Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Carol Mullins
Sustainability Assessment Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that fall into the following categories?:
Yes or No
Active student groups focused on sustainability Yes
Gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems Yes
Student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes ---
Sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills No
Conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience Yes
Wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles Yes
Sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences Yes
Programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills Yes
Sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution Yes
Graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions No
Other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives ---

The name and a brief description of each student group focused on sustainability:

The Student Sustainability Council (SSC) of IUPUI serves as the student voice of all sustainability focused students, and shall connect and support the development of sustainability focused student organizations in an effort to develop a collaborative community of students at IUPUI.

Energy Club - this organization will have many purposes within the IUPUI and greater Indianapolis community. One is to expose and educate IUPUI students and the surrounding community to various ideas, research, education and careers available within the energy sector and associated fields. A second purpose would be to provide outreach to the local public schools to encourage youth in energy-related careers. Third, this organization would provide collaborative opportunities for students to work on group research projects related to alternative and renewable energy that may benefit the IUPUI campus, including the development of energy efficiency strategies and facilitating project submissions to national and international energy-related student competitions.

Cycling Club - Works to promote the cycling with in the Indianapolis area while building lifelong relationships

Campus Kitchen at IUPUI - Strengthen Bodies by using existing resources to meet hunger and nutritional needs in our community;Empower Minds by providing leadership and service learning opportunities to students, and educational benefits to adults, seniors, children and families in need; and Build Communities by fostering a new generation of community-minded adults through resourceful and mutually beneficial partnerships among students, social service agencies, businesses and schools.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) Student Council - We are an organization that advocates for the wants/needs of students of SPEA to better our programs. Our goal is to make great impact at IUPUI through our service as well as our drive to provide opportunities for growth. Also, we advocate for social and environmental issues.

Club Project Kids Network - The mission of Club PKN is to bring about sustainable change in children's lives and the communities they live in; both locally and globally. This will be accomplished through fundraising, donating, volunteering, and global outreach trips.

Brain Trust - The main goal of the Brain Trust at IUPUI is to provide an environment for students to bring ideas into action. They hope to bring students from very different backgrounds and disciplines together to focus on projects to improve and contribute to IUPUI.

Environmental Law Society - We are a an organization devoted to environmental law issues. We are an I.U McKinney Law School organization for law students interested in careers in the field of environmental law.

LGBTQ Student Alliance - The LGBTQ Student Alliance is IUPUI's undergraduate student organization dedicated to the advancement of the LGBTQ community. We are a community of students hosting open dialogue and a free exchange of ideas in regards to the LGBTQ+ community.

Black Student Union - The purpose of the Black Student Union shall be to bring about a union of university students, faculty, staff and alumni of similar high ideals of academic achievement, leadership, and community uplift in order: To stimulate the attainment of similar high ideals and achievement among members and nonmembers; To assist it’s members in the achievement of their academic and career goals; To encourage and foster programs of special interest to black students, IUPUI, and the black community; To cooperate with appropriate university administrators in the development of such programs; To operate in a progressive, helpful and constructive manner in the university and Indianapolis communities; To prepare its members for greater usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual

Multicultural Center - The MC serves as an advocate for the many multicultural populations in the IUPUI community and offers a variety of multicultural programming, education and support throughout the academic year.


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A brief description of gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems:

Growing vegetables and herbs in the middle of an urban campus is one way that IUPUI is trying to offset its environmental impact. The IUPUI Urban Gardens, created in 2010, produce sustainable and local agriculture using “green” gardening techniques like composting and organic pest control.

With two locations, (on the west side of the Science Building and across from the Center for Young Children), the gardens yield enough homegrown goodness to provide fresh organic produce and herbs to Indianapolis food pantries. A partnership also exists with Chartwells to offer the produce in the Campus Center Food Court.

All members of the IUPUI campus community are welcome to garden. https://www.facebook.com/iupuidigs


The website URL where information about the organic agriculture and/or sustainable food systems projects and initiatives is available:
A brief description of student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes:
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A brief description of the sustainable investment or finance initiatives:
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A brief description of conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

- Earth Month: featured a wide range of activities, including -Dumpster dive tradition, blends art and recycling, with information-laden events that highlight the benefits of environmentally friendly activity;

- Earth Month presentations: presentation by the Hoosier Environmental Council on “What Does the Indiana Legislature Have to Do With My Life?” Discussion of “The Path to a Sustainable Career: Change, Flexibility and Sustainability in Life and Business.”

- Business-SPEA building. A Pass the Mic event on environmental impact led by the Social Justice Education program.

- Forum titled “Earth in the Balance: Indy’s Efforts for a Sustainable Future” led by the SPEA Student Council and the Recycling Coalition.


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A brief description of cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience:

- Earth Month - art pieces from Herron School of Art students were put on display in Campus Center's Cultural Arts Gallery for Earth Month. These art pieces portrayed environmental issues or utilized recycled materials.
- "Community Engagement and Development Through the Arts” and it is led by arts administration faculty


The website URL where information about the cultural arts event(s) is available:
A brief description of wilderness or outdoors programs for students that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Outdoor Adventure Education
The goal for the Outdoor Adventure Education program would be to provide lifetime leisure, non-competitive activity, like backpacking, camping, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, and outdoor living/environmental awareness. The outcome of this program is to help establish coping skills necessary to succeed in complete their degree and augment their potential in the job market.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors program(s) is available:
A brief description of sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

- Campus Sustainability Week
- Earth Month
- SSC adopts a yearly theme for their organization to focus on
- IUPUI has campus-wide common theme. In 2009-2010, healthy economies, green economy, and sustainability and social justice was the inaugural theme.


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A brief description of program(s) through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

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A brief description of sustainability-focused student employment opportunities:

Tree Campus USA Intern
Campus Kitchen Director
Office of Sustainability Project Coordinator
Office of Sustainability Green Office Intern


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A brief description of graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions:
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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