Florida International University

Miami, FL, US

Rating Score Valid Through Liaison Submitted Executive Letter
Silver - expired 50.16 Sept. 19, 2016 Ali Dutton Sept. 20, 2013 Download


Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 28,734
Number of Undergraduate Students 41,582
Number of Graduate Students 8,020
Full-time Equivalent Employees Not Available
Institution type Doctorate
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 140,000,000
Percentage of students that are Residential 5.5
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 90.8
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter 100.0
Percentage of students that are On-line only Not Available
Gross square feet of building space 8,095,400.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space Not Available
Acres of cultivated grounds 582.0
Acres of undeveloped land 14.0
Climate region Hot-Humid

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School Yes Yes
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health Yes Yes
Veterinary School No No
Satellite Yes Yes
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No

Additional Details

Florida International University is an urban, multi-campus, public research university serving its students and the diverse population of South Florida. We are committed to high-quality teaching, state-of-the-art research and creative activity, and collaborative engagement with our local and global communities.

FIU has two major campuses: Modesto A. Maidique Campus in West Miami-Dade County, and Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami Beach.

FIU also has various other locations which include the Engineering Center, near MMC, the Broward Pines Center in Pembroke Pines, the business center in Downtown Brickell, the Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) and the Wolfsonian FIU on South Beach.

For the purpose of the FIU STARS Report data collected and included is from the following campuses: Modesto Maidique Campus, Biscayne Bay Campus, and Engineering Center.

FIU believes, environmental knowledge is intrinsically interdisciplinary. It relies on basic and applied sciences and engineering to explain the dynamics of environmental processes; technology, planning, and management disciplines to develop and implement effective and efficient ... read more
Credit Status
Student Sustainability Educators Program Not Pursuing
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete
Student Group Complete
Organic Garden Complete
Model Room in a Residence Hall Complete
Themed Housing Complete
Sustainable Enterprise Complete
Sustainability Events Complete
Outdoors Program Complete
Themed Semester or Year Not Pursuing
The FIU Stars Team would like to thank those individuals that helped collect and review data for the curriculum section: Birgitta Rausch-Montoto, Elaine Pritzker, Ryan Vogel. And special thanks to our STARS Curriculum Working Group ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Course Identification Complete
Sustainability-Focused Courses Complete
Sustainability-Related Courses Complete
Sustainability Courses by Department Complete
Sustainability Learning Outcomes Complete
Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Graduate Program in Sustainability Complete
Sustainability Immersive Experience Complete
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Not Pursuing
Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Not Pursuing
FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with high research activity and a community-engaged university. Our annual research expenditures are in excess of $100 million and our deep commitment to engagement have made FIU ... read more
Credit Status
Sustainability Research Identification Complete
Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete
Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Complete
Sustainability Research Incentives Complete
Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Not Pursuing
According to FIU's greenhouse gas inventory, buildings account for almost half of FIU's carbon footprint. Buildings create a footprint due to the energy consumed to provide for functions like air conditioning, hot water heating, and ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete
The FIU STARS Team would like to thank ARAMARK - Panther Dining for their continued support of FIU's sustainability initiatives. We would like to thank Patricia Williams, in particular, for collecting and putting together the ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Trayless Dining Complete
Vegan Dining Complete
Trans-Fats Complete
Guidelines for Franchisees Complete
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Complete
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Not Pursuing
Food Donation Complete
Recycled Content Napkins Complete
Reusable Container Discounts Complete
Reusable To-Go Containers Complete

The FIU STARS team thanks Facilities Management for their help in collecting data for this report, especially to Marco Benitez and Michelle Geli for leading the compiling efforts!

Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Not Pursuing
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Timers for Temperature Control Complete
Lighting Sensors Complete
LED Lighting Complete
Vending Machine Sensors Complete
Energy Management System Complete
Energy Metering Complete
The FIU STARS Team would like to thank Ryan Vogel and Mark Salemi for their help in data collection for the grounds section. We would also like to acknowledge Julissa Castellanos for her efforts and ... read more
Credit Status
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Complete
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Complete
Snow and Ice Removal Not Applicable
Landscape Waste Composting Not Pursuing
The FIU STARS Team would like to thank Jimmy Carmenate, Joost Nuninga, and Janet Branch for their efforts in helping collect the data necessary for the computer and cleaning products purchasing credits. We would also ... read more
Credit Status
Computer Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Vendor Code of Conduct Not Pursuing
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete
Local Businesses Not Pursuing
The FIU STARS Team would like to thank the Department of Parking & Transportation for their support of FIU's sustainability initiatives, and we would like to acknowledge Lissette Hernandez and Brenda Dome for their help ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Bicycle Sharing Not Pursuing
Facilities for Bicyclists Not Pursuing
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Not Pursuing
Mass Transit Programs Complete
Condensed Work Week Complete
Telecommuting Complete
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Complete
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing
Local Housing Not Pursuing
Prohibiting Idling Not Pursuing
Car Sharing Complete
The FIU STARS Team thanks Joost Nuninga for his help in collecting the data necessary for this section. We would also like to thank all the staff at Housing Facilities, and Facilities Management Recycling & ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Reduction Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Not Pursuing
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Materials Exchange Complete
Limiting Printing Complete
Materials Online Complete
Chemical Reuse Inventory Complete
Move-In Waste Reduction Not Pursuing
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete
The FIU STARS Team thanks El Pagnier Hudson for her leadership of the Human Resources Division Team that put together the data for this section and the following section. HR Team: Phillip Hamilton, Gail Hansen, ... read more
Credit Status
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete
Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Complete
Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Complete
Support Programs for Future Faculty Complete
Affordability and Access Programs Complete
Gender Neutral Housing Complete
Employee Training Opportunities Complete
Student Training Opportunities Complete
Moving into the future, this is one area where FIU can make a big impact toward increasing it's score for a higher STARS rating. We will look to explore and develop opportunities to engage in ... read more
Credit Status
Committee on Investor Responsibility Not Pursuing
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing
Positive Sustainability Investments Not Pursuing
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Complete
Sustainable Investment Policy Not Pursuing
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing
In 2011, Florida International University received the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. Engagement is at the heart of an urban public research university. At FIU, faculty, staff and students work closely with community and global partners ... read more
Credit Status
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete
Community Service Participation Complete
Community Service Hours Complete
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Complete
Trademark Licensing Complete
Graduation Pledge Complete
Community Service on Transcripts Complete
Farmers' Market Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Not Pursuing

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