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

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Tanjimul Alam
Sustainability Programs Assistant
Sustain IU
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education 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).

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education 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. IU also coordinates a network of sustainability stakeholders from the nine Indiana University system campuses across the state with annual IU Statewide Sustainability Summit events and monthly conference calls. The Indiana Sustainability Development Program is also expanding a network between IU campuses and organizations/municipalities throughout Indiana as the program connects IU students to summer sustainability focused externship roles statewide.

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

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

At the 2019 AASHE conference in Spokane, Indiana University system attendee figures reached the mid-20s including 5 sustainability office staff, 2 academics/residential programs staff, and 4 students from the Bloomington (IUB) campus. Faculty, staff, and students from 4 other IU campuses (IUPUI, IUSB, IUE, IUSE) made up an impressive total IU presence this year spanning:

Full session presentations:
IUB Building Bridges through Reuse
IUB Planning for Zero Waste and Beyond
IUB Living Labs that Integrate Sustainability Education, Community Engagement & Workforce Development
IUSB Catalyzing Careers in Sustainability: Benefits of Community Engaged Course Design

Student summit presentations:
IUB Big Red Eats Green: Empowering Students to Engage in their University Food System
IUB Implementing Experiential Education to Change Food Culture in Non-Land Grant Universities

Student/campus posters:
IUB Outdoor Waste Receptacle Removal: A Creative Approach to Waste Management IUPUI Implementing a Better Deskside Recycling System
IUPUI Engaging Students in Sustainability
IUPUI The Energy Challenge at IUPUI
IUSE Sustainability Misconceptions in Higher Education: How AASHE STARS Reporting May Drive Innovation

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

Some presentation/poster content for the AASHE conference fall somewhat into this space but were not specifically submitted in case study/award programs.

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

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

Members of IU are also engaged with the Indiana Recycling Coalition and Indiana Chapter of USGBC.

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 other in-state colleagues with their sustainability initiatives (such as Depauw University, Indiana State University, Butler University, Franklin College, University of Southern Indiana) in the role of peer mentor, free consultant, and/or providing speakers over the years. IUB regularly collaborates with other institutions in our local and regional networks and is active in a leadership role among the 9 IU campuses statewide through monthly calls and organizing/co-hosting summits. Beyond the state, IU has provided feedback and resources to institutions (such as Bennington College on their sustainability tracking process) and communications with fellow Big 10 universities and others nationwide takes place frequently through AASHE resources/platforms. Former IU sustainability interns and ISDP program externs have also taken on a variety of higher ed roles (including Oberlin College, Butler University, Utah State, and Penn State) and these relations provide ongoing connections/communications.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Sustain IU staff coach and advise regional IU campuses in their STARS submissions.

A brief description of other inter-campus 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.

IU Sustainability staff attended a Midwest Higher Education Consortium workshop on aggregate renewable purchasing for universities in the midwest.

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


2019 Midwest Landscape Architects and Grounds Managers Conference: “Building Relationships” was held and hosted by Landscape Services team at IU Bloomington

The Sustainable Food Summit NA event was attended by IU's Assistant Director of Sustainability, Director of IU Dining, and Director of the IU Food Institute in the past year.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
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