Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.61
Liaison Makayla Bonney
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2020

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 2.00 Anisa Valenzuela
Sustainability Specialist
Sustain IU
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Does the institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

Sustain IU News is a monthly e-newsletter with a distribution of more than 3000 faculty, staff, students and community partners. With an open rate of 30%, our e-communication highlights current projects and accomplishments relating to sustainability, news articles, upcoming events, and direct ways for readers to take action on campus--and off.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

The Union Street Center (Cedar Hall) has a large sign detailing the green building features of the building designed (which was designed to LEED Silver standards). The Indiana Memorial Union also features signage about ongoing efforts to improve sustainability in operations and maintenance of the existing building.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Healthy IU has created walking maps for all regional campuses, including IUB. these maps feature four 2,000-step, one-mile walking loops on the IU Bloomington campus, which include: The Arboretum Art Trail, the Shaded Wilderness Trail, the Red Brick Trail and the Woodlawn Loop Trail.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

IU does not produce a formal 'green living guide' document, however, sustainable living practices are communicated and encouraged in the following ways:

The Sustain IU website features information about energy usage, environmental quality, alternative transportation, recycling, water conservation, sustainable food, green cleaning, educational opportunities, and getting involved. The take action section of our site highlights steps that can be taken in the next: 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months.

Sustain IU's First Year Experience collaborations and past intern initiatives have included sustainability themed content during new student orientation and month long sustainability awareness campaigns across residence halls. Behavior change campaigns have included both student led initiatives during Earth Month / self chosen timeframes as well as campaigns in partnership with EcoReps and the campus wide Energy Challenge programs.

This most recent academic year has introduced IU's first sustainability themed living-learning program with the new SustainCollins program. As a partnership between the Collins Living Learning Center, the Integrated Program in the Environment, and Sustain IU, the program is open to students of all majors for its inaugural year. The group of students are provided the opportunity to live with like-minded students, involvement in a year long Student Sustainability Project, are asked to complete some environmentally themed service and seminar requirements, and have direct access to IU sustainability staff and other resources/programming. The floor website is available below:

In past years, Sustain IU has administered a Green Room certification for on campus residents.

The Residential Programs and Services website has a Sustainability section, outlining what RPS is doing to conserve resources and what residents can do. https://rps.indiana.edu/about/index.html

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

In addition to this, our site features a resource section dedicated to outside links. This portion of our site is continuously being updated from feedback we receive from visitors of additional information to add.

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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