Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.57
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2020

STARS v2.2

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Deborah Ferguson
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

The following is a sample list of sustainability-oriented student groups/organizations at IUPUI. A more comprehensive list and additional Information on IUPUI Student Organizations can be found at The Spot:

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 within 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 an organization devoted to environmental law issues. We are an IU 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 underserved 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.

Kelley Indianapolis Cares (KIC) is the service-learning organization for the Kelley School of Business Indianapolis. Our mission is to provide service-learning opportunities to Kelley Indy students and the IUPUI student body in order to develop a strong sense of social responsibility, community awareness, and ethical practices.

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.

Social Justice Scholars
The Social Justice Scholars is a program that focuses on student-led programming for the entire IUPUI campus and designed to provide passionate students with an opportunity to develop programs based on their interests. Students are selected by their commitment to social justice and interest in providing a welcoming place for all students at IUPUI.

Social Workers for Social Justice
Social Workers for Social Justice (SWSJ) equips social work degree-seeking students for social work practice rooted in social justice. We do this through education, coordination, and mobilization. SWSJ will act as a first response to injustice locally and throughout the world. Equally important to responding to injustice, SWSJ will also direct efforts to the co-creation of a more equitable, just world for all people.

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.

IU McKinney Amnesty International - conducts research and generates action to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights and to demand justice for all those whose rights have been violated.

IU McKinney Equal Justice Works promotes public interest among students seeking a career in law while supporting those who have definitively decided to pursue public interest.

IU McKinney Lambda Law Society is committed to improving student and faculty awareness and education of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer(LBGTQ) community in areas of law and public policy.

IU McKinney Second Chance Re-Entry Assistance Program (SCRAP) seeks to help reintegrate recently released incarcerated individuals back into society by providing necessary services. SCRAP provides food and clothing, secures housing, prepares government documents, and guides individuals in finding employment.

IU McKinney Student Outreach Clinic is a student run legal clinic dedicated to providing free legal assistance information to underserved residents through a partnership with (Indiana Legal Services).

Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:

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 Office of Sustainability utilizing student garden managers, student summer bridge classes and student volunteers. These organic gardens average an annual yield of nearly 1,500 lbs of fresh produce, which is used by IUPUI Food Services, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI, Paw's Pantry, and sold at our monthly IUPUI Fresh Produce Market.

Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:

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.

Entrepreneurship Club
In Entrepreneurship Club we encourage the creation and proper maintenance of starting your own business in several ways. We have guest speakers come in to speak from the Indiana patent office, venture capitalist firms, and other local businesses. Our executive team organizes a few meetings each semester where current EC members can advertise a business they created, share his/her story, and offer advice to other members. We host workshops where professionals will come to advise our members on how best to promote their business and by extension themselves. Finally each year we try to gain the necessary funds to send interested members to an annual Entrepreneurs conference somewhere in the midwest. As an organization of Kelley Indianapolis, we hope that by organizing these events, students will feel more empowered to pursue their professional dreams.

Student entrepreneurship and innovation resources:
The Brain Trust at IUPUI looks to connect the “silos” of on-campus opportunities and organizations with a non-discriminating and non-exclusive student-run network; providing support and environments to foster and encourage student-to-student and student-to-faculty innovation, entrepreneurship, and interpersonal relations. Additionally, we look to further individual education through initiative driven programs and connections to the IUPUI and Indianapolis community.

IUPUI's Innovation to Enterprise Initiative programming (I2E@IUPUI):
Innovation to Enterprise initiatives support the research commercialization efforts of faculty and students on the IUPUI campus.

Available to any IUPUI student, or team that includes an IUPUI student as an inventor or co-founder, with an innovative idea for a new product or venture who would like to work on developing the idea with the guidance of an experienced mentor or is looking for coaching and networking to advance a potential new venture (both conventional and social ventures eligible).

Enactus@IUPUI is a part of the Enactus network. 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.


IU McKinney Pro Bono Program provides students valuable hands-on experience while helping some of society’s most underrepresented populations. Students can choose to support abused children, represent indigent clients, or even work to free inmates who were wrongly convicted. No matter which opportunity they choose, they will be making a difference and getting a head start on their duty to render public service after graduation.

Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on 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.

The IUPUI Energy Challenge began in 2017 and is now an annual initiative to reduce energy consumption campus-wide. The Campus Residence Halls compete for who can reduce their energy usage the most through simple behavior modifications. On Sept. 2019, IUPUI Sustainability held a kickoff event for the 2019 Energy Challenge, titled Turn Down for Watt. The event, held in a greenspace outside of the residence halls, featured music, rescued food, sustainability-themed activities, and local vendors like Indianapolis Power and Light - who gave away free energy savings kits. To conclude the challenge, a celebration party was held at the residence hall that won the Energy Challenge. The celebration party, coordinated by the Energy Intern and Sustainable Events Intern, was zero-waste, featured sustainable giveaways and other sustainable event practices.

2018 & 2019 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.

The 2020 Sustainability & Resilience Conference was held virtually on September 1st & 2nd, exploring the theme, Sustainability as an Economic Driver. The conference provides a discount rate for students and includes a targeted session for students on Breaking Into the Sustainability Workforce.

2018 National Food Waste 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.

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Between August 2016 and August 2019, 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.

Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:

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.

Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused 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.

Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:

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

Sustainable Living Tips are provided at:

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 a 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 Residence Hall Association (RHA) ​are elected student leaders that work to serve as the voice for students living in the residence halls. RHA does large-scale programming, works with housing staff to advocate for residents' needs, and takes students to leadership conferences. Some of our traditional events include S'mores and Oars, Carnihall, All-Resident Meeting, and sustainability events!

IUPUI Housing and Residential Life also offers Residential Based Learning Communities (RBLCs). These communities give you the opportunity to live with other students that share an interest in a particular social cause or academic area. RBLCs bring you events and programs that connect you to faculty, staff, and students around the focus of your RBLC. They also help you connect to the city of Indianapolis through cultural and social events, as well as through community service activities with local non-profit organizations. Examples are; Diversity Enrichment and Achievement Program (DEAP), Health and Human Sciences Community (HHS), International House, LGBTQ, Women in Stem and Women in Science communities.

Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:

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, 30 in 2019, and 34 placements in 2020. THe IU ISDP program was honored to receive the NACUBO 2020 Excellence in Sustainability Award

The IUPUI Office of Sustainability employs 13 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 Leadership Team (2)
- Campus Kitchen Service Learning Assistant
- Renewable Energy Policy Intern
- Sustainability Support Intern

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). CEES also hires student Outreach Assistants (OAs) to work alongside CEES staff, public school science teachers, and community partners to deliver STEM programming in urban Indianapolis Public Schools, as well as schools in surrounding areas. Programming currently focuses on after-school science clubs (grades 4-8) and our Discovering the Science of the Environment program (DSE).

Camp Brosius has a variety of summer job opportunities, including counselors, lifeguards, maintenance and housekeeping, and program directors.

Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:

The University hosts a kids summer camp every summer and in 2018 and 2019, IUPUI Sustainability hosted a three to five day section on sustainability. In 2019, 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.

In Fall 2018, the Office of Sustainability hosted a group of Future Farmers of America (FFA) Leadership students for their National Day of Service. The FFA students assisted in the campus gardens, helped to re-stock our on campus food pantry, and assisted with a meal prep for our food-rescue, hunger relief program, the Campus Kitchen at IUPUI.

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