Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.14
Liaison Andrew Predmore
Submission Date March 2, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

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

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?:
Yes

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? :
Yes

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

At the 2017 AASHE conference in San Antonio, Assistant Director of Sustainability Makayla Bonney collaborated with other sustainability professionals from six other campuses entitled, "Rookies, Newbies, Inbetweenies, Imposters: Navigating Newness and Isolation in Campus Sustainability." At the same conference, undergraduate student Zoe Need and Dr. Heather Reynolds (Biology) presented on urban restoration.

At the 2017 Common Ground Chicago meeting, Bloomington Director of Sustainability Andrew Predmore presented on lessons learned from "leading from the middle" and the intersection of dual operating systems on the Bloomington campus.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :
No

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

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

University Director of Sustainability, Bill Brown currently serves on the board of the Higher Education Cleantech Consortium.

Locally, Bloomington Director of Sustainability Andrew Predmore serves on the Bloomington Sustainability Commission and Bloomington Assistant Director of Sustainability Makayla Bonney serves on the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District Citizen Action Committee.


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?:
Yes

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. Beyond Indiana, IU has provided feedback to Bennington College on their sustainability tracking process.

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?:
No

A brief description of the peer review activities:
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Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :
Yes

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.

At time of submission, plans are in place for IU Sustainability staff attend a Midwest Higher Education Consortium workshop on aggregate renewable purchasing for universities in the midwest.

Director of RPS Dining Rahul Shrivastav maintains a mentorship or collaborative relationship with the dining managers of Big 10 institutions and shares best practices on the Real Food Challenge and sustainable dining.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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