|Submission Date||Oct. 31, 2019|
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory
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Office of Sustainability
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Air & Climate?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Air & Climate:
"The IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Science (""CEES"") was established by the Department of Earth Sciences and named an IUPUI Campus Signature Center, an initiative of the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Research at IUPUI. CEES is also sponsored within IUPUI by the IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences and the School of Science.
An Urban Environmental Center
Applied environmental research is important in bringing solutions to critical problems and gives CEES its uniqueness. Research and outreach programs are focused in central Indiana with local, state, national, and international collaborations and implications. Activities include the following core areas:
Research and Restoration
Research initiatives cross traditional science boundaries and facilitate science-based decision making. We also strive to help IUPUI researchers use the local environment in their basic research interests.
• Water Resource Evaluation and Watershed Management
• Stream and Wetland Assessment and Restoration
• Assessment of Environmental Constituents
• Environmental Data Management, Modeling, and Visualization
Environmental Science Education
Educational programs are discovery based and make science real and relevant. In addition to serving our community, they also provide opportunities for IUPUI students to get involved in science education and provide a living-laboratory for STEM education research.
• Environmental Education Resources
• Discovering the Science of the Environment
• K-12 Teacher Workshops and Support
• Practical engagement experiences for undergraduates interested in the environment and science education
• Continuing Education Workshops for Environmental Professional
Public Service, service learning and community engagement through restoration and environmental stewardship
Our public service programs immerse participants in experiential projects that address current environmental issues and improve natural areas in central Indiana. CEES provides service learning opportunities and partnerships with various city and state agencies and nonprofit organizations.
• Stewardship Activities for Students, Corporate Volunteers, and the Community
• Environmental Data Production and Dissemination
Ecosystem Restoration at CEES
• Restoration Overview
• Lilly Arbor
o Urban Floodplain Restoration
o Project Planning
o Experimental Design
o Data, Maps, and Images
• Pleasant Run
• Ritchey Woods
• Crooked Creek
• Goose Pond
• Pogue's Run
• Southwestway Park
The Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI provides IUPUI students (two undergraduates) a mentorship in service learning. These positions are funded through a grant from the Center for Service and Learning and require an average time comittment of 10 hours per week. Service learning assistants (SLAs) work alongside CEES staff and community partners, delivering science education in a variety of community parks and gardens. SLAs also assist with research and report writing associated with the service learning program, as well as other field and laboratory research at CEES.
In Spring 2016, a SPEA Graduate Capstone Project was conducted to complete an IUPUI Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Assessment. Goals and expected deliverables of the proposed project: 1. At minimum: Emissions inventory for Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions at IUPUI.
2. At minimum: Campus-wide survey on awareness, knowledge, and attitudes towards carbon-based problems, particularly climate change, and the desire to see university change or more university involvement in this issue.
2. Desired: Suggestions for reduction of GHG emissions whether through altering university practices or purchase of carbon-offsets.
3. Desired, but not required: Emissions inventory for Scope 3 GHG emissions and suggestions for reduction of GHG emissions in this category.
The 2016 SPEA Capstone Ghg Assessment is being utilized as a guide for an updated 2019 Ghg report.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Buildings?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Buildings:
Fall 2019: SPEA Capstone Project:Sustainable Building Operations at IUPUI. This project seeks to benchmark current IUPUI building operation and maintenance practices against third-party, sustainable practices like LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) O+M (operations + maintenance) practices and make recommendations to improve operations in pursuit of LEED O+M certification for all or select campus buildings.
Primary Goals: 1. Compare current IUPUI O+M practices with LEED O+M practices
2. Make recommendations for changes to IUPUI’s O+M practices to achieve LEED O+M certification for all or select buildings
3. If LEED O+M certification is not feasible, make recommendations for changes to IUPUI’s O+M practices in the areas of: (a) indoor air quality management, (b) green cleaning policy, (c) energy management/benchmarking and (d) water management/benchmarking
Innovation Hall (formerly Multidisciplinary Research and Classroom Building)
Campus IUPUI Completion date June 2020 Project type Major New Building/Expansion Primary use Academic
PROJECT BUDGET $44,000,000
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This project will construct a new, approximately 100,000-gross square foot facility to address growing instructional and research needs of programs in the School of Science, the School of Engineering and Technology, and the School of Informatics and Computing. State-of-the-art interdisciplinary research and lab spaces, as well as modernized classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, and support areas will be included. The new building helps to provide for the future of education in the vitally important STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- fields that increase the base of highly skilled workers who meet state and national needs in a wide variety of industries. "What makes IUPUI and the School of Science special is that here students get not only an outstanding classroom experience, but they can do real research and outreach for their entire university career," Dean Simon Rhodes said. "Innovation Hall will be a critical component in helping the School of Science continue its mission in discovering new knowledge and in educating the workforce of the future, especially for the State of Indiana."
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Energy?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Energy:
The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) conducts energy audits of on-campus and off-campus buildings and provides energy efficiency recommendations back to the respective client. The Industrial Assessment Center at IUPUI is dedicated to helping companies save money while also reducing their environmental impact and training the next generation of energy efficiency engineers and professionals. In 2017-2018, the IAC provided assessments of the IUPUI University Library and the IUPUI Campus Center in preparation of the inaugural IUPUI Energy Challenge. Campus Facility Services utilized the IAC assessment report to implement energy efficiency savings in the respective buildings.
The IUPUI Office of Sustainability hires an Energy Intern. The Energy Intern is responsible for enhancing and managing the campus’ Energy Challenge program. The IUPUI Energy Challenge is an energy efficiency competition aimed at engaging the campus community in energy & water education and reduction. The vision of the IUPUI Energy Challenge is to reduce the carbon footprint and encourage a culture of understanding the impact of energy conservation. The IUPUI Energy Challenge aims to deepen campus consciousness of utility conservation, improve our STARS rating, and make positive, physical contributions to the efficient utilization of our campus facilities. The Energy Intern will provide educational seminars and engaging awareness events for the respective building occupants. They will work closely with Campus Facility Services and the Industrial Assessment Center to develop a solid building utility portfolio through energy audits and customized efficiency plans for each building and the building occupants. The energy intern tasks will consist of developing energy efficiency education and outreach opportunities for the campus community; conducting assessments of the energy challenge program to determine its level of success; expanding the energy challenge program; collaborating with Housing and Residence Life to educate residential students about energy and water utilization; expanding the analysis of IUPUI’s GHGs; assisting Sustainability with annual STARS reporting.
A Sustainable Energy Analysis education program is provided through the the IUPUI Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES). Description: Students investigate the concept of globally and locally sustainable energy by examining electric energy consumption and renewable (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, and wave/tidal) and nonrenewable (coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear) energyresources. Using a given criteria, students calculate their school’s electric energy consumption and predict the feasibility of using on-site renewable energy resources to meet a portion of the calculated electric energy consumption. Using GPS units, Vernier LabQuest scientific handhelds, light sensors, anemometers, and forestry calipers, the students collect site location, wind, solar and biomass data measurements at different locations around their school grounds. Data measurements are compiled on a large school ground map, analyzed, and conclusions are drawn about the practicality of utilizing sustainable energy resources.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Food & Dining?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Food & Dining:
IUPUI Food Services has partnered with Healthy IU, Office of Sustainability, and University College to bring a farmers market to IUPUI. The on campus fresh produce market is held monthly and includes chef demonstrations, recipes and prepared kits on local food items from IUPUI’s Urban Gardens and the Fresh Produce Market inventory. The IUPUI Urban Gardens are managed and run by a student garden manager, garden assistant and volunteers, and the harvest is also provided to our on campus food pantry, Paws' Pantry and our Food Rescue program, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI.
The Urban Garden Manager will have knowledge and experience in the areas of urban organic gardening. The Garden Manager will coordinate production and harvest of produce grown in the two IUPUI Urban Gardens for use by IUPUI Food Services, The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, PAWS Pantry and the monthly IUPUI Fresh Produce Market. The Garden Manager will coordinate volunteer activities and be available to mentor IUPUI students in the art and science of urban and organic gardening.
The Garden Manager serves as the gardening liaison for IUPUI Sustainability and local food initiatives. The Manager will support fresh, local food procurement for the Campus Kitchen through provision of produce grown on campus as well as potential off campus sites, in areas to be determined. The Garden Manager will do research on new gardening endeavors, service opportunities, and educational efforts for IUPUI with a goal of increasing student and community involvement.
An IUPUI course on Urban & Suburban Gardening, Biology N225, is offered biannually and utilizes the on campus Garden sites to provide hands on experiential learning. This course is aimed at teaching college students basic botany and principles of gardening. The course will cultivate enthusiasm in the students, who will become knowledgeable gardeners and attract their
peers and their children to get more involved in the sustainable practice of gardening.
The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) is a student-powered food rescue initiative that fights hunger in Indianapolis. CKIUPUI empowers students to implement innovative models aimed at combating hunger, developing sustainable food systems, and meeting the needs of the local communities we serve. CKIUPUI has three operational focuses to help them meet their mission: •Recovery of quality, unused food from IUPUI Food Services, IUPUI’s campus gardens, community partners, and other venues.•Repurpose rescued and harvested food into nutritious meals • Serve meals to those in the Indianapolis community experiencing food insecurity, poverty and/or homelessness. CKIUPUI is led by a Student Leadership Team and administered through the IUPUI Office of Sustainability.
Paws’ Pantry provides assistance to all IUPUI students, faculty, and staff and is located on the first floor of the Campus Center. Paws’ Pantry student chairs and volunteers work to educate the campus community on issues of hunger while advocating for those who experience food insecurity. Paws’ Pantry provides non-perishables, fresh produce, fresh bread, frozen meals, household items, and hygiene products.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Grounds?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Grounds:
IUPUI's Office of Sustainability and Campus Facility Services have created a Campus Tree Advisory Committee to participate in the Tree Campus USA program. Tree Campus USA colleges and universities strive to engage their student body as well as their broader community to establish and sustain healthy community forests for the benefit of current and future residents.
There are five standards that must be met for Tree Campus USA recognition:
Campus Tree Advisory Committee, Campus Tree Care Plan, Campus Tree Program with Dedicated Annual Expenditures, Arbor Day Observance, Service Learning Project
IUPUI has been named a Tree Campus USA every year since 2012.
We hire a student Sustainable Landscape Intern to assist IUPUI Sustainability and IUPUI Campus Facility Services (CFS) Grounds team in strengthening IUPUI’s commitment to sustainable landscape practices and connecting the IUPUI community to our campus’ green spaces by enhancing public spaces; empowering students, faculty, and staff to beautify IUPUI; and implementing best sustainable landscape practices. The intern is developing a campus Sustainability Map in GIS and is also developing a GIS Native Plant Care & Maintenance tool for the IUPUI Grounds Staff.
In 2018-2019 a SPEA Graduate Capstone project was completed on developing an on-campus High Performance Landscape Assessment. A high performance landscape (HPL) is described as “landscapes that can perform many functions at once…must provide cleaner air, a cooler environment and sinks for stormwater, in addition to more opportunities for healthy activities including more extensive walking and biking.” Recommendations were made as a set of criteria and corresponding metrics that would be most relevant for ascertaining high-performing landscapes on educational campuses such as IUPUI. The triple bottom line concept of sustainability – environmental, economic and social – was employed as a guide in the criteria and metrics selection. In addition to the educational context for defining the criteria, the variables are performance-focused as IUPUI landscape projects are largely already established. However, the variables can still be used to inform future design practices. The proposal and recommendations were shared with the IU Capital Planning, Landscape Architects for consideration and development of future landscape design.
The Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) will be offering service learning experiences that collect data for IUPUI's biodiversity assessment, as well as updating the campus' tree canopy data.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Purchasing?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Purchasing:
IU Procurement is administered centrally for all IU campuses. Sustain IU has a Sustainability Intern focused on Sustainable Technology + Procurement: Over the past few years, the Sustainable Technology and Procurement Working Group has extended its reach from department-oriented projects (printing, e-waste and power use) to more University Administration and student move-in focused issues. Our goal for this coming year is to explore ways to intervene in IU’s supply chain with ecological, just, and economical solutions to IU’s day-to-day product needs. This may include garnering administrative support for sustainable procurement, investigating end-user interventions, exploring contract negotiations for sustainable purchasing, and effective project management and planning support for all items listed above. This intern will be responsible for setting Working Group meeting agendas with the group’s co-chairs, leading monthly meetings, and tracking progress in a work plan. Additional responsibilities might include helping to organize public events such as documentary film screenings and investigating procurement incentives for Green Lab equipment.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Transportation?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Transportation:
The Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI) is a collaborative University, Industry, and Government consortium to facilitate research, development, evaluation and assessment of transportation active safety systems. As a cross- campus research center, faculty members from more than 10 departments and schools at IUPUI, Indiana University Bloomington, and Purdue University West Lafayette are involved in TASI’s research activities. TASI’s main activities are: Vehicle testing and evaluation, Human Factors in active safety systems, Crash data analysis and risk benefit analysis, Scientific research on automation of selected driving functions, Crash prevention technologies, Connected vehicles
Faculty and students in the Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI) within the School of Engineering and Technology were featured in the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet show aired on May 21st, 2015 for their world’s advanced pedestrian crash mannequin system. This system can be used for testing and evaluation of pedestrian pre-collision systems for vehicle emergency braking systems and self-driving cars. The Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI) developed and delivered the world’s first advanced articulated mannequin system to the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Vehicle Research and Testing Center for mannequin technology evaluation for
standardized tests. One of TASI’s sponsors Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center has also acquired TASI’s pedestrian mannequin system for their research and development efforts. http://www.tasi.iupui.edu/
Fall 2019, IUPUI Sustainability and IUPUI Parking & Transportation will be hiring a Sustainable Transportation Intern. The Sustainable Transportation Intern will be responsible for enhancing and communicating IUPUI’s alternative transportation options – walking, biking, mass transit, JagLine, car share, electric scooters, EV parking, etc. Working alongside IUPUI Parking and Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Manager, assisting with ongoing projects, including data collection and interpretation, research on best alternative transportation practices, engagement and awareness campaigns, and the like. The Sustainable Transportation Intern will report to both IUPUI Sustainability and IUPUI Parking and Transportation, and their position will offer them the opportunity to research and employ best practices at the intersection of sustainability and transportation in a hands-on, meaningful way.
In 2018, a Greening IUPUI grant was awarded to the Campus Center and Student Experiences Division of Student Life for JagPass: IUPUI's Public Transit Education Program. The funding supports 2 student interns to develop and implement JagPass, a program focused on educating students about their options for public transit within the city of Indianapolis, including IndyGo
buses, Pacers BikeShare, carpooling, and more. Through monthly programs and educational presentations, students will become more familiar with the 'how and why' of using public transit and alternative transportation options.
Fall, 2019 Students enrolled in the SPEA 222: Principles of Sustainability course will be collecting baseline bike data on campus to inform the creation of a Bike Master Plan for IUPUI
O'Neill SPEA Capstone Project for Agency: IUPUI Parking and Transportation Services In an effort to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use on campus, IUPUI Parking and Transportation Services asked the Capstone group to assess transportation alternatives for IUPUI students, staff and faculty. The group reviewed IUPUI’s Master Plan, surveyed the campus population to determine transportation needs, completed both transit and land use analyses, assessed transportation alternatives, and made recommendations. Those included an automated people mover, carpooling, transit use, and bicycle use. The group also suggested ways to fund and expand those options.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Waste?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Waste:
The IUPUI Office of Sustainability hires a Sustainable Waste Intern. The Sustainable Waste Intern is in charge of managing all waste reduction and diversion efforts on campus (recycling and compost). Apart from developing campaigns and outreach with students and staff about waste diversion and reduction, the Sustainable Waste Intern will conduct data analysis to track progress of such initiatives. The Intern has had the opportunity to enhance on campus Waste management through opportunities to : Manage food waste audit weeks and building waste audit weeks, Assist Campus Facility Services with move-out recycling efforts, Work with RHA + Housing to increase waste diversion, Develop a program to assist Surplus with recycling initiatives, Advance pre-and-post consumer composting into all retail and dining facilities, Assist with increasing percentage of post-consumer recycled paper and the reduction of overall paper usage campus-wide, Expand desk-side recycling efforts, Provide analysis of waste data to develop meaningful outreach campaigns to students and campus services and organizations, Assist the campus’ single-stream recycling program, Improve placement of signage and placement of waste containers
Spring 2017, a Herron Visual Design & Communications (VC4) class worked on a project assessing & redesigning all of the Waste Management/Recycling signage across campus and created an educational video that can be found here: https://youtu.be/APs_yXDJf80
In 2015, the O’Neill School’s student council wanted to create an event that would focus on the principles of sustainability. They developed the concept for the Indy ReCYCLE Ride and collaborated with the IUPUI Sustainability Council, Pacers Bike Share, and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to bring the event to life. The first ReCYCLE Ride came to fruition in April 2016, timed to coincide with Earth Day as a reminder to students to be mindful of recycling and choosing a more sustainable lifestyle. The ReCYCLE Ride has now become an annual even.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Water?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Water:
The IUPUI Office of Sustainability Energy Intern will
• Assist Sustainability along with Campus Facility Services (CFS) in providing energy & water efficiency education and outreach opportunities to faculty, staff, and students across campus. o Facilitate the IUPUI Energy Challenge to engage the campus community in energy education and reduction. Assist with the promotion of campus energy and water efficiency awareness and education campaigns and develop a portfolio of Energy Challenge events. o Work to develop a water use dashboard that can be used as an education and reduction tool, eventually to be added as an element of the annual Energy Challenge. o Update and enhance the campus Energy Challenge website and standard operating procedure. o Expand the energy dashboard beyond the residence halls to show the energy used in buildings across campus and the associated emissions.
Students enrolled in a Fall 2017 SPEA 222: Principles of Sustainability course applied for a 2018 Greening IUPUI Grant and were awarded for the installation of Dual Flush Low Flow Handles to retrofit older facilities to lower the overall water consumption on campus and serve to increase awareness of IUPUI Sustainability efforts.
Partnership for Excellence in Research & Learning (PERL)
Citizens Energy Group has launched its Partnership for Excellence in Research and Learning (PERL) initiative. IUPUI students participate in PERL, a partnership with universities and industry partners to foster greater student engagement through collaboration on real-world projects. Primarily, PERL seeks to: Encourage graduating students to remain in Indiana and the Indianapolis area after graduation to fulfill the workforce needs of Citizens and its supporting businesses; Create more professional development opportunities for students as emerging talent and future business leaders; and Create an improved exchange of industry and collegiate data that will better address research, technology. and industry challenges - ultimately resulting in more valuable, efficient, and sustainable business and community solutions.
One of the IUPUI projects was a Predictive Maintenance Capstone Project
Citizens Energy Group is providing the Mechanical Engineering Technology students at IUPUI a senior capstone project in which they will evaluate Citizens Water Operations Predictive Maintenance Plan and make recommendations for improvement based on industry best practices. The Predictive Maintenance Plan proactively identifies the need for operation and maintenance (O&M) of pumps, motors, engines, reduces O&M associated costs and can help prevent catastrophic asset failures. Students will have the opportunity to observe pump sound as well as touch and vibration testing with Citizens Energy Group Technicians. An additional list of IUPUI PERL student projects can be found at:
In 2013, A concept of a "living laboratory" for water technologies has been developed in partnership with several local companies and Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). An area just north of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus has been selected to develop a strategic plan on how to utilize an urban neighborhood for developing watershed and environmental solutions in sustainability. The Riverside Watershed Environmental Living Lab for Sustainability (RWELLS) This would allow new solutions for "people + pipes + policy" to be tested in real-world conditions so that a "smart water grid" can be created with better measurement, more efficient delivery and greater customer education on water use and conservation.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Coordination & Planning:
"The ""Polis Center"" at IUPUI Indianapolis is a self-funded research unit of the IU School of Liberal Arts that utilizes collaborations and understanding in the communities as entrepreneurial and practical, effective, and cost-efficient way for communities to enhance their capacity for meaningful change. We develop the nation’s largest community information system, SAVI, as an interactive data and mapping resource for individuals and organizations in Central Indiana, and our annual Spirit & Place Festival is an example of our efforts to promote Central Indiana as a leading example of how communities can work together to encourage civic engagement and enduring change. We work with professional and scholarly communities, especially through application of digital technologies such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other geospatial tools. Major efforts include projects with national and state departments of homeland security, notably in helping communities with hazard mitigation and planning. We also have significant partnerships in health geoinformatics, linking clinical and community information to understand issues relating to public health and enlisting community organizations in effective interventions. In collaboration with research centers in the U.S. and internationally, we have helped to lead the development of the new field of spatial humanities, which uses geospatial technologies to understand the role and meaning of place in modern society.
In all of our areas of emphasis, we have earned a national reputation as a dynamic learning environment with highly professional staff who excel in collaborative, practical, and effective solutions for the communities in which we live.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
Many students are engaged in this work across countless units of the university, whether through the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; student advocacy groups; or the Multicultural center which exists to provide a voice for equity by connecting students across identities through self discovery and dialogue, empowering students to advance social change through such programs as; The Multicultural Leadership Empowerment Program; The Norman Brown Diversity and Leadership Scholar Program; MULTICULTURAL AND SOCIAL JUSTICE EDUCATION WORKSHOPS and PEER Mentorship program. The IUPUI Multicultural Center’s Multicultural Peer Educators (MPEs) are undergraduate students committed to promoting multicultural and social justice education through understanding of self and others, while increasing awareness and knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion-related issues through intentional and meaningful dialogue. Our MPE’s receive top-notch training from the MC Staff to conduct an array of workshops for IUPUI students.; Social Justice Education (SJEd) at IUPUI finds ways to help the community explore issues of power, privilege and oppression in an effort to create a more equitable campus, city, and world; The Culturally Responsive Teaching Learning Community (LC) is an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars to critically reflect and engage issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom.; The IUPUI Cultural Dinners, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, and Asian Heritage, honor civic leaders within underrepresented communities and highlight students within the IUPUI community for their accomplishments and leadership as members of these communities. In addition, the dinners invite national leaders of underrepresented communities to keynote and discuss contemporary social issues of their respective communities.
MoneySmarts U—Indiana University's financial education platform that can teach you what you need to know about money, when you need to know it. MoneySmarts U is a financial education platform created by Indiana University and financial wellness expert Peter Dunn (aka Pete the Planner®). Our goal is not to have you just be able to define new financial terms but instead help you understand the ins and outs of personal finance to guide you toward making informed financial decisions. The IU Money Smarts Team are IU student Peer Educators led by the IU Office of Financial Literacy. Here are some of the financial topics they can help you with: Budgeting and saving money, Managing credit cards, Handling student debt, Building and establishing credit, Dealing with identity theft
Tackling student loan repayment, Preparing for graduation and getting a job
Since inception of IU Money Smarts, there has been a $126.4 Million reduction in student borrowing since 2011 and a 19% Decrease in Student Borrowing across all IU campuses.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Investment & Finance?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Investment & Finance:
IU Ventures, formerly the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation, has announced new programs designed to foster connections among investors, IU faculty, students and entrepreneurs throughout the global IU community to support, invest in and grow innovative new enterprises with IU affiliations. IU Ventures is fully dedicated to serving as a connector for IU faculty and students and IU-affiliated entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and donors in order to advance products and ideas that have market potential. "We want to be a connector and a catalyst of this resource to help foster continued innovation from members of the IU community who can make real, positive impact on the state, nation and world." An extension of IU's Bicentennial Strategic Plan goal for the application of knowledge and discovery to advance the quality of life and economy of the state, the region and the world. https://iuventures.com/
The IU Kelley School of Business' Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (JCEI) has developed The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, a collection of co-curricular services, events, and initiatives focused on helping student entrepreneurs develop and launch business ideas and new startups. Check out some on campus resources that can help nurture your idea and startup; Startup Business Coaches, Spine Sweat Experience, Clapp IDEA Competition, The Hoosier Hatchery, Shoemaker Innovation Center, Startup IU, University Venture Connect
JCEI has offices for cross-campus initiatives in the IU School of Medicine, Maurer School of Law, and College of Arts & Sciences, and affiliations with the Jacobs School of Music and the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
Our programs provide students with a wide range of experiences and classroom opportunities designed to develop their entrepreneurial perspective. Students work with some of the world’s most recognized entrepreneurship authorities including department faculty in management & entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing in the Kelley School, and faculty from the School of Public & Environmental Affairs.
IUPUI's JagStart Student Entrepreneurs program offers coaching and mentoring support to students looking to start their own entrepreneurial venture or develop an innovative new product
An O'Neill SPEA Capstone Project on Expanding Student Entrepreneurship at IUPUI
IUPUI asked students to analyze entrepreneurship support services at the university. The Capstone group found that IUPUI offers these services, but support is weak. Students recommended that the campus develop a co-working space dedicated to entrepreneurship and providing services including access to technology, coaching/mentoring, access to funding, and research tools. The class also supplied the university with a five-year implementation plan.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Public Engagement?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Public Engagement:
IUPUI is inextricably connected to the world around us. Our campus covers more than 534 acres within the city of Indianapolis but our reach goes deep into the community. Our commitment to community engagement can be seen in almost everything we do, whether we’re helping students succeed in the classroom or working to increase the well-being of our city, country, and world.
We’re here to facilitate these activities, creating and nurturing partnerships between campus and community in ways that matter.
The IU Office of Engagement, nurtures partnerships between IUPUI and organizations like the Indy Chamber, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Techpoint, Employ Indy, and 16 Tech that help deliver on both of these promises; We believe that everyone benefits when we have a growing, future-ready economy and a highly skilled workforce with access to the career opportunities they deserve. We also work with individual neighborhoods inside Indianapolis to create programs that attract business, revitalize communities, and ensure that residents have the skills they need to succeed. IUPUI helps businesses and entrepreneurs succeed at every level, from those who are just starting their education to those who are looking for sophisticated research to take to market through Entrepreneurship, discovery, and innovation resources; Degree programs and certificates; Centers, research institutes, and labs; and Student entrepreneurship and innovation resources
Community engagement by the numbers:9,737 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING COURSES IN 2015–16; 1,000,000+ HOURS OF STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY THROUGH COURSES; 4 CAMPUS-WIDE DAYS OF SERVICE; 875 COMMUNITY PARTNERS;
63% OF ALUMNI REPORTED PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY SERVICE OR VOLUNTEER WORK WHILE AT IUPUI; 24% OF FACULTY REPORT ENGAGING IN A COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECT WITH A COMMUNITY PARTNER; 57% OF IUPUI EMPLOYEES LIVE IN MARION COUNTY; 57.7% OF STUDENTS VOTED IN 2016; 177 COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNUALLY
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to Wellbeing & Work:
Healthy IU employs several graduate students who are actively engaged in campus research surrounding active transportation and employee incentives for health programs. In spring 2018 these students are planning a "Sustain and Move IU" campaign and employee bike share incentive grant. Healthy IU's 2020 Plan & Objectives are a guiding document for Healthy IU services, and are based on a gap analysis using the Fairbanks School of Public Health Survey Data and CDC Scorecard.
INShape IUPUI: Meet with senior-level physical education students to assess your wellness indicators, establish goals, and design a personal exercise program—just for you! Students can also work with you in a personal trainer capacity.
Campus Recreation offers a variety of sport and fitness opportunities for all levels and interests and employs students to assist with these services.
The IU Natatorium is a world class facility offering membership, lap swim, punch pass, and swim lesson opportunities. They also employ students to support the services offered.
The Office of Health and Wellness Promotion coordinates large interactive awareness events and non-clinical direct services, including classroom presentations by request, alcohol and drug educational sanctions, health and wellness coaching, tobacco cessation, addiction recovery support meetings, student trainings, and campus-wide surveys. In the 2018-2019 academic year, Health and Wellness Promotion reached 1983 students through 82 presentations, completed 96 alcohol/drug interventions, and provided HIV/STI testing for 365 students. All incoming students are also required to complete MyStudentBody, which includes online educational modules for alcohol, drugs, and sexual violence prevention.
• Campus Recreation also provides indoor and outdoor Fitness Facilities, Intramural Sports, Club Sports, and a number of Fitness classes to help students stay active and get healthy. In the past academic year, 5803 individual students utilized campus recreation facilities, and 2012 participated in Intramural Sports competition.
Is the institution utilizing its campus as a living laboratory for multidisciplinary student learning and applied research in relation to other areas (e.g. arts & culture or technology)?:
A brief description of the student/faculty projects and how they contribute to understanding campus sustainability challenges or advancing sustainability on campus in relation to other areas:
The O’Neill School and IUPUI are pleased to collaborate with the National Endowment for the Arts to launch the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab under its Research Labs initiative. The work in this lab is undertaken in partnership with the IU Public Policy Institute and the Center for Cultural Innovation. The AEI Lab research agenda centers on better understanding the role of arts and culture in innovation through experimental and quasi-experimental empirical research. The AEI Lab is undertaking several research projects, beginning in the second half of 2018. Concurrently, the AEI Lab is pleased to announce a call for papers for its 2020 symposium.
Current research: The Artist’s Role in Civic Innovation; Artists and New Economies; Digital Media Growth; Arts Sectors’ Growth Related to Broader Economy
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The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.