Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Indiana University South Bend
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Krista Bailey
Director: Center for a Sustainable Future
Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

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

The Sustainability Committee identifies opportunities to reduce and eventually eliminate the campus contribution to the systematic accumulation of materials taken from the earth’s crust and synthetic substances produced by society, as well as the ongoing physical degradation of nature, and our contributions to conditions that systematically undermine people’s abilities to meet their own needs.

Recognizing that these system conditions must be addressed in order to move in a step by step manner to increase campus sustainability, the Committee will identify and implement best practices and develop innovative solutions on campus. Team members will take the lead role in assessing opportunities and recommending and implementing measurable action items. By using national awareness and designation programs to outline goals, audit activities, and benchmark success, the Sustainability Committee will earn IU South Bend official designation as a sustainability leader in higher education.


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

Staff
Feighery, Julie Marie-Frank
Forsythe, Karla M
Goehring, Tiffany M.
Harris, Dina S.
Heidemann, Virginia Margaret
Huff, Angela D
Langston, Joel B
Lewis, Carrie A.
Oehlwein, Loni
Prater, Michael Anthony
Patterson, Kristy N
Sullivan, Molly
Vardell, Andrew
Flagel, Justin
Horvath, Tracy Marie
Davis, Tyler Joseph

Faculty
Hebert, Terri
Schrank, Zachary Alan
Dielman, Carmen Annell

Student
Daniel Clay


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Center for a Sustainable Future works with the campus and community to find innovative and engaging ways to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We focus on the discovery and dissemination of practices and strategies that are ecologically friendly, economically sound, and socially responsible. Our goal is to help Michiana become one of most vibrant and leading regions in the newly emerging green economy.

Since its establishment in 2008, the Center has developed new sustainability curriculum, facilitated research in sustainability, and fostered civic engagement to help develop sustainability action plans.

The Center strives to engage the campus and greater Michiana communities in creating a future focused on the "triple bottom line:" choices that are good for people and the planet, as well as profits, and that take into account ecological and social performance, are promoted and encouraged by the Center.


Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
2

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

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Krista Bailey, Director

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution (e.g. a campus-wide committee or an officer/office responsible for the entire campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Director of the Center for a Sustainable Future is a 1/4 time position. It has responsibility for working with the campus and community on sustainability initiatives. The Center's goals include
1. Grow a Campus Culture of Sustainability
2. Provide students, faculty, staff, and community members with a sense of
understanding and fulfillment.
3. Develop more community connections to strengthen sustainability initiatives on and off campus
4. Expand Role, Capacity, and Impact of Center

Activities and accomplishments include:
• Obtaining a grant from Indiana Humanities to partner with the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center to host two, 6-week discussion series on reading booklet “Seeing Systems: Peace Justice and Sustainability.”
• Recruited and worked with Sustainability Fellows from the community, bringing them to campus to share resources, ideas, and offer like in exchange
• Working with the Bike South Bend Committee has led to the launching of community bike rides on First Fridays.
• Identify and film “Experience Sustainable Michiana” monthly features on the local PBS station, WNIT, for the Experience Michiana program.
• Serve as active part of part of Sustain IU, the new shared platform for sustainability initiatives across the university system. Sustain IU coordinates efforts to provide a united sustainability approach, share knowledge and resources, and uplift the centrality of sustainability to success on all campuses
• Worked with 11 diverse students to design and implement campus programs: campus garden, beekeeping, tree inventories, waste reduction, students engagement, the sustainability club, and keeping an active presence on a variety of social media platforms.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Director, Center for a Sustainable Future

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