 Leadership Award for "Green Building of the Year: New Construction." https://www.usgbc.org/articles/usgbc-indiana-announces-leadership-award-recipients
Which of the following impact areas does the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Wellbeing & Work
Website URL where more information about the accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the featured program, initiative, or accomplishment:
Name of a second highlighted sustainability program/initiative/accomplishment:
A brief description of the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
Ball State University played a key role in Cope Environmental Center earning a unique status that only 28 other buildings worldwide have received. The Centerville, Indiana, center has been awarded “Living Building Certification“ by the International Living Future Institute.
Earning this special certification is the result, in large part, of multi-year collaborative efforts that included Ball State faculty and students; Cope Environmental Center staff; and the design architect, Kevin McCurdy, a graduate of Ball State’s R. Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning (CAP). Mr. McCurdy is a partner at LWC Incorporated. He works in the firm’s Richmond, Indiana, location.
Living Building Certification is issued in recognition of the achievement of the highest proficiency in the categories of Place, Water, Energy, Health and Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty. Overall, some 20 imperatives had to be met during the design, construction, and occupation of the facility. Cope Environmental Center is the only building in Indiana to have ever pursued this standard of net-positive achievement, according to Robert J. Koester, Ball State professor of Architecture and director of Ball State’s Academy for Sustainability and Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES).
“The design and construction of the Cope Environmental Center as a Living Building has been a delightful experience for everyone involved, including an enlightened client staff, a superbly-educated design architect, a technically knowledgeable group of Ball State faculty and students, and a very supportive local community,” Professor Koester said. “The participating students especially appreciated the opportunity for this real-world experience—a hallmark of the many such immersive learning engagements available through Ball State University.”
Which impact areas does the second program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Wellbeing & Work
Website URL where more information about the second program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the second program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the second program/initiative/accomplishment:
Name of a third highlighted program/initiative/accomplishment:
A brief description of the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
The David Letterman Communication and Media Building on Ball State’s campus celebrated a second “green” certification. By prioritizing sustainability, the David Letterman Building project team is the first student team in Indiana, the Midwest, and the Mid-American Conference (fifth in the world) to certify an existing building which meets the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards of the U.S. Green Building Council. For the student team, this kind of immersive learning experience provided them with valuable professional skills.
Which impact areas does the third program/initiative/accomplishment most closely relate to?:
Wellbeing & Work
Website URL where more information about the third program/initiative/accomplishment may be found:
STARS credit in which the third program/initiative/accomplishment is reported (if applicable):
A photograph or document associated with the third program/initiative/accomplishment:
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