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STARS Final Summary

  1. 1. Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS) Summary for IUPUI Submitted June 21, 2013
  2. 2. Introduction The IUPUI Office of Sustainability, guided by the goals of “conservation, protection, and enhancement of natural resources,” seeks to advance green initiatives through collaboration with administrators, educators, stakeholders, and constituents within the IUPUI community. In order to establish a benchmark of current campus sustainability initiatives, IUPUI recently underwent its first comprehensive sustainability assessment through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting tool for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability progress and was developed by AASHE with broad participation from the higher education community. The system includes environmental, economic, and social indicators, which are divided into four categories related to campus activities: Education & Research, Operations, Planning, Administration & Engagement, and Innovation. All of the requirements for evaluating and scoring institutions are transparent and made publicly available. Points are earned in each category, the average of which lead to an institution’s STARS Rating. One important feature of the STARS rating system is the way in which point values are assigned. STARS strives to prioritize performance over strategy whenever possible, awarding higher points values for quantitative actions that show measurable indications of sustainability performance, such as the percentage of employees who use alternative modes of transportation to get to and from campus. Alternatively, strategy credits focus on approaches or processes that can help improve an institution's performance but are not directly quantifiable. 2
  3. 3. STARS also categorizes credits into two subsets, known as Tier 1 and Tier 2 credits. Tier 1 credits are considered to have a larger overall impact and thus are given a higher point value. Tier 2 credits are typically efforts that deserve recognition but have smaller overall impact than Tier 1 credits. This system ensures campuses will receive recognition for all sustainability related efforts, but are also recognized more highly for pursuit of those programs which show the greatest environmental, social, and financial impact based on both their depth and breadth. The primary goals of the STARS program are as follows: • Provide a framework for understanding sustainability in all sectors of higher education. • Enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. • Create incentives for continual improvement toward sustainability by encompassing long-term sustainability goals for already high-achieving institutions as well as entry points of recognition for institutions that are taking first steps toward sustainability. • Facilitate information sharing about higher education sustainability practices and performance. • Build a stronger, more diverse campus sustainability community. This report serves only to summarize the results of IUPUI’s STARS assessment and make suggestions for future campus sustainability improvements. For the full STARS assessment including all credits and points earned, please refer to the report on the STARS website: 3
  4. 4. Summary of Results This initial STARS report for IUPUI resulted in a final score of 52.09, earning the campus a silver rating. The final STARS score is the average of the university’s scores in each of three categories, plus up to four additional points awarded for Innovation credits. A summary of the totals for IUPUI can be found in the table on page eight. For comparative purposes, the IUPUI rating was also charted in relation to the only two STARS rated institutions considered as peers in the Urban 13 group (University of Houston and University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), the Urban 13 group as a whole, as well as other universities in Indiana. As IUPUI is an urban university, comparison to the Urban 13 allows us to more accurately gauge our efforts in relation to schools in similar demographics in addition to our standing as compared to national averages. IUPUI’s total score of 52.09 rated near the national average of STARS rated institutions (51.16) and only slightly lower than the average of all STARS rated Urban 13 institutions (54.74). It should be noted that of the 22 schools which encompass the Urban 13 group, only eight have pursued STARS rating, so while these averages may show IUPUI slightly below the average rating, they do not include a complete comparison to all Urban 13 universities. 4
  5. 5. Urban 13 Universities Name Rating Score Version Date Portland State University Gold 68.55 1.0 2/11/2011 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Silver 55.33 1.2 8/1/2013 University of Missouri - Kansas City Silver 55.32 1.2 11/30/2012 University of Houston Silver 54.31 1.0 2/3/2011 Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Silver 52.09 1.2 6/21/2013 Virginia Commonwealth University Silver 51.13 1.2 7/25/2012 Cleveland State University Silver 46.48 1.0 7/21/2011 University of Illinois at Chicago Reporter n/a 1.0 1/31/2011 University of Alabama at Birmingham n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Missouri-St. Louis n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Cincinnati n/a n/a n/a n/a University of New Orleans n/a n/a n/a n/a Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University n/a n/a n/a n/a City College of New York n/a n/a n/a n/a Georgia State University n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Pittsburgh n/a n/a n/a n/a Temple University n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Toledo n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Massachusetts Boston n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Memphis n/a n/a n/a n/a Wayne State University n/a n/a n/a n/a 68.55 55.33 55.32 54.31 52.09 51.13 46.48 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Score STARS Rated Urban 13 Universities 5
  6. 6. 67.61 57.85 52.09 51.69 50.16 43.17 41.4 36.89 34.75 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Score STARS Rated Universities in Indiana Universities in Indiana Name Rating Score Version Date Ball State University Gold 67.61 1.2 9/28/2012 University of Notre Dame Silver 57.85 1.0 8/17/2011 Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Silver 52.09 1.2 6/21/2013 Indiana University, Bloomington Silver 51.69 1.0 1/5/2011 Purdue University, West Lafayette Silver 50.16 1.2 3/27/2013 Goshen College Bronze 43.17 1.0 1/31/2011 Earlham College Bronze 41.4 1.2 5/24/2013 Taylor University Bronze 36.89 1.1 2/15/2012 DePauw University Bronze 34.75 1.0 12/22/2010 Indiana State University n/a n/a n/a n/a Butler University n/a n/a n/a n/a University of Indianapolis n/a n/a n/a n/a Marian University n/a n/a n/a n/a Franklin College n/a n/a n/a n/a Ivy Tech Community College n/a n/a n/a n/a 6
  7. 7. When scores are analyzed by category, in general IUPUI fell in line with the pattern seen in peer institutions, showing lower scores in the Education & Research, and Operations categories, and a comparatively high score in the Planning, Administration & Engagement category. This is to be expected from an institution which has begun major efforts towards sustainability in recent years as the PA&E category more heavily focuses on efforts composed of changes in policy and procedures. These actions tend to be stepping stones towards more sweeping, and subsequently more quantitative efforts covered more heavily in the Operations, and Education & Research categories. 46.58 31.62 66.08 50.92 37.48 57.5257.04 34.97 70.93 45.11 43.77 65.11 0 20 40 60 80 100 Education and Research Operations Planning, Administration and Engagement Score IUPUI STARS Score Comparisons by Category IUPUI National Average University of Houston University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee 7
  8. 8. Points Summary Score 52.09 Rating: Silver Education & Research IUPUI Score National Average 46.58% 50.92% Co-Curricular Education 18.00/ 18.00 Curriculum 12.41/ 55.00 Research 16.17/ 27.00 Operations 31.62% 37.48% Buildings 0.23/ 13.00 Climate 1.00/ 16.50 Dining Services 1.85/ 8.50 Energy 3.73/ 16.50 Grounds 2.95/ 3.25 Purchasing 3.55/ 7.50 Transportation 4.06/ 12.00 Waste 6.50/ 12.50 Water 7.75/ 10.25 Planning, Administration & Engagement 66.08% 57.52% Coordination and Planning 16.00/ 18.00 Diversity and Affordability 13.75/ 13.75 Human Resources 14.75/ 19.75 Investment 1.46/ 16.75 Public Engagement 19.95/ 31.50 Innovation 4.00 2.52 Innovation 4.00/ 4.00 8
  9. 9. Results by Sub-Category Co-Curricular Education Highlights Student Sustainability Educators Program Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Sustainability in New Student Orientation Sustainability Materials and Publications Student Group Organic Garden Model Room in Residence Hall Themed Housing Sustainable Enterprise Sustainability Events Outdoor Program Themed Semester or Year Student Sustainability Council (SSC) “Year of the Bike” – IUPUI’s Student Sustainability Council has hosted a series of four Bike Safety Seminars on campus with Indycog, an Indianapolis Bicycle Advocacy group, on the topics of Biking Basics/Biking Safety/Sustainability of Biking/Bike Culture. In support of this theme, the SSC also submitted a proposal for the 2013 Greening IUPUI Grant and was selected for award for the purchase and installation of three Dero Fixit Bike Maintenance Stations on the IUPUI campus. Developing IUPUI’s Gardens Sustainably (DIGS) Growing vegetables and herbs in the middle of an urban campus is one way that IUPUI is trying to offset its environmental impact. The IUPUI Urban Gardens, created in 2010, produce sustainable and local agriculture using “green” gardening techniques like composting and organic pest control. With two locations, (on the west side of the Science Building and across from the Center for Young Children), the gardens yield enough homegrown goodness to provide fresh organic produce and herbs to Indianapolis food pantries. A partnership also exists with IUPUI Food Services to offer the produce in the On-Campus Dining areas. All members of the IUPUI campus community are welcome to garden. 9
  10. 10. Curriculum Highlights Areas for Improvement Sustainability-Focused Courses Sustainability Course Identification Sustainability-Related Courses Undergraduate Program in Sustainability Sustainability Courses by Department Sustainability Immersive Experience Sustainability Learning Outcomes Graduate Program in Sustainability Sustainability Literacy Assessment Incentives for Developing Sustainability Courses Sustainability in the Curriculum Our IUPUI Academic Sustainability Committee accepts the Brundtland Report definition from the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development: “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” We enrich this definition with elements of the AASHE definition which incorporates economic, social and environmental elements of sustainability into its definition. New Sustainability Management and Policy Degree Program SPEA at IUPUI created this new major because more and more government, private and nonprofit organizations are focusing on environmental conservation and economic and social responsibility. These organizations need graduates who don’t just point out problems, but who have the tools and aptitude to address sustainability issues and bring real change to communities and companies. Research Highlights Areas for Improvement Sustainability Research Incentives Sustainability Research Identification Interdisciplinary Research in Tenure and Promotion Faculty Engaged in Sustainability Research Departments Engaged in Sustainability Research Sustainability Research Sustainability research abounds at IUPUI. Covering everything from plant physiology to eco-tourism, IUPUI stands out as a leader in urban research institutions. Some select examples of ongoing research related to sustainability include: • Dr. Gabriel Filipelli Department of Earth Sciences - Past climate reconstruction and Urban Health • Dr. Xianzhong Wang, Department of Biology - Effects of global climate change on plant physiology and productivity • Dr. Pam Martin, Department of Earth Sciences - Impact of climate change on agriculture 10
  11. 11. • Dr. Barbara Flynn, Kelley School of Business - High Performance Manufacturing survey and data analysis assessing the relationship between sustainability practices and performance • Dr. Doug Noonan, IU Public Policy Institute - Green building adoption, energy policy, evaluations of air quality forecasts and policy. • Dr. Dona Sapp, IU Public Policy Institute - Development of an integrated land-use transportation model • Dr. Elaine Cooney, Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology - Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell System with Anion Exchange Membranes • Dr. Amanda Cecil and Dr. Carina King, Department of Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management – Sustainable and Eco-Tourism Buildings Areas for Improvement Building Operations and Maintenance Building Design and Construction Indoor Air Quality Sustainable Operations Though at present the campus has no official policy concerning sustainability in building operations, IUPUI maintains its building space with sustainable principles taken into consideration. Climate Highlights Areas for Improvement Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Air Travel Emissions Local Offsets Program Greenhouse Gas Inventory IUPUI conducted an initial Greenhouse Gas emissions report in 2009 and in currently in the process of compiling a more thorough follow-up. This report, which began as a simple class project to compute the Carbon Footprint at IUPUI, grew into a mission statement for each of us that are members of the IUPUI community to collectively look at our impact on the environment. Dining Services Highlights Areas for Improvement Trayless Dining Food and Beverage Purchasing Vegan Dining Guidelines for Franchisees Trans-Fats Avoidance Program Post-Consumer Food Waste Composting Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Food Donation Recycled Content Napkins Reusable Container Discounts Reusable To-Go Containers 11
  12. 12. Go Trayless Curtails food waste, promotes healthier eating habits through portion control, and reduces the amount of water and energy used for washing the trays. This program was implemented in the fall of 2013. Meatless Mondays This program emphasizes vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Energy Highlights Areas for Improvement Timers for Temperature Control Building Energy Consumption Lighting Sensors Clean and Renewable Energy LED Lighting Energy Management System Vending Machine Sensors Energy Metering Purchasing Renewable Energy IUPUI recently initiated a green purchasing program through Indianapolis Power and Light to have a percentage of our electricity sourced from certified green power producers. So far this year we have purchased 16,866,600 kwh of green power. New Solar Installation IUPUI is harvesting the sun’s energy with solar panels covering the flat roof of one its buildings. The $245,000 solar power installation is believed to be the largest of its kind in or near downtown Indianapolis. The solar photovoltaic panels atop the Business/School of Public and Environmental Affairs building generate 43 kilowatts of electricity a day. The solar power installation, led by Campus Facility Services and the University Architect’s Office, is one of 18 Qualified Energy Savings Projects underway in several buildings at IUPUI. The goal is to reduce the campus’s carbon footprint by implementing energy savings measures in lighting, air- conditioning, heating and water. Grounds Highlights Integrated Pest Management Native Plants Wildlife Habitat Tree Campus USA Snow and Ice Removal Landscape Waste Composting 12
  13. 13. Tree Campus USA IUPUI became a Tree Campus for the first time in 2012! Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. Native Plants Preferred plants lists are provided to outside design consultants to guide their plant palette so that their design is in keeping with the overall character of the campus canopy. Native plants are given preference when all other aspects are equal. A native shrub and perennial garden was recently planted at University Library as well as many native tree varieties on campus over the last few years. Purchasing Highlights Areas for Improvement Vendor Code of Conduct Computer Purchasing Historically Underutilized Businesses Cleaning Product Purchasing Local Businesses Office Paper Purchasing Supporting Local and Historically Underutilized Businesses IUPUI is committed to providing historically underutilized and local suppliers every opportunity to compete for its business. Efforts are made to identify historically underutilized and local suppliers, inform them of University requirements, and solicit quotes whenever possible. Through our Business Diversity Program we also communicate with historically-underutilized and local businesses regarding the purchasing process so that they may become more viable suppliers. Transportation Highlights Areas for Improvement Facilities for Bicyclists Campus Fleet Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Student Commute Modal Split Mass Transit Programs Employee Commute Modal Split Condensed Work Week Bicycle Sharing Telecommuting Cash-out Parking Carpool/Vanpool Matching Local Housing Carpool Discount Prohibiting Idling Car Sharing 13
  14. 14. Encouraging Bicyclists Thanks to a Greening IUPUI grant and an IUPUI student group focused on bicycle initiatives, three do-it- yourself bicycle repair stations have been installed at IUPUI, enabling campus cyclists or even cyclists in the community to do quick repairs anytime and be on their way. The stations include all the tools necessary to perform basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat to adjusting brakes. Zip Cars The Zipcar program offers cost-effective alternatives to owning a car or bringing one to campus. The service helps the university manage the increasing demand for parking and associated congestion while offering students a convenient, economical and environmentally friendly alternative to owning a car. Carpool Matching IUPUI is partnered with the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA) in their Commuter Connect program. The Commuter Connect program teams with central Indiana county employers to find alternate transportation options for their employees. These options include carpooling, vanpooling, transit, biking, and walking. Mass Transit Discounts IUPUI and IndyGo have partnered to provide current students with a half-price pass that allows students to ride any of IndyGo’s 27 fixed routes, as an affordable mode of transportation to school, home and work. Waste Highlights Areas for Improvement Waste Diversion Waste Reduction Electronic Waste Recycling Program Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Hazardous Waste Management Materials Exchange Limiting Printing Materials Online Chemical Reuse Inventory Move-In Waste Reduction Move-Out Waste Reduction E-Waste Recycling E-Waste collection is a semi-annual event in cooperation with a local nonprofit, RecycleForce to collect personal electronic waste such as cell phones, tablets, chargers or curling irons -- almost anything with a cord - - which RecycleForce will dismantle and recycle. 14
  15. 15. Online Materials OneStart is Indiana University's Web-based application portal that provides a common front door to online services at all IU campuses. OneStart offers easier and more direct access to the multitude of services available for students, faculty, and staff, creating a virtual campus community -- a place to study, work, collaborate, and have fun without the need for printing materials. Water Highlights Areas for Improvement Water Consumption Stormwater Management Building Water Metering Waterless Urinals Non-Potable Water Usage Xeriscaping Weather-Informed Irrigation Saving Water Water is metered at the building level to help us find specific ways to reduce. IUPUI Grounds Operations uses irrigation controllers for campus turf and landscape irrigation systems, many of which are managed by a weather-informed system, helping the campus save water. Non-potable water is used to irrigate near the new Glick Eye Institute. These are just a few of many examples that have allowed IUPUI to cut our water use in half since 2005! Coordination and Planning Highlights Areas for Improvement Sustainability Coordination Climate Action Plan Strategic Plan Physical Campus Plan Sustainability Plan Office of Sustainability Created in 2011 The IUPUI Office of Sustainability is dedicated to creating a culture of campus sustainability and making IUPUI a place where faculty, students, and staff are engaged in research, teaching, and learning about urban sustainability and its best practices. We strive to be a leader among higher education institutions in this arena as well as a national model for urban sustainability in both academic offerings and campus operations. We are committed to creating a campus and community that is engaged in the practice of urban sustainability. We promote education and action through programs of environmental stewardship, energy conservation, applied environmental science and policy research, environmental literacy and community outreach. 15
  16. 16. Diversity and Affordability Highlights Diversity and Equity Coordination Measuring Campus Diversity Culture Support Programs for Underrepresented Groups Support Programs for Future Faculty Affordability and Access Programs Gender Neutral Housing Employee Training Opportunities Student Training Opportunities Embracing Diversity IUPUI provides student-centered services, consulting, facilities, learning experiences and programs for students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community. Guided by frameworks of student development, the university contributes to an intentionally inclusive, accessible campus community and inspires educational, personal, social and professional achievement. Human Resources Highlights Areas for Improvement Sustainable Compensation Employee Sustainability Educators Program Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Childcare Employee Wellness Program Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Valuing Employees IUPUI’s employees are among the university’s most valued resources, and we recognize their worth by rewarding them with the best possible benefit plans and services. In addition IUPUI conducts an annual survey that allows for anonymous feedback to measure employee, faculty, and student satisfaction. 16
  17. 17. Investment Areas for Improvement Committee Investor Responsibility Shareholder Advocacy Positive Sustainability Investments Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Sustainable Investment Policy Investment Disclosure Positive Investments IU’s entire timber portfolio is defined by IU Foundation as sustainable as the trees are grown on land specifically for loblolly pine and some other species not existing in forests. Public Engagement Highlights Areas for Improvement Community Sustainability Partnerships Sustainability in Continuing Education Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Graduation Pledge Community Service Participation Farmer's Market Community Service Hours Sustainability Policy Advocacy Trademark Licensing Community Service on Transcripts IUPUI Sustainability Advisory Council The IUPUI Sustainability Advisory Council provides guidance to the IUPUI campus regarding all areas of sustainability, assists the Office of Sustainability in setting campus goals that are consistent with the IUPUI Principles of Sustainability, provides guidance regarding best practices, evolving science and trends, and assists IUPUI in developing initiatives that complement activities of the community and assists community partners when appropriate. Community Service In 2011-2012, IUPUI students contributed a combined total of 266,185 hours of service in the community, equivalent to $5.8 million (through service learning courses, community service events, and service-based scholarship programs). 17
  18. 18. Innovation Innovation credits are reserved for new, extraordinary, unique, ground‐breaking, or uncommon outcomes, policies, and practices that greatly exceed the highest criterion of an existing STARS credit or are not covered by an existing STARS credit. Institutions may earn up to 4 innovation credits. An institution’s overall score is increased by the number of innovation credits it earns. IUPUI earned all 4 Innovation Credits. Innovation Credit 1 Riverside Watershed Environmental Living Lab for Sustainability The Purdue School of Engineering & Technology at IUPUI has been awarded a grant to launch a project aimed at revitalizing Riverside, a neighborhood on the west side of Indianapolis, just north of IUPUI’s campus. The School of Engineering & Technology and the Riverside Civic League (RCL) are joining forces for the Riverside Watershed Environmental Living Lab for Sustainability (RWELLS) initiative, developed to improve quality of life by creating jobs through entrepreneurship in the area of sustainability. Innovation Credit 2 Center for Urban Health Urban sustainability is a new philosophy of developing healthy, productive communities that (1) promote and use locally-produced foods and products, (2) ensure safe access to natural spaces, and (3) establish low- carbon transportation systems. Urban living is arguably the most sustainable form of community given the concentration of resources, protection of arable land, and vertical structure of housing. Several groups at IUPUI have begun collaborative efforts to explore connections between environment, behavior, health, and climate as related to urban environments. Innovation Credit 3 The Industrial Assessment Center The Industrial Assessment Center trains the next generation of energy efficiency experts and provide no-cost energy assessments to qualified small- and medium-sized companies for the purposes of improving energy efficiency. These Energy Savings Assessments identify immediate opportunities to save energy and to reduce cost, by focusing on key systems: steam, process heating, compressed air, fans, drives, lighting, and pumping systems. These processes consume most of the energy used by U.S. industry. Fine-tuning of these systems may cost little but offer companies the potential to yield large savings. Quick successes with optimizing these systems can lead to significant long-term savings if the approach is spread throughout a company's plants. Innovation Credit 4 Water Bottle Stations IUPUI has recently begun installing water bottle refilling stations throughout the campus, beginning with the most heavily trafficked areas. These stations allow users to avoid the purchase of disposable water bottles 18
  19. 19. while subsequently promoting health by providing a convenient and cost effective alternative to vending machine beverages which are typically high in sugar. Each station also has an electronic display which counts each time someone refills a water bottle, providing an equivalent of the number of disposable plastic water bottles that would otherwise have been purchased and discarded. Strengths IUPUI showed a strong presence in a few of the subcategories, highlighting the considerable efforts made in those areas in recent years. Of particular note seems to be the campus score in the Co-Curricular subcategory, which encompasses sustainability’s inclusion in programs such as outreach campaigns, publications, student group opportunities, and new student orientation. The Coordination and Planning subcategory, covering executive level commitments in sustainability through our master plan and the formation of the Office of Sustainability, was also a major strength. This shows IUPUI’s documented commitment towards instilling the principles of sustainability at an institutional level as the campus continues to develop. Human Resources was also ranked highly with its efforts in sustainable compensation for IUPUI staff and contractors, as well as the implementation of programs to gauge employee satisfaction and continue to further staff development in sustainable practices. One result that was encouraging was the number of points earned through Tier 2 credits. IUPUI qualified for 78% of all points available through Tier 2 credits, showing that we have embraced elements of sustainability in nearly all aspects of campus life. Though Tier 2 credits don’t yield significant increases in score, they are an important indicator of progress and can be seen as a sign that IUPUI is actively engaged in introductory efforts 19
  20. 20. in a broad array of campus sustainability topics. This is a positive beginning and is the result of many initial efforts that the campus has made in its trend towards incorporating sustainable practices universally, and thus deserves recognition despite a relatively minimal yield in points toward the final score. Suggestions for Improvement In addition to recognizing strengths and comparison to other universities, STARS rating serves as a means of highlighting areas of potential future growth for a campus. Following the assessment it is our conclusion that suggestions for improvement can be split into three main categories: Quantitative Improvements, Qualitative Improvements, and Documentation Improvements. What follows is a list of major credits that could be used as sources of potential improvement, including suggested actions. Area Credit(s) Suggested Improvements Quantitative Building Operations/ Energy Use OP-1, OP-7, OP-8 Continue with metering and energy efficiency/reduction projects Pursue LEED O&M or equivalent Consider renewable and alternative energy sources whenever possible Building Design and Construction OP-2 Continue pursuit of LEED certification for all new construction Greenhouse Gas OP-4, OP-5 Conduct comprehensive campus greenhouse gas inventory including Scope 1, 2, and 3 emission factors Set reduction goals based on assessment Investment PAE-18 Invest further into sustainable industries (renewable energy, sustainable forestry, community development financial institutions CDFI, mutual funds with positive screens, etc.) Qualitative Climate PAE-5 Adopt formal plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions Employee Training PAE-15 Create peer-to-peer employee education program to help educate on sustainable work practices Waste Diversion OP-18 Though IUPUI got full points for this credit, the methodology of waste diversion should be reviewed. Alternatives to waste to energy (ie: increased recycling, reuse, reduction) would be preferable Stormwater OP-23 Methods to address the quantity of stormwater runoff should be addressed as the current system focuses exclusively on the reduction of pollutant load Investment PAE-16, PAE-17 Pursue positive sustainability investments through advocacy - Negative screening, shareholder resolutions addressing sustainability, divestment or prohibition of non-sustainable investment Create multi-stakeholder body to make recommendations on positive sustainability investments to the Board of Trustees Documentation Curriculum/ Research ER-5, ER-6, ER-7, ER-8, ER-9, ER-15, ER-16, ER-17, PAE-21 Improve definition and delineation of sustainability focused and sustainability related coursework Improve definition of sustainability related research Identification at departmental level of sustainable coursework and research - ongoing Purchasing OP-6, OP-10, OP-11, OP-12 Improve system of tracking sustainable purchases in Computers, Paper products, Food, and Cleaning Supplies Commuting OP-15, OP-16 Implement means of estimating/surveying for modes of transport used by students/faculty/staff Construction OP-19 Track construction waste diverted from landfills. Waste is currently being diverted, but not tracked 20
  21. 21. Future IUPUI has made many important steps in the journey of campus sustainability but it is important to realize that STARS rating is not the end of a process, but rather the beginning. While an important indicator of progress, it is meant to serve as a baseline of where we currently stand in our efforts towards creating a more sustainable campus, rather than solely as a ranking. With the continued implementation of policies, procedures, and programs our campus has begun to show the initiative and dedication needed to emerge as a model of progress in urban sustainability. By creating a culture that embraces the environmental, social, and financial aspects of sustainability, we have been and will continue to be an example of a university that demonstrates itself as a leader in urban sustainability. There is a well know Greek proverb that says “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in”. In a similar theme, the goal of our efforts is one of continuous improvement. The future of IUPUI’s campus sustainability lies not in what we have already done, but what we will do next. 21
  22. 22. Contact us for further information IUPUI Office of Sustainability 980 Indiana Avenue, Lockefield Village Room 4408 Indianapolis, IN 46202 Colleen J. McCormick, MPH Director 317-278-1308 Deborah J. Ferguson, CPA, MBA Assistant Director 317-274-2550 22