Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.09
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date June 21, 2013
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
ER-T2-8: Themed Semester or Year

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.25 / 0.25 Keith Bryan
Sustainability Assessment Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution chosen a sustainability-related theme for its themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the past three years?:

A brief description of the themed semester, year, or first-year experience:

Consuming Well for the Wealth of Communities, from IUPUI to the World
Can we have a conversation about how we consume and what we want?

The inaugural Common Theme asks this question and invites IUPUI students, staff and faculty and the broader community to a two-year discussion about the consequences of our consumption and the healthier, greener and more sustainable communities we might build here in Indiana and around the world.

Two simple but profound ideas motivate this conversation:

Consuming Well: The very idea that there are better and worse ways to consume is controversial. But this is a conversation worth having, free from the sound bites of ordinary politics. People from across the political spectrum are invited to work together to learn about the impact of our current consumption on the health of our communities and the prospects for building the green businesses, jobs, and infrastructure of an alternative energy economy.

Wealth of Communities: As Hoosiers join to rethink, rebuild and reinvest in the economy, it's worth remembering that the wealth of our communities includes more than economic wealth. Identifying and supporting the common wealth of green spaces, cultural diversity, good jobs, scientific research, artistic creativity, walkable streets, natural beauty, local food, and all of the other wealth in our communities is a second goal of this inaugural Common Theme.

The sustainability-related book that was chosen, if applicable:
Colin Beavan’s "No Impact Man"

The website URL where information about the theme is available:

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