Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.01
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bill Brown
Director of Sustainability
Office of sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Indiana University Bloomington is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and University Director of Sustainability, Bill Brown, has served as an elected officer on the board of AASHE and on the STARS Steering Committee.

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

IU Bloomington collaborates with peer institutions as a member of Big 10 and Friends Environmental Stewardship Council, Big 10 Sustainability Directors, and Indiana Green Campus Network organizations. We also coordinate a network of sustainability stakeholders for our seven Indiana University campuses and are starting an Indiana Sustainability Development Program, which will network Indiana sustainability organizations, professionals, and students.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

At the 2016 AASHE Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, IUB Associate Director of Sustainability, Andrew Predmore, and student intern, Zoe Need, presented a session titled "When Academic Engagement Improves University Operations: IU Bloomington’s Tree Inventory". Andrew Predmore also presented on "Elevating Sustainability through Undergraduate Research at Indiana University: Program Design and Learning Outcomes".

Prior to this, IU Office of Sustainability staff have presented at local, state and national sustainability conferences and have been active participants in organizing inter-campus collaborations for AASHE, the Greening of Campuses Conferences at Ball State University, Big Ten and Friends Sustainability Group, the Indiana Green Campuses Network and the Mid America Prosperity and Security Economic Development Cluster (which recognizes that our future prosperity and security depend on sustainability and resilience). The University Director of Sustainability and the co-chair of IUB's Campus Sustainability Advisory Board have both presented IU's sustainability work at regional conferences of GLACUHO, NACUBO and NAEP. Indiana University makes resources public through the Office of Sustainability website, which is available for other institutions.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

IU Director of Sustainability, Bill Brown, has served on the AASHE Executive Board and on the STARS Steering Committee within the last three years. He also currently serves on the board of the Higher Education Cleantech Consortium.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

IU Bloomington has assisted Depauw University, Indiana State University, Butler University, Franklin College, University of Southern Indiana and other in-state colleagues with their sustainability initiatives in the role of peer mentor or free consultant or speaker over the years. Former Indiana University Bloomington sustainability interns have gone on to careers as sustainability coordinators at Oberlin College, Butler University, and Utah State and we mentor them and invite them to mentor us as well! We have also assisted other IU campuses through on-campus visits and organize an annual Statewide Sustainability Summit where best practices are shared. We regularly collaborate with other institutions in our local and regional networks.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

IU Bloomington has assisted with the Big Ten and Friends development of metrics and strategic planning and we are piloting Common Ground initiatives in collaboration with other Common Ground institutions. IU Bloomington is also a charter member of the Higher Education Cleantech Consortium.

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