Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 33.27
Liaison Julia Angstmann
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Butler University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 McKenzie Beverage
Sustainability Coordinator
Biological Sciences
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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:

The Butler University Sustainability Council is comprised of students, faculty, and staff. The council is divided into topical working groups, chaired by staff or faculty: Energy and Water; Purchasing, Food, and Waste; Transportation, Grounds, and Facilities; and Education and Research. Each working group meets regularly to assess progress toward our Climate Action Plan goals within their areas of focus. The groups report their activities to the Sustainability Coordinator.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Each group has representatives from student government, facilities, student affairs, faculty, and interested student groups.


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

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Center for Urban Ecology (CUE) is an academic center at Butler University dedicated to the science of urban ecology since 2004. In the liberal arts tradition, we view urban ecology as inherently interdisciplinary and aspire to engage disciplines across Butler’s campus—from biology to business and beyond—in gaining a fundamental understanding of urban ecology for a more sustainable society.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
McKenzie Beverage, Sustainability Coordinator

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

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

All new construction has received LEED Gold certification.
A public-private partnership between Butler and Indianapolis allowed for a large green infrastructure project to address stormwater through permeable bike lanes and rain gardens on the northeast section of campus.
Butler has started composting all pre-consumer food waste from the dining halls (approximately 1,500 pounds per week).
Butler has instituted an LED purchasing policy--all new and replaced lights are LED.
Butler has submetered all of its buildings.
Butler has placed outdoor recycling bins across campus.


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