Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.51
Liaison Kelsey Beal
Submission Date Oct. 31, 2019
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Deborah Ferguson
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

AASHE - The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education; NACUBO Sustainability Network; Green Sports Alliance; US Green Building Council (USGBC); International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP); Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (CUSU); Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU); Higher Education Anchor Mission Initiative (HEAMI)

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Big Ten and Friends Sustainability Network; IU Statewide Sustainability Network; Indy SHER (Indianapolis Sustainability Higher Ed Roundtable)(Butler University, Ivy Tech, Marian University, Franklin University, UIndy, IUPUI); Indiana Campus Collaborative on Sustainability and Resilience(IU, IUPUI, Ball State, Purdue, Butler, Notre Dame, Indiana State)

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE Conference - 2018 Poster Presentations: "High Impact Pedagogical Practices for High Impact Sustainability Learning" and "Saving Water in University Library"

Green Sports Alliance National Mtg - June 28, 2017, the Green Sports Alliance presented its annual Environmental Leadership Award and Environmental Innovators of the Year awards:The IUPUI Office of Sustainability installed new waste infrastructure at the IU Natatorium, re-designed its concessions menu, and had an engagement campaign with USA Diving and the Olympics Local Organizing Committee for the 2016 Olympic Dive Trials.

The national 2018 Campus Kitchens Project Food Waste & Hunger Summit was hosted at IUPUI on March 24-25, 2018. The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, PAWS Pantry at IUPUI, Enactus at IUPUI, Chartwells IUPUI, and Timmy Global Health each presented during the Tabling Organization session. https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/02/iupui/releases/14-food-waste-and-hunger-summit.html

The 2018 Indianapolis Sustainability Summit: Community & Collaboration, was the first event of its kind in our city. Hosted at IUPUI on March 28, 2018, the inaugural summit brought together more than 350 community leaders, residents and students for a day of workshops, networking, and inspiring community action. Undergraduate and graduate students from across central Indiana were invited to preset a poster of their work in any area of sustainability. We had 7 IUPUI Sustainability Interns present at this poster session. https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/04/iupui/02-inaugural-indianapolis-sustainability-summit.html

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Busch Systems Recycling & Organics Pilot Research Project Grant - IUPUI was selected to participate in the Practice #1: Small trash / large recycling baskets in staff & faculty
workspaces - IUPUI was selected and received Busch Systems Bins to install, track & measure changes to waste recovery, contamination levels, and labor and cost savings.The results of the pilot projects will be published as case studies to help other
schools make similar improvements.

The Campus Kitchen at IUPUI (CKIUPUI) submitted and was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Indianapolis Sustainability Awards, Outstanding Institution Advancing Sustainability. CKIUPUI student leaders aim to educate the campus and community on issues surrounding hunger and food insecurity in Indianapolis and research ways to make a difference. The student leaders learn to see wasted resources as a sustainable solution to community issues through a lean operating model; utilizing recovered food, existing university kitchen space after hours, and volunteers to assist in the preparation and serving of meals for those struggling with food insecurity. CKIUPUI is a great model of social, economic, and environmental entrepreneurship, where students learn to address social challenges through sustainable solutions..

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Sustainability Director sits on the Board for the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC); Member, Advisory Board for the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) at IUPUI; Member, Advisory Board for the Indiana Food Scrap Initiative (IFSI): The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is a participating member of the Indianapolis Mayor's Bicycle Committee

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability provides oversight and guidance to other IU Regional campuses, specifically IU Columbus and IU Fort Wayne, which are included in IUPUI reporting. We also participate in Sustain IU, to collaborate and enhance Sustainability across the entire IU system and campuses.

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is working with the Indiana Recycling Coalition to advance the Commercial Composting route throughout Indianapolis. This was started by IUPUI and Butler University through the AASHE/Kimberly Clark-Sustainable Campus Award. We currently have IUPUI, Butler, Ivy Tech and Marian University established on the route and are continuing to outreach and educate other potential clients/institutions to join the commercial composting route. See recent video promotion that includes IUPUI Sustainability Director, Jessica Davis https://youtu.be/56LBdS5A4Ro or more info on the IRC site: http://indianarecycling.org/commercial-food-composting-program/ and IUPUI news https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/11/iupui/inside/01-tons-of-food-waste-diverted-from-landfill-composting-sustainability-initiative.html

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

IUPUI serves as a stakeholder in Thrive Indianapolis, Indy's plan for Community Resilience + Sustainability https://www.thriveindianapolis.com/about

IUPUI hosted the first Indianapolis Sustainability Summit, March 2018 in coordination with the City's Office of Sustainability, Sustain Indy. The 2019 Indianapolis Sustainability Summit was hosted by IUPUI on April 17, 2019 around the theme of the City's Thrive Plan. This will now be an ongoing annual event hosted at IUPUI bringing together Sustainability leaders and business entities across Indianapolis.

2018 CKP Food Waste & Hunger Summit: IUPUI Selected as Host Site for the 2018 Food Waste and Hunger Summit, held March 24-25 at Hine Hall. The Food Waste & Hunger Summit, a program of the Campus Kitchens Project, brings together leading national nonprofit organizations and engaged students who are working to fight food waste and hunger, for a packed weekend of learning about advocacy, service, and leadership.

Since 2018, IUPUI has partnered with Sustain IU to develop and expand the Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP). Supported by generous support from the McKinney Family Foundation, we are building a network for impact by preparing some of the most capable future managers ready to take on the state's sustainability challenges. This statewide workforce development program partners with Indiana-based private, public and nonprofit organizations to host summer externs throughout the Hoosier state to provide solutions-based sustainability expertise.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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