Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.51
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Cristina Padilla
Sustainability Engagement Coordinator
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers , Inc. (ASHRAE) at IUPUI - The purpose of this chapter is principally to advance the arts and sciences of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation and the allied arts and sciences, for the benefit of the general public. Furthermore this chapter connects students with industry and professional ASHRAE members as well as encourage interactions between students with the common interest.

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

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.

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.

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

Enactus @ IUPUI - Enactus is an international organization dedicated to enabling progress through entrepreneurial action. We provide a platform for university students to collaborate with business and academic leaders in the development of entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.

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.

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.

Global Medical Brigades at IUPUI - Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development program. Global Medical Brigades (GMB) is a secular, international, and socially-conscience network of university clubs and volunteer organizations whose mission is to provide medical relief, health education, and improve the quality of life for undeserved communities across the globe.

Good without God: A Secular Humanist Group at IUPUI - Good without God is a secular humanist group that aims to promote equality, scientific inquiry, sustainable living, and separation of church and state by being active in our local community.

Student Sustainability Council (SSC) at 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.

The Latino Student Association - The LSA strives to unify the diverse Latinx population and its allies to promote academic excellence through educational, philanthropic, and social opportunities.

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.

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.

O'Neill Student Council - We are an organization that advocates for the wants/needs of students of O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs 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.

Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, Action (IDEA) Fellows at IUPUI - IDEA Fellows at IUPUI are dedicated to activating student capacity to create change through the principles of innovation, design, entrepreneurship and action.

Urban Beekeepers at IUPUI - In addition to maintaining the campus beehives, this student organization aims to promote knowledge about honeybees and pollinators on campus. To do so, they host hive demonstrations, beekeeping 101 workshops, pollinator parties, and more.


The website URL where information about the student groups is available (optional):
Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

IUPUI students maintain two urban gardens on campus: The New York Street Garden, located just east of Carroll Stadium, and the Central Garden, located just outside of the University Library. These gardens are managed and operated by the student organization, Developing IUPUI Gardens Sustainably (DIGS). These organic gardens produced nearly 3,000 lbs of fresh produce in the 2018 growing season, which was used by IUPUI Food Services, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, Paw's Pantry, and sold at the IUPUI Fresh Produce Market.


The website URL where information about the gardens, farms or agriculture projects is available (optional):
Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The produce grown in the campus gardens is sold to IUPUI Food Services and the campus community once a month in the Campus Center at The Fresh Produce Market. Students grow, harvest, wash, prepare, pack, and sell the produce themselves. Additionally, the Biology Club grows flowers, herbs and vegetables at the IUPUI greenhouse and sells them at an annual spring plant sale. All proceeds are used to promote a love of science, award scholastic achievement, and support a charitable organization.


The website URL where information about the student-run enterprises is available (optional):
Does the institution have 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

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

Sustainability Speakers Series: The Student Sustainability Council hosts keynote speakers and panel discussions to share knowledge of sustainability and sustainable practices. Speakers in the reporting period touched on Climate Solutions and Environmental Justice.

Sustainability Movie Series: The Student Sustainability Council screens documentaries and movies that promote knowledge of sustainability and sustainable practices. Films screened in the reporting period included Minimalism and The Age of Consequences.

2018 Indianapolis Sustainability Summit: The city-wide sustainability summit was hosted at IUPUI, where sustainability students were invited to attend and present their research and experiences through poster presentations. A career panel was designed for IUPUI students on the topic of careers in the field of sustainability.

2018 National Food Wate and Hunger Summit: The Campus Kitchens Project hosted their fifth annual summit at the IUPUI campus, where members of the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI were joined by students and advocacy groups from across the country to share best practices and collaborate on solutions to food waste and hunger.

2017 Indiana Local Food Summit: The Purdue Extension hosted their annual local food summit at the IUPUI campus, provided learning, networking and sharing opportunities for the people, communities and organizations working to create an Indiana food system that is more resilient, economically vibrant and diverse.


The website URL where information about the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability is available (optional):
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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

Between 2016 and 2018, our institution and student groups held 2,339 events and meetings relating to sustainability or one of it's three pillars. IUPUI 's student groups hosted African Culture Night, an Asian Heritage Fashion Show, Bengali New Year, MLK Dinner, Bollywood Dancing Showcase, Chinese Culture Event, Philippine Culture Night, Garba Bhangra Night, Diwali Gala, Annual International Culture Show, Cesar Chavez Dinner and more, all of which promote cultural understanding and inclusion. Given our university's diverse student population, we consider all cultural groups and events to be a matter of sustainability for our campus.

To highlight just a few:
- A screening of a documentary on the refugee crisis, with a post-film conversation about ways to empower students to help, brainstorming ways to make a refugees journey more tolerable.
- A panel discussion from students who had completed Peace Corps assignments working in sustainability and development around the world.
- Sustainability on the Street: An living art installation where students talk to folks on the street about environmental / sustainability issues.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Camp Brosius, located on the shores of Wisconsin's Elkhart Lake, is operated by IU's School of Physical Education and Tourism Management (PETM). Camp Brosius got its start as a place for college students to take classes, and the tradition continues today. All exercise science, fitness management and personal training, sports management, or physical education teacher education majoring students at PETM are required to take two courses at Camp Brosius: Recreation Leadership Skills and Dynamics of Camp Leadership. Camp Brosius is an ACA accredited camp.

The Recreational Hiking at IUPUI student organization was founded in 2018. The student-led organization provides students with opportunities to experience the outdoors, stay physically active, and educate each other on gear, safety, and respect for nature.

The Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group was founded in 2016. This student-led organization explores the intersection of medical education with love for the outdoors by organizing events and lectures that focus of teaching about wilderness medicine in relation to current events, medical education, and skills development.


The website URL where information about the wilderness or outdoors programs is available (optional):
Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

At least one first-year experience themed learning community was solely dedicated to sustainability. Titled ""Sustainability: Thriving Community, Thriving Planet,"" this first-year seminar was actually filmed and featured in a mini-documentary. Learning community students explore and apply ideas across courses and through out-of-class activities make connections between classwork and life experiences.

Additionally, as part of the summer bridge program, students planted over 100 pollinator plants, weed and mulch at the campus gardens, installing IUPUI's first pollinator garden. Two other summer bridge groups participated in a dumpster dive, gaining an immersive experience in sustainable waste management. The summer bridge program is a first-year seminar that begins the week before classes and continues throughout the fall semester.


The website URL where information about the sustainability-related themes is available (optional):
Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

In the fall of 2017, IUPUI redesigned the student housing recycling program. New bins, informational signage and banners were designed and employed in all residence halls. Every student received a recycling bag during move in, designed for individual collection of recyclables to periodically deposit the contents in the common recycling bins in each residence hall's waste and recycling center. By the spring of 2018, in-room recycling bins were provided to every student living in IUPUI's North Hall. This program was intended to enhance student awareness and understanding of recycling, increasing participation and recycling rates in residential housing.

IUPUI Housing and Residential Life offer Residential Curriculum, where students gain unique access to an environment that supports INVESTING in one's academic success, EXPLORING who you are, and ENGAGING in the community and beyond.that includes Implementing sustainable practices and resources in daily life.


The website URL where information about the sustainable life skills programs is available (optional):
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

In 2017, Indiana University launched the Indiana Sustainability Development Program, a workforce development program that partners with Indiana-based private, public, and nonprofit organizations to host summer externs throughout the state. The program saw an increase in participation, growing from a cohort of 15 in 2017, to 24 in 2018, and 30 in 2019.

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability employs 12 student interns:
- Communications & Marketing Intern
- Sustainable Waste Management Intern
- Energy Intern
- Sustainable Landscapes Intern
- Sustainable Events Intern
- Urban Garden Manager
- Urban Garden Assistant
- Campus Kitchen Director
- Campus Kitchen Intern
- Campus Kitchen Service Learning Assistant
- Campus Kitchen Service Learning Assistant

The Division of Student Affairs employed 3 student Residential Assistant (RA) Sustainability Coordinators.

The Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences employed a Service Learning Assistant for the Sustainability Themed Learning Community (TLC).


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
Yes

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:

The University hosts a kids summer camp every summer and for the past two years, IUPUI Sustainability has hosted a three to five day section on sustainability. This past year, we hosted a group of kids ages 9-13 for three days where they learned about various aspects of sustainability. They conducted a diversity assessment by walking through the Lilly ARBOR and making observations about the plants and animals they encountered. They learned how to identify and measure trees on campus for our tree canopy assessment. They learned about renewable energy sources, including solar and wind using interactive models. They worked in the garden, where they learned about organic agriculture, healthy soil and the importance of pollinators. Lastly, they toured our Campus Center where they learned about IUPUI's recycling and composting efforts, Paws Pantry, and Paws Closet.


The website URL where information about other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives is available (optional):
Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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