Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.55
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Jan. 18, 2024

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Bloomington
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Kelsey Beal
Sustainbility Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:

IU Bloomington 2030 (https://iub2030.indiana.edu/about/index.html) has three focus areas:



  1. Student Success and Opportunity

  2. Transformative Research and Creativity

  3. Service to Our State and Beyond


 


Transformative Research and Creativity
Link: https://iub2030.indiana.edu/plan/research/index.html 


Goal 1: Accelerate Translational Research and Creative Activity



  • Transformational areas of research. Increase large-scale external grant funding in high-priority transformative research areas. Near-term priorities include:

    • Improve the health and well-being of older adults through expansion of IU’s nationally recognized programs in aging research.

    • Address complex problems and improve the human experience by building on our expertise in artificial intelligence.

    • Harness the power of quantum technology for advancing discoveries in new materials, information science and cybersecurity.

    • Prevent human disease and preserve our treasured natural resources through environmental health initiatives.




Metrics
Primary 



  • Increase the number of faculty receiving awards, fellowships and memberships in the National Research Council list of highly prestigious awards to the top 50% of AAU public universities. 

  • Increase externally sponsored funding for research to $250 million annually. 

  • Increase percentage of research-eligible faculty with external research funding to 50%. 


Secondary



  • Maintain the number of books published to remain in the top 25% of AAU public universities. 
    Increase the number of peer-reviewed, published articles to the top 50% of AAU public universities. 

  • Increase Scholarly Research Index (SRI) per faculty to the top 50% of AAU public universities. 

  • Increase citation count to the top 50% of AAU public universities. 

  • Increase the number of large external grants (over $5 million per year) by 200%.

  • Increase sponsored research support from foundations, industry and government contracts by 50%. 

  • Generate at least two $25 million+ “big idea” philanthropic gifts for research/creative activity. 
    Increase the number of research-rank academic appointees who are supported by extramural funding. 


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:

IU Bloomington 2030 (https://iub2030.indiana.edu/about/index.html) has three focus areas:



  1. Student Success and Opportunity

  2. Transformative Research and Creativity

  3. Service to Our State and Beyond


Service to Our State and Beyond
Link: https://iub2030.indiana.edu/plan/service/index.html 


Goal 2: Community Collaboration Address state needs



  • Address state needs. Develop a campuswide infrastructure to quickly mobilize IUB’s assets to respond to needs in the state of Indiana, with an initial focus on improving outcomes in:

    • health and wellness, including mental health and health disparities.

    • P-12 education.

    • environmental health, sustainability, and community resilience.

    • rural community development (e.g., capacity building, leadership development, quality of place, arts and culture).




Metrics
Primary



  • Increase the number of partnerships with state and local entities focused on health, P-12 education, environmental sustainability and rural community development.

  • Increase the number of student volunteer hours completed in Indiana.


Secondary



  • Increase the number of faculty experts engaged by federal, state and local governments and participating in agencies and commissions, hearings and other formal proceedings affecting law, policy and practice.

  • Increase the number of educational, research and service projects abroad that leverage the IU Global Gateway network year to year.

  • Increase the number of international development extramural grants that support capacity-building projects around the world.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Indiana University’s Climate Action Plan (https://cpf.iu.edu/climate-action/doc/Indiana%20Univ%20Climate%20Action%20Plan%202023.pdf), establishes a pathway for IU to achieve scope 1 and 2 carbon neutrality by 2040 by reducing direct emissions from university-owned or -controlled sources, and indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, heating and cooling. 


The IU Bloomington Campus Master Plan (https://cpf.iu.edu/capital-projects/master-plans/iub-master-plan.html) has sustainability themes addressed throughout the plan and is provided several sections within the master plan including sections such as: sustainable facility growth including parking, food production, electrical systems, native plants/trees health, buildings, renovation, and materials/design, adequate resource availability and management language, and AASHE STARS considerations. A full Sustainable Planning section with 4 highlighted principles describes several broad goals and lists recommendations related to the following planning principles: 1. Adopt environmentally sensitive land use practices. 2. Move toward a carbon-neutral campus. 3. Ensure a range of transportation options. 4. Plan for innovative sustainable buildings and landscapes.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

IU Bloomington 2030 (https://iub2030.indiana.edu/about/index.html) has three focus areas:



  1. Student Success and Opportunity

  2. Transformative Research and Creativity

  3. Service to Our State and Beyond


Student Success and Opportunity
Link: https://iub2030.indiana.edu/plan/student-success/index.html 

Goal 3: Inclusion, Wellness, and Student Support



  • Support framework. Create and implement a comprehensive student support framework that includes components in academic, health, well-being and student-life issues.

  • Policy revision. Review, update and continually assess student policies and processes (including but not limited to academic integrity, academic probation, behavioral conduct, withdrawal, admission and financial aid) to ensure they are equitable throughout the campus and that factors related to identity, income, ability or first-generation status do not pose barriers to success.

  • Inclusion and belonging. Create and implement a new model for inclusion and belonging services— including student organization support, campus cultural centers and cultural competency training—to balance the need to create a deeper sense of shared community while also providing supportive spaces for individual needs.

  • Cultural competency. Intentionally incorporate intercultural competency principles into both curricular and cocurricular experiences.

  • Engagement. Increase and continually assess the quality of student engagement in campus life and cocurricular learning by leveraging IU’s strong arts, culture, student activity, recreation and athletic assets.


Metrics


Primary



  • Reduce equity gaps in all key student success metrics (four- and six-year graduation rates, retention, percentage of students on academic probation) between identified cohorts and overall IUB population.

  • Through fundraising, increase the number of endowed scholarships for low-income and first-generation students.


Secondary



  • Improve sense-of-belonging measures and climate assessment measures, using National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) or other climate survey tools.

  • Increase student participation in campus life and cocurricular activities.

  • Increase participation in and satisfaction with peer mentoring programs.

  • Improve holistic wellness and wraparound services using point-of-service, satisfaction and assessment tools.

  • Expansion/Increase of degree pathways including intentional and meaningful opportunities to engage with faculty and staff.


 


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
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The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following?:
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
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A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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