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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.

Gold

STARS v1.2

Ball State University

Muncie, IN, US


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date President's Letter
Gold 67.61 Robert Koester Sept. 28, 2012 Download

Characteristics

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.

Credit Status Points
Student Sustainability Educators Program Complete 2.02 / 5.00
Student Sustainability Outreach Campaign Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Sustainability in New Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Outreach and Publications Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Student Group Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Organic Garden Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Model Room in a Residence Hall Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Themed Housing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Sustainable Enterprise Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Sustainability Events Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Outdoors Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Themed Semester or Year Complete 0.25 / 0.25
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 Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 2.63 / 7.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 2.22 / 4.00
Indoor Air Quality Complete 2.00 / 2.00

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 Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Complete 1.50 / 2.00
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Complete 2.61 / 14.00
Air Travel Emissions Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Offsets Program Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
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 Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 1.95 / 6.00
Trayless Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vegan Dining Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Trans-Fats Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Guidelines for Franchisees Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Pre-Consumer Food Waste Composting Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
PostConsumer Food Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Food Donation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Recycled Content Napkins Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable Container Discounts Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Reusable To-Go Containers Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
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 Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 5.82 / 8.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 0.01 / 7.00
Timers for Temperature Control Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Lighting Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
LED Lighting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Vending Machine Sensors Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Management System Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Energy Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
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 Points
Integrated Pest Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Native Plants Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Wildlife Habitat Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Tree Campus USA Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Snow and Ice Removal Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Landscape Waste Composting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
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 Points
Computer Purchasing Complete 1.93 / 2.00
Cleaning Products Purchasing Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.67 / 2.00
Vendor Code of Conduct Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Historically Underutilized Businesses Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Local Businesses Complete 0.25 / 0.25
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 Points
Campus Fleet Complete 1.01 / 2.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 2.40 / 4.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.15 / 3.00
Bicycle Sharing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Facilities for Bicyclists Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Mass Transit Programs Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Condensed Work Week Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Telecommuting Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Cash-out of Parking Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Carpool Discount Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Local Housing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Prohibiting Idling Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Car Sharing Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
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 Points
Waste Reduction Complete 0.00 / 5.00
Waste Diversion Complete 0.78 / 3.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.80 / 1.00
Electronic Waste Recycling Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Materials Exchange Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Limiting Printing Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Materials Online Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Chemical Reuse Inventory Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Move-In Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Move-Out Waste Reduction Complete 0.25 / 0.25
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 Points
Water Consumption Complete 0.00 / 7.00
Stormwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Waterless Urinals Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Building Water Metering Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Non-Potable Water Usage Complete 0.00 / 0.25
Xeriscaping Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Weather-Informed Irrigation Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Strategic Plan Complete 6.00 / 6.00
Physical Campus Plan Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Sustainability Plan Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Climate Action Plan Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainable Compensation Complete 8.00 / 8.00
Employee Satisfaction Evaluation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Staff Professional Development in Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in New Employee Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Employee Sustainability Educators Program Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Childcare Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Employee Wellness Program Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Socially Responsible Retirement Plan Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Shareholder Advocacy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 5.00
Positive Sustainability Investments Complete 0.18 / 9.00
Student-Managed Sustainable Investment Fund Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Sustainable Investment Policy Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Investment Disclosure Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Community Sustainability Partnerships Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability in Continuing Education Complete 1.29 / 7.00
Community Service Participation Complete 3.06 / 6.00
Community Service Hours Complete 5.57 / 6.00
Sustainability Policy Advocacy Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Graduation Pledge Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Community Service on Transcripts Complete 0.25 / 0.25
Farmers' Market Not Pursuing 0.00 / 0.25
Credit Status Points
Innovation 1 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 2 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 3 Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Innovation 4 Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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