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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

STARS v1.2

Ball State University

Muncie, IN, US

Rating Score Liaison Submission Date President's Letter
Expired Expired Robert Koester Sept. 28, 2012 Download


Full-time Equivalent Enrollment 22,147
Number of Undergraduate Students 17,627
Number of Graduate Students 4,520
Full-time Equivalent Employees 3,039
Institution type Baccalaureate
Institutional control Public
Endowment size 39,000,000
Percentage of students that are Residential 28.0
Percentage of students that are Full-time commuter 52.0
Percentage of students that are Part-time commuter 20.0
Percentage of students that are On-line only 0.0
Gross square feet of building space 7,166,210.0
Gross square feet of laboratory space Not Available
Acres of cultivated grounds Not Available
Acres of undeveloped land Not Available
Climate region Mixed-Humid

Campus Features

Feature Is Present? Is Included in Report
Agricultural School No No
Medical School No No
Pharmacy School No No
Public Health No No
Veterinary School No No
Satellite No No
Hospital No No
Farm No No
Agricultural experiment station No No

Additional Details

A portion of our previously reported Greenhouse Gas emissions is specifically attributable to the regional hospital to which we have been selling (coal-fired and/or gas-fired) steam. Thus the boundary of the campus environmental impact specifically must parse-out the portion of Greenhouse Gas load attributable to that hospital.

Ball State Facilities and Services Sustainability Initiatives Heating and Cooling System: 1. Geothermal Conversion Project 2. Condensate return program to reduce lost heat and need for makeup water chemicals and treatment 3. Steam trap maintenance ... read more
Credit Status
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete
Building Design and Construction Complete
Indoor Air Quality Complete

Climate Action Task Force:
1. Develop implementation plan in support of American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment signed by President Gora in 2008.
2. Looking seriously at current operations and all available alternatives.

Credit Status
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete
Air Travel Emissions Not Pursuing
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing
Campus Dining Sustainability Practices Food Preparation and Service: 1. Donate wholesome leftovers and foods to be discontinued on menus to local services. 2. Purchase and use pre-cleaned and cut produce and fruit when feasible to ... read more
Credit Status
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete
Trayless Dining Complete
Vegan Dining Complete
Trans-Fats Complete
Guidelines for Franchisees Not Pursuing
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Not Pursuing
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete
Food Donation Complete
Recycled Content Napkins Complete
Reusable Container Discounts Complete
Reusable To-Go Containers Not Pursuing
Ball State Facilities and Services Sustainability Initiatives Energy Efficiency: 1. High Efficiency lighting retrofits - testing some T-5 fluorescent lamps. New buildings have T-5 compact fluorescents and LED lighting installed. 2. Retrofitting LED lights in several ... read more
Credit Status
Building Energy Consumption Complete
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete
Timers for Temperature Control Complete
Lighting Sensors Complete
LED Lighting Complete
Vending Machine Sensors Complete
Energy Management System Complete
Energy Metering Complete
Ball State Facilities and Services Sustainability Initiatives Landscape: 1. Implemented reforestation master plan. Now have over 8,000 species trees on campus. Offsets heat island effect and sequesters CO2 2. Developed restored short grass prairies ... read more
Credit Status
Integrated Pest Management Complete
Native Plants Complete
Wildlife Habitat Complete
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing
Snow and Ice Removal Complete
Landscape Waste Composting Complete
Ball State Facilities and Services Sustainability Initiatives Going Paperless: 1. Two-sided printing 2. Document management 3. Accounting and Payroll shifting to ACH transfers (e.g. travel reimbursements), self-serve for pay stubs, direct deposit for students ... read more
Credit Status
Computer Purchasing Complete
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete
Office Paper Purchasing Complete
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete
Local Businesses Complete
Transportation: 1. Continuing to purchase hybrid electric rental cars and SUV’s – now have 20 in the fleet. 2. FlexFuel vehicles for about half the fleet are run on E-85 fuel locally. Installed an E-85 ... read more
Credit Status
Campus Fleet Complete
Student Commute Modal Split Complete
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete
Bicycle Sharing Complete
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete
Mass Transit Programs Complete
Condensed Work Week Complete
Telecommuting Complete
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Complete
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing
Local Housing Not Pursuing
Prohibiting Idling Complete
Car Sharing Not Pursuing
Ball State Facilities and Services Sustainability Initiatives Recycling: 1. Recycling program with continuous improvement - expanding into dining, housing and events 2. Switched to using blue bags in all recycling containers throughout campus to be consistent ... read more
Credit Status
Waste Reduction Complete
Waste Diversion Complete
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete
Hazardous Waste Management Complete
Materials Exchange Complete
Limiting Printing Complete
Materials Online Complete
Chemical Reuse Inventory Not Pursuing
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete
Ball State Facilities and Services Sustainability Initiatives Storm Water Management: 1. Reconstructed most of storm water drainage system North of Riverside Ave. 2. Implemented Storm Water Management program to reduce quantity and quality of water ... read more
Credit Status
Water Consumption Complete
Stormwater Management Complete
Waterless Urinals Complete
Building Water Metering Complete
Non-Potable Water Usage Complete
Xeriscaping Complete
Weather-Informed Irrigation Complete
Credit Status
Innovation 1 Complete
Innovation 2 Complete
Innovation 3 Complete
Innovation 4 Complete

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