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)
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Carol Mullins
Sustainability Assessment Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability consists of two full-time staff members and 4-6 student interns at any given time. The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is dedicated to creating a culture of campus sustainability, to making IUPUI a place where faculty, students, and staff are engaged in research, teaching, and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices.

In 2014, the Office and its committees established a strategic plan for 2014-2016: https://sustainability.iupui.edu/about.asp#strategic-plan

More sustainability successes can be found at sustainability.iupui.edu.


Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

As stewards of the IUPUI campus and of all its resources, we recognize the interdependence of humans with the environment. We must apply thoughtful and creative planning to achieve a thriving campus community built on the principles of sustainability. We must foster conservation, protection and enhancement of natural resources through campus policy and personal behavior. We must promote a common agenda for IUPUI as a green campus. We must preserve and enhance the quality of life for our campus community and future generations in ways that enhance teaching and learning, research, civic engagement and administrative practices.

Leadership Commitment and Measures. We will offer the leadership and planning needed to carry out these principles. We will establish goals, objectives, and indicators; select priority projects; conduct an annual self-evaluation of progress through established campus reporting; and produce a campus-wide report.

Recycling and Waste Reduction. We will work to raise the environmental consciousness of the IUPUI community. The subcommittee advocates programs that promote environmentally sound purchasing practices as well as reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste materials. Learn more about recycling initiatives.

Land, Air, and Water Management. We value and conserve natural resources and will seek to preserve and sustainably use air, water, and land. We will protect and conserve nonrenewable natural resources through efficient use, careful planning, collaborative land management programs, and regulatory compliance. We will minimize use of substances that may cause environmental damage to the air, water, land, or its inhabitants and seek alternative substances that are more environmentally friendly. We will safeguard habitats affected by our facilities and operations and promote biological diversity, especially on and near the public lands we manage. We will conserve and increase greenspace through comprehensive planning. Learn more about land, air, and water management initiatives.

Energy Use. We will conserve energy and improve the energy efficiency of our buildings, vehicles, and equipment as well as the goods and services we use. Learn more about energy conservation initiatives.

Purchasing Products and Services. We will pool our knowledge and resources to buy green products and services where possible and work to adopt joint purchasing practices. We will work with our suppliers to adopt sustainable approaches and solutions. We will partner to create a stronger market for environmentally friendly and regionally produced products and services. Learn more about green products and services.

Design and Management of the Built Environment. We will try to design, build, restore, and manage our facilities and grounds using sustainable materials and practices. We will implement the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system or an equivalent rating when possible. Total life cycle costs, energy use, and environmental impact are factors that will influence material selection and practices. Learn more about the built environment initiatives.

Public Health. We will work to raise awareness about how the environment affects individual and community health. We will monitor our policies and practices to see if they might cause environmental and occupational hazards. When potential risks are identified, we will seek solutions. Learn more about public health initiatives.

Education. Through education, we will develop and support environmentally aware and engaged students, faculty, staff, and community members. We will collaborate with the campus community to implement these principles. We will work with academic units to enhance and expand the teaching of sustainability.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Steering Committee:
Jessica Davis, Staff, IUPUI Sustainability
Deb Ferguson, Staff, IUPUI Sustainability
Jordan Sewell, Student, Student Sustainability Council President
Dr. Stephen Jay, Faculty Emeritus, Public Health
Patty Hollingsworth, Staff, Healthy IU
Bill Brown, Staff, IU Sustainability
Angie Hill, Staff, IUPUI Auxiliary Services
Josh Skillman, Staff, Housing and Residence Life
John Kamman, Staff, Campus Facility Services
Dr. Peter Schubert, Faculty, Engineering
Rob Halter, Staff, Purchasing
Pat Fox, Faculty, Engineering
Jeff Paine, Faculty, SPEA
Phil Goff, Faculty, Center for Religious Studies
Jennifer Boehm, Staff, Office of Community Engagement
Gabrielle Bovenzi, Staff, Finance and Administration
Kevin Mouser, Staff, Environmental Health and Safety
Cortnee Martin, Staff, SPEA


The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is dedicated to creating a culture of campus sustainability, to making IUPUI a place where faculty, students, and staff are engaged in research, teaching, and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices.

We strive to be a leader among higher education institutions in this arena as well as a national model for urban sustainability in both academic offerings and campus operations.

We are committed to creating a campus and community that is engaged in the practice of urban sustainability. We promote education and action through programs of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, applied environmental science and policy research, environmental literacy and community outreach.

We coordinate most campus sustainability efforts, from recycling programs and the urban garden to energy conservation efforts and degrees, internships, and community partners.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:
Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Jessica Davis - Director, IUPUI Sustainability & Deb Ferguson, Asst Director - IUPUI Sustainability

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Jessica Davis - Catalyzing sustainability initiatives in academic programs and campus operations across IUPUI; securing funding; representing and advocating sustainability at IUPUI and in Indianapolis; managing interns

Deb Ferguson - Providing operational and financial support for running Campus Kitchen at IUPUI; representing and advocating sustainability at IUPUI and in Indianapolis; managing interns; providing programmatic support


The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability has numerous councils and members. We have listed only the steering council. Other councils and members may be found at the IUPUI Sustainability website.

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